Write a Worthy Nemesis

Workshop your story's antagonist character in my 1-week online course.

If the Protagonist is most often your story's most important character, the Nemesis is not far behind. Indeed some of the greatest characters in film history have been Nemeses including Darth Vader (Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope), the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wizard of Oz), Buffalo Bill (The Silence of the Lambs), and the shark (Jaws).

A great Bad Guy: Warden Norton in "The Shawshank Redemption"

If conflict is the stuff of great drama, there is perhaps no conflict more compelling than that of a Protagonist versus a Nemesis. But what makes for a worthy Nemesis? How to develop them?

Following up on my recent Create a Compelling Protagonist course, I'm offering Create a Worthy Nemesis. It is a 1-week writing course that takes a unique approach to developing this pivotal character in that we start the process with the Protagonist.

I found Scott Myers' online workshop on writing a "worthy nemesis" extremely helpful as a first time screen writer it answered some key questions about character construction and relation, gave me a lot of food for thought and was overall a great experience. I will surely come back for another course once I have applied all that I learned on this one. — Zeba Bakhtiar

Here are the 7 lecture titles:

Lecture 1: Nemesis v. Antagonist
Lecture 2: Shadow v. Light
Lecture 3: Fear v. Need
Lecture 4: Disunity v. Unity
Lecture 5: Overlord v. Underdog
Lecture 6: Intelligence v. Wisdom
Lecture 7: Empathy v. Sympathy

Without a doubt, I've gotten more useful information out of this course than any other single course I've ever taken. I especially enjoyed the discussions of the applications of Carl Jung's work to screenwriting. You're doing great work. — Scott Gunn

Notice the clever theme of v. for versus? There's a reason for that, one you will discover when you take the class. In addition to the seven lectures that I am writing, there is 24/7 forum feedback, six insider tips, a teleconference, and an opportunity to workshop one of your story's Nemesis characters.

A great Bad Gal in Nurse Ratched in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"

The most recent Create a Compelling Protagonist session has been phenomenal. In fact, I have extended the class for at least another week because of all the incredible conversations we've had along with great workshopping of participants' Protagonists. I fully expect the my Nemesis class will just as stimulating.

This was my first time taking one of Scott's classes, and it was totally worth it. He was full of unique insights, from his daily lectures to his Insider Tips (my favorite part of the course). Further, he was highly responsive to the myriad questions posed by students. I very much enjoyed the exchange of knowledge and advice that occurred among participants, another highlight. Would definitely recommend this class! — Jace Serrano

So sign up today right here and join me for a week's journey into the dark side of the human soul, the place where great Nemeses figures dwell, waiting for you to find them.

Class start date: Monday, April 10.


Write a Worthy Nemesis was originally published in Go Into The Story on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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