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Writing Perfect Villains: A Study of the Not-So-Wicked Stepmother
In this one-time class, teen authors will learn how to create dynamic antagonists that shatter stereotypes and leap off the page.
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Students will learn through active discussion and analysis of common villain tropes. Together we'll examine the likability, motivation, backstories, physical characteristics, and personality traits of the most effective antagonists in literature. Moving past stereotypes, we'll discuss how they can write villains as real people in their own fiction.
Students will discover what happens to suspense and plot when a foe is not quite formidable enough, and why antagonists are crucial in compelling fiction. They'll learn how to free their villains from predictable ruts, and most importantly, how to incorporate what they've learned in future storylines.
As a Young Adult author, I've travelled to dozens of schools discussing my books, publishing, and creative writing with students. I've also taught high school English and elementary school. Kids have extraordinary creative gifts--imagination, fearlessness, tenacity--and I love being a part of their development.
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55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Jessica MartinezAuthor, Violinist
126 total reviews
60 completed classes
I love writing books and playing the violin, which is why I teach both! As the author of four Young Adult novels, I've traveled all over the United States speaking to groups of students about reading and writing. I have a B.A. in English with a...