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 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. These classes are now open to people who want to write about other people in their lives — a parent, child, partner, or even fictional character. The Heroine’s Journey differs from the Highest Form of Flattery course in that it is in not a critique class — the Heroine’s Journey exercises are inviting, unintimidating and generativ
I’m planning Heroine’s Journey intensives in Boulder, on the last weekend of March (28-30) and the last weekend of May (30th, 31st & June 1.) These run from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, and 9-6 on the Saturday and Sunday of each of these weekends. Size is limited to seven students, cost is $400; you can reserve your place with a $150 deposit. I’m also planning weekend Heroine’s Journey intensives in Paonia (a gorgeous, pastoral town about 4 1/2 hours west of the Front Range) in April, and one in May in Glenwood Springs. Click here for details on these. Those seeking lodging in Paonia will find the best B&B in the world — the Fresh & Wyld Farmhouse Inn, which you can contact directly here.
PRIVATE INTENSIVES are available by request. All you need to do is rally a group of 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.