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The Hero's Journey: Writing about Illness

In 1949, Joseph Campbell published his famous study of world mythology, The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Highly influential in popular literature and Hollywood film, Campbell’s treatise on the stages of the hero’s journey is a must for anyone interested in understanding compelling story structure.  

This interactive workshop is suitable for writers of fiction and creative non-fiction. We will discuss the difficulties involved in writing about illness and recovery and look at how to use the hero’s journey as a template to begin writing about these difficult experiences. We will start with a short lecture and conclude with time for writing and sharing.  

Participants are asked to come prepared with a story idea that they wish to explore. 

Kathy Friedman
studied creative writing at the University of Guelph and the University of British Columbia. Her poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction have appeared in literary journals across Canada. In 2012, she was a finalist for the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. She was also runner-up for both the Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award and PRISM international’s short fiction contest. Kathy is the co-founder of InkWell Workshops, which provides free creative writing workshops to people with mental health issues. She is also the fiction editor at filling Station magazine, a creative writing instructor with the University of Guelph’s Open Learning program, and a private writing mentor. She can be found online at www.kathyfriedman.ca.  

Friday, February 19, 2016
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
Library 300A
McLaughlin Library
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