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The Hero’s Journey © 2017 | July 6 – July 9, 2017

Strengthen your story with this highly celebrated archetypal narrative plot structure.

Join author Jillian Sullivan on a journey through your book to its core. Find out how the “hero’s journey” plot structure can deepen your characters’ emotions and allow your readers to connect with your hero’s fight. Jillian will explore ways to use the stages of the hero’s journey as a guide in the editing process, along with helping you discover what parts of the journey are missing from your work.

Along with daily guided writing exercises and lectures, attendees will receive one-on-one feedback from Jillian on works-in-progress. Examine your life’s journey along with the fundamentals of an archetypal narrative structure in this highly inspirational workshop.

Faculty Blog Posts:
In Search of Detail
Closed Doors and Open Pathways

“Jillian Sullivan’s Hero’s Journey was the most layered version I’d ever heard. Her emphasis on what’s happening at the main character’s emotional level, and her needs vs. wants dilemma brought a complete picture of how to mirror the external and internal plot.”

Preliminary schedule:
Day 1
Afternoon:
A optional tour of Highlights for Children and Boyds Mills Press.
Evening:
Appetizers & Dinner
After dinner: Round table introductions – where you’re from, where you live, what you write, what you’d like to achieve from our time together.
An introductory talk and short exercise. Coffee or wine, and a reading from mythology.

Day 2
Morning:
Tutorial and writing exercises:
–How mythology can help your writing (and your life).
–Reluctant heroes and heroes on a quest; threshold guardians, the land of trials, a mentor arises.
A writing exercise and free writing time.
Afternoon:
A writing exercise and free writing time.
One-on-one sessions to discuss your writing, and writing time.
Appetizers & Dinner
After dinner: walk.

Day 3
Morning:
Tutorial and writing exercises:
–Your character’s emotional journey. Needs and wants, what your character truly desires.
A writing exercise and free writing time.
Afternoon:
Writing exercise and free writing time.
One-on-one sessions to discuss your writing, and writing time.
Appetizers & Dinner
After dinner: Sharing our writing and our stories, followed by optional walk.

Day 4
Morning:
Writing marathon.
A summing up, time for questions and answers.
Brunch and goodbyes.

The mark Hero’s Journey© is used under license from the Joseph Campbell Foundation (www.jcf.org).

Faculty & Special Guests