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The Heroine's Journey Writing Workshop

Behind the scenes of 'Suburban Wildlife' | Dir. Imogen McCluskey | Photo: Chelsea Thistlewaite

Create authentic female characters

Despite what you’ve heard, creating authentic, gripping, emotionally resonant films about women is not about simply gender-flipping the hero’s journey. This illuminating, inspiring and practical workshop introduces you to Maureen Murdock’s underrated classic study of female myths and archetypes and shows how it can help you craft, develop and write your own female-driven film.

Dive into all ten stages of The Heroine’s Journey

Deep-dive into all ten stages of The Heroine’s Journey and their attendant roots in myth and archetypes, plus how to translate these to screen.

Create authentic female characters

Learn how to avoid the common mistakes made in writing of female protagonist films and gain insight into creating plot through authentic characterisation of female characters;

Learn how to support yourself

Learn how to support yourself as you do the hard graft of developing and writing your feature film or TV series idea.

Is The Heroine's Journey Writing Workshop right for you?

The workshop is designed for writers, developers and producers of all levels. Right now the lack of women’s stories on screen is a hot topic all over the world. There’s a hunger for stories by, about and for women, but there’s confusion about how to best tell these stories and a lack of appropriate development tools. The Heroine’s Journey fills this gap with a warm, witty, fun workshop delivering a useful set of practical tools and valuable insights. You’ll be inspired, awed, stimulated, nurtured and provoked, and leave feeling excited to write.

Meet Your Tutor

Jessica Redenbach

Jessica Redenbach is an ADG award-winning writer/director, AACTA-nominated producer and an accomplished long form screenwriter (Spirited, Rush). She is a highly…

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What you will need

There is a list of suggested viewing to be done in advance of the workshop. It is recommended (but not essential) that you read Maureen Murdock’s book on which the workshop is based, The Heroine’s Journey (available in paperback and on Kindle). Please bring a 60 page minimum notebook to the class and several working pens. Students are discouraged from bringing laptops to the workshop.

This course is only open to students aged 18 +.

For more information call 1300 223 877, or register for future offerings.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: AFTRS reserves the right to cancel any course for any reason at any time. In the event of a course being cancelled a full refund of course fees will be provided. If you are planning to travel to attend a course, please confirm with us via email that the course will be proceeding before you make your travel bookings. AFTRS is not liable for any travel costs incurred due to course postponement, cancellation, or any other circumstance.

If an attendee wishes to withdraw from a course, they may do so up to 15 days before the course commences and get a full refund. Cancellations 14 days or less before course commencement will incur a fee.

Find out more information about discounts and refunds.