Writing the Hero's Journey & Character Archetypes
Angelia Derrick (she/her)
Creative writers and screenwriters will learn about The Hero's Journey and character archetypes that populate this favorite and ancient storytelling structure, and they will create characters and plot their own short story, novel, or movie.
US Grade 9 - 12
The Hero's Journey is a form of storytelling that follows a main character on a journey that changes them emotionally. This myth pattern has been studied for years and goes back the original written and verbally told stories of humans. Joseph Campbell brought it to popular culture with the book, The Hero With a Thousand Faces. Christopher Vogler breaks it down even further specifically for writers in the book, The Writer's Journey. Students will learn the steps of the Hero's Journey and the...
Students will understand what the Hero's Journey is and each step their hero will go through to reach the end of the story.
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 Writing young adult fantasy and space opera under the pen name Angelia Almos.
Homework OfferedStudent's will work on their own story following the Hero's Journey roadmap throughout the weeks and create two characters following the archetypes.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments OfferedGrade can be provided at the parent's request. A - Complete a Hero's Journey beat sheet and two character beat sheets; showing an understanding of the steps and archetypes. B - Complete a Hero's Journey beat sheet and one character beat sheet; showing an understanding of the steps and archetypes. C - Complete a Hero's Journey beat sheet OR one/two character beat sheets; or worked turn in doesn't show an understanding of the steps or archetypes. D/F - Doesn't turn in the Hero's Journey beat sheet or character beat sheets.
A Hero's Journey beat sheet and a Character Info Sheet for the student to fill out for their own story and characters provided as a google doc link. Videos of the lectures and youtube links of film clips will be provided in class.
The Character Info Sheet and the Hero's Journey Beat Sheet will be provided via Google Docs. The film clips will be posted in the class with YouTube links which can be played in the classroom page. Clips will be shown from some PG-13 or R movies and might contain violence and/or language; The Matrix, Terminator, Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, Top Gun, The Hunger Games, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, and Spider-Man.
The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers by Christopher Vogler is where the information is gathered from for this class. If the student finds they really love the Hero's Journey and want to learn more after the class, I recommend they pick up this book. A Hero's Journey lesson plan and curriculum from PowerPoint Guru will be used.
Meet the teacher
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...
$15weekly or $90 for 6 weeks
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No live video meetings