Announcing the Shadow Archetypes Course! (+Giveaway)

Get ready, because I’ve got something exciting to share with you!

This winter, I’ve been working on a new resource for all of you. I’ve been diving once again into the world of archetypes, exploring the psychology of shadows, and studying character transformations—all of my favorite things!

And now, I’m thrilled to announce the launch of my eight-week on-demand email course Shadow Archetypes: Writing Complex Characters.

I know many of you have been waiting for this, and I can’t wait to take this journey with you! If you’ve already explored my book Writing Archetypal Character Arcs: The Hero’s Journey and Beyond, this course takes the exploration even deeper. We’ll dive into how each pair of shadow archetypes plays a crucial role in helping the primary archetypes (Maiden, Hero, Queen, etc.) overcome weaknesses and temptations on their way to fully transforming into their next iteration of empowerment.

Are You Ready to Explore the Shadows?

Explore the intricate world of character development with Shadow Archetypes: Building Complex Fictional Characters, an eight-week email course.

Delve into the psychological journey and inner conflict of the six archetypal arcs, from the Maiden to the Mage. Discover the profound interplay between each archetype’s passive and aggressive shadows, and how each archetypal arc is about overcoming the cowardice of its passive shadow while resisting the temptation of its aggressive shadow in order to integrate a new level of true power.

This course is ideal for aspiring authors, fiction writers, creative storytellers, and screenwriters wanting to master the art of crafting compelling characters who add depth to their narratives. Whether you’re a seasoned writer or just beginning your literary journey, this in-depth approach to character arcs will transform your storytelling abilities, providing you with practical applications for various fiction formats, from novels to screenplays.

The course is structured into eight comprehensive lessons, each one intentionally designed to impart the wisdom of storytelling through the lens of shadow archetypes. Every week, you will receive an email with new resources and insights to elevate your storytelling and bring your characters to life in ways you never thought possible. You can also access the lessons as they become available in your account dashboard.

Here’s What This Course Has in Store for You!

Ready to start shadow walking? 🔦 Learn more about the twelve shadow archetypes right here.

These in-depth weekly text lessons, delivered straight to your inbox, will offer you:

  • A deeper understanding of shadow archetypes and their essential role in writing enriching character arcs, making your characters breathe with authenticity and complexity.
  • Insight into how to skillfully portray a character’s weaknesses and temptations to create a character arc that is as human and relatable as it is transformative, inspiring readers to navigate their own shadows with courage and hope.
  • Mastery over the craft of weaving compelling character journeys that not only advance the plot but resonate on a personal level with each reader.
  • The ability to navigate the psychological depths of the six life arcs.
  • Knowledge of how the interplay of passive and aggressive shadows forms the crucible for character transformation and empowerment.
  • Practical tools to apply these insights across various fiction genres—everything from romance to fantasy to drama to action—enabling your narratives to flourish, whether in a novel or a screenplay.

Why Choose This Course?

  • Empowerment Through Mastery: This course empowers you with techniques to master the subtleties of the human psyche, elevating your writing to a realm where characters live and breathe beyond the confines of the page.
  • Inspirational Guidance: Each lesson is crafted not just to inform but to motivate, urging you to explore the uncharted depths of your creative potential.
  • Unique Focus: The deep dive into shadow archetypes, particularly within the context of the life arcs, presents a niche yet crucial aspect of character development often overlooked in mainstream writing advice.

FAQs

What are archetypal character arcs?

Archetypes are symbols representing specific experiences that are recognized as culturally or even universally potent. Archetypal character arcs explore transformational periods within the human life. Specifically, I teach a cycle of six important archetypal character arcs, alternating between feminine and masculine and chronologically advancing through the human life.

These archetypes are Maiden and Hero (the archetypal journeys of youth, concerned with individuation and independence), Queen and King (the archetypal journeys of maturity, concerned with power and responsibility), and Crone and Mage (the archetypal journeys of elderhood, concerned with the mysteries of life and death). Each archetypal journey represents a crucial initiation within the human experience.

What are shadow archetypes?

Shadow archetypes, based on Carl Jung’s psychological theories, represent the darker, unconscious facets of a character’s personality that are often denied or rejected. In storytelling, these archetypes are powerful tools for character development and conflict, driving a character’s inner struggles and influencing their actions and choices, thus contributing to a transformational arc.

For instance, a Hero character will grapple with both the passive shadow of the Coward and the aggressive shadow of the Bully. These reflect both the potential for fear and the misuse of power, which the character must confront and integrate to realize full heroic potential. The exploration of this inner conflict results in multi-dimensional characters that are more realistic and relatable, providing opportunities for dramatic tension and plot development.

What genres are archetypes appropriate for?

Any and all genres! Even though the symbolic language of archetypes often evokes the fantasy genre, these archetypes show up in all stories of all types, just as they also show up in all of our personal lives. Examples from many different types of stories are listed throughout the course.

Will there be beat sheets like in your book?

Each archetypal study will offer a concise beat sheet you can use for guidance in crafting your own arc. These beat sheets can be used to bring further nuance to the beat sheets offered in my book Writing Archetypal Character Arcs, which focused more on the external conflict with antagonists. The beat sheets provided in the course show how your characters’ inner relationship to the shadow archetypes may evolve over the course of their character arcs.

How is the course delivered?

This is an email course. It will be delivered to your email (the address you use when checking out) once a week. The first lesson will arrive shortly after checkout and subsequent lessons will arrive on the same day of the week in the future.

You will also have access to the course material in your account dashboard. Lessons will become available there at the same time you receive a new email.

Can I do the course at my own pace?

Yes! You can access the course whenever you like.

How long is the course?

The course lasts eight weeks. Each lesson provides a lengthy text for you to read and study at your own pace.

Can I ask questions during the course?

Absolutely! Just hit reply on any email you receive and ask me your question.

Do I need any prior knowledge of psychology or literature to benefit from this course?

Not at all. Although you can think of this course as Archetypes Level 2, since it builds upon the theories and system I’ve discussed previously in my blog series and my book Writing Archetypal Character Arcs, the course is structured to be accessible and enlightening to both seasoned writers and those new to the craft. Your passion for storytelling is the only prerequisite! If you haven’t read anything about archetypes before this, don’t worry. The first lesson will cover the necessary basics to help you access all the juiciness in the subsequent lessons.

Can this course help me with my personal growth, not just my writing?

Absolutely! The themes and principles covered within the Shadow Archetypes Course transcend the scope of writing to offer valuable lessons and introspective tools for personal development.

Start Exploring Your Characters’ Shadows!

As you progress through each lesson, honing your skills, you will steadily grow your ability to craft deeply resonant psychological journeys for your characters. You’ll acquire a profound understanding of their emotions, motivations, and inner struggles, enabling you to create narratives that captivate and engage readers.

Ready to start shadow walking? 🔦 Learn more about the twelve shadow archetypes right here.

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Win a reMarkable 2 Tablet!

Of course, what would be a launch without a prize giveaway? Today, I am giving away a reMarkable 2 tablet* (value $279). According to their site:

Replace your notebooks and printouts with the only tablet that feels like paper. All your handwritten notes, to-dos, PDFs, and ebooks, perfectly organized and in one place.

I asked you all to tell me what prize you’d like me to give away for this launch, and quite a few of you wanted me to give away another reMarkable 2 tablet! Good luck to you all!

*The refurbished model, in support of circular economies.

To Enter

Contest will end Sunday, March 17th, and winners will be announced Monday, March 18th. Enter below! (Note: no purchase is necessary to enter.)

Finally, I must send out a huge thank you to my beta testers: Cain Gonzales, Christopher Pridgen, Laura Kathryn McRae, Julie Packer Samms, Sue Davis, KJ A. Lewis. Thank you!

Good luck to everyone in the drawing, have fun, and thank you for helping me celebrate the launch of the Shadow Archetypes course!

Happy writing!

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K.M. Weiland is the award-winning and internationally-published author of the acclaimed writing guides Outlining Your Novel, Structuring Your Novel, and Creating Character Arcs. A native of western Nebraska, she writes historical and fantasy novels and mentors authors on her award-winning website Helping Writers Become Authors.

Comments

  1. I can always benefit from some help developing my characters. Headed to the course page to learn more now!

    • Sasha Irish says

      I’m three weeks into this course thanks to the early access, and it’s already been super helpful! I’m working on my first novel and I had a lot of character development, not a lot of external events. The archetypes, and now the shadow archetypes, are helping me to give my protagonist more agency and more action to advance her internal development. Thank you!

    • James Hill says

      You and me both

  2. Congrats! I wish you the best with the release of this course! Now I’m focused on other projects, but as soon as I can come back to the story I was writing, I’ll definitely consider this.

  3. The course looks amazing! I don’t have the money for it, but I might ask for it for my birthday. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  4. jjwrites4jesus says

    Congrats on another release!

  5. This looks awesome! I loved your archetypes book, so I’d love to take this course once I have a bit more cash in pocket. 😁

  6. Way cool stuff

  7. I’m still saving up for your other courses, though I might cave and buy this one first — just reading about it has already sparked some awesome things for my characters. Thank you for all your amazing writing resources, they’ve really helped my writing process!

  8. Elise Loyacano Perl says

    Thank you for another great resource. I’ve been enjoying the course.

  9. Peter Giesin says

    Thank you for the great resource. It is definitely helping me create

  10. This is an intriguing venture, especially because I’ve been looking over my notes about archetypes. I think of the shadow archetypes as key to creating a richer type of antagonist.

    Like the Hero’s Journey, and the different “stages,” where each stage presents a possibility of failure. The one who has failed at a particular step can become the villain to the one who may “pass.” The one who fails to realize the thematic truth falls into darkness, and becomes a villain to the one who does realize the thematic truth of the story. Definitely worth exploring!

  11. Madi Proctor says

    I love your podcast

  12. Susan Moreland says

    Thank you for this and all your great writing resources.

  13. One story is dealing with coming of age – so I’ve got characters that are going to fit into Maiden and Hero arcs. My other story… I’m not sure yet. It might be hitting a couple of different levels because there will be some mentor/mentee action and other stuff – still very new.

  14. I can’t wait to dig into this!

  15. Lysa Pond says

    Super excited about this course!

  16. Keith Cornell says

    The first week of the course has been great. A depth of knowledge and learning with a ton of additional resources included, requiring more than just a single read-through of the information to put everything together. As I start in on the second week, I am really appreciating the timing of the weekly release of information. It helps me to pace myself and not rush through. I can see revisiting this course multiple times and gleaning new understandings each time. That’s how rich your teaching is. Thanks for another great resource for my writing life!

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      Yay! Thank you for the lovely review of the Early Bird course. So glad you’ve enjoyed the first couple weeks.

  17. Congratulations on your launch! I love this idea. Is there a place for writing feedback within the course?

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      No, the course does not give assignments or offer feedback. However, you are always welcome to ask questions. You can hit reply on any of the email lessons and your question will come straight to me.

  18. Looking forward to the course! In response to your question: The King archetype with a Tyrant shadow helped me a lot for a side character.

  19. Katherine Holom says

    I’m not certain of my protagonists shadows yet but definitely need to work on them. Thanks for the chance to enter!

  20. Got the course through the early bird discount! I can’t wait to learn how to write more interesting characters!

  21. newbee author says

    I’m still struggeling with my characters and I’m curious about this great offer. Let’s find out wants to take part in my story. Thanks for this great opportunity!

  22. katie hay-molopo says

    I have to admit, I wanted to do the course as soon as I heard about it but was worried about the price… I see now it’s super affordable! I’m looking forward to learning more about these shadow archetypes (I think it could be really useful for one character in particular I’m struggling to define in my current novel). Thanks!

  23. You are so generous, K! Love that you are giving a remarkable to celebrate you launch 😀 Than you for all your great initiatives!

  24. This looks like such a neat course! I have the archetypes book and this seems like a great way to dig deeper into the concepts.

  25. FrancescaNWPA says

    This course looks like it can really help us develop more complex characters. I’ve got a few books on archetypes but practical lessons are a plus.

  26. Ooh, this is intriguing! I’ll have to look into it.

  27. Samantha K says

    This is super cool! I’ve been using this website as a resource for years, and I always love when new materials come out.

  28. I have been working my way through your books (currently on Writing Archetypal Character Arcs) and this course could not have shown up at a better time. I always learn so much from you, and can’t wait to check this out.

  29. This topic is right up my alley and I’m really looking forward to learning more about exploring and navigating my characters’ shadows. Thank you so much for deep-diving into such a powerful and crucial topic!

  30. i read your book mam
    thanks for your amazing work which definately helping lot of writers

  31. Always enjoy your tips, insight, knowledge and experience! Looking forward to the course!

  32. I heard about these “paper” tablets. I’d love to have the opportunity to try one out! And the course looks fantastic!

  33. Looks like a great course, I wish I could afford it.

  34. I caught the early-bird special, and I’m enjoying exploring the shadows! I bought the course as a companion to your WACA book for in-depth study. I love this multi-faceted character study.

  35. Brian S. Gardner says

    So excited for this as always with K.M.’s books and courses.

  36. Hi! I’m already in week 1 of the course and I believe my protagonist’s shadows would be the Snow queen! Thank you! I love your Shadow Archetypes: Writing Complex Fictional Characters 8-Week Email Course. It’s what I needed thanks!

  37. Erik R. Van Asch says

    When writing, considering Archetypes isn’t a conscious effort. Rather, it seems to grow organically as I’m writing (I’m more of a pantser)…but doesn’t mean I could be more efficient and targeted by building archetypes first, then inserting those characters into the story as it’s being outlined.

  38. I had to get this, since I have two main characters with Hero and Crone shadow sides. I’m hoping this provides extra depth to the times their shadows threaten to emerge.

  39. Deirdre Summers says

    I signed up for the early bird and have been reading week 1; as always, your writing is so thorough and enlightening, and above all, helpful! Can’t wait to dig into the arcs and start applying them to my work!

    • Deirdre Summers says

      Oh, and to answer the question, I am working on a multi-POV series with arcs from maiden to queen, but just realized that all my shadows are the Passive types! Might need to start switching that up some…

  40. Kelly Larivee says

    Hi Katie, I just purchased this course for my daughter (also a Katie, via Katelyn) who is a huge fan/follower of yours. She’s a graphic novelist and utilizes the archetypes to great extent in her work…I’m certain she’ll get great insight from this new course. Thanks, as always, for providing amazing material for all of us writers out here, new and old!

  41. Sounds fantastic! I love the idea of exploring the shadowy parts of a character’s psyche

  42. Thank you for the course & giveaway!

  43. Another release, congrats!

  44. I’m looking forward to digging into this course for my antagonist in a medieval histfic piece I’m working on!

  45. Michael Wright says

    just this post is inspiring to deep dive in the course. so inspirational. wonderful. thank you.

  46. This course looks amazing! I really appreciate you sharing the art of storycraft with depth that goes into the complexities of the real world and brings them to life in story, rather than just writing tips haha. Thank you!

  47. I’m really excited for this! I’m also glad that the previous book is not a requirement to understand the lessons. Thanks for all you do!

  48. This course is so interesting! I love the archetypes work you’ve been putting out. The meditations are fantastic and this new course seems so promising for writers trying to develop their characters. Thank you for all your hard work. You add value to the writing community every time you create content.

  49. Brian Fairbanks says

    Thanks for this giveaway and all your newsletters/blog posts!

  50. Perla Servin says

    Thank you very much for your teachings, of course I’ll sign up!

  51. Julie Gallagher says

    Very excited about this course. I find this sort of deep dive into character psychology fascinating!

  52. I’m so excited!

  53. This is very exciting! Thank you for also making this course accessible and affordable. Really appreciated!

  54. I’ve signed up for the course! I’m delighted it’s available.

    In my latest story, I have yet to develop my protagonist’s shadows. But I expect my engagement with this course will help me do so.

  55. I love reading your content so much! Shadow archetypes were something I’ve never really heard much about. It seems really interesting and the course looks amazing❤️

  56. Joseph English says

    thank you for the resources you make!

    • Lisa Troy says

      I’ve purchased the course, but have yet to start the lessons. I have no doubt I’ll learn a lot though! Thank you for this

  57. K.M you are always on your game, and you are helping me get on mine. Thank you for your very generous sharing of your library (and head full!!) of practical, applicable information. It is a game changer for us. Looking forward to working this course!

  58. Jam Del Villar says

    Thank you!!! ✨️

  59. Oooh! I’m excited for the course! And I’ve been lusting after the Remarkable2, haha.

  60. I managed to buy this for the discount – thank you! So far it looks awesome 😉

  61. Looking forward to the course.

  62. Thank you! Been digging into Wayfarer lately. It’s fun to see you apply what you teach.

  63. Thanks for the Shadows 8-week class. A great addition to the Archetype Meditations.

    My protagonist begins as a Maiden. The two antagonists are still in the works: one to become a love interest and the other a villain.

  64. I have just purchased the course and am really looking forward to learning more about these archetypes! The mage in particular interests me as I write fantasy.

  65. Bought as soon as I saw it 🙂 Looking forward to perusing the information!

  66. I’m excited for this course! I really really hope I can understand it well enough to apply it to my writing.

  67. I’ve already started the course and love it. I can’t say enough good things about your character arc course (it has allowed me to COMPLETELY rip up my drafting process), and can’t wait to dig deeper into this one.

  68. Writerlove says

    Love your great information on the archetypes!

  69. The idea of developing my protag’s shadow archetypes (passive v active) is really going to help me clarify some levels of tension and drama in my novel. I’m so glad you wrote this book, as I’m already a Jungian and love archetypes as a place to generate ideas. Will be signing up for the course!

  70. I watched the YouTube video you uploaded about shadow archetype a few days ago. I’ve really been enjoying the videos you post along side your podcast episodes.

  71. My current project is a maiden arc story in which I need to do a better job of exploring the vixen and damsel shadows. K.M. Weiland’s Shadow Archetypes Course will help be do that.

  72. MR RICHARD H BROOKS says

    Fascinating and so true from a story and personal pov!

  73. Can’t wait to dive into this course!

  74. Course sounds great. Will it be offered later? I’m unable to take it now.

  75. Ante Pavlović says

    Thank you for your work and having it available for us all.
    I’ve learned a great deal from you while (still) writing my first novel.

  76. This is a great topic, and I can’t wait to learn more as with all of your well-crafted writing material!

  77. Thank you for this great opportunity and being such a valuable source of writing tips

  78. Thanks for this wonderful course. I have recently found and read your book “Writing Archetypal Character Arcs” and I think this course will help me understand even better how to make use of archetypes in my writing. I have already read the first lesson, and am looking forward to the ones ahead.

  79. I’m a big fan of this blog. There’s so much great information here.

  80. Erica Deel says

    Wow! Super excited for this new resource. You are my go-to guru for writing advice, always.

  81. I’ve been intrigued by this concept since you first wrote about it in the newsletter. Going to give this serious consideration.

  82. I’ve been enjoying your e-newsletter for some time. And, you helped me find a writing buddy through this blog. Thank you for helping this writer on my journey to become an author!

  83. Abigail Wilkes says

    Ok I suppose I don’t dilly understand Shadow archetypes because you say the shadow side of the Hero is bully. I can’t imagine my MC being a bully, but I do understand there’s be that small temptation because of their power or strength. So is the point of shadow that it’s there, but they don’t give in?

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      Shadows can be used in many different ways. Of course, in some stories the whole point is that the protagonist does *not* overcome the shadow’s temptation. What I’m particularly exploring in this course are the specific weaknesses and temptations represented by the shadows, which a character must overcome to change positively, *and* the inherent strengths and gifts of the shadows which must be reclaimed and rehabilitated.

  84. Thank you for all you do to help writers!

  85. Thanks for the great courses your books have been invaluable.

  86. Definitely a course I will take in the future when I can afford it. I’ve studied all of your books to help with my writing and there’s no doubt it helped to improve my writing speed and finished story. Thank you!

  87. Thank you for the thia valuable structure and support for all the writers.

  88. My current WIP involves a male and a female protagonist who are teenagers on the cusp of adulthood and significant responsibility. I feel like there are elements of the journey of youth and of the journey of maturity. Is it possible to have more than one archetype present? I realize this may have an obvious answer, but I’m fairly new to archetypes.

  89. The course looks great and it’s also cool you’re doing a giveaway 😊

  90. Mare Mulvey says

    Great giveaway!

  91. Katrin Perkovic says

    I love reading your articles and I learned so much. Looking forward to learning more.

  92. Rodney Gates says

    Sounds like an excellent course!

  93. Toni sancho says

    Following all of your blogs has been a great help in improving the structure and arches.

  94. The course sounds interesting and appreciate how hard you work to contribute to and be active in the writing community. Also, thanks for sponsoring a giveaway that actually offers something of interest to writers.

  95. This new course looks great. I have most, if not all, your books so looking forward to this too. Congratulations

  96. Shaila Patel says

    I’ve always thought (likely incorrectly LOL) that the basic archetypes were more an external arc tool than “true” character development, relying on some stereotypes that I struggled not fall into as I wrote. I’ve also always loved psychological approaches to character development (enneagrams, etc), so this course seems to be the perfect blend of what I could use to help me in my current WIP! Thank you!

  97. Thank you for the giveaway! And congrats on a new launch.

  98. Linda Browne says

    Your posts on story structure and scene/sequel pacing were game changers for me, and are my go-to revision tools before I send any book out for editing. I’m also enjoying your character arc book. Question: is your course being offered for a limited time, or will it be available to order any time?

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      The course will be continually available in my store. It is an on-demand course, so you can choose when you want to start (when you buy), whenever is convenient for you.

  99. The course looks AMAZING! 🤩

  100. Bill Spratley says

    I see everyday life as the true archetypal journey for everyone (not just the few who are destined to it). It was exciting to see your 6 Life arcs in your book “Writing Archetypal Character Arcs.” They truly are for all of us!

  101. Kaelin Balonek says

    I’m super excited for this course because I’ve been doing some shadow work on myself. I love how the writing journey sometimes mirrors my own journey of healing and growth!

  102. Jennifer Rose says

    I’ve been following you for years now, and love your instruction on plot. I’m going to have to check out this character book now!

  103. Mike Thomas says

    This sounds like a great course.

  104. Hello – the book and meditations are great and I’m glad to see there is course now too. It will be really helpful to flesh out the character is my book

  105. I love this!! I really want to get the shadow archetypes course – probably when I go on maternity leave in a couple months so I have time to really devote to it ♥

  106. Susanna C says

    I don’t know what my characters’ shadow archetypes are, so I guess I need this course!

  107. Good course, thankyou

  108. Micki Browning says

    Congratulations! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve referred to your structure book. I’m using the Shadow Queen in my WIP.

  109. Christen Hill says

    I loved going deeper into the maiden’s shadows, thank you! It helped me clarify which shadow she’s living in, I thought it was a little of both, but she’s definitely a vixen that was broken further by the response to her vixenhood.

  110. I’ve been following you, seems like forever. You never disappoint.

  111. Valtazarious says

    I love the way you instruct on how to build the characters and your teaching methods are very practical. Thank you for all the resources you put out for us so that we can become better writers.

  112. manjubeth7cdb246fb3 says

    I really appreciate your blog, videos and your books. I’m using your Creating Character Arcs Workbook to write my MG. Thanks!

  113. Jim Crigler says

    This looks like a great resource!

  114. Shannon grogan says

    I’m really excited to take the course. Just what I needed!

  115. I’ve been a reader of HelpingWritersBecomeAuthors for years, and recommend it to my colleagues all the time. Since archetypes and shadows govern our own lives, this study makes characters on the page seem fully alive.

  116. I’m at the planning stage with my current WIP. I’m writing to explore generational trauma passed from mothers to daughters. My protagonist faces the consequences of suppressing The Feminine and the challenges of integration of her personal femininity

  117. Charles Long says

    Big fan, can’t wait to check this out!

  118. Tania RAVELOSON says

    Your content is always so well structured. Thank you for making writing a good story an attainable goal.

  119. Laura George says

    My protagonist thinks that she is responsible for everyone around her. Not asking for help, not talking ideas over with others, will cost her a lot.

  120. Julie Kish says

    Your books and your blog have been guiding my writing for years. Keep up the great work. You’re a wonderful teacher.

  121. I don’t even have a protagonist for the book I’m writing at the moment. I look forward to learning, in more detail, about archetypes and how they fit into my book series. Thanks!

  122. Christopher Evans says

    I’m working on a subgenre that no one has explored and your material is amazing

  123. Your content is so valuable. Congratulations on the newest release.

  124. This course sounds great. I’m always learning from you, thank you.

  125. This course looks great!

  126. What an amazing opportunity, thank you so much for all the help you have given me

  127. I’m sort of biased to the fantasy genre, but it’s fascinating that this course is designed for any genre. I have one or two non-fantasy ideas I’m kicking around, so I’d love to see how the archetypes are transferable.

    I’m also curious to find out the advice to make sure our characters aren’t stuck as ONLY archetypes. That even though they serve archetypal purposes in the context of the story, that their actual personalities are rich and interesting and unpredictable.

  128. Sounds amazing!

  129. Lori Santoni says

    To date, I have purchased all of your books as they have become available. I find them very informative. I thank you for sharing your knowledge. I’m positive this course will be just as helpful in my journey.

  130. Robin Korb says

    This course sounds amazing. I will be signing up.

  131. K. M. Weiland’s writer books are a great tool. This course is an added bonus.

  132. Candy Yates says

    I have another of your books about archetypes and it sounds intriguing. I don’t really know what shadows my protagonist is facing now, but I will say she is a person who has faced childhood trauma and is now leaving an emotionally abusive husband.

  133. This all looks great!

  134. Maria Laura Martinez says

    This sounds really cool

  135. I am already LOVING this course!

  136. I think my MC’s shadow archetype is the coward. Clearly I have to learn more about this 😀

  137. Looks fascinating. I’m always trying to add depth to my characters.

  138. Issak Friesen says

    This sounds like it would be extremely helpful in creating my best story possible.

  139. I am very much looking forward to this course. I appreciate your attantion to authentic personality and psychological concepts.

  140. This looks so amazing! Your knowledge and insights always inspire me above all else! I have been meaning to delve into your archetypes book and shadow theory since you first began writing about them, but I had been away from writing for a while! Definitely going to dive in!!

  141. Your lessons are great and make them easy to follow and understand. I have been listening to your podcasts for the last year and know a lot about writing but have learned a lot from you as well. Thank you.

  142. GJ on all the helpful posts and books my dear KM <3

  143. Congratulations! The course looks amazing, and your blog posts are always useful.

  144. Thank you for the course and the giveaway!! I’ve learned a lot from your books!

  145. Happy Book Birthday! This looks like a terrific resource.

    • Jennifer Prediger says

      Reading all these comments had made me even more invested and excited to start the archetypes course. Writing my first novel and really looking to dive deeper with the protagonist and antagonist. Thank you for the resources!

  146. Looking forward to diving into this.

  147. Sandra Vail says

    I’ve always found your insights helpful.

  148. Your writing content has helped me sharpen my writing skills in several areas.

  149. Phil Quigley says

    Looks awesome

  150. The course sounds amazing.

  151. “What are your protagonist’s shadows in your latest story?” She is secretly and guiltily bitter towards her dead parents for leaving her to raise her siblings, destroying her plans for a life of her own.

  152. I just learned about reMarkable tablets and they sound amazing. Thank you for this giveaway!

  153. So exciting! The story that’s been most on my mind recently definitely has some vixen, coward, and bully shadows.

  154. I always come back to this website when I’m looking for information. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

  155. I love using your website as a resource for my writing. I especially like using the archetypes to shape my characters!

  156. Patricia Reed says

    Really enjoying the course so far. Exploring the Shadows was something I had hoped you would do. Thanks for developing these ideas further!

  157. Sarah E Glenn says

    The main character in the series I write with my spouse is a Crone, resisting the Hermit. I’m in this stage myself, although I do wander into Wicked Witch occasionally. Her sidekick is of similar age, but seems to be a perpetual Maiden who ignores the weaknesses of her body.

  158. Amanda Williams says

    This course looks amazing. I’ll have to add it to my wish list! I love that it covers the heroine’s journey, as well as the hero’s. I’ve been studying up on that lately.

  159. Eric Stallsworth says

    This looks like another great course! I will have to take this at some point soon! Thank you for continuing to offer such useful courses!

  160. What a great course–you have so many amazing resources available for people. This one looks fantastic!

  161. Congratulations on your latest course, and many thanks for a great giveaway!

  162. I read Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success and Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story. I hope this course is as insightful and beneficial.

  163. I always look forward to character development and archetype based releases. Shadow Archetypes here we go!

  164. Learning a lot, thanks.

  165. Thorn Winner says

    Bought every book because Ms. Weiland handles all the research and makes it easy to access great info. First time poster because prizes!!!!

  166. I so appreciate all the the valuable information you send out every day. There seems to be no end to your creativity. Thank you!

  167. This looks really great!

  168. This course looks amazing and I’m definitely considering it.

  169. Nia Wesley says

    This is really exciting! I know that this resource will be very helpful. 🙂

  170. Karis Wesley says

    I really appreciate all of the valuable content and contributions that K.M. Weiland has made to the writing community.

  171. Carolyn Watts says

    Thanks for your generosity.

  172. Carolyn Watts says

    Thank you for your generosity.

  173. Michelle Wesley says

    My daughters love this stuff.

  174. JJ Alexander says

    From the info in the blog, I learned enough to know that I don’t know whether my MC is dealing with the Damsel/Vixen or the Coward/Bully. My second POV is definitely Damsel/Vixen in a coming of age arch.

  175. JJ Alexander says

    Looking forward to this information. Thank you!

  176. Chad Wesley says

    This looks nice.

  177. Lisa King says

    Loving the course thus far (3 weeks in) It has put so much in perspective for me. Thanks so much for creating this shadow course. It’s clearly brought into focus my MCs battle between the damsel and the vixen – and my own as well. Brilliant work KM 🙂

  178. This is giving me new insight to add greater depth to my characters in a screenplay. I look forward to learning more and growing as an artist.

  179. Hope to get the book, soon. Seems very helpful

  180. I’m still in the planning stages of my novel so haven’t worked out my protagonist’s shadows yet. Thanks for the giveaway. I hope to take your course in the not too distant future.

  181. Dawn Pizzo says

    Thank you for the books that you have written! I purchased Outlining your novel and Creating character Arcs! These books make it easy for writers!

  182. Amy R Warren says

    I love and rely on all your books! Your story structure is the best I’ve ever seen.

  183. Amy Rosborough says

    Looks like an amazing course!

  184. I’ve learned so much from your books and blog/podcast. Thank you for helping us become better writers.

  185. Genine Tyson says

    I’m excited for this new course. I have all of your books and I look forward to what I learn next!

  186. Thank you for being such a huge support and help to countless writers, KMW. I appreciate you and wish you success!

  187. I’m new to the idea of my characters having shadows, so i’m not sure yet.

  188. R. Joy Helvie says

    One of my protagonists is dealing with the Miser and Sorcerer shadows.

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