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The Dream Archetype Meets the Hero’s Journey: A Craft Talk and Writing Experience with Tzivia Gover and Lori Soderlind via Zoom

Carl Jung gave us dream archetypes as character models; Joseph Campbell outlined the “Hero’s Journey.” Put the two ideas together and you’ve got a new way to examine your own fiction or nonfiction writing.  Of course, we don’t want our stories to be formulaic or our characters to resemble stereotypes. But by holding our narratives up to the light of Jung and Campbell’s insights, we can discover pathways to deeper character development, more resonant conflicts, and more vivid and meaningful resolutions. Participants in this craft talk will learn about dream archetypes and how they do or don’t match up with characters in their own work, then put their characters into stops along the “hero’s (and heroine’s)  journey” to help frame a story or narrative poem. We will explore the ideas presented by putting them into practice. Participants will write from prompts, engage in discussion, and have the opportunity to share ideas and writing.

NB: This is a craft class and not a workshop. It is capped at 25 students. It will take place via Zoom. Zoom link instructions will be emailed at the time of registration and again the day of the class. Please check spam filter and email admin@writerscenter.org with questions. Please note: Scholarship applications for this class are due on February 15th. Please read our course policies page before registering for any HVWC class and please see our scholarship page for details on how to apply for a need-based or person of color scholarship.

Interactive Online Half-Day Craft Talk and Writing Experience
April 24, 4-hours, 12:30pm-4:30pm EST
Registration is $124 at:

Tzivia Gover is the author of several books including The Mindful Way to a Good Night’s Sleep and Joy in Every Moment. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and dozens of anthologies and journals. The founder of Dreaming on the Page workshops, she teaches about dreams, mindfulness, and writing online and around the world. She has an MFA from Columbia University in creative nonfiction.. Learn more at www.tziviagover.com.

Lori Soderlind is author of two memoirs: The Change (My Great-American, Postindustrial, Midlife Crisis Tour) and Chasing Montana (A Love Story). The Change was nominated for a LAMBDA Award in 2021. She is the beloved former director of the MFA Creative Writing Program at Manhattanville College and now teaches at Skidmore. Her writing has appeared in anthologies and journals; her essay “66 Signs” is included in the Norton Anthology of Best Creative Nonfiction. She has reviewed books for the New York Times and elsewhere. Lori began her career in print journalism, working as a reporter, editor, and freelancer for newspapers and magazines across New Jersey and New York. After earning an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, she worked as a city editor at the Times Union newspaper in Albany, NY, and taught writing at SUNY’s Albany campus.

Event Location and Ticket Information

Date: Sunday, April 24, 2022
Times: 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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Presenter: Hudson Valley Writers Center
Presenter Phone: 9143325953