On Aug. 3, the Paonia Library will host Lisa Jones, local author and journalist. Jones started out as a journalist, writing for The New York Times Magazine, High Country News and National Public Radio.
Her first book, "Broken: A Love Story," was published in May 2009. She now lives in Boulder.
Jones will be hosting an intimate writer's workshop called "Heroine's Journey." It will be a three-hour introductory course focused on writing a memoir utilizing Joseph Campbell's "Hero's Journey." For those not familiar with Campbell, he was an American author who covered the human experience. He was born in 1904 and died in 1987. His legacy lives on through his writing and through the memoirs of others who subscribe to his methodology as outlined in the "Hero's Journey."
The "Hero's Journey" defines the patterns found in good storytelling and writing. According to a weblog post, the "Hero's Journey" was adapted to the "Heroine's Journey" by Maureen Murdock in 1990 to better capture the plight of the contemporary woman. These methodologies are used today to develop screenplays, books, movies and TV shows.
"The workshop, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 3, will take all the participants on a journey to find the hero within," says Kit Stephenson, regional manager. "It will allow people to learn how to tell their story. It will be a small, intimate group."
Jones went on one such journey herself. That is how she developed her first novel. She had traveled to Wyoming for a piece written for the Smithsonian Magazine. It was there that she found Stanford Addison, a quadriplegic man who was a true horse gentler. She watched as he gentled the beasts. According to an article in Arts & Entertainment, she was spiritually restored from that experience, sending her on a journey of healing. "Broken" describes her experience and the impact Addison had on her life.
"To have the opportunity to have an author of Lisa Jones' caliber offer a writing workshop is special," said Laura Lee Yates of the Paonia Library. "She is truly a special writer, along the lines of Luis Urrea, Terry Tempest Williams, and Kim Stafford." Those fortunate enough to participate will be guided on a journey of self-awareness and heroism that will lead them to the story within.blog comments powered by Disqus