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Creative Writing & Film Studies: Creating Complex Characters

In this 2-day class, we will go over the character archetypes from the hero's journey and cover how to build complex characters for creative writers and screenwriters.
Angelia Derrick, MFA
102 total reviews for this teacher
4 reviews for this class
Completed by 20 learners
55 minutes
per class
Twice per week
over 1 week
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Available Times

Pacific Time

Tue Aug 23

Aug 23 - Aug 25 (1 week)
Tu, Th
5pm - 5:55pm
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Class Experience

Understand how to create a character info sheet and character archetypes. 
Published writer in nonfiction (articles and books) and fiction (short stories, novellas, and novels).
Writing young adult fantasy and space opera under the pen name Angelia Almos. 
Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting
Bachelor of Arts in Applied Arts: Creative Writing
Certificates from Institute of Children's Literature
Certificates from Institute for Writers
Create character info sheets for protagonist and antagonist. Character info sheets will be provided to the learners in docx, google docs, and PDF format. 
A character info sheet will be provided to the learners on the first day in docx, google docs, and PDF format.
1 hour 50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
If the student is working on a character(s) with a tragic backstory, we might discuss how these violent and sad events will determine how they act in the story. Dark young adult and adult books and/or PG-13 or R rated movies with similar characters might be recommended to the student to help them explore their character's head space. 

The character's sexuality (heterosexual or LGBTQ+) might be defined if they are writing teen/adult characters with a romantic interest in the story.


Angelia Derrick, MFA
Lives in the United States
Lover of Books and Movies
102 total reviews
217 completed classes

About Me

Pronoun: she/her/hers

"Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world." - Robert McKee

My hope is to help nurture your love of stories as well as your individual voice while giving you the tools and skills you need to tell... 
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