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Writing Seminar: Engaging the Feminine Heroic

Author Dara Marks will lead this seminar on the creative process, which explores the enhancement of female characters and provides a deeper understanding of the interior terrain of the human landscape. Strong stories aren't masculine or feminine — they are a balance of both. Stories are also developed in layers; this is one of the fundamental aspects that often gets lost, distorted or forgotten completely in the creative process.

While most writers are familiar with the template of the Hero's Journey, its counterpart, the Feminine Heroic, may be difficult to recognize (even for women). The essential goal of the Hero's Journey is to discover, defend, declare and establish our Self in the World. In contrast, the great achievement of the feminine quest is communion, connection and relatedness to the other in order to make meaning of our existence. It is not grit or physical prowess that gives the feminine her heroic stature, but rather her courageous ability to descend into the dark, forbidding places that lie within each of us in order to retrieve our essence. In this seminar, Marks will establish how engagement with the feminine heroic is essential for exposing the soul of a narrative and making it whole.

Dara Marks, Ph.D. is a leading international script consultant, seminar leader, and author of one of the best-selling books on screenwriting, Inside Story: The Power of the Transformational Arc.  She has specialized in the analysis of the modern screenplay for the past two decades. Creative Screenwriting Magazine has consistently rated her one of the top script consultants in Hollywood.  Dara has worked for most major Hollywood studios and her advice has been sought on a variety of films and television programs.  She has been recognized for her groundbreaking work in this field, which continues to help writers engage more deeply and effectively in the creative writing process.  She is currently also an adjunct professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute.

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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts