Creating Complex Villains: Getting the Bad Guy Right

Date: 7/23/18 – 7/27/18

Location: Open Book-Loft Classroom

Day of the Week: Monday;Tuesday;Wednesday;Thursday;Friday

Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Ages: 13-17

Class Level: 13-17

Genre: Fiction

Seats Available: 0

• Regular: $262.50
• Member: $236.25
• Low-Income: $183.75

Every story needs a dark side—one that challenges and transforms the main character. Often, that "dark side" is embodied in a villain. But like any other character, the antagonist of a story should be complex and memorable. From Lady Macbeth to Two Face, some of the most fascinating villains in film and literature contain a mixture good and evil. They have interesting back stories and their own unique motives and desires.

During this class, we will focus on creating villains that linger with the reader. Students will have the opportunity to build a character profile, track the character's development, create a confessional letter, and more. We will look at story examples, such as Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" and Steven Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower. You will also be introduced to tools and techniques for the drafting process, such as world building and story mapping. This class is best for writers in the beginning stages of a novel or short story and will provide plenty of time for writing.

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