The Heroine’s Journey – The Other Ancient Story Structure

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When: (New Date!) September 11, 2021 | 10AM – 5PM Pacific
Where: Online via Zoom video conference
Price: $50 – $75
Scholarships Available

We’ve all heard about the Hero’s Journey, but how often do we hear about the Heroine’s Journey, Western culture’s other prominent story structure?

In this webinar, New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger provides a full break down of what aspects of the heroine’s journey make for compelling narratives and voracious readers, where these elements originate, why they’re successful, and how to write them. She’ll help you take control of story structure by delving behind the scenes for hidden messages and gain insight into under-studied narrative conventions and modern publishing markets.

After this webinar you’ll have the tools to craft narrative beats, steps to write a compelling journey, and an understanding of why these are appealing based on history and mythology. You’ll also gain an understanding of why genre fiction (and romance in particular) is dismissed, vilified, and disregarded, and how to combat this negative stereotyping.

You’ll leave with a solid and powerful alternate model to the overused and chronically discussed Hero’s Journey that is guaranteed to have you looking at and discussing plot structure in pop culture differently for the rest of your life.

Who Should Take This Webinar?

Writers of all genres — Literary, YA, Middle Grade, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Children’s Books, Romance — and narrative mediums — Prose, Playwriting, Screenwriting, and Graphic Novels, from newbie to professional.

Schedule, Registration, and Payment Options

The webinar will run from 10AM to 5PM Pacific Time (click here to convert to your time zone) on this schedule:

Session 1: 10am – 11:30am
Session 2: 12pm – 1pm
Session 3: 2pm – 3pm
Session 4: 3:30pm – 5pm

The schedule is subject to minor changes. Each session will include lecture and Q&A.

Live Webinar Registration is $75 for attendees. If you cannot attend the class during the live webinar, please choose Video Only Registration to get a recording of the class afterward. You’ll get all the resources, the lectures, and answers to questions asked during the live class. The fee for this registration is $50.

We will send the webinar recording to all registrants by September 22. 


Zoom meetings software is compatible with standard screen readers and has several other accessibility features that make it possible for writers who are Blind or vision impaired to participate in the webinar. 

Questions will be submitted via the meeting software chat function or via voice. 

Closed captions will be available, auto-generated by The recorded webinar will have closed captions and a transcript will be available.

Technical Requirements

Zoom video conferencing works on computers, tablets, and most smartphones. We suggest you access the live webinar via a computer for the best experience. Before enrolling, make sure your computer or mobile device is compatible with Zoom. To do that, load the app on your system and join this test meeting.

Webcams and microphones are not necessary. Participants may submit questions during the Q&A portion of the webinar via text. 

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Full and Partial Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarships are available for both the webinar and the video only.

If you do not have the financial means to pay for all or part of the registration cost for the webinar, we encourage you to apply.  We have a broad definition of financial need that ranges from writers who do not have the money at all to writers who have the funds but can’t afford to use them for a writing class. We especially encourage writers who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to apply. Wherever you exist on the financial needs spectrum, don’t self reject! (Still not sure whether you should apply? Read this post.)

Additionally, in acknowledgment of the difficulty Palestinian writers may have in accessing resources and the obstacles their voices face in being heard, we have set aside scholarship spots specifically for writers of Palestinian heritage.

IMPORTANT: We set aside scholarship spots ahead of opening registration. Even if the webinar sells out before the deadline, scholarship spots are still reserved. If you plan to apply for a scholarship you do not need to register below.

If you can afford to pay for part but not all of the registration fee, please apply for a partial scholarship. Under this financial aid plan you can let us know the amount you can afford. If you cannot afford to pay at all, please apply for a full scholarship. 

To apply, please fill out this form. You’ll be asked to provide:

  • A brief (300 or fewer words) statement of financial need.
  • A brief (500 or fewer words) description of a work or works you hope the webinar will help you with.
  • If you customarily identify as POC, BIPOC, BAME, or Palestinian, you may indicate that if you wish.

Deadline: 11:59PM Pacific August 8, 2021. We will notify all applicants of their standing by August 22. If you have any questions, please use our contact form to ask!

Refund Policy

If you find that you need to drop the webinar, you may do so by requesting a refund via Eventbrite.

If you drop by August 14, you will receive a full refund minus a service fee.

If you drop on August 15 or after you will not have your registration fee refunded. However, you will still get a recording of the webinar.

Register Below – Please Note the Date Change!

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