Story Structure and The Monomyth
Joseph Campbell’s “Hero of a Thousand Faces” has influenced writers and filmmakers for decades. The book accesses centuries of myth and culture to reveal that all stories follow a similar pattern. By understanding that pattern, the writer can deeply connect with their audience. “The Monomyth” has been used by creators such as George Lucas, Lana and Lilly Wachowski, Ryan Coogler, Neil Gaiman, Tomi Adeyemi and Philip Pullman and has influenced films such as the Life of Pi and Darren Aranofsky’s “Black Swan”.
By the end of this seminar, writers will have a better understanding of the seventeen stages of the Monomyth and be able to use these archetypical scenes to add power and meaning to their work.
We will discuss the various stages of the Monomyth while using examples from novels and films to illustrate each stage. During the question and answer segment, students may discuss their work in order to see how the Monomyth fits their writing.
This seminar is perfect for novelists, screenwriters and short story writers interested in using the power of myth to enhance their writing.
This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting!
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