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How To Write Villains

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19th November 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm


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From miscreants to monsters, rascals to rogues, we’re endlessly fascinated by baddies in fiction. So how do you create dark antagonists who live off the page and keep your readers enthralled? How can you make your readers care about them, even when the characters behave in hateful ways? 

Hell is empty and all the devils are here’, according to Shakespeare. 

Whether your character’s flaw lead them to make terrible decisions, or whether you are writing a true monster, you need to make villainous characters feel rounded and also relatable.

Join best-selling author of crime and psychological thrillers Caroline Green for an evening of expert tuition and exercises on making your antagonists as bad as they can possibly be, but also characters that appeal to us in equal measure. Caroline will look into the craft of creating characters that creep beyond into your readers’ thoughts long after they’ve turned the final page


7-7.45pm: Part 1 A deep dive into character creation, looking at how you can create fully rounded individuals with a back story and past. Understanding the difference between character ‘wants’ and ‘needs’, which can lead to a richer story and more interesting flaws for your baddie.

7.45-8.30pm: Part 2 Further investigation into characterisation, focusing on the psychology of the criminal mind.

8.30-9pm: Q&A with Caroline moderated by W&A

Speaker Profile

Writing as Cass Green, Caroline's debut adult novel The Woman Next Door was a Number 1 e-book bestseller and her second, In A Cottage, In A Wood was a Sunday Times top ten and USA Today bestseller. She is also an award-winning author of fiction for young people. Her first novel, Dark Ride won the RONA Young Adult Book of the Year and the Waverton Good Read Award. Cracks was recommended on Radio 4’s Open Book programme and Hold Your Breath won the Oldham Book Award. She is the Writer in Residence at East Barnet School and has taught writing at City University and for Writers & Artists. In 2021 she will publish the first of three genre-bending police procedurals, all to be published by HarperCollins.

Event Details

This is an online event which will be presented using video conferencing software. Joining instructions and full guidance will be provided before the event start-date.

You're invited to send any questions ahead of the event to Questions must be submitted by midnight 17th November, and please use the subject line 'How to Write Villains event question'. 

This event will take place on Thursday 19th November. 

Booking & Payment

The event fee of £25 (inc. VAT) is payable in full online. 

Please do contact us if you wish to discuss an instalment payment plan by calling 0207 631 5985 or by sending an email to

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