This winter, 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. We 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.

Thursday mornings, 10-12:30, in North Boulder. Jan. 26 thru March 16. Eight weeks; $450. It will be a somewhat compressed Heroine’s Journey, in that there are 12 steps to cover in just 8 weeks, but it will certainly hit all the high points and trace the arc of the full journey. Registration is confirmed upon receipt of a $100 deposit. Click here to contact me for instructions on how to sign up.