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.
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.
The course emphasizes these three essential components of your story:
"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."
"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."
"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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