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Bad Guys We Love to Hate

March 16, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


A Writing Workshop led by Jacqueline Sheehan and Ellen Meeropol

The best stories start with trouble, and trouble often takes the form of villains. They help create conflict and tension and they thwart our main character at every turn. This workshop will look at successful examples of the darkest characters, explore methods of developing fictional villains, and offer writing exercises to work on your own bad guy characters. Jacqueline Sheehan and Elli Meeropol have worked together for over ten years, giving birth to a collection of seven books in a long-term manuscript group and offering presentations and workshops about the craft of writing. Both writers have created characters that are the personification of the internal demons that are part of the human spirit.

Jacqueline SheehanJacqueline Sheehan,
Ph.D., is a New York Times bestselling author; her most recent novel, The Center of the World, was published in 2016 and she is the editor of the anthology, Women Writing in Prison. Jacqueline has been awarded residencies at Hawthornden Castle in Scotland and Jentel Arts Colony in Wyoming. She teaches workshops at Grub Street in Boston, Writers in Progress in Florence, Massachusetts, Mass Media in Maine and such far flung places as Guatemala, Jamaica, Ireland, Wales, and Scotland.

Ellen Meeropol. Photo by Miriam Berkley.

Ellen Meeropol. Photo by Miriam Berkley.

Ellen Meeropol is the author of two novels, On Hurricane Island and House Arrest. A former nurse practitioner, part-time bookseller, and literary late bloomer, Ellen’s short fiction and essay publications include Bridges, DoveTales, Pedestal, Rumpus, Portland Magazine, Beyond the Margins, The Drum, and The Writer’s Chronicle. Ellen holds an MFA in fiction from the Stonecoast program at the University of Southern Maine and is a founding member of Straw Dog Writers Guild.


March 16, 2016
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Berkshire Festival of Women Writers


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Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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