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"On the Hero's Journey: Discovering Plot, Character, and Meaning for Your Novel" Online with Greg Garrett

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9/18/2019 From 06:30 PM CST to 09:30 PM CST

$49 for members (sign in for member pricing)

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Do your characters transform over the course of your story?

Want to find structure and meaning in that transformation?

Joseph Campbell's analysis of the archetypal hero's journey inspired George Lucas to write Star Wars and led to a widespread use of the pattern by scriptwriters and story analysts in Hollywood. But anyone telling a longform story can benefit from close study of the model. The Hero's Journey offers writers a useful skeleton or framework for their plots, but it also suggests ways that characters may be transformed during their adventures, and even posits some of the ultimate meanings characters discover along the way.

In this class, participants will learn how this pattern might help you write your best novel, how the pattern can be reshaped to suit your purposes, and what kinds of stories don't fit the pattern.


  • You're writing a novel or memoir that feels in need of meaning and emotional impact.
  • You want to adapt one of the most popular narrative structures to your own work.



Greg Garrett is the author of over twenty books of fiction, nonfiction, and memoir, including the acclaimed novels Free Bird, Cycling, Shame, and The Prodigal. He teaches fiction writing and screenwriting at Baylor University, where he has received numerous teaching honors, and has offered highly-rated classes for the Writers League for over a decade.






$49 members (sign in for member pricing)

$109 nonmembers

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Registration will close on Wednesday, September 18, at 5 p.m. If your browser has difficulty with our website store, or if you prefer to mail in a check, click here for a class registration form. The document provides instructions on where to mail it.

Once a purchase has been made, tickets are not refundable and registration cannot be transferred to a different class or event. No exceptions will be made. If you purchase a ticket and then find you cannot attend, someone else can attend in your stead. Simply contact us at or 512-499-8914 and let us know so that we can update the class roster.


Our classes offer a combination of lecture and practical exercises, determined by the individual instructor, on focused aspects of the craft and business of writing. Your fellow participants will come from a range of writing experience, from beginners to people with MFA degrees and published books. WLT instructors, participants, and administrators all work together to create a welcoming, supportive environment.

If you haven't taken a class with us in recent years, feel free to give us a call at 512-499-8914 if you'd like to discuss whether our programming is the right fit for your needs.


This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at

Writers' League of Texas classes and workshops are also funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts - Investing in a Creative Texas. For more information, go to


This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit