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Skillshare.com

Skillshare.com exists to give creatives everywhere an opportunity to learn and teach their craft. For only $15/month, students have unlimited access to all classes, which are project-based and can be as short as 10 minutes long. Their bite-sized length and move-at-your-own-pace setup makes Skillshare classes a great way to continue learning when going back to school for your creative passions isn't an option! I teach photography and writing courses through this platform.

 
 

 
AN INVESTMENT IN KNOWLEDGE PAYS THE BEST INTEREST
— Benjamin Franklin
 

 
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This course is very useful and gave me more confidence to give it a try to take more photos. Importantly, it changed the way I look at things!
— Tessie

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.

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!

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WELL STRUCTURED, BALANCED AND INFORMATIVE CLASS, EACH POINT BACKED UP BY EXAMPLES. I’VE LEARNED A LOT AND NOW HAVE SOMETHING TO GET ME STARTED WITH CONFIDENCE.
— Lee-Ann

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.

 
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Rebecca Loomis is an excellent instructor of fiction writing. Her class on Story Structure and this one on Character Development have helped me tremendously.
— Judy

Making A Hero: Protagonist Development for Film & Fiction

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.

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