The Hero’s Journey is not the only Journey! 

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 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 yourself.

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!


Write Your Journey: Nov 10-13, 2023

  1. Friday 11/10 - 7:00pm-10:00pm PT

  2. Saturday 11/11 - 1:00pm-7:00pm PT

  3. Sunday 11/12 - 1:00pm-7:00pm PT

  4. Monday 11/13 - 7:00pm-9:00pm PT - Online Q & A!


Choose Your Study Option: Live - Hands On or Live - Online!

  1. Join Joan in-person for a hands on experience in Los Angeles! (Limited class size)

  2. Join the Lab via Zoom and participate remotely from anywhere in the world! Find out more about the Live - Online experience here.

Hands On Location:

MiMoDa Studio

5774 W. Pico Blvd 

Los Angeles, CA 90019

Maplink: Click here.


The course is designed for professionals who wish to bring their skills to the next level.

The Tuition per participant is:

  • Live - Hands On: $2660
  • Live - Online: $1825

We love teams and groups that want to take the Lab together! Should you choose to study with your team, please note the tuition price is per participant, not per group. 

  • You may pay by credit card.
  • Payment Plans are available.
  • Feel free to Email Us with questions!


  1. If you are new to JSFL, click the "Apply" button at the top of the page.
  2. If you are a JSFL Alum, there is no need to apply! Simply click the "Register" button at the top of the page.

Class size is limited.

You will be placed on a waitlist should the Lab be at capacity. 



  1. There are no cancellations or refunds after booking.

  2. Students are responsible for payment in full whether or not they chose to attend all class sessions.

  3. Students who sign up for Live - Online, or Live - Hands On and are unable to attend live, may make up the classes they miss via media links. Media links are available for two weeks after the lab. 

  4. Extender passes are available should you wish to access media links  longer than two weeks.



  1. Participants benefit from extended access to the course via media links for two weeks after the Lab ends. This allows you to review and process the material at your own pace.

  2. Media links will be uploaded to Thinkific and available for two weeks.



  1. Join our exclusive, curated community of incredibly talented JSFL alumni.

  2. Find creative connections and support with like-minded artists via Slack, Happy Hours, Generators, Mega Generators, and Weekly Ongoing Classes!

  3. Have dynamic, personalized, interactive experiences with your colleagues.



  • By attending a Lab, you receive access to our exclusive, curated community of incredibly talented JFSL Alumni.
  • Find creative connections and support with like-minded artists from the Lab via Slack, Happy Hours, Ongoing Classes/Generators, and Alumni Meetups (both on Zoom and In-Person.
  • Dynamic, personalized, interactive experiences with your colleagues allow you to practice the tools you are learning, and apply them to your own work.


  • There is no need to bring a project. 

  • Although specific material is not necessary for the Lab Series, students sometimes like to bring in specific projects to refer to as Joan goes through the exercises. 


  1. Sweats, yoga clothes (no jeans), and sneakers as if you were going to the gym

  2. No belts, earrings, or jewelry please. We want you to protect your bodies during floor work!

  3. Please note the lab is physical. You are free to observe at your comfort level. Please be respectful of your body and do not participate in the physical work if you have any physical injuries, illness, are on any medications, or are pregnant.



  1. These are advanced classes for professional artists interested in exploring new practices, pushing their boundaries, and going deep.

  2. The Labs are physical.

  3. The work is feeling-based.

  4. Please note you may find the work to be uncomfortable. 

  5. There will be a mix of lectures and active exercises designed to investigate the meaning, structure, and emotional core of your project.

  6. You are welcome to observe or participate according to your comfort level. You will get just as much out of observing as participating.


Whether you are Directing, Writing, Acting, or Producing, The Technique™ is essential in taking your career to the next level! The Lab Series is designed for Film, Episodic, Commercial, and all content creators. It may be attended individually …or by the entire team. 

  1. Directors

  2. Writers 

  3. Actors 

  4. Producers 

  5. Executives

  6. Production 

  7. Designers 

  8. Cinematographers

  9. Editors

  10. Brand Directors

  11. Any creatives who are interested in Story!


The Technique™ is the first, and only, entirely new approach to dramatic craft to be developed since The Method. A paradigm shifting approach to writing, directing and acting, The Technique throws out conflict as the source of story - and instead puts Meaning at the core.

The Technique is now the most influential craft utilized in Hollywood, impacting scores of groundbreaking films and tv shows, including Whale Rider, Little Miss Sunshine, Beginners and Transparent. Joan created the tools of The Technique through her own search for meaning in story, and evolved them by working closely on 84 features with first time or early career writer/directors. 83 of those features have been released. 74 came to Joan without finished scripts, stars, producers or financing. Altogether the projects have earned over 800 award nominations and 400 wins, including major category nods at the Oscars and Emmys.


Writer/Director/Producer/Teacher Joan Scheckel is the internationally-renowned creator of The Technique™, the most influential new approach to writing, directing, and filmmaking craft in Hollywood today. Joan is known as the “director’s guru” and a master teacher in the tradition of Stanislavski, Strasberg, and Joseph Campbell. Joan’s groundbreaking work challenges our cultural addiction to conflict and calls for a new storytelling paradigm that embraces feeling and meaning. Her innovations inform every level of the Mise-en-scène, from writing, acting, and directing to visual style.


Joan trains and then teams with directors to develop, workshop, write, direct and produce material from the ground up. Including such iconic hits as: Niki Caro’s Oscar Nominee Whale Rider, Dayton/Faris’s Oscar Winner Little Miss Sunshine, Mike Mills’s Oscar Winner Beginners (Executive Producer), Joey Soloway’s Emmy Winner Transparent (Consulting Producer), Joey Soloway’s Golden Globe Nominee I Love Dick (Producer), Sarah Shapiro’s Peabody Award Winner UnREAL, Rupert Sanders’s Oscar Nominee Snow White and the Huntsman, Nick Jarecki’s Golden Globe Nominee Arbitrage, Sacha Gervasi’s Spirit Award Winner Anvil Story of Anvil, Karyn Kusama’s The Invitation, Mark Romanek’s One Hour Photo, Miranda July’s The Future, (New Yorker Magazine Best of the Decade List), Liz Feldman’s Emmy Award Winner, Dead To Me, Anna Winger and Alexa Karolinski’s Unorthodox, and many, many more.


Joan was also co-writer on The Vintner’s Luck, directed by Niki Caro (Mulan), starring Jeremie Renier and Vera Farmiga.


Overall, Joan has worked on 84 feature films and television shows. 74 came to her with unfinished drafts, no financing or cast, and with first-time or early-career writers/directors at the helm. 83 have been released, earning over 800 nominations and 406 wins including major category nods at the Oscars, Spirits, Golden Globes, Sundance, Cannes, Bafta, Emmys, PGA, DGA, etc. 


Joan has been profiled and featured for her work and her influence on a generation of directors in many articles and publications such as: NYTimes, LA Times, Marie Claire, Deadline, Indiewire, Vox, IF Magazine, California Sunday, The New York Observer, and more.


Now, Joan is poised to create a slate of books, films, labs (live and online), podcasts, and apps.


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