December 2014 Mini-Workshop: Writing Nasty Characters



Villains. Readers love to boo the villain, especially if that evil character has captured their imaginations. But how do you avoid stereotypical bad guys and ho-hum horrible creatures? Spend an hour on the dark side of writing with Ruth E. Walker to explore the nasty and nefarious. Have some fun with exercises and activities that take you into the black heart of your villain.

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Ruth E. Walker



Ruth E. Walker is a writer, poet, playwright, editor and creative writing teacher. The first work she ever submitted won “Canadian Living” magazine’s 1996 short story contest. With that amazing jumpstart, she launched her professional writing and editing career. Her work is published in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. She has won prizes for her fiction, poetry and non-fiction; is a popular writing workshop and retreat facilitator; co-founded/edited/published the first literary journal in Durham Region, LICHEN Arts & Letters Preview; and graduated with honours from Trent University with a BA in English literature.

As well as being a senior writer and editor for the provincial government, she is a long-time member and past president of The Writers’ Community of Durham Region; is a former board member and avid volunteer for Driftwood Theatre Group; and has been a writer in residence for the Durham District School Board working with at-risk teens.

In 2008, Ruth launched Writescape Writing Retreats & Workshops in partnership with writer/editor Gwynn Scheltema.

Ruth and Gwynn co-authored “Inspiration Station”, a creativity resource book and, in 2012, Ruth’s debut novel “Living Underground” was published through Seraphim Editions and is now in its second printing.