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Seminar: Writing Villains as the Mirror of Heroes

April 22, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

You often hear that a character needs to arc. But how does your protagonist realize she needs to change? What shows him the consequences of not arcing?  It’s the villain, and the best protagonist/antagonist match-ups complement each other and come into direct conflict. We will focus on creating captivating protagonists and antagonists that challenge and test each other. This interactive seminar will also offer answers to:

  • What is the difference between a villain and an antagonist?
  • Why does my story need the baddest bad guy my character can logically face?
  • How can my protagonist and antagonist have the same psychological wound?
  • How can I logically show how the flaw in the antagonist can be a strength in the protagonist?
  • How can I show that my protagonist’s ability to change is what allows her to beat the antagonist?
  • How can my hero make his antagonist feel vulnerable?
  • How does showing the hero being drawn to the villain in some way add moral complexity?
  • How can I make the reader feel sympathy for the antagonist?
  • How can I build a hero and a villain that both feel like real people?


April 22, 2018
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Writing Workshop Dallas


The Foundry Club
5307 E. Mockingbird Ln
Dallas, Texas 75206
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