Niki Caro - Director: MULAN (academy award nominated), writer/director: WHALE RIDER (academy award nominated)

"Joan has a deep understanding of the architecture of story, and is as rigorous with structure as she is with character. Working with her is thrilling and I cannot recommend it highly enough."



The Hero’s Journey is not the only Journey!  This 4 day Writing intensive is the first ever LIVE IN PERSON and LIVE ONLINE Writing workshop designed and led by Joan Scheckel, (creator of The Technique™, Exec Producer Beginners, Consulting Producer Transparent and I Love Dick). Guided writings, embodied exercises and lectures will guide you through the emotional arc of your story, revealing how to craft a structure that is 100 percent YOU!

  • Explore the 5 Key Scenes of your Story through guided writings with Joan.
  • Learn how to craft 5 Emotional Beats on the page that pulse with the vital aliveness of your own inner life!
  • Discover the concept of HOT COALS, and learn how to use them to create visceral scenes and structures.
  • Put the impulses you find on the page up on their feet, and unleash the  Emotional Truth of your Story!

Designed to be the perfect companion to the October 2022 Journey Lab, Write Your Journey takes The Technique’s core concepts of Emotional Logic and Structural Rhythm one step further - into the written exploration of your story itself.

Structure is a roller coaster ride through a Truth. By exploring 5 Scenes in 4 days,  Write Your Journey  will help you get deep into the core of your story, the complexity of your characters, and the structural clarity of your Story Arc.  Whether you are working on a novel, episodic, film, commercial, youtube or insta content - Write Your Journey will inspire new understandings of your craft, your stories and your Self.

Until now, the Guided Writing and Embodiment tools that unpack the 5 Key Scenes true to the Emotional Logic of your Story were available only in private sessions. For the first time ever we're thrilled to offer this curriculum to YOU! These are the same writing tools used to develop Academy Award Nominated Whale Rider, Academy Award Winning Beginners, Emmy Award Winning Transparent and many more. Now it’s your turn. Go deep, and discover New Stories for New Times! Words change worlds!


The Lab Series is designed for Film, Episodic, Comercial, and all content creators. It may be attended individually …or by the entire team.

  • Directors
  • Writers
  • Actors
  • Producers
  • Executives
  • Production
  • Designers
  • Cinematographers
  • Editors
  • Brand Directors
  • Any creatives interested in Story!

Please see See Films, Community and Quotes for Artists Joan has worked with and their thoughts.


FRI    11/10    7:00PM - 10:00PM PT
SAT    11/11   1:00PM - 7:00PM PT
SUN   11/12   1:00PM - 7:00PM PT
MON   11/13   7:00PM - 9:00PM PT - ONLINE Q&A!

Join Joan in-person for a hands-on experience in Los Angeles (Limited class size), or join the Live Lab via Zoom and participate remotely from all over the world. Online participants have the opportunity to see Joan demonstrate the embodied work with in-person students.



Anytime Self-Guided Online via Thinkific!  For the first time ever, this course can be taken online at your own pace, for details check out the SELF-GUIDED!



Live Hands On class size is limited. Apply Today!

Call us at (323) 803-5039 or email assistant@joanscheckel.com