Dara Marks

Dara Marks

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Mythological Studies, Pacifica Graduate Institute

Dara is a leading international script consultant, seminar leader, and the author of one of the top-selling books on screenwriting, Inside Story: The Power of the Transformational Arc. Dara has specialized in the analysis of the modern screenplay for the past two decades, and Creative Screenwriting Magazine has consistently rated her the top script consultant in the film business. She has worked in that capacity with many of the major movie studios and independent film companies throughout the world. Marks received her doctorate degree in Mythological Studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute, focusing her dissertation on “The Transformative Function of Story.” Her continuing work in this field is devoted not only to deepening the craft of writing, but to moving modern storytelling into the realm of transformative art. Currently, Dara is writing a new book entitled Engaging the Feminine Heroic, which utilizes epic feminine mythologies as an archetypal guide into the soulful (Underworld) depths where the incorruptible connection to the essence of the human story can be recovered and given voice. Dara shares one of her favorite quotes: I cannot tell my story without reaching a long way back. If it were possible I would reach back further still – into the very first years of my childhood, and beyond them into the distant ancestral past. [. . .] Every man is more than just himself; he also represents the very special and always significant and remarkable point at which the world’s phenomena intersect, only once in this way and never again. That is why every man’s story is important, eternal, sacred; [. . .] Each of us—experiments of the depth— strives toward his own destiny. —Hermann Hesse (Demian, 3)