Villains, Vendettas and Vagabonds

Villains, Vendettas and Vagabonds

September 17, 2017.

A one-day exploration into how putting “the bad” into your writing will hook your readers and keep them reading until the bitter end. Ruth E. Walker is known for her deft hand with intriguing characters in her fiction and she is not shy about her affection for the nasty ones.

Discover how even adding a few rough edges to a previously angelic character can bring important depth to your plots. Punch up a flat storyline with revengeful renegades, riots and rebellions. Writing `bad` characters and `nasty`plots need not be scary.

Ruth knows a thing or two about writing bad characters. Her bad ass characters in “Death in the Family” helped her win an honourable mention along with plenty of comments and Bonnie & Clydekudos in Geist literary journal’s Literal Literary Postcard Story contest. Her story then went on to be linked online by the prestigious Utne Reader in the U.S.

Her edgy fiction creations have appeared in Cadenza (U.K.) and LICHEN Arts & Letters Preview. And the complicated “villain” in her novel Living Underground has readers questioning their ideas about what constitutes evil.

Come prepared to write with hands-on exercises, learn from lively discussions and take home practical handouts.


Registration: Open to the public, this is a Niagara-on-the-Lake Writers’ Circle sponsored workshop. Full details on NOTL Writers Circle website.

Contact: or call 289-868-9601

Date: September 17, 2017
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Venue: Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre
Fee: $60 payable to Niagara-on-the-Lake Writers’ Circle; $10 box lunch is available to pre-order.

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