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The Art of Adding Mythic
Structure to Enrich Your Novel

No matter what genre you're writing, adding a taste of mythic structure can greatly enrich the flavor of your novel. Just ask the authors of “Silence of the Lambs”, “The Da Vinci Code”, and “Harry Potter". A panel of educators and authors discuss why this can be important to the enrichment of your novel and how to build it in your work. Learn more about our guest speakers and their guidelines below.

The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society is a non-profit organization that provides a forum for writers of all disciplines to meet and discuss the craft and the business of writing. GLAWS accomplishes this through monthly meetings, discussion forums, critique groups, special writer appearances, conferences, and other events conducted for the purpose of educating and mentoring writers of all levels of expertise. GLAWS Special Speaker Events are open to the public, and a great venue to meet other writers and expand your expertise.

Saturday, January 23st, 3:00 pm
Venice Abbott-Kinney Library 
Come early for best seating.

Michael Steven Gregory at the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society Eric Swelstad, Associate Professor and Department Chair of Media Arts,  joined the Media Arts Department in 2001.  Eric has a BA and Master’s Degree from The Ohio State University, and has also guest-lectured in the Cinema/Screenwriting Departments at UCLA, California State University, Northridge, and Emerson College.

A screenwriter and director, Eric has worked for such companies as HBO, Paramount Pictures, and Big Picture Entertainment.  A movie-of-the-week he directed was nominated for an Emmy, and he has won two Telly Awards for his work in television.  His teen-comedy feature “Scooter Kidz,” and the supernatural film “Heartland of Darkness” have aired on cable, and most recently he directed the high-definition feature, “Frankenstein Rising.”

 A member of the Writer’s Guild of America, West, Eric co-wrote the MGM feature “Lucky 13,” and the upcoming thriller “Four Horsemen.”

LAVCEric has also lectured and taught:

  • The Nature of Story, Joseph Campbell: The Power of Myth
  • Early Man's foundation of worship, ritual, magic and festivals - the origins of a collective storytelling conscious.
  • Stories/parables from Judeo-Christian, Islamic, Buddhistic and Hinduistic beliefs ˆ related to storytelling paths in modern plots.
  • "Hero's Journey" examining the Joseph Campbell structure for World Story Models.
  • Jungian and Freudian models of Collective Unconscious and the Psychology behind Storytelling.
  • Quests and Missions ˆ from Odysseus to the Arthurian legends in Stories and Myths.
  • Age of Fables and Fairy Tales ˆ Timeless lessons for children and adults in changing worlds.
  • Cultural Mythology ˆ from the Greeks to the Sagas of the Norsemen.
  • Moral, ethical and Spiritual values in Stories"- how effective stories contain the morality of
    the age.
  • Heroes and Heroines Archetypes" examining the sympathetic yet complex protagonist.
  • Villains and Antagonists Archetypes" focusing on the opposing characters, from Lucifer to Vader.
  • Reluctant and the Anti-Hero" from Moses to Travis Bickle.
  • Modern Mythology" from Tolkien and Lewis to Lucas‚ Star Wars.
  • Mythic Structure models in Television and Film, past and present.


Jamie Weiss Chilton at the Greater Los Angeles Writers SocietySarah Beach has both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in English, specializing in medieval literature. Her personal studies of mythology led her to write THE SCRIBBLER'S GUIDE TO THE LAND OF MYTH, about the mythic structures writers use to enhance their stories. Sarah Beach at GLAWS

She spent 18 years on the research staff of the quiz show JEOPARDY! She as published a range of writings, from literary scholarship to comic book short stories.

She was also the Chair of the Mythcon 40 Convention held at UCLA in 2009.


Denise DumarsDenise Dumars, M. A. is a literary agent for the Ashley Grayson Literary Agency in San Pedro, CA. She specializes in agenting New Age and Metaphysical nonfiction, as well as science fiction, fantasy, horror, and literary fiction.

Her clients include best selling Wiccan author Edain McCoy and award-winning novelists Andrew Fox and Weston Ochse along with many others. A published author herself, Denise’s latest book, Be Blesséd: Daily Devotions for Busy Wiccans and Pagans, is her second book for New Page Publications.

Denise Dumars BookDenise is a former librarian, film journalist, technical writer, and tarot card reader. She still occasionally reads tarot, and she teaches Science Fiction at the college level as well as teaching private classes such as the upcoming “How to Write Your Own Guided Visualization,” “What Authors Need to Know in the New Age,” and “Writing from the Sacred Source.” She is a lifelong resident of the South Bay.

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