Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Workshop: “Enter: The Antagonist. No–scratch that. Enter: The Antagonists, Plural”

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Date(s) - 09/12/2015
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Jugendherberge Solothurn "Am Land"
Landhausquai 23 - Solothurn, 4500


The protagonist always takes center stage. But the strongest stories contain multiple antagonists, and we're not just talking Bad Guys. Sure, Voldemort taunts Harry, but what is Harry without his inner doubts, Hermione nagging him, or a ticking clock pushing him to go faster. In this workshop, come ready to explore which type of antagonist is best at what, and how to push your protagonist to his or her limits. Using examples from Harry Potter the workshop covers 13 antagonist archetypes, providing examples of these archetypes for stories ranging from picture books to middle grade to young adult.

While this workshop will focus primarily on examples from middle grade and young adult works, picture book writers should also find it helpful.

Sandra Nickel

Sandra Nickel is a writer and blogger who holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.