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Archetypes for Writers: Using the Power of Your Subconscious [Paperback]

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Drawing on her years of training in theater and decades of teaching, Van Bergen unveils the secret of using your own archetypes to find and develop already-existing characters. This approach has little to do with how to "create" characters or plot stories. Rather, is is more about how to find your characters and story archetypes, or even how to have them find you - using specific skills taught in the book.

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Pages   241
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.7" Width: 6" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2007
Publisher   Michael Wiese Productions
ISBN  1932907254  
ISBN13  9781932907254  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jennifer Van Bergen was one of the first voices to raise the alarm against the PATRIOT Act with her six-part series "Repeal the Patriot Act." An adjunct faculty member of the New School for Social Research in NYC since 1993, where she recently taught their first course for undergraduates on the Antiterrorism Laws and the Constitution.

Jennifer Van Bergen currently resides in Deerfiled. Jennifer Van Bergen was born in 1955.

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For the Writer's Tool Kit  Aug 10, 2008
Jennifer Van Bergen offers a writer's guidebook that includes description of the world where archetypes are formed, the means of accessing that world, how to glean the wisdoms of that realm, and how to utilize archetypes. Rich with psychological and literary references, this book will please those writers who really want to understand the writing process so that they can confidently repeat it at will and not be at the mercy of a whimsical muse who sometimes brings writer's block as well as inspiration.
Archetypes for Every Artist  Oct 8, 2007
In "Archetypes for Writers", Jennifer Van Bergen has created a practical guide that succeeds in helping writers and other artists challenge themselves on a number of levels. The process that she developed evolved from a fusion of the work of many great thinkers, such as Marcel Proust, Carl Jung, and Joseph Campbell. For this reason, the exercises in "Archetypes for Writers" are deeply self-reflective and allow the reader to explore their own psychology and personal philosophies, as well as those of other people, in a way that allows the artist to expand their mind and allow new personalities and characters to come forth.

The techniques detailed in the book are written from the perspective of her experience in teaching them in writing classes. (Incidentally, Van Bergen offers an Internet course on the archetypes process that is quite impressive.) Her method of writing allows each reader to take what they need from the book. It is as engaging for seasoned writers as it is for those who are just starting. Teachers will find Van Bergen's teaching experiences quite useful when incorporating these methods into their own curricula.

"Archetypes for Writers" is the overview for a set of exercises that can take years to master. They are a critical ingredient for individual psychological development, as well as fictional character development. Every artist who reads this book will find the entrance to one of the paths that lead toward full and mature creative work.
-Brandon Batzloff
Free Voices Magazine
Using our subconscious to create more consciously  Aug 27, 2007
One of last year's films, Pan's Labyrinth, was acclaimed for its powerful story and images. Writer and director Guillermo del Toro has commented, "When you have the intuition that there is something which is there, but out of the reach of your physical world, art and religion are the only means to get to it."

He acknowledged using two levels of thought in his work as an artist: "One is conscious and the other unconscious or subconscious..."

Jennifer Van Bergen affirms that writing "takes place in the subconscious, which actually operates as an independent mind."

In her book, she provides information on how our subconscious works, and details strategies and specific exercises on "doing archetypes" to make more of that "independent mind" available to enrich our writing or other forms of creative expression, and better understand the wealth of our hidden depths.
A journey worth taking  Jul 7, 2007
It has now been about six years since I first signed up to take Jennifer Van Bergen's class 'Act to Write' - an earlier incarnation of Archetypes for Writers. The class was online and so I went into it without being able to meet Jennifer in person. At the time there was no book and I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I certainly had no idea of the impact that this work would have on my writing and in fact, my life.

Immediately I found the material and the class to be riveting. We started with Character Facts and it became clear very quickly that I was not used to separating out what was observable in someone from my own subjective impressions. I was used to describing a person in terms that assumed everyone sees and thinks the way I do. Along with the humbling quality of this discovery, it was also a relief to realize that there was a truth to see when observing people - and that I was being given tools and a framework with which to find that truth.

After that class I went on to do advanced work with Jennifer, both in a small group and individually. I am so glad that there is now a book that encapsulates this work and makes it accessible in a way it was not before. The book is set up to guide the reader through the steps of acquiring the necessary tools and then learning how to use them. What also comes across loud and clear in the book is the generosity and excitement that is always a part of Jennifer Van Bergen's teaching method. You can almost hear her talking to you, explaining things and encouraging you.

Archetype work not only informs my writing - I read differently, I see people differently on the subway and in the grocery store. It is impossible to forget for one moment that everyone has a story. For me, that's where the life-changing part of this work comes in.
Examples of monologues, dialogues, and effective scripts throughout  Jun 17, 2007
Years of training in theatre and decades of teaching lends to the author's unique approach of how to utilize personal archetypes to fuel stories - and how to find such archetypes. Screenwriters and any library catering to them will find ARCHETYPES FOR WRITERS: USING THE POWER OF YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS packed with exercises and keys to utilizing them successfully, from understanding character facts and dialogue to underlying psychology. Examples of monologues, dialogues, and effective scripts throughout lend body and insight to an excellent survey essential for screenwriters who want to get the most from their efforts.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch

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