Write a Great Antagonist
Write an antagonist who is a serious threat. Create a three-dimensional villain that is specifically designed to play off the protagonist, advance the plot, and add depth to the story.
This workshop will help you craft a three-dimensional antagonist who is a genuine threat.
Writing an antagonist is a great deal of fun, but it is difficult. You want to infuse him with the proper traits that make him a threat specifically to the story you are trying to tell. That means we see the antagonist in light of the protagonist and the plot.
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Students have course access for 365 days. All worksheets and notes are downloadable.
This workshop includes extensive class notes so you can follow along with the lectures, a comprehensive workbook to walk you through designing your antagonist, and an annotated list of great antagonists from literature and film with comments on what makes the antagonist of each book/film exemplary.
What People Are Saying
“I have a MA in Creative Writing, and I wish I had a course that went this in-depth on characterization! I originally started taking Barbara’s courses as “refreshers”, but I didn’t realize that I would be learning so much new material. So helpful, and it’s such a relief knowing I can go to Barbara’s videos for reliable, action-provoking content. Thanks for sparking my creativity, and for giving me helpful templates that make taking action easier!”
“This class is fantastic. I love how Barbara gave many reasons why they are the antagonist and different situations. Also, I found the examples extremely helpful. I’m a big fan in general of Barbara’s classes, but this one made it into one of the top three.”
“Great class. Barbara explains such a range of antagonising forces not just the most obvious ones. The information is well ordered so it’s inspiring not overwhelming. I find antagonists challenging but Barbara’s steps really help push writers in helpful directions… with concrete steps and a plethora of resources.”
“English isn’t my first language, but I didn’t have any problem understanding what this wonderful woman is talking about! Man, I just wish that everybody could see you and learn from you. You did a great job and I’m delighted to see your other courses!”
“Love this course a lot! Villains are sometimes the hardest to write for me, so I found this to be the perfect class to listen to.”
“Almost didn’t take this class, but so glad I did! So much useful and unexpected information about an antagonist!”
“Great class with lots of helpful examples!”
“Very much like this course. It gave me a lot to think about. Thanks for putting it together!”
Barbara Vance, PhD
I am a writer and instructor who has been blessed to help thousands of writers bring their stories to life.
My degrees include a B.A. in literature, an MA in Literature and Creative Writing, and a PhD in storytelling and media. Prior to launching my own company, I taught writing and storytelling at a tier-one university.
Over the past sixteen years I have developed a widely acclaimed collection of courses designed to help writers develop their stories, stay on track, and finish what they start . . . even while juggling busy careers and a family.
I am also the author of a multi-award-winning poetry collection, and my poems are licensed for use in anthologies and curricula around the world.