September 2022

The Big Bad: Give Your Protagonist a Worthy Antagonist

A great antagonist can intensify the conflict in your story and turn it into a riveting read. But how do you create an antagonist who propels the story forward and forces your protagonist to change – all while fascinating the reader? In this workshop, we will discuss the different types of “Big Bads” and do a series of writing exercises that will help you discover and design the antagonist who will best challenge your protagonist to their personal breaking point.

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About Kat Falls

Award-winning novelist Kat Falls writes fast-paced science fiction for tweens and teens. In her Dark Life series (Scholastic), Kat takes middle school readers on action-packed adventures under the sea. The series was featured on The Today Show; translated into 18 languages; and optioned for film by Disney. Her YA series, Inhuman (Scholastic), a dystopian romance, received a starred review from Kirkus and made the Tome It List for “clean” teen reads. Kat teaches at Northwestern University and presents at schools and writing conferences across the country.