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"The Ones You Love to Hate: Writing a Good Bad Guy (or Gal)" with Lee Thomas

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St. Edward's University, Trustee Hall 303
3001 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704

10/11/2014 From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

PLEASE NOTE: Online registration for this workshop is now closed. Tickets will only be sold at the door of the event at walk-up rates ($59 for members/ $119 for nonmembers). Please see our Classes page for more details.

$49 for members (log in for member pricing)

$109 nonmembers

From Shakespeare’s Othello to Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, exciting villains have wowed readers for centuries, often remaining more memorable than the heroes they tormented. Hannibal Lecter, Annie Wilkes, Voldemort, Nurse Ratched, and Anton Chigurh are just a few of the baddies who’ve leapt off the page and landed in the social consciousness. What makes them, and other villains, work so well?

Whether you’re writing a crime thriller, a family drama, a work of the fantastic, or even a romance, the way you create your “heavy” is an essential key to the success of your story. By understanding the appeal of the villain you’ll be better able to create compellingly dark characters that grab hold of your readers, and engage their imaginations well after your stories have ended.

You will need:

  • Your preferred writing utensils – laptop, pen, paper, etc.
  • A favorite villain (or two) to discuss.

This class is ideal for writers at all levels with interests in an array of genres.

About the instructor:

Lee Thomas is the two-time Lambda Literary Award and the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of more than 20 books including The Dust of Wonderland, The German, Like Light for Flies, and Butcher’s Road. Under various pseudonyms he has authored several suspense thrillers for young adults, including Mason, Shimmer, and the Wicked Dead series (co-authored with Stefan Petrucha).


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NOTE: Tickets are not refundable, but they are transferable. If you purchase a ticket and then find you cannot attend, someone else can attend in your stead. Simply contact us at or 512-499-8914 and let us know so that we can update the class roster. For more information, visit our Classes page.


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The Writers' League of Texas would like to thank St. Edward's University for its generous support and commitment to community, ongoing education, and the arts. Visit