As I wrote The Red Umbrella Society, I soon noticed having even some knowledge of martial arts was helpful when it came to writing fight scenes. But many women do not and struggle to write fight scenes that do not fall flat. #StrongWomenWrite holds workshops for female writers to do just that.
Each workshop is led by instructors experienced in various martial arts forms/fighting styles, cover the anatomy of a fight (information extremely helpful to writers), and include a demonstration that you can participate in. Yes, YOU!
It’s not only about the fight scene, but stepping outside your comfort zone in a supportive WOMEN-ONLY environment. Putting your body in motion allows you to retain more of what you learn which is important when the workshop is over and you’re at home working on your own.
Each workshop is two (2) hours.
Only 20 seats available.
Workshops are transferable, but non-refundable.
Advanced Registration Only. No Tickets Sold at the Door.
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Q: Do I have to participate in the demonstration?
A: You do not have to, but it is encouraged, barring any physical limitations. Putting your body in motion helps you retain more of what you learn. Plus, it will be fun. If you would like to participate in the demonstration portion of the workshop, tick the box on the registration form.
Q: Why should I attend if I don’t like a particular form/fight style?
A: Although a particular style may not be your favorite, you will gain insight from the different instructors that may prove useful in your writing, can help you get in the mind of other characters, or pick up a new self-defense move that you did not know before. It is not only about the art itself. Besides, if one day your character decides to do something different, you will be prepared.
Q: What should I wear?
A: If you are participating, comfortable clothes. If you are not, comfortable clothes.
Q: Is recording allowed?
A: Take all the photos you like, but NO RECORDINGS (video, audio, or otherwise) are allowed. If you are unable to take notes due to injury or other circumstance, please contact us in advance to obtain a companion ticket at a reduced fee.
Q: Will you act out a scene from my book?
A: Glad you asked. Regardless of the focus of the workshop, attendees are encouraged to bring a fight or action/adventure scene from their recent or current work-in-progress. Up to four (4) women will be given the opportunity to read their scene at the beginning of the workshop. During the workshop, instructors may incorporate a scene into their demonstration or discuss information relevant to such. If you are interested in reading during the workshop, tick the box on the registration form to receive additional directions.
Q: It’s a women-only workshop. Why are some of the instructors male?
A: Instructors are chosen for their professionalism experience, credibility, and perceived capability to interact with attendees. While certain inequities do exist, we value our male allies as #StrongWomenWrite sisters value each other. A woman being all she can be, in no way diminishes a man being all he can be. We believe it is not an either-or proposition, but about reaching our destinations together.
Q: The workshop is sold out. Is there a wait-list?
A: Yes, there is. The wait list is triggered automatically once all seats have been sold. You will receive an email if a space becomes available. Be sure to add the domain ‘StrongWomenWrite.net’ to your safe list to ensure receipt.
Q: If I pay for a workshop, but can’t make it, is there a refund?
A: Workshops are non-refundable, but you can choose to apply it to a future workshop or transfer it to a fellow #StrongWomenWrite sister by simply contacting us in advance.
Q: Where can I register?
A: Glad you asked. Click here!