Exploring Narrative Journeys: Heroes, Heroines, and Coming of Age

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Exploring Narrative Journeys: Heroes, Heroines, and Coming of Age

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The human brain craves story. We’ve known this instinctually since our ancestors communed over cooking pots, huddled during long wintry nights, and celebrated ritual and ceremony. Now, brain science is providing proof that we learn best via story. That said, some tales fuel the imagination and engage their audiences more than others. Why? 

In this course, we’ll explore three narrative journey devices in order to better understand their structure, characterization, and universal qualities. Undeniably, the hero’s quest has timeless appeal and continues to drive the plots of bestselling novels and Hollywood movies. More and more, however, the heroine’s (or feminine) journey and its unique arc is being explored for story constructs, so we’ll take a look at how it compares. And with the crossover success of the YA genre, it makes sense to consider the coming-of-age journey separately and equally. 

Finally, we’ll use writing prompts and exercises to plot effectively and to up the emotional appeal of our writing no matter the genre. While we’ll focus on novels, this comparative workshop will benefit all storytellers. Come ready to work and to think deeply about story. The weekend is sure to provide plotting goals and inspiration. This workshop is designed for writers of all levels, including beginners and those with projects in progress.

When: Friday, October 6th, 6:00pm-7:30pm

Saturday, October 7th, 9:30am-3:30pm

Sunday, October 8th, 9:30am-3:30pm

Where: Wallace House, Des Moines

Cost: $265 (235 early bird pricing through September 1st)

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