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This delightful workshop covers how you can use the myths and fairy tales that link us all to give your story more oomph. Get ready to laugh while you learn, because the speaker is a natural storyteller and a witty observer of life. Whether you're creating a screenplay, a novel, a play, a computer game, a puppet show, or just an entry in your journal, your story will be richer, it will touch more people, and it will have more meaning and depth after you listen to Chris Vogler's talk.

Learn about:

  • The Hero's Ordinary and Special Worlds
  • The Four Major Movements of Any Story
  • The Cast of Characters: Hero, Mentor, Threshold Guardian, Herald, Shapeshifter, Shadow, and Trickster
  • ©2002 Christopher Vogler; (P)2002 Writer's AudioShop

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    Use the Hero's 2 Journeys Instead

    The ideas in this lecture are covered in "The Hero's 2 journeys." That lecture is a tag-team effort from Chris Vogel and Michael Hauge and covers much more ground. If you have already listened to that lecture and want more of Vogel's ideas, this lecture has a few extra details and a little more depth.

    23 of 24 people found this review helpful

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    • Adam
    • Sellersville, PA, USA
    • 12-27-05

    enjoyable listen

    I'm no writer, but I have some ideas that I want to turn into stories. In light of that, I thought this was informative. When I start putting pen to paper I will make sure to listen to this again, and take some notes.

    In addition, this gives new perspective to enjoying TV shows, books, movies, or other types of storytelling media.

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    Good as a standalone or companion

    Real, good practical stuff. Boils down Campbell's work into simple terms; a good, maybe even great, companion to "Hero with a Thousand Faces".

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    Making learning and writing fun

    Great lecture and content. Wish all my lectures at university were this enjoyable. The content is really applicable and useful in practice and not just in theory. Give the writer a great place to start planning his or her story as well getting the story out on the pages.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    Another fine seminar.

    Like THE HERO'S TWO JOURNEYS, which Vogler did with Michael Hauge, this is a recording of a seminar. In this one, Volger goes into greater depth talking about-- and giving examples of-- the hero's journey, as well as some of the archetypal characters the hero meets along the way. He gives many examples from well-known films, although he stresses the way a novelist can use the same information in his or her book. One nice addition is that many of the attendees of the lecture were able to ask questions about applying what Vogler taught to their own stories. Very enlightening.

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    Tool for that stabilizing Kick to refine

    after the first listening, I am replaying this short text over and over and over again... While I exercise, while I complete sculptures, even while I go for a meditative walk... I believe this will become an internalized component of my writing personality... Many suggestions are already a part of my thinking... Some are new to me. I'm excitedly looking forward to the time when I can jump back into my half completed novel and sharpen its direction and purpose. Thank you Christopher Volger for lighting my path!

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    Enjoyable Must-Have for Character and Story

    What did you love best about Using Myth to Power Your Story?

    Brilliant screenwriter and speaker. Packed with high-value facts, advice and examples.

    What did you like best about this story?

    Numerous writing examples with insights and details. Showed how to work with each required archetype and build them into compelling real life characters. Especially liked how one archetype can have traits of other archetypes.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    Live workshop recording had audience questions with helpful answers.

    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Using Myth to Power Your Story?

    Inspiring. Gave me specific guidance for my own work style.

    Any additional comments?

    I want to find more from this author.

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    Brilliant Lecture On Screenwriting!

    This is a really brilliant lecture on screenwriting, with a focus on the "hero's journey" type of stories. Perfect for Sci-fi, which is my main interest. I'm able to immediately apply this lecture to my writing. If you're like me though, you'll definitely need to listen with a notepad and pencil though to get the most out of it.

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    Excellent lecture with good points

    Christopher Vogler breaks down his craft into easy to understand points and elaborates on them without causing any confusion or lack of fun. He is good and if you want to tell a story, then this lecture is worth listening to. My copy had a slight audio problem but the points got across nicely.

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    What a bargain

    This presentation is taken from a Chris Vogler segment at a writer's conference. It is just fantastic, packed full of such good information that I took notes all the way through and of course laughed my head off at Chris's great sense of humor. I pray that Audible will do more "mini books" like this one especially on writing.

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    • Howard
    • 02-18-12

    Great pace, illustrations and clarity

    This is Mr Vogler's personal spin on Joseph Campbell's inspiring work - an audio-book which did everything I had hoped for.

    You'll probably find yourself running your own story-line alongside Vogler's model; a process which both exposes weaknesses and suggests solutions. His delivery is energetic, passionate and has a great lightness of touch - lots of good humor. He is a superb communicator.

    Truly riveting and highly recommended for anyone interested in how a good story works.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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    • Ms
    • 09-23-16

    An Decent Introduction

    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This is a reasonable starting place to introduce yourself to the concepts surrounding the 'monomyth' & explore some of the core archetypal characters that make a story come to life. This is all based upon the ideas pit forward by Joseph Campbell & have a breathable pace.

    If you’ve listened to books by Christopher Vogler before, how does this one compare?

    He has a laid back casual & relatable way of communicating.

    Could you see Using Myth to Power Your Story being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    Not exactly, but any Hollywood movie worth its salt will go through the 'monomyth' pretty much verbatim. The Wizard of Oz & Star Wars being two good examples (George Lucas was aware of & influenced by Joseph Campbell).

    Any additional comments?

    For anyone who is interested in the flow & craft of a story, myth, or legend.

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    • Zara
    • 09-08-16

    Just Amazing

    I wish there were more materials of Mr. Vogler on Audible. This seminar was very entertaining to listen to and informative.