When I began writing The Red Umbrella Society, I soon noticed that 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 or fail the characters they’ve created. And after discovering that the majority of strong female characters and action/adventures are still written by men, I decided to to take #StrongWomenWrite a step further via workshops for female writers to do just that.
Not your typical writing workshops, you will be able to observe and engage. Each workshop will be 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. That’s important when the workshop is over and you’re at home working on your own.
Each workshop is two (2) hours long. Attend both for a flat fee or each individually.
Only 20 seats available for each. Workshops are transferable, but non-refundable.
No registrations accepted at the door.
See FAQs for other questions.
*Click here for Workshops.*
Q: Do I have to participate in the demonstration?
A: You don’t have to, but it is encouraged, especially if you do not have 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 be used to 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: 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: Whether male or female, instructors are chosen for their experience, credibility, reliability, and perceived ability to interact with the public. And 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. Holding this belief acknowledges that it is not an either-or proposition, but reaching our destinations together.
Q: The workshop is sold out. Is there a wait-list?
A: Yes, there is. Tick the option if you’d like to be added to the wait list. 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!