Archetypes: Understanding the Core Building Blocks of a Character

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Think back to a classic high school cafeteria scene. Each group has its own table - the jocks, the cheerleaders, the Freaks and Geeks, and so on. When you think about each of these groups, you probably assign certain traits to the people in them.

We’re all familiar with the hero, damsel, and mentor archetypes, but how about the vampire or the caregiver? What traits are associated with them, and how can you use these archetypes to build your characters?  After all, the Storyteller and Writer are both archetypes themselves!

This 2-hour class is limited to no more than 6 participants. The time will fly by, guaranteed. No one is required to share though sharing is encouraged and welcomed. Any personal insights that they wish to be kept private should be kept private. Like all classes, we hold the space to be like Las Vegas…what happens in the session stays in the session. Guaranteed this will be a lot of fun and potentially life-changing as well! 

This 2-Hour Clinic Will Cover: 

  • Defining archetypes
  • Examples of classic and new archetypes in film and television and literature
  • How archetypes have both “light” and “shadow” elements; what that all means
  • Discovering YOUR personal archetypes (the best part!)
  • Group discussion of personal archetypes (volunteer sharing)
  • How your personal archetypes are utilized in your life (the Archetypal Wheel)
  • How knowing your personal archetypes will make you a better storyteller
  • Ways you can implement knowledge of archetypes into your characters and stories
  • Live Q&A!
More about
Justin Ross
EVP of Development & Production
Bohemia Group Originals

Justin Ross began his film career as a screenwriter. Mr. Ross’ script, THE ANSWER, was made into a short by Nebula Films in 2007.

In 2008, he joined Intrinsic Value Films as a Creative Executive. During his tenure at Intrinsic, he secured relationships with top talent, including Scott Free Productions and the estates of two of his favorite authors Ray Bradbury and Philip K. Dick. Mr. Ross joined Bohemia Group Originals as Director of Production in 2015 and was promoted to Executive Vice President of Development and Production in 2016 where he championed the company’s first feature, A DARK PLACE (distributed by Gravitas Ventures); winner of “Best Thriller” at the Manhattan Film Festival. Further credits include Associate Producer on the Spike Lee Executive Produced SON OF THE SOUTH. Upcoming projects include PREY with Oscar winner Sir Ben Kingsley and GLASS MOUNTAIN with Oscar winner Helen Hunt.


I registered for a four-week rewrite clinic with several friends hoping to find a solution to a problem we all shared in finding the right learning environment to workshop our material. When you teach creative writing to others, it’s challenging to find a group that allows you as a more experienced yet still evolving writer to get the same substantive feedback you provide your students. Furthermore, when you’re a creative from marginalized identities, you often get discouraging notes that imply you can either write commercial stories or stories that center your communities’ interests as if those two objectives are mutually exclusive. Justin Ross proved to be the perfect mentor for our group. He respected the stories each of us was trying to tell and provided specific notes and actionable exercises that gave us new ways into our revisions. There are few critique spaces where we feel we get the support we need, and having found Roadmap Writers and Justin Ross has gotten our creative year off to a wonderful start.

~ Sofia Quintero, Screenwriter

As always, Justin was engaging and the material was spot on. I learned so much about my characters and, hell, even myself—which was scary and invigorating! I would recommend this class to everyone!

~ Debbie Oliver, Screenwriter

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