Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts

A Hero's Journey: A Writing Course for Veterans, Part I-Storytelling

January 16-April 17, 2021

Schedule: 1-4 pm - four Saturdays

Instructor: Stephen Fuller

Registration Deadline: Registration Closed


All veterans have stories to tell. Some of us do not want to tell them, while others need to tell them. I am a veteran and a writer and wish to help veterans tell their stories by utilizing Joseph Campbell’s depiction of the Hero’s Journey.

This course will be offered in three parts reflecting the phases of that journey: departure, initiation, and return. Additionally, each part will focus on three major areas of writing: Part I-Storytelling, Part II-Theater, and Part III-Verse. Through this course, the student will develop his/her own skills as a writer and gain confidence in telling their stories, perhaps to pass along to the next generation or to heal old battle scars that remain sore and in need of a salve.

Campbell’s classic “Hero with a Thousand Faces” will be our text when we meet one Saturday a month; there will be writing exercises, lessons, videos, and a chance to share and reflect on one another’s work. The course will culminate on Veterans Day weekend with a reading of your favorite works, and perhaps, if inspired and conditions allow, a performance on Alley Stage on the beautiful Shake Rag Alley campus.

Class size 9

Level Beginner and above

Student Supply List
Writing journal, your favorite writing instrument, and a desire to support your fellow veterans. $24 materials fee for “Hero with a Thousand Faces” can be waived if you already own the text.

  • Tuition $100
  • Materials Fee $24 (payable to instructor at class time)


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