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Advanced Fiction Writing: The Hero’s Journey & Mythic Structure for Writers, Part Two (HS X-10)

Become an excellent writer as you learn all about essential story structure, character archetypes, and essential character development in dynamic stories in this advanced fiction writing course where you can write your own story.

Total classes: 8

Prerequisite: Required: Hero’s Journey and Mythic Structure for Writers, Part One

Suggested grade level: 11th grade; however, this course can be taken at any grade level in high school or in professional/continuing education studies. 

Suggested credit: 2/3 semester Creative Writing, Writing, or English. For a full semester’s credit, continue with daily writing and honing your craft, working with your parent.


In this advanced how-to fiction writing course, you’ll learn how to powerfully use ancient archetypes in what is called “The Hero’s Journey” — the mythic structure that most stories follow — to capture the reader’s heart and excitement. Learn different kinds of typological characters appearing in stories, and apply that knowledge to the crafting of your own fiction book. Learn a story’s structure points that the Hero encounters along the way — and how the Hero overcomes and grows through a story, to reach the story’s Outer Goal with triumph! This course can be taken at the same time as any of the other Fiction Writing courses offered with Homeschool Connections — and be sure to take Part 1 before joining Part 2. Whether you plan on becoming a writer of fiction (books, screenwriting, poetry, television writing, or more) or you simply want to expand your ability to write in advanced styles and get ahead in advanced literature studies for college — this course is for you.


Class 1: The Ordinary World

Class 2: The Call to Adventure

Class 3: The Refusal of the Call

Class 4: Meeting with the Mentor

Class 5: Crossing the First Threshold

Class 6: Test, Allies, and Enemies

Class 7: Approach to the Innermost Cave

Class 8: The Ordeal and Reward, Summarizing the Road Back, Resurrection, and Return

Materials and Homework

Course Materials: Required Book: The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, 3rd Edition, by Christopher Vogler and Michele Montez. Get the book here: http://amzn.to/2DzkE1W

Note: The same book is used in both The Hero’s Journey 2 (this course), The Hero’s Journey 1 (previous course), and in the Screenwriting courses (offered alternate years).
Microsoft Word or the ability to convert a document to a Word-compatible document is required. If you do not own Microsoft Word, you can use a system such as Google Docs that converts to Word documents FREE.

Homework: Approximately two (2) to four (4)  hours per week of reading and completing coursework, depending on your skills level coming into the course. All homework is graded with personal feedback given by the instructor.

Important Dates

Class Dates: Wednesdays, January 17 to March 13, 2024. No class February 14 (Ash Wednesday)

Class Times: 2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 Central, 12:30 Mountain, 11:30 Pacific)

Duration per class: 55 minutes

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