Congratulations to Naomi Treece for being the first member to complete the Hero’s Journey! The Academy has offered a weekly writers’ workshop to members, using the work of author and professor Joseph Campbell to navigate the process of crafting a story that casts the writer as the hero of her own story. While fiction, Naomi’s story is deeply personal and uses metaphor to touch on aspects of her own experience.
The task of defining oneself as the hero proved to be challenging for many of the writers, which is exactly why we thought this was an important project to take on. In Naomi’s story “Fernando, Ready for Adventure,” her hero, Fernando, is a Bengal tiger seeking freedom from captivity. Like all hero’s journeys, Fernando is tested by challenges and ordeals before triumphing in his adventure. Of the process, Naomi had this to say:
“This Writer’s Workshop was very meaningful to me personally. It took a lot of personal growth to complete my short story which was a fictional representation of my life thus far. It was dealing with the past, with head held high and facing the future. It was truly a Hero’s Journey!”