The Hero's Journey

1st September 2021 7:00pm to 8:30pm, Online

The Hero’s Journey is the writer’s map, providing all that is vital to brilliant, page-turning storytelling in a few key milestones. In this evening masterclass, author, editor and academic Kylie Fitzpatrick uses contemporary examples to highlight the patterns that define some of our greatest stories, and encourages you to assess which of these apply to your own writing.

This is an opportunity to use the Hero’s Journey as a check-list for your own work, and a means of developing a  rescue plan if you’ve been unable to put your finger on why your narrative doesn’t quite work. You’ll be encouraged to ask key questions of your heroines and heroes, as well as their quests. What makes them leave the familiarity of their safe, ordinary life and go into their version of the unknown? And does your reader want to go along as your plot unfolds?

This is a session open to writers of all genres and experience. The six key stages of the Hero’s Journey are about character – and therefore story – progression, so whether the map of your protagonist leads to the ends of the earth or just to the bottom of the garden, the same guidance applies. And all in the hope of searching for the same outcome: to become an author of a journey that will grip readers from first page to last.

Speaker profiles
Kylie Fitzpatrick

Kylie Fitzpatrick was born in Denmark to Australian parents and grew up in several cultures. She has a PhD in Creative Writing and a background in publishing and film & television, working in both as a writer, editor, and researcher in the U.S., Europe and Australia. As a Creative Writing tutor she has taught and lectured for twelve years at both Degree and Masters levels, and run workshops and courses for various institutions and arts bodies, publishers and online platforms. As an editor she has worked on hundreds of novels and continues to freelance for publishers and literary consultancies. Her four historical novels have been published in eleven languages, and she is currently developing a new novel.

Booking & payment

The workshop fee of £30 (incl. VAT) is payable in full online.

This is a live online event which will be presented using video conferencing software. Joining instructions and full guidance will be provided by the W&A Team a week before the event start-date.

Event materials will be made available to attendees for a time-limited period after the event at the author's discretion.

Please note that payment instalment plans are available for all W&A events, writing courses and editing services. Contact W&A Admin on so that we can find a payment schedule that works for you.


Accessible to All

It’s of real importance to Writers & Artists that our events and courses remain accessible to all.

  • Writers & Artists has made up to five bursary places available for this event as part of our accessibility scheme. Please visit our bursaries page for further information about how to apply. All bursary applications must have been submitted for consideration by Sunday 22nd August.
  • At the author’s discretion, event materials will be made available to attendees after the masterclass.
  • A link to a recording of the masterclass will be circulated after the event. This will be made available to event attendees only, and for a time-limited period.
  • This event will include written text and visuals. Please contact us in advance so that we can make arrangements to be sure all documents appear in a format that works for you.
  • If you’d like to attend but have any questions or concerns regarding accessibility, then please email



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