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Highlights Foundation Presents Anti-Heroes & Villains Workshop.

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Faculty Villains and Anti-Heroes
In this workshop, you will:

  • Look at some iconic villains and discuss what goes into the creation of a really GREAT villain.
  • Examine your main character’s dreams and desires, and then find out who would OPPOSE those. Patrice says: “It could be a “villain”–but it could also be the hero’s best friend.”
  • Look at how villains serve as catalysts for the protagonist’s action.
  • Find out how to create sympathy for your villain, for his/her goals and dreams.
  • Discover where your hero and villain’s goals intersect, and how that sets up conflict in your story.
  • Create a powerful backstory for your villain. Julie says: “I haven’t met a single villain whose origin story I didn’t want to tell.”
  • Hear what an editor and an agent look for when discovering villains in submitted manuscripts.
  • Get faculty feedback on the opening chapter of your work-in-progress.


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