Rebecca Loomis

Compulsive creative with too many hobbies



Classes (3): Story Structure, Learning to Look, & Making A Hero


Class Title & Description: Making A Hero: Protagonist Development for Film & Fiction

What is it that draws us into a story? It’s not that we haven’t seen a boy-meets-girl before, or watched a movie about a heist. There’s nothing new under the sun. What makes us care is not that there is an explosion, but that a character we love is caught in the blast.

Stories are not about happenings; they’re about the people who experience what happened. Though many stories can be categorized as being either plot-driven or character driven, the best of them balance both. To figure out what your story is about, you need to also figure out whom it’s about; because your protagonist and plot are irrevocably intertwined. They are the two sides of the same coin, each mutually defining the other.

In this class, we’ll explore the two sides of that coin. I’ll be walking you through a series of questions to help you generate ideas and solidify who your main character is in relation to your plot.

Project Title & Description: Create a Hero

Your class project will be to create a protagonist. Upload a description of your hero and answers to the character questions presented in the course, along with anything else that helps you solidify who your character is. Whether or not you use him or her in your story is up to you.

Introduction Video

Completed Class



Class Title & Description: Story Structure: 8 Essentials for Outlining Your Novel or Script

There's no one-size-fits-all approach to writing story, but having nowhere to start can be intimidating. Whether you're a panster or a plotter, novelist or screenwriter, these eight essential story points will help you define the heart of your story and build your conflict towards the most emotionally satisfying climax.

Each lesson will go over one of the eight essential story points, putting it into context within a three-act structure and giving you tips on how to utilize it for your unique story. You will also have the opportunity to see how these points have been used in successful stories of varying genres. Your class project will be an outline of your own story, using these eight points.

Project Title & Description: 8 Essentials Outline

Your class project will be an outline of your novel or script using the eight essential story points within a three-act structure, as listed below. Complete your project by following these two steps:

  1. Copy and paste this outline into your project and add your notes in bold. Each of you will have a different outlining style: your notes may be long descriptions of a scene or simple bullet points to help you stay on track.
  2. If you've completed any of my other writing courses, include a link to those class projects as well, as they relate to this story.

Outline Template - copy & paste this into your project:


  • Essential Story Point #1: The Hook
  • Optional: Save the Cat
  • Essential Story Point #2: Upsetting the Status Quo
  • Essential Story Point #3: Doorway of No Return


  • Essential Story Point #4: The Initial Plan
  • Optional: Trouble Brewing
  • Essential Story Point #5: Midpoint & Mirror Moment
  • Essential Story Point #6: All Hope Is Lost
  • Optional: Mounting Forces


  • Essential Story Point #7: Transformation
  • Essential Story Point #8: Climax & Resolution

Introduction Video: Story Structure: Introduction

Published class: Story Structure: 8 Essentials for Outlining Your Novel or Script



Class Title & Description: Learning To Look: An Intro To Taking Better Photos

You don't need an expensive camera to become a better photographer. Start learning now using just what you have to maximize your photographic abilities, by training your eyes to see through a different lens.

In this class, you will learn common pitfalls to avoid and potentials to utilize when taking pictures–whether professional or personal, with a smartphone or DSLR.

Project Title & Description: Progress Phlog

You'll do this by compiling a Phlog (photo log) that documents your progress. You'll choose a subject (portrait, still life or city/landscape) and take one photo of that same subject per lesson, implementing what you learned. At the end of the class, you'll be able to look back at the transformation of your eye!

Video lesson outline: Learning To Look Class Outline

Introduction video: Learning To Look: Introduction

Final published class: Learning To Look: An Intro To Taking Better Photos

My Notes

My hope with Learning To Look is to condense the many conversations I've had with coworkers, friends and family about how to take better photos, into one clear and concise method of delivery. Many people fall short of their photographic portential simply because they think they need an expensive camera or a photography degree to begin; but a good camera doesn't make a good photographer, a good eye does. In this class, I will be teaching common pitfalls to avoid and potentials to utilize when taking pictures–whether professional or personal, with a smartphone or DSLR. What matters is that you start, today, with what you have, at whatever level you're at.


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