Write Now: Heroes and Villains

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“Light thinks it travels faster than anything, but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.”
― Terry Pratchett, Reaper Man

It’s time to talk heroes and villains! Join us for the newest addition to our Write Now program, Saturday, July 13th from 2-4 p.m. at the brand-new (and quite fabulous!) location of Story on the Square in McDonough!

Harry and Voldemort. Dr, Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Matilda and Mis Trunchbull.

Every hero has a nemesis. Every villain an adversary.
Your story needs compelling versions of both.

Authors Christopher Swann and Brian Panowich will walk you through the process of creating vibrant heroes and villains. From motivation to endgame, the battle between your protagonist and antagonist drives the plot, bleeds into the lives and paths of your characters and the world they inhabit, and leave a lasting impression on your reader.

Come out, talk some writing, meet other writers, and browse the shelves of Story on the Square!

Christopher Swann is a graduate of Woodberry Forest School in Virginia. He earned a B.A. in English from Washington and Lee University, an M.A. in English and creative writing from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a Ph.D. in creative writing from Georgia State University. In 2018, Chris was a Townsend Prize finalist, a finalist for a Georgia Author of the Year award, and longlisted for the Southern Book Prize with his debut novel, Shadow of the Lions. He lives with his wife and two sons in Atlanta, where he is the English department chair at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School.

Brian Panowich is an award winning author, a Georgia firefighter, and a father to four incredible children. His first novel, Bull Mountain (Putnam Books) topped the best thriller list of 2015 on Apple iBooks, placed in the top twenty best books of 2015 on Amazon, and went on to win the International Thriller Writers Award (2016) for Best First Novel, as well as the Pat Conroy Award (2016) for Best Mystery. The book was also nominated for the Barry Award, the Anthony Award, The Georgia Townsend Book Prize, and was a finalist for the 2016 LA Times Book Prize. Bull Mountain was also selected for the coveted 2016 Books All Georgians Should Read list by the Georgia Center of the Book. His second novel, Like Lions, released on April 30th, 2019.