The Hero’s Journey in Fiction and Film (Morning)
with Christopher Vogler
Christopher Vogler is arguably the most important story consultant to major studios over the last several decades. His interpretation of Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces became the essential guide to the structure of countless films. At Disney, for example, his ideas were key to the story arc of classics like The Lion King and Finding Nemo.
In this class, Vogler will dive into the deep heart of the hero’s journey. What are its components? Why does it work so universally in stories of diverse genres, times and places? How can you use this concept to tell your own story in a way that readers or audiences will find spellbinding? Through Vogler’s inspired approach to storytelling, participants will discover the role of the hero’s journey in their stories and, perhaps, in their own lives.
We’re proud to offer this class. It has the potential to fundamentally transform your work and your understanding of the purpose of storytelling. It is equally applicable to writers of fiction, memoir, and screenplay. If desired, participants may submit excerpts from their work for Vogler to analyze in class.
4 Mornings: Monday 11/11–Thursday 11/14 | 9am-12pm
Here is a good analysis of Christopher Vogler’s concepts in a preface he wrote to Myth and the Movies:
Christopher Vogler is a staple in film classes the world over, Vogler’s influential guide, The Writers Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, tracks the hero’s path from trials to triumph, a flexible template that has stood the test of time. “Stories are resilient and seem to be adapting to a new age and new realities with the help of writers who are always looking for unexpected ways to put together the elemental pieces,” Vogler says.
Vogler has worked for Disney, Fox and Warner Brothers and was instrumental in developing some of their most iconic films.