This fall, write your own heroine’s journey

The way I see it, the moment we learn to walk we embark on a Heroine’s Journey.

We venture from the known into the unknown, endure conflict, meet mentors and return strengthened and seasoned, ready to take on a new role. Join me –  author and teacher Lisa Jones — for a writing class loosely based on Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey. This plot structure is common to stories from Greek myth to the movies Star Wars and The Full Monty. This class will embark together on the Journey, where the classical steps are taken via writing exercises.

I will provide prompts to guide students’ in-class writing and then we’ll share what we’ve written. Participants don’t have to compare themselves to, say, Ulysses, or any other mythic voyagers from the ancient world — I use prompts based on the down-to-earth modern world writings of Alice Munro, Annie Proulx, Alexandra Fuller, Jonathan Franzen and Stephen King (okay, he gets pretty supernatural.)

The class is suitable for those interested in both improving their writing and reframing their lives in a more positive light. Here’s how it differs from the regular classes: In the regular classes, the writing exercises are a fairly random sprinkling of prompts — in one class we’ll write about what it feels like to be at home; the next, we’ll write about our mother’s things. There is no particular order to the classes, and that can work really well because there is an element of surprise to each class. These classes are appropriate for anyone seeking to do some prospecting for truth in their own life. It’s like drilling for oil — sometimes you hit a gusher.

The Heroine’s Journey is organized along 12 plot steps illuminated by Joseph Campbell himself, and results in a more linear class.

I’ve got two Heroine’s Journey classes in Boulder this fall — both run from mid-Sept. to mid-December; they’re both full but you can contact me here about getting on the wait list. One class is on Tuesdays from noon until 2:30; the Wednesday class runs from 9-11:30 a.m., so be sure to indicate which wait list you’d like to be on.

PRIVATE INTENSIVES are available by request. All you need to do is assemble a group of 4-6 adventurous friends, figure out a window of time in which you’d like to meet, and contact me to set up your own Heroine’s Journey.