Joseph Campbell Writers’ Room Instructors include a variety of Ph.D. mythologists and professional screenwriters able to interface with JCWR resources to support visiting storytellers interested in developing their symbolic imagery, archetypal characters, mythic motifs and narrative structures. Instructors are connected to a wide network of mythologists and scholars capable of supporting a project’s need to achieve cultural accuracy. Depth Psychologists on staff are also available to provide the psychological analysis of a story in the same way they would a dream.
John Bucher, Ph.D. ABD
John Bucher is a writer, story consultant, and the author of five books including Master of the Cinematic Universe: The Secret Code to Writing in the New World of Media and the best-selling, Storytelling for Virtual Reality. Disruptor named him one of the top 20 VR influencers to follow in 2018. He is a regular contributor to MovieMaker Magazine, Creative Screenwriting, and LA Screenwriter. His interests and work center on the intersection of art, technology, and myth
Craig Deininger earned an MFA in Poetry from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Ph.D. in Mythological Studies with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. He has lived and worked in Alaska, Hawaii, France, England, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Utah, New England, and the Midwest, including a five-year residence at a meditation retreat in Appalachian North Carolina. Traveler, poet, carpenter, actor, mythologist–Craig has taught writing, poetry, Jungian psychology and story at UMass Amherst, Lees-McRae College, Naropa University and Studio School, respectively. His poetry has appeared in The Iowa Review, and his first volume of poetry, Leaves from the World Tree (co-authored with Dennis Patrick Slattery) was recently published by Mandorla Books.
Cindi Anderson, Ph.D.
Dr. Cindi Anderson has a passion for words, which serves her well as a Writer, Producer, Brand Strategist, and Professor. As a creative force in both marketing and advertising, she has helped shape the voice of some of the world’s most successful brands. Her doctoral studies in Mythology and Archetypal Psychology give her a unique and powerful understanding of what motivates people to take action in this complex and changing direct-to-consumer, digital world. Her deeper lens makes it possible for her to pinpoint hidden influences and triggers in target demographic groups, which has added to the success of her marketing and advertising campaigns. As a Professor at Studio School in Los Angeles, CA, she teaches creative writing and thinking skills to performing arts students, as well as in the Joseph Campbell Writers’ Room
Robert W. Guyker, Jr., Ph.D.
Robert W. Guyker, Jr. holds a Ph.D. and MA in mythological studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute (Carpinteria, California) and is an Associate Editor for the journal Cultural Analysis: An interdisciplinary forum on folklore & popular culture in collaboration with the Société Internationale d’Ethnologie et de Folklore, and is Co-editor of Retrospective Methods Network Newsletter, based out of the University of Helsinki, Finland. His writings have been featured in publications such as Heidelberg Journal of Religion on the Internet, Marvels & Tales: Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies, and Immanence: The Journal of Applied Myth, Story, and Folklore.
Aaron Kemp, Ph.D.
Aaron Kemp, Ph.D., is originally from Detroit, Michigan. He began his film career by directing and editing short documentaries while working on a forest service fire crew in rural Northern California from 2001 to 2008. He eventually moved to Los Angeles to pursue a degree and a full-time career in filmmaking. He has spent most of his career as a documentary editor and producer for a variety of web and television series as well as directing short films and music videos. After several years in the business, he returned to school to earn a Ph.D. in Mythological Studies with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology from the Pacifica Graduate Institute. His research focuses on the relationship between depth psychology, philosophy
Aaron is currently a documentary film editor and a Joseph Campbell Research and Writing Instructor at the Studio School in Los Angeles.
Raïna Manuel-Paris, Ph.D.
Raïna Manuel-Paris, Ph.D. is a novelist, documentarian, presenter and poet who has spent the last seventeen years teaching courses on myth, ritual, magic
Neora Myrow, Ph.D.
Story doctor and communication strategist,
Odette Springer, Ph.D.
Odette Springer, Ph.D., is a writer, independent film producer
Previous Joseph Campbell Writers’ Room Instructors
Leonora Francesca Flores
Leonora is a former Westinghouse national television producer, a writer, screenwriter and script consultant with a M.A. from Pacifica Graduate School in Mythological Studies and Depth Psychology, a B.A. in Political Science, Theater (acting) and Foreign Languages (French and German) from Wellesley College, and a master’s level Professional degree in Screenwriting from UCLA. She has over 25 years’ experience as a structural analyst/screenwriting consultant for international screenwriters and filmmakers
She is highly experienced at helping culturally diverse and multi-lingual writer-producers, professionals, students and scholars to write clear rhetorical, research and narrative prose in English. Her lifelong professional passion has been to encourage the development of authentic “Cultural Face,” conscious intertextuality and ever more expansive cultural inclusion in cinematic narrative.
In addition to teaching at Studio School, Chris Miller, Ph.D., serves as Adjunct Faculty in the M.A. Counseling Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, CA. Since 2005 he has also worked at the C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles where he has lectured on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Hugo, Boyhood, and The Revenant. Published writings include reviews of Boyhood, Birdman, and The Revenant in Psychological Perspectives: A Quarterly Journal of Jungian Thought.
Carole Standish Mora holds an MFA. in Creative Writing, with a dual concentration in poetry and fiction from Antioch University Los Angeles. She has an M.A. in Depth Psychology with an emphasis in Jungian and Archetypal Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and is now working on her Ph.D. Carole has published poems in the Prism Review, Two Hawks Quarterly, Red River Review, The Caterpillar Chronicle, Moronic Ox, A Literary Journal, Between Literary Journal, The Seventh Quarry and Flint Hills Review. She has received a Pushcart Prize nomination and was the winner of the 2014 West Coast Eisteddfod Poetry Competition. She continues to write, is developing a few writing workshops, and is also involved in
Courtney Shore received her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpenteria, CA. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Media Studies with a minor in Film Studies from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, IL. Courtney currently has a private psychotherapy practice in Los Angeles, CA. She orients to psychotherapy from a depth and somatic perspective, using image, symbol, and metaphor to facilitate healing and growth. Of particular interest to Courtney