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STORYQUEST, the Writer, the Hero, the Journey is an extensive, interactive class in a workbook format to invite writers into the twelve critical stages of storytelling through deep writing exercises and examples out of literature.

Stories are as old as cave drawings and as new as a story inside of you burning to find the page. Joseph Campbell and Christopher Vogler have written extensively about the Hero’s Journey and the critical stages of storytelling to make a story come alive.

All of story – the Big Event, the Obstacles and hitting Rock Bottom that leads to the long journey home to self – all of those stages matter, including the angels and mentors we meet along the way.

For writers working on memoir, fiction or poetry, Laura offers us wisdom and guidance, followed by heart-opening writing prompts meant to be completed in short, timed writing bursts.

STORYquest is a powerful and inspiring exploration into your unique story, leading you to create with the essential wisdom of a Hero.

An Entire Laura Lentz

12-week WORKshop

in book format

Each Writing Practice is a STORYlab, and includes:

• Concise Educational Summary

• Literary Examples from award-winning books for inspiration

• Sixty-eight Create Your Story Writing Exercises

For All Authors, Writers & Poets

What Writers Are Saying About STORYquest

In-Depth WORKbook Tour

Inside the STORYQuest workbook, writers will explore:

  • the World of Before
  • The Call to Adventure
  • Refusal of the Call
  • The Wisdom of Angels and Mentors
  • Jumping into the Portal
  • Trials in the New World
  • Rock Bottom
  • Resurrection & Revival
  • Trouble Again
  • The Two Worlds
  • Accolades & Honors
  • Returning with the Magic

Education + Inspiration + Creating = Your Story

Learning is essential to our growth as writers. Textbooks focus so much on theory, it’s almost impossible to put into creative practice.  Books on theory don’t help us understand how it applies to your story, and how to put the writing practice first.

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The STORYquest workbook summarizes each stage of the the journey in a few pages, in a way writers can easily understand and absorb.  A summary based on my years of teaching, the summaries are accessible and lead us into the practice.


Inspiration Helps Us Write

I inspire writers by suggested pages out of best selling books I have carefully chosen for you to refer to throughout the WORKbook, so you can be inspired by small sections out of literature before you apply this stage to your own story.

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Further literary inspiration is in the form of poetry that speaks to each phase of the Journey as further inspiration – poetry I have gathered over the years from my favorite poets, including:

  • William Cavafy
  • C. Dale Young
  • Wendi Romero
  • Cathy Linh Che
  • Kamand Kojouri
  • Abigail Deutsch
  • Ellen Bass
  • & Constance Frenzen

Create Your Story

Once you are inspired, I invite you to write through timed writing exercises that creatively open you to explore and draw out your story.

By following this practice, your story will be created, and you will be certain you have not missed a stage that could lead to an exciting, page turning story to inspire others.

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Why the Quest & the Hero Matter

in good storytelling

For many years I have taught writing workshops and been a developmental editor. I have also studied Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell and Christopher Vogler extensively.


And what I have learned and taught to hundreds of students in my 12-week writing workshop is this: The whole of the Journey matters – and it doesn’t just apply to movies, but is essential in literature also.

The Hero’s Journey is not an exact formula.

It’s critical in all storytelling – memoir, fiction & poetry.

Don’t Miss A Critical Stage

When Creating Your Story

There isn’t an exact formula to storytelling, and not every story is the same. But there are important stages to consider when creating your story that will make it unfold in a way that captures the reader.


Creatively exploring these stages will help you reach your goal of creating a story in a way that will help you explore all the stages of compelling storytelling.


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Meet Laura Lentz

An internationally respected author, creative coach and writing teacher, Laura Lentz has been teaching themed writing workshops for over ten years for writers, authors and business owners.  Her popular twelve-week workshop, Story Quest, the Writer, the Hero, the Journey was inspired by her ten years of teaching and developmental editing.  Laura is the co-founder of LITerati Academy and the STORY Quest community. Through STORYquest, Laura distills the Journey of the storyteller to guide us to bring our own transformative stories to life on the page.

Laura works directly with publishers, authors and agents who often makes guest appearances in her workshops on behalf of her students.


Laura Lentz’s popular and intensive 12 week writing WORKshop is now available as 12 self-paced STORYlabs for you to experience first-hand how the Hero’s Journey will make YOUR STORY even more compelling and remarkable.

Pre-Order your STORYquest WORKbook now and be one of the first get started on making these tools work for you.

Every STORYlab includes:

•   CONCISE Educational Summaries

•   LITERARY Examples for Each Stage

•   CREATE YOUR STORY exercises (68 total)


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