The Writer's Journey

Discover the essentials of mythic storytelling as explored in Christopher Vogler's text The Writer's Journey. Analyze the 12 steps of storytelling and apply them to your own novel, script, or short fiction selections. These steps bring clarity to plot construction and reveal the keys to more powerful storytelling.

At a glance

What: The Writer's Journey

When: Start anytime, complete within 1 year

Where: Online

Cost: $175

Continuing education credit: 20 hours (2.0 CEUs)

Instructor: Julie Tallard Johnson

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For additional information, contact Laurie Scheer: 608-265-3972

Mythic Structure for Writers

This course is for all writers who are interested in adapting mythic story structure within their projects. The text, Christopher Vogler’s The Writer’s Journey, based on the work of Joseph Campbell, illustrates the 12 steps of storytelling.

Throughout the course, you may discover a different way to tell your story. You may uncover and strengthen your subplots. You may also understand how to get past a roadblock. The end result is a stronger story that motivates and resonates with your audience.

The course is for all types of writers—novelists, short story writers, screenwriters, playwrights, and creative nonfiction writers—essentially anyone who is telling a story. It is especially helpful for those writers who are having difficulty with the structure of their projects, and memoirists and other nonfiction writers who are adapting real-life material and don't know where to begin with the structure of their stories.

What we cover

  1. Introduction to Mythic Storytelling and Archetypes
  2. The Ordinary World and the Call to Adventure
  3. Refusing the Call, Meeting the Mentor, and Crossing the Threshold
  4. The Special World
  5. The Supreme Ordeal
  6. The Reward, the Road Back, and the Resurrection
  7. The Return with the Elixir and Looking Back

Each lesson guides you through the steps as you apply and/or edit the chapters, scenes, and paragraphs of your work. Your instructor provides feedback regarding the steps of your story throughout the course. The final assignment helps you create a clear 12-step outline of the story you are telling.

The Writer’s Journey Workshop provides tools you can use for future writing projects. It is an essential element that should be a part of every writer’s toolbox.

How it works

You can start our workshops anytime, and there are no required hours to log on. It's all done with one-on-one correspondence with the instructor using email. You can read and print course materials in the course Web site, which you can access at your leisure with a password that we will give you. We have writers from around the world participating in our workshops. A lot of great writing gets accomplished via email. Because of the one-on-one nature of our workshops, you'll find them an excellent "coaching" or mentoring situation that will keep you going. And if you want to just work on your own — hey, that's fine too. Of course you can do the suggested exercises on your own without the feedback if you'd rather do that. We're also here throughout the year if you have questions.
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