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July MRW Meeting: Hero v. Villain – Achieving a Believable Antagonistic Relationship

July 28, 2021 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


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This workshop will help you get out of the trap of the same old/same old: Villain targets Hero, Hero and Villain fight, Hero wins. Instead, you’ll learn to show why THIS Hero was THE hero who could defeat THIS Villain.  You’ll learn to show why the unique personalities and goals of these characters made conflict, and your resolution of that conflict, inevitable.


Tami Cowden wanted to be a writer since she was a teenager.  But it was only after about 20 some years thinking how great life would be when she was a writer, it finally occurred to her that to reach that goal, she’d actually have to put words down on paper.   So she started writing, and received the Individual Achievement in Fiction Award from America Mensa, Ltd. for her first short story.  Tami is also one of those obnoxious people who sold on her first try, earning $500 for a 1000 word story.  But don’t hate her – the editor who bought her story quit shortly thereafter, and Tami has never sold to that magazine again.  But she has since been published in numerous short story anthologies, including, Decades of LoveLove for the HolidaysLove Triumphs, Love Mystifies and Love Sizzles.  Her first novel, Cruising for Love, winner of RWA’s Golden Heart, originally sold to Avalon Books, and is now available from Montlake Romance.

Tami is the coauthor of The Complete Writers Guide to Heroes and Heroines: Sixteen Master Archetypes, a guide to characterization for writers, and is the author of Fallen Heroes: Sixteen Villain Archetypes.

Tami lives in Las Vegas, with her husband, two dogs, four cats, and a bunch of fish. Her day job is as an attorney, in which role she writes briefs.  Tami finds legal writing easier than fiction for one very simple  reason-she does not need to make up what happened!

Tami has presented writing programs on characterization, plotting, and scene building at more than 100 writing conferences and retreats, and has taught online classes. But this is only her second Zoom presentation, so please bear with her…

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