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Take Your Villain from Average to Epic

The Full Step-by-Step Ecourse for Busy Writers

Your Story Can Rise or Fall on Your Villain

Your villain is the driving force of your story. Conflict creates story, and it's your villain that creates conflict. The stronger the villain, the stronger your conflict and story. But a weak villain? That can lead to bored readers.

Who is this Course for?

This course is designed for writers who want to improve their novel's villain, or create a strong villain from scratch. Your villain is one of the most important characters in your story, second only to your hero. He (or she!) is also often the most difficult character to get right.

Is your villain...

  • Lacking depth?
  • Boring or laughable?
  • Too cheesy or cliched?
  • A plot device with no motive or goal?
  • A breeze for your hero to defeat?
  • A complete mystery to you?

Then you're in the right place! In this course, I'm going to show you how to create a realistic, fully developed villain that will give your hero a run for his money and strike fear and loathing into the hearts of your readers.

What Will I Learn?

  • The difference between classic and modern villains
  • Villain archetypes
  • Choosing or creating the perfect name
  • Understanding your villain's past
  • How to make your villain fully developed and real
  • Creating a goal and motive
  • How to get inside your villain's head
  • How to make readers hate and fear your villain
  • Choosing a fitting end

What Can I Expect?

This course includes 8 video lessons, which break the process of creating a strong villain into easy to digest steps. It is designed to help you 1) understand the concepts by using examples from films and novels, and 2) apply what you learn directly to your own story. Because what good are techniques you understand but don't know how to use? The goal of this course isn't simply to give you information, but to help you produce results (i.e. a new-and-improved villain!).

Here's what's included:

  • 8 video lessons
  • Option to participate in discussions after each lesson with classmates and instructor
  • PDF Workbook, which includes worksheets to guide you through each lesson, lecture outlines for easy note-taking, and 3 writing exercises.
  • E-mail support
  • Transcripts of lectures for quick and easy review (or if you would rather read than watch the videos)

This course is also self-paced, which means you don't have to be online at a specific time and can move at whatever pace works for your learning style and schedule!


Your Instructor


Kaitlin Hillerich
Kaitlin Hillerich

Kaitlin holds an Interdisciplinary BA in Creative Writing & History and has 10 years of experience writing and studying novels. Before deciding to teach creative writing online, she studied for almost 4 years as an English teacher. But she discovered she was far more passionate about the art of storytelling than proper grammar, so she set out to help other writers create brilliant novels.


Courses Included with Purchase



Take Your Villain from Average to Epic: Part II
Part II in a Step-by-Step E-course for Busy Writers
Kaitlin Hillerich
$39
Take Your Villain from Average to Epic: Part I
Part I in a Step-by-Step E-course for Busy Writers
Kaitlin Hillerich
$39

Original Price: $78


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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