Tired of the hero’s journey? Explore the exceptional and unique challenges of the heroine’s journey as depicted in ancient, feminine myths and fairy tales. Learn how to use the heroine’s quest in your journaling or creative writing for any genre: fiction, nonfiction, memoir, and more!
We will discuss five basic benchmarks of the feminine journey found in myths and fairy tales that date back millennia to matriarchal cultures:
* Separation from home, dependency, and mother
* Confrontation of the Aphrodite influences of beauty and envy
* Descent to the underworld, forest, or darkness
* Impossible tasks that develop Logos, the male aspect
* Return alone and empowered
Tapping into the primal Slavic tale, Baba Yaga & Vasilissa the Brave, we’ll translate its archaic challenges into those facing modern women and in your own life. With prompts and writing exercises, we’ll discover how to use both the narrative arc of the heroine’s journey and its basic motifs, story beats, and tropes in our journaling and creative writing. This workshop and its source material is a counterpoint to The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell—its concept of the mono-myth that disdains a heroine’s quest.