How to Write a Heroine's Journey

ecofeminist storycraft workshop

Ready to write stories that create a new kind of culture?

Stories shape our world, and the prevalence of "heroes" who are still killers is all too common, even among the latest trends in so-called feminist cinema.Female authors and readers alike experience feelings of alienation and oppression due to constant objectification, marginalization, and generally awful female character writing. And, considering the near-total dearth of mainstream media that passes a bare-minimum Bechdel Test...it's time to raise the bar.

Let's work together to change the narrative.

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What's the difference between a hero and a heroine, and why does it matter?

Explore what that means, for yourself and for your work, as a writer, as a woman, and as a culture-maker with a voice in a world that is changing faster than we can type. Let's figure out, together, what it means to create stories that liberate rather than oppress.For me, it starts with the golden triad of every story: the plot, the theme, and the characters, and that's what we will focus on in this actionable, concise 4-part online course.

Change the narrative, change the world.

The course emphasizes these three essential components of your story:

  • Structure. Each and every step in your plot contributes to the paradigm you're creating. Learn to craft a narrative arc that feels true to how a heroine might travel.
  • Armature. Inquisitive, deep-digging questions help you build a framework for a story that consciously contributes to how you want culture to change.
  • Archetypes. Classic flavors with an ecofeminist twist! Archetypes can help you craft multi-layered, unforgettable characters, settings, and milieus.

Here's a sneak preview from Week 1 of the course:

What you get when you join the Writing Heroines community

  • Learn a new storycrafting formula, for any genre. Because the classic hero's journey pattern is so effective, and so compelling, we don't eschew it completely. Instead, we balance it, embrace it, and bring it into step with a culture we can be proud to help create.
  • Engage with a community of ecofeminist writers. Our writing isn't just about our own stories, right? It's about what happens to them when they leave our minds and go out, as printed, spoken, and shared words, to become their own living legacies. As we navigate the crafting of our heroine's journey, we also explore what it means, in our own lives, to be the vectors for these stories, together.
  • Generate a fresh body of original written work. The tools here are designed to provoke actual writing, of stories with a beginning, a middle, and an end, that you can be proud to publish, share, and sell.

Here's what students are saying about this course

"As a traditionally educated writer and editor, I searched for alternatives to the Hero's Journey which didn't fit the stories my clients and I were writing. I knew that white men making assumptions, teaching, and determining what stories were 'good enough' to share with the world meant we were missing the majority of humanity's stories. Heather's work is the best I've seen on this topic and her resource list has helped me and my clients further craft a common language around the work we do. I recommend Heather's course wholeheartedly."

Here's what students are saying about this course

"Heather knows what she's talking about. She teaches in a natural and personal way, and has deeply thought through how it is for women in patriarchy, and how we can take a new approach, to our lives and our writing. It's rare and precious, and she's turned her vision into practical down to earth tools and methods."

Here's what students are saying about this course

"I took the intro to the heroine's journey course because i wanted to start writing. I liked that it was well-constructed, clear, informative and free! It made me realize how women are portrayed in fiction, tv, film, that is, in a very reduced/compressed manner. I was surprised that I hadn't noticed the extent of that reduction or dismissal before. The course was a real eye opener and I loved how the it widened my perspective."

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How much does it cost?

You are welcome to get in for free!

...but I do ask for a voluntary donation.

Payment is absolutely optional, and your generosity helps fund resources for people all over the world. You'll see the option to donate when you're in there.

Just enter your email address to start the course. This also adds you to my (monthly + special announcements) email list. No spam and you can unsubscribe anytime.

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