The Hero's Journey Writing Course

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Start date: Intro session Wednesday 26 May

Time: 18:00 to 19:00 UK time

Sessions every Wednesday 17:00 to 19:30 UK time

Final session: Wednesday 21 July

Where: Online via Zoom

The Hero’s Journey Writing Course takes the insights that Joseph Campbell developed into story and character and applies them to the challenges all writers face when they set out to write their stories – whether they’re short stories, novels, works of creative non-fiction, or screenplays.  

 Our course tracks all twelve stages of the Hero’s Journey in eight, easily digestible modules – conducted on-line in the company of a group of fellow writers on the same quest, and under the guidance of two seasoned storytellers. 


The Course covers the twelve chief stages of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey distilled into just eight modules. The Hero starts his Journey in the “Ordinary World” – and completes it, mission accomplished, with his Return Home with the Elixir. But between those two points, comes the adventure, the Hero’s encounter not only with his antagonist, but also with his own deepest fears and doubts. For a more detailed look at the twelve stages of the Hero’s Journey check Additional Information.  

  • The Hero’s Journey is the most useful story template ever devised, reflecting the underlying structure of story, and giving you important cues about character and motivation.  
  • We present the course in eight three hour, virtual sessions. 
  • Notes are sent to you in advance, together with excerpts from short stories, novels and works of non-fiction, plus links to video clips and scripts available online.  
  • You gather on Wednesday evenings via a Zoom link where either Richard or Michele will run over the highlights of the module, invite questions and promote discussion. They will then give you prompts to write a scene which enables you to explore, in dramatic fashion, the week’s primary lesson. 
  • You’ll first comment on each other’s work, before Richard or Michele gives their feedback. 
  • By the end of the course, you’ll have learned the route through the Hero’s Journey and be able to apply your understanding to your own writing projects.   

How will you benefit? 

  • You will learn techniques to make your stories more dramatic and more appealing to readers.  
  • You will learn to motivate your character’s crucial choices and decisions.  
  • You will learn to recognise when a crucial element of your story is missing. 
  • You will learn how to mislead your readers, how to build to the sort of climax that pays off dramatically and psychologically.  
  • You will learn to write better stories.