Better Fight Scenes: Sword

#StrongWomenWrite Better Fight Scenes Workshop: Sword - Tips & Techniques


Saturday, September 16th
Does your heroine/villain wield a sword? Need to prepare your character for upcoming battles? Create scenes that don’t fall flat? Learn about:

  • The Anatomy of a Fight
  • Sword Types & Techniques
  • Key Strategies for Writing a Sword Fight
  • And More…

Demonstrations will take place thoughout this two-hour presentation. Attend this highly informative workshop to get your questions answered, and gain the insight needed to write the scenes you’ve imagined.

Date: Saturday, September 16th

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Brad R. Cook and David Alan Lucas are not only your instructors, but authors themselves.

Brad R. Cook, Author, Sword Master Brad R. Cook learned to fence at thirteen and never set down his sword, but prefers to curl up with his cat and a centuries’ old classic.  A former co-publisher and Acquisitions Editor for Blank Slate Press, he is a member of SCBWI, and currently serves as Historian of St. Louis Writers Guild after three and half years as President. Brad is an author of Historical Fantasy and of The Iron Chronicles Trilogy (Treehouse Publishing Group).

David Alan Lucas, Author, Yodan, Voice Over ActorDavid Alan Lucas is a Yodan (Fourth Degree Black Belt) in Tracy’s Kenpo, President of St. Louis Writers Guild and of Winding Trails Media, a start-up audio production company. Over the years he has studied and incorporated many combat arts into his personal style, but Kenpo, which he has studied since age 10, remains his base. In his late twenties, he learned Olympic style fencing, Colonial time period style dueling, and tomahawk fighting/throwing while re-enacting the French-Indian and American Revolution.

David is a published author of short stories, poems and articles—most on self-defense and writing fight scenes, and does voice acting for commercials, animation, and audio book narration. Currently, he is working on a series of speculative-psychological thriller fiction novels that will be available in 2018, but has also written in mystery, horror, and science fiction genres.


You (Attendee/Participant) understand and are aware that you shall be engaging in physical activities, including but not necessarily limited to training and instruction in the Martial Arts which includes physical contact which could result in injury (‘Activities’). You are voluntarily participating in said activities and assume all risks and hereby agree to waive any claims or rights you might otherwise have against Twisted Quill, LLC, #StrongWomenWrite, its affiliates, contractors, assigns, and other related parties (‘Releasees’) for injury, loss of damages arising out of or relating to said Activities including, but not limited to those risks which may be associated with or attributed to any negligent act, omission, or fault of the Releasees (‘Waived Risks’). You further agree to indemnify, save and hold harmless Releasees from any claim, loss or damages, including but not limited to attorney fees, to which they may be subjected arising out of, or relating to, this event or the Activities including but not necessarily limited to Waived Risks. Any promises, representations, understandings and/or agreements pertaining directly or indirectly which are not contained herin are hereby waived. No oral changes are binding. 

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