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The Soul of Story: Mythic Approaches to Storytelling for the Screen

August 5th - September 9th , 2023

6 Live Classes | Offered Live via Zoom

Program Description

What you will receive

  • 6 Live Webinar Sessions with Q & A
  • 6 Links to the Recordings

Course Description

Thousands of years ago, human beings huddled around campfires to listen to stories. Since that time, we’ve moved indoors and the campfires that we once hovered around have become digital screens. However, stories remain a vital part of the human experience. It’s been said that those that can offer the most compelling story in a society have an edge in advancing their ideas in the world. Our culture has never had more avenues for telling our stories, though few of us have much understanding about what makes one story enchanting and another forgettable.
In this 6 week course, John Bucher, mythologist, Hollywood story consultant and Executive Director of the Joseph Campbell Foundation, will guide you through the craft of creating a story for the screen. Special attention is given to creating characters from a depth psychological perspective. Exploring the fundamentals of storytelling, the course will also provide insights on mythic motifs such as the Hero’s Journey, the Heroine’s Journey, the Collective Heroic Journey and other frameworks. The course will include talks and instruction on creating visual stories, the form and format of telling stories for the screen, and opportunities to workshop your own stories with the instructor and other participants. Surprise guest speakers from the world of storytelling will join the class in various sessions offering insights for better storytelling.

This course is ideal if

  • You are a storyteller
  • You are a writer and would like to learn to tell stories in a new medium
  • You are a screenwriter wanting to add a mythic perspective to your writing
  • You’ve wanted to understand your favorite stories in a deeper way
  • You’ve wanted to create stories for film, television, or streaming
  • You work in a creative field and want to improve your storytelling

Course Overview

WK 1: Understanding the Basics of Storytelling and Mythic Structures
WK 2: Creating Characters from a Depth Psychological Perspective
WK 3: Conflcit, Shadows, and Antagonistic Forces
WK 4: Set Ups, Pay Offs, and Resolutions
WK 5: The Poetry of the Craft
WK 6: Workshopping Our Stories

By the End of This Course You Will Be Able To

  • Create your own story for the screen, informed by mythic ideas and depth psychology
  • Workshop your story with others and help them workshop theirs
  • Watch films, television, and streaming shows in a completely different way

Program Details


6 Saturdays August 5th – September 9th , 2023
9:00 – 10:30 AM PST


  • $275 General Rate
  • $225 Pacifica Alumni, Full Time Students, & Senior Rate
  • $175 Pacifica Student RateBook now and get 20% off listed prices. Offer valid until June 30th, 2023.

The program link will be sent out prior to the event. For those unable to attend live, the presentation will be recorded and the link shared after the event.


About the Teacher

John Bucher John Bucher is a mythologist, storyteller, and writer based out of Hollywood, California. He serves as Executive Director for the Joseph Campbell Foundation and is an author, podcaster, and speaker. He has worked with government and cultural leaders around the world as well as
organizations such as HBO, DC Comics, The History Channel, A24 Films, Atlas Obscura, and The John Maxwell Leadership Foundation. He has served as a producer, consultant, and writer for numerous film, television, and Virtual Reality projects. He is the author of six books including the best seller, The Story Almanac and Storytelling for Virtual Reality, named by BookAuthority as one of the best storytelling books of all time. He holds a PhD in Mythology and Depth Psychology and has spoken on 6 continents about using the power of story and myth to reframe how individuals, organizations, cultures, and nations believe and behave.

General Information


Hosted Online


Cancellations 14 days or more prior to the program start date receive a 100% refund of program registrations. After 14 days, up to 7 days prior to the program start date, a 50% refund is available. For cancellations made less than 7 days of program start date, no refund is available.

For additional information, including travel, cancellation policy, and disability services please visit our general information section.

Registration Details

August 5th - September 9th , 2023

  • Number of Classes: 6 Workshop Classes
  • Class Length: 1.5 Hours
  • Class Time: 9:00 – 10:30 AM PST
  • Total Duration:  9 Hours