The Alchemy of Story #1: Writing the Universal

Date and time: 11th February 2018 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Moonah Arts Centre, 23-27 Albert Rd, Moonah Tasmania 7009

About the series:

Each of us is the product of many stories. Some we create ourselves, others we learn from our culture, our society, our family, friends, teachers, filmmakers and authors. Stories form our identity and our opinions; they inhabit our minds, are written on our bodies, imprinted in our hearts and stamped on every cell within us. Stories are our history, and our futures are formed from this history. At their worst, stories can bury themselves deep within our psyches and trap us within their conforming limitations so that we live small and fear-filled lives. But at their best, stories can be revolutionary, helping us to learn how to become true individuals by encouraging us to reach inwards to explore ourselves, and by showing us how to reach out and connect with others.

In these workshops, novelist Dr Rosie Dub, draws on many years of research, as well as her experience as a teacher, writer and editor, to explore the role of stories as maps, helping us to navigate our inward journeys; each journey uniquely individual yet echoing in the footsteps of those who have come before. ‘The Alchemy of Story’ workshops are a multi-faceted exploration of the power within story to transform each of us. In these workshops, we delve deeply into story and explore its underlying patterns. In the process, we identify ways in which writing and reading enables us to find our voice, heal old wounds, let go of the stories we tell ourselves that do not serve us well and rediscover the power of the imagination to reconcile the past with the present and ultimately to create a more hopeful future.

About this session:

Writing the Universal: recreating myths and fairy tales – 11 Feb 2018

Understanding the function and structure of myths and fairy stories helps us to develop a deeper knowledge of ourselves and our relationship to the wider world. It also teaches us how to write powerful, vibrant stories that not only carry universal themes but also engage the reader emotionally. These ancient stories provide intriguing possibilities for their retelling, allowing us to retain their important insights while transplanting the story into a different time and/or place.

Through discussion, readings and writing exercises, this workshop or series of workshops asks us to take a myth or fairy tale that resonates with us, identify its themes and rewrite it. In the process, we will use symbolism to express the deeper themes within the story, experiment with point of view, consider the function of setting, and develop characters through identifying their archetypal functions and exploring the internal and external conflicts that drive their actions and reactions.

Other sessions:

25 Feb: Writing the Self: exploring life’s transitions

10 March: Writing the Numinous: mapping the journey to self

1 April: Writing for Change: telling stories responsibly

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This session only – Writing the Universal (11 Feb 2018)

*Concession for Tasmanian Writers Centre Concession members only


All 4 workshops in The Alchemy of Story (members only)…
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