Today was the last day of Story Masters and they went out with a bang. Don Maass lead a chapter by chapter analysis of “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. And at the end of the day, they were sweet enough to pose for pictures.

Donald Maass, Chris Vogler, Rachel Funk Heller & James Scott Bell

One of the most important elements they all seemed to stress, when talking about “To Kill A Mockingbird” or most other stories, was the importance of the main character’s inner journey. In “Mockingbird” it was Scout’s inner journey from childhood to adulthood. How she looked around for teachers and mentors to help guide her on that journey. How the culmination of that journey was at the end when she could stand on Boo Radley’s porch and look at her world through his eyes. The book was published in 1960, but the power of that story still resonates today.

What I want to say about the Story Masters themselves is that they each have a unique view and wonderful contributions to the art and craft of storytelling. But what was so refreshing about this workshop was their graciousness. They all sat through each others presentations, they all had their brains scrambled along with the students. They were generous with their time, they answered our questions and sat with us at lunch, eager to hear our stories and to help us with our writing. And most of all when they were teaching their portion of the workshop, they were willing to share some of their own struggles and their highs and lows on the way to being published and in working in this very demanding business.

So, hats off to the story masters. If you want to bring your writing to the next level and really study the craft of writing, sign up NOW for next year’s session. You won’t be disappointed. If you have any questions about the workshop, please feel free to ask, I will fill in as best I can. They covered so much wonderful information and I did take extensive notes, so ask me your questions and I’ll do my best to answer them. Thanks for stopping by.