Writing the Heroine's Journey

Schools of Public Engagement: Media

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Writing the Heroine's Journey
Spring 2024
Taught By: Mya Kagan
Section: A

CRN: 14800

Credits: 3

While Hollywood has uplifted and championed the classic Hero's Journey structure for screenwriting, a lesser-known and systemically-disparaged Heroine's Journey has always existed in its shadow. The Heroine's Journey structure is not a byproduct of the Hero's Journey, nor is it simply any story with a female as the protagonist; rather, the Heroine's Journey is a storytelling structure all of its own. Students in this writing course will learn the beats and themes of the Heroine's Journey and will use this knowledge to create their own original stories in Heroine's Journey format. Students will also gain an understanding of the societal biases that have led to this format being largely devalued and cast aside, and how to reclaim this underutilized storytelling tool in their own work. Outcomes/Learning Goals: 1.) A proficiency in the Heroine's Journey, and how it differs from the Hero's Journey in both structure and emphasis; 2). The ability to create an original screenplay outline using Heroine's Journey structure and insight into its storytelling strengths; 3.) Successfully turning an outline into written scenes that exemplify how the Heroine's Journey can enrich a writer's craft for a more multifaceted narrative; 4.) An understanding for how and why the Heroine's Journey has been trivialized by the industry and the zeitgeist; 5.) An appreciation for how the Heroine's Journey can be used to tell stories that create social change and benefit society.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Media (MED)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:38am EDT 7/13/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday
Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm
Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th
Room: 263
Date Range: 1/22/2024 - 5/13/2024