Myth Making and Breaking: How to Use Old Stories to Write Something New
Presented by Steph Post


1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
State Library

“Every myth is psychologically symbolic. Its narratives and images are to be read, therefore, not literally, but as metaphors.” –Joseph Campbell

Star Wars. Lord of the Rings. Harry Potter. Some of the most popular sagas of our time are founded on archetypes, classical narrative arcs, elements of comparative mythology, and fairytale tropes. A story doesn’t have to be epic, however, to dive deep and make use of these motifs. In this fiction writing workshop we will explore how myths can guide narratives, archetypes can shape characters, and symbols can create theme and drive plot. Using a variety of non-traditional approaches, we will write several pieces of workable fiction built upon the foundations, and rubble, of the mythmaker tradition.

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Steph Post is the author of the novels Miraculum, Walk in the Fire, Lightwood, and A Tree Born Crooked. She graduated from Davidson College as a recipient of the Patricia Cornwell Scholarship and winner of the Vereen Bell award, and she holds a Master’s degree in Graduate Liberal Studies from Uiversity of North Carolina Wilmington. Her work has most recently appeared in Garden & Gun, NonBinary Review, and the anthology Stephen King’s Contemporary Classics. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Rhysling Award and was a semi-finalist for The Big Moose Prize. She lives in Florida.



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