The Body With A Thousand Faces


  • Ecdysis 228 North 4th Avenue Tucson, AZ, 85705 United States

6 Wednesdays: April 6, 13, 20 (SKIP 27th) & May 4, 11, 18.

In The Hero With A Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell explores the idea that all important myths from around the world share a fundamental structure-- the Hero's Journey.  In this nonfiction workshop, we will ask: What are the possibilities for writing our illnesses out of the stages of the Hero's Journey-- and what are the limitations? When does the monomyth provide helpful structure, plot, or meaning, and when do our experiences of illness diverge from or challenge the expected narrative arc? Over the course of six weeks, we will use the stages of the Hero's Journey as inspiration for writing prompts in and out of class, while continuing personal ongoing writing projects. Participants will each turn in at least one essay for workshopping, and will provide feedback on each others' drafts. 

Please purchase Eve Ensler's In the Body of the World and Best American Essays 2015, edited by Ariel Levy and Robert Atwan, before the start of class.

Cost: Sliding scale $170-230        Host: Ecdysis


Please note: This is a private class for previous participants of "The Telling Itself: Illness Narratives as Healing and Craft" and "The Wounded Storyteller." Please use the contact form on this page if you want to be notified about future classes on writing the experience of illness.