Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators


Date(s) - 10/12/2020
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Online Workshop
SCBWI - Carolinas, Webinar

Workshop Description

“Love your villains.” “Good cannot exist without evil.” “Only the good die young.” Stereotypes snowball. Advice abounds. But what really constitutes a villain? And why are these antagonists so necessary to our fiction?

Whether they’re our main character’s nemesis, our own dark side, a path not taken, or simply the product of natural selection and hideous parenting, your villains need to be credible to your readers and integral to your story. But how do we make that happen?

This workshop is designed for any writer who’s far enough along in a novel, GN, verse novel, or nonfiction draft to have pitted their main character and antagonist against one another at least once. We’ll be doing exercises together, but feel free to bring that encounter scene with you as well!


Louise Hawes is the author of two short fiction collections, a picture book, a graphic novel, and over a dozen novels.

She is a contributor to numerous anthologies and has served as John Grisham Visiting Author at the University of Mississippi, a Read in Common Author at the Mississippi University for Women, and Writer in Residence at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

Louise helped found and continues to teach at the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program.

You can learn more about Louise at


  • $0.00 SCBWI Carolinas Member, but must use discount code to get this price!
  • $20 all other SCBWI members
  • $30 Non-SCBWI members

When does registration open and close?

OPENS: July 15, 2020
CLOSES: September 27, 2020
Please note: Participation is capped on Zoom (our hosting platform)

Terms and Conditions

  • SCBWI Members MUST login to receive member pricing
  • There are no partial refunds for failure to login
  • All refunds may be subject to a 5% handling fee
  • No registration fees will be refunded after September 15, 2020