Villains. You know who we’re talking about: the antagonists. The ones who create the obstacles, barriers and pain for your main characters.
Readers love to hate villains, whether they are Mean Girls or Dark Lords. Readers also love to love villains, especially the dark, brooding ones with a sardonic sense of humour.
How do you create a memorable, believable antagonist readers can’t resist?
This online seminar delves deep into what makes an antagonist work in a story. How much space should you give them? Do they need their own point of view? Are their actions and motives believable? How do you guide the readers’ emotions towards them? Do different genres need different kinds of villains?
“This seminar exceeded my expectations. It’s made me think and create in a much more focused way.”
John Martin Lewis
It’s easy to stereotype a villain, but great books show us not just how a character is against the main characters, but why. The more believable the antagonist is, the greater the threat to the main characters, and the higher the narrative tension.
Keeping the balance between protagonists and antagonists can be tricky, though—too often, the villain becomes more interesting than the hero! (Note: we’re using hero to include all genders.)
In this seminar, award-winning author Pamela Freeman guides you in how to create a villain who will be memorable, threatening, and believable. A character who will propel your story forwards and whose actions will reveal the depths of your main characters—because that’s what villains are meant to do.
“I now have a very clear picture of my villain in my mind. Before this session I just couldn’t get my head around him. So the session exceeded my expectations.”
This seminar explores the following:
Pamela focuses on how to write a villain to create an antagonist reads can't resist. Each FOCUS ON seminar explores an important aspect of the art of writing – in an accessible and efficient way. The session consists of a 1 hour expert presentation plus an additional 30 minute Q&A – designed to entertain, educate and inspire you to improve your craft.
Pamela Freeman is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than 40 books and novellas, plus short stories and scripts. She writes under two names: Pamela Freeman for children’s and fantasy, and Pamela Hart for mystery novels and historical fiction.
Prolific across multiple genres, Pamela has a Doctorate in Creative Arts (Writing) and she has been the director of creative writing here at the Australian Writers' Centre for over 10 years.
“Pamela explains each of her topics well, succinctly and with humour, and I always find I get ideas for my story when I listen to her. She is a born teacher and a font of knowledge.”