READ 002 | The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler

The Writer's Journey (cover) by Christopher Vogler.I’ve had this one on my list for awhile, and was on the Toronto Public Library Hold list for what seems like even longer (though the magic of actually pulling that one off is currently beyond me); needless to say I’ve been rather hyped to finally dive into The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler. And after three weeks with this sought after title (seriously, the Holds list is looooonnng) all I can find myself capable of saying is, “Yeah, it’s there. I guess?”

As someone super into the idea of the monomyth and the all-encompassing power and reach of the Hero’s Journey by Joseph Campbell, you would think this book would be totally my jam, and in one very important (and damaging) sense—it is. Continue reading “READ 002 | The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler”

READ 001 – The Educated Imagination – Northrop Frye

Part of the CBC Massey Lectures series, Northrop Frye originally delivered his series of six talks on the value of studying literature, collective known as The Educated Imagination, in 1962. The lectures have been collected in a book published by Anasi. By virtue of being a student at the University of Toronto and being taught by professors who were in turn taught by Frye himself, the ideas of this book are a part of my critical DNA. Before going back to read The Educated Imagination again this week after a decade of recommending it to all and sundry, I don’t think I fully appreciated exactly how formative Frye’s ideas are to me and my approach to literature and critical theory. Continue reading “READ 001 – The Educated Imagination – Northrop Frye”

READ – A new kind of article!

In out most recent chat, Luke and I discussed how reading books or articles about storytelling is all well and good, but it would be more beneficial to us as creators, and indeed to our community as a whole, if we were to actually reflect on the content of these books.

To that end: enter a new kind of Central Pillar article. READ articles will allow members of the Adventures in Storytelling community to reflect on writing that is about writing. Much like the PLAY experiments, we don’t want to put too many formal restrictions on what READ looks like, but expect READ to be filled with insights on big thinkers, discussions on new ideas, connections to existing Adventures in Storytelling content (especially Right Pillar themes), thoughts on the many philosophies of storytelling, and indeed, whatever else you want READ to be about!