Deadly Ink Academy

Friday, August 10, 9:00 to 12:00— Jenny Milchman

Friday, August 10,1:00 to 4:00—Art Taylor

Morning Workshop with Jenny Milchman

—Crafting Bad Guys from the Inside Out: A Psychological Approach to Building Your Villain

Mary Higgins Clark award winning and USA Today bestselling novelist Jenny Milchman is known for having an “intimate knowledge of psychology” (The New York Times) and writing novels “that delve deep into the mind and psyche of her characters” (Romantic Times). In this workshop, she will take participants deep beneath the skin of their villains to discover what makes their wicked hearts tick.

Participants will identify personality traits that lend motivation and justification for villains’ most evil behaviors. Through a character “case study,” you will create a back story for an antagonist, based on psychological dynamics and family of origin. Disorders such as narcissistic personality and obsessive-compulsive have received popular attention of late—now learn how these and others can underlie behaviors in the baddest of the baddies. Examine the differences between conscious, subconscious, and unconscious processes so that you know everything your bad guy knows—and a lot that he doesn’t. Finally, explore a fundamental question for writers that will bolster every novel’s ending: Can people, and their personalities, change?

Jenny Milchman’s psychological thrillers have won the Mary Higgins Clark and Silver Falcion awards for best novel, been shortlisted for the Barry and Macavity awards for best first novel, and earned additional honors and acclaim. Jenny holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology, but turned away from a career as a psychotherapist to pursue her writing dreams. Her newest novel, Wicked River, is a spring release from Sourcebooks.

Jenny Milchman, Writer

Afternoon Workshop with Art Taylor

Art Taylor, Writer