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BIO 2018: Joslyn is a graduate of Goddard College (2014) where she earned her MFAW in Creative Writing. She also holds a BA in Writing and Transpersonal Studies from Burlington College (2011). Her specific academic studies in transpersonal psychology form a basis of analysis for modern genre and classic literature, and her own creative writing : short and long fiction, non-fiction, creative non-fiction, and dramatic writing.

Joslyn’s short story, “The Fatman Happens” was published September of 2015 under the name of RJ Wolfe in Geek Force Five, a small print literary magazine.  Current projects include a short story collection entitled The Fishmonger’s Daughter and Other Grim Tales, a series of epic fantasy realism novels, The Chronicles of Myth and a non-fiction book,  A Writer’s Guide to Myths and Fairy Tales. For her master’s thesis, Joslyn wrote a full-length play entitled Persephone in Peru. She has also written articles for The Artifice.

Workshops and Classes she has taught:

Summer 2017:Working with the Shadow: A Writer’s Guide. Saturday. The Yorktown Library, Yorktown, VA.

Summer 2016: Chesapeake Bay Writer’s Club/Yorktown Library Writer’s Workshop Series: The Formidable Fairy Tale: A Writer’s Guide, and Exploring the Hero’s Journey: A Writer’s Guide.

Spring 2016: Christopher Wren Association/College of William and Mary  Literature Course: Writing Seminar: Mastering the Art of Dialogue.

Fall 2015: Christopher Wren Association/College of William and Mary  Literature Course: The Formidable Fairy Tale: A Writer’s Guide.

Spring 2015: Chesapeake Bay Writer’s Luncheon: Guest Speaker: A Jungian Approach to Working with Fairy Tales. Mathews Yacht Club.

Currently, she is an English instructor at Rappahannock Community College in VA. She is also a volunteer instructor with the Christopher Wren Association of Lifelong Learning through the College of William and Mary where she teaches courses on the writing craft, and working with myths and fairy tales.

Her writing is heavily influenced an inspired by writers and scholars such as: Aristotle, Socrates, Marie Louise von Franz, Stephen King, JK Rowling, William Shakespeare, Tony Kushner, Tennessee Williams, Martin McDonough, Tanith Lee, Angela Carter, Stephen R. Donaldson, Robert Jordan, Jude Devereux, L. Ron Hubbard,  JRR Tolkien,  Jane Austin, Terry Brooks, Piers Anthony, CS Lewis, Charlotte Bronte,  John Gardner, Joseph Campbell, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Carl Jung, and world myths, folk and fairy tales.


“The Formidable Fairy Tale: A Writer’s Guide” by Joslyn Robinson,  4 Dec. 2014. The Artifice.com

…Just mentioning the fairy tale calls to mind everything from the light and fluffy films of Walt Disney to the dark edginess of the 2005 film The Brothers Grimm. From feature films and TV series to graphic novels and literature, the fairy tale is finding prominence in current media trends. But what is trending is not necessarily good writing, and the fairy tale itself is made of more formidable stuff than magic fluff.Whether re-interpreting a tale or borrowing motifs, fairy tales can offer the writer a rich source of story and creative inspiration…

Read full article: https://the-artifice.com/fairy-tale-writers-guide/

“Exploring the Hero’s Journey: A Writer’s Guide” by Joslyn Robinson 26 Jan. 2015 The Artifice.com

The Hero (Ellen Ripley) is in a state of order, which ideally expresses both her external (physical) and internal (psychological) world. The external world is a fictive corporate space station, the internal world is a sparse and barren reflection of that space station. In the ordinary world of the Hero, there is some need or reason for change. This is referred to by Campbell as “the call”. In Ripley’s physical world, the call comes in the form of a request for help in returning to, and determining what has befallen the colonists on the newly terraformed planet, LB426: a planet she visited with her previous crew before colonization. Ripley’s internal call comes in the form of her horrific nightmares generated by what happened to her crew…

Read full article: https://the-artifice.com/writers-guide-hero-journey/

“Working with the Shadow: A Writer’s Guide” by Joslyn Robinson 14 May 2015. The Artifice.com

...In order to understand The Shadow as a whole, we first have to look within the psyche. The unconscious is our perilous Dark Forest where both treasure and ogre exist. There is no light. No way. Adventures and trials await as do fell and foul beasties. Allies and enemies. Neuroses and Complexes. Daemon and Demon. Heaven and Hell. Gods and Goddesses, Mother and Father. Kings and Queens, Paladins and Princesses. Tricksters and Shape-shifters, Charlatans and Shamans. Were-wolves, Wild Wolves, and Wangdoodles. For the writer, working with The Shadow can be a terrifying and transformative experience, both artistically and personally. In this article, we will explore different types of Shadow: Personal, Collective, External and Demonic, and how they are portrayed in various forms of writing including film/screenplays, stage plays, and fiction.

Read full article: https://the-artifice.com/shadow-writing-guide/