Writing the Hero's Journey & Character Archetypes

Angelia Derrick (she/her)
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Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(156)
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.

Class experience

US Grade 9 - 12
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 Offered
Student'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 Offered
Grade 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.
Grades Offered
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. 
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
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

Star Educator
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(156)
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... 
Flex Class


weekly or $90 for 6 weeks
6 weeks

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(2)
Completed by 10 learners
No live video meetings
Ages 14-18

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