Anti-heroes and Villains: Crafting Flawed Characters We Love to Hate 2019

June 6 - 9, 2019


Create deep veins of backstory and characterization to shape villains and anti-heroes in middle grade and young adult novels.

Antagonist, anti-hero, anti-heroine, whatever the term, a novel must have opposition. Who better to infuse conflict than a well-crafted villain?

To make a villain believable, they need motivations and guiding rules that readers can appreciate. Today’s best villains, even in all their wicked whims and power plays, also read as sympathetic.

Join authors Patrice Caldwell and Julie Dao in this engaging workshop to deepen the shadow-side of your novel.

Writers will have the opportunity to submit the opening chapter of their work-in-progress for review.


Patrice Caldwell

Patrice Caldwell is a graduate of Wellesley College and the founder and fundraising chair of People of Color in Publishing,…
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Julie C. Dao

Julie C. Dao is a proud Vietnamese-American who was born in upstate New York. She studied medicine in college, but…
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Tiff Liao

Special Guest Tiff Liao is an editor at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers. She’s had the pleasure of editing…
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DongWon Song

Special Guest DongWon Song is an agent at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency representing science fiction and fantasy for adults, young…
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All-inclusive registration includes workshop tuition, lodging, meals, beverages, and snacks. Free shuttle service is available from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AVP) International Airport.

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workshop information

Begins on Thursday, June 6, with dinner and ends on Sunday, June 9, with brunch.