Have you heard of the Hero’s Journey?
Based on cultural anthropologist Joseph Campbell’s The Hero With A Thousand Faces, the most well known text for writers is Christopher Vogler’s The Writer’s Journey. There are many interpretations, each adding their own twists and turns to the already mystifying terminology.
While this model works well enough when analyzing or writing Hollywood film scripts, many writers of fiction for women argue that it doesn’t adequately capture or convey the heroine’s journey. To that end, writers such as Clarissa Pinkola Estes (Women Who Run with the Wolves) and Maureen Murdock (The Heroine’s Journey) have attempted to enrich the analysis and discussion by digging deeper into Jungian Psychology, Mythology and Fairy Tales to make it more relevant to women and writers of women’s fiction.
If you’ve ever attempted to read any of these, you’ll know they are not for the faint of heart. Using visual media, this two hour presentation will attempt to distill the collective wisdom of these texts into simple (ish) models that will hopefully help you to understand the essential elements of both the hero’s and the heroine’s journeys and their key differences.
The familiar films Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark and Bridget Jones Diary will be used to illustrate these concepts with Power Point presentations, and you’ll be given take away diagrams to help you remember what you’ve learned
There will also be an opportunity for questions and discussion, so bring your own ideas and examples of how you’ve used these archetypal structures in your own writing.
Presenter Mary Ann Clarke Scott has been writing fiction for 11 years, and reading avidly for many more decades than that. When she sat down to write her first novel in 2005, she instinctively knew there was something going on beneath the surface of the books she read, and deconstructed several favourite novels, analyzing their shape, patterns and pace, and tried to put it all into a spreadsheet. It was only later she discovered someone else had already done this, and began reading about the Hero’s Journey and later, the Heroine’s Journey. She does not have a Ph.D. in Jungian Psychology, but she is a sucker for punishment. http://maryannclarkescott.com