Regular readers here will be well aware by now that I have an ebook out called Write The Fight Right, based on my workshops of the same name. It comes from my “day job” as a martial arts instructor, combined with my writing. I love to read a good fight scene, but few people are able to write them convincingly. It’s nothing to be ashamed of – after all, most writers have never had a fight and that’s a good thing. Right? But I’m a career martial artist. I’ve had loads of fights. So I used my powers for good and found a way to share my knowledge and hopefully help writers improve their written fight scenes.
But, of course, useful though the book is, it’s not nearly as informative as my actual workshops. Not everyone can get to the workshops when they run. Incidentally, the next one will be in Melbourne next year at Continuum, which will be NatCon for 2012. But fear not, non-Melburnians! In association with the incomparable Joanna Penn, of The Creative Penn, I’m bringing my Write The Fight Right workshop online. Modern technology – it’s amazing.
How To Write Fight Scenes Masterclass
The masterclass will be 60 minutes of teaching followed by 30 mins Q&A. You will also receive the recording and slides from the class as well as an action work-list. All for only US$20.
The live session will be held on Thursday Oct 20, 2011 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM EDT (9pm GMT) but there will be a recording available with the slides if you can’t make the live session. That’s a bit early for the Aussies, because it’ll be 7am Friday morning our time, but I’m sure you’ll find it worthwhile. This is the best time placement to allow people all over the world to be involved.
Have your questions answered live
On the webinar sign up page, after payment, you are able to leave your own question for me so the session is most effective for you. We will take extra questions in the Q&A part of the session on the day.
You can also submit 1 page fight scene for me to use in my critique, to help put the class lessons into direct context. No names will be mentioned, so all writing will be anonymous and will be shared with others. Please note: This webinar will be turned into a multimedia product so by submitting your writingt you are giving permission for that piece of writing to be used as a teaching aid.
In this webinar, you will learn:
* How to shorten your sentences and use effective word choice to make a fight scene more realistic
* How to write a fight scene from different gender perspectives
* Writing reactions instead of action and how that affects the way the reader experiences the fight
* How to write about the different senses during a fight scene
* Why footwork and movement are so important in a fight
* Why fighting is responding to chaos and how you incorporate that into your book
* What types of blows would different characters use in what situations?
* How does someone with training fight and how can you make those scenes realistic?
* How does someone with no experience fight?
* How you can use your setting, or construct your setting to make a more effective fight scene
* How weapons change a fight
* When you fight, you get hit. How getting hit feels for your characters and how their need for recovery might affect your plot.
All for just $20! And if you can’t make the live session, you can purchase the recording of the seminar, along with all the notes, as a multimedia package afterwards.
Or you can sign up now, by paying your US$20 here:
Please do tell anyone you think might be interested. And if you have any questions use the comments below.