STORYquest is an extensive, interactive Class-in-a-Workbook, an invitation for writers to explore the critical stages of storytelling through examples from modern literature and poetry. Laura Lentz, popular writing workshop teacher, breaks down the Hero’s Journey for storytellers, book writers and poets. Theories once steeped in mythology and film are now available for all writers.
STORYQuest is for writers who want a daily writing practice as well as writers that want to thread their many stories together for a complete book.
Laura slows us down, breaks down the stages of the journey in easy to understand formats, then shows us examples through modern literature, memoir and poetry – and her own heart opening essays.
Never before has the Quest of Story been brought so intimately to writers.
Never before has anyone written such a bold invitation to write your story.
Praise for Laura’s STORYquest
If you want to enjoy writing compelling stories and feel like you are on the right path, being guided by a knowledgeable and encouraging teacher and accomplished writing friend…Buy. This. Book.
— E. Becker, Berkely
Storyquest is the guidebook that I’ve been looking for. Laura walks us through the Hero’s Journey and offers us literary inspiration. Through quick writing warm-ups, pre-writing exercises, and writing prompts, my story has begun unfolding after years of being stuck.
— L. Austin
A beautiful, generous offering of guidance and spirit, a loving companion to the often lonely writer’s quest. Explanatory and illuminating, the workbook accompanies the writer on the call to create and to venture outside known comforts and into the greater wilds of the creative process.
— J. Seward
Laura is such an enlightened, encouraging, and inspiring teacher – through her words on the pages of this workbook I will continue onward with my writing ventures.
— A. Olsen
This book came at the perfect time. I have been reading it last night and woke up this morning to it. Incredible. The prompts in it are poetic and deep. It digs at the core of our existential need.
— Amazon customer review
If you’ve ever dreamed about writing a novel or finally putting your adventures down on paper, this is the only book you’ll need.
— N. London
There isn’t another writing tool like STORYquest, because there isn’t another wirting mentor like Laura. When I was a boy, I asked my father how to tell if something is true in a world full of advice, “Truth has it’s own ring.” STORYquest is a bell.
— T. Box
If you have never fancied yourself capable of writing your story and have doubts about the value of its telling, Lentz begs to differ. She will lovingly push you out of your comfort zone through to the realization of your story. Trust her, trust the process, work the book.
— Amazon Reviewer
Laura’s greatest gift is that of hope. Hope to all of us would-be-authors, that our stories are worth telling, worth writing and worth sharing. In this book, she shows us just how—all this with a sprinkle of magical fairy dust on top.
— S. Nering, author
This book will teach you that ANYTHING can be a call to growth in your life—a death, a letter, a catastrophe, a wedding invitation, a billboard with the message you need—anything that opens a door.
— J. White
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STORYquest is a powerful and inspiring exploration into your unique story,
leading you to create with the essential wisdom of a Hero.
In-Depth Workbook Tour
Inside the STORYQuest workbook, writers will explore:
Before • The Call to Growth • Refusal of the Call • Mentors and Angels • Jumping into the Portal
Put to the Test • Rock Bottom • Celebrations • Trouble Again • Rebirth
Bringing the Magic Home • Integration
Stages of Storytelling
All of the stages of our stories – the World of Before, the Obstacles in our way and Hitting Rock Bottom lead the writer and the reader into the long journey home to self. Every stage matters– the angels you meet along the way matter as much as the enemies, who turn out to be some of our greatest teachers. The Call to Adventure matters as much as all the time we spend Refusing the Call.
Laura breaks it down for us with warmth, wisdom and guidance, to help us tap into our deepest stories that will become a life raft for writers and readers everywhere.
Education + Inspiration + Creating = Your Story
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NANCY ARONIE | Author of Writing from the Heart
“A contemporary answer for morning pages.”
“Storyquest offers writers a workbook to help create compelling stories following the Hero’s Journey without tripping over theory. Anyone who dives into the workbook will never complain of writer’s block again. Laura takes you on a magical mystery tour, opens the door so your best stories can come through and creates new meaning for the word Practice. A contemporary answer for morning pages.”
CONSTANCE FRENZEN | The Voice of Poetry
“A brilliant guide.”
“Laura is a master at inspiring writers to realize their greatest potential. Her workbook is a compilation of her knowledge and skill as both writer and teacher – a brilliant guide to make your poem, prose, short story or book come alive. For both advanced and beginning writers, it contains the heart and soul of her invaluable knowledge.”