This advanced 6-week class invites students to wade more deeply into the process of writing their life stories and personal essays through the lens of heroic quest, building upon the foundation created during the original workshop.

There are no available registration dates at this time.

Note: This workshop will be held in a live, online format utilizing the Zoom platform.
Class meets on Tuesdays for 6 sessions 6pm-8pm ET (Oct 17, 24, 31 & Nov 7, 14, 21).

This workshop is intended for students who have already taken Memoir as a Journey 1, or those who are experienced writers with a familiarity of Joseph Cambell’s structure of the Hero’s Journey or 3-act story structure.

Pathway through a wooded forest

In this 6-week class, students will wade more deeply into the process of writing their life stories and personal essays through the lens of a heroic quest. We will continue to look at archetypal influences; depict evolutionary character development arcs; examine the elements of polarity and conflict; highlight themes of transformation; and unravel the presence of purpose and meaning that shine through an individual life.

There will be weekly work sharing and feedback from the instructor and colleagues. In addition to the 2 hours of class time each week, students will have the opportunity to submit one piece of writing each week for instructor feedback.

By the end of this workshop, students can expect to have a crafted draft of a short piece of writing which can serve as a foundational story that could be expanded into a full-length memoir.

Student testimonials

“Teresa created a trusting environment which helped us all bond and share very personal stories.” – Lisa D.

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Instructor: Teresa Piccari

Teresa Piccari is a lover of the written word across all genres. She is a career journalist and columnist, feature writer and also writes fiction and creative nonfiction. Piccari is at work on a poetry manuscript entitled Laying Down Armor. She has read at Tenants Harbor Poets and presented her nonfiction at several events. Piccari has been helping people tell their fiction and nonfiction stories for 25 years through a diverse palette of workshops including Memoir as a Journey 1, Memoir as a Journey 2, Return to Essence, If Not Now When, Creative Writing Toolbox and Sensory Writing. A native Philadelphian, she has called coastal Maine home for 18 years.