Saturday, March 17, 2012

Workshop: What the Action Heroine Knows, and the Writer Should: Martial Arts, Fighting and Weapons

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The Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Chapter of RWA Presents

What the Action Heroine Knows, and the Writer Should: Martial Arts, Fighting and Weapons – Presented by Rob Preece

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Conflict brings story to life, and physical conflict adds to a story's visceral impact. Most writers, however, are not street fighters and sometimes describe unworkable fight scenarios or overly-generic situations. In this interactive workshop, Black belt and writer Rob Preece helps writers come up with fight scenes that work (both from a physical and story perspective), that appeal to the reader's imagination, and that go beyond the cliche of the knee in the groin. The workshop describes various martial arts training your character might have experienced, traditional and non-traditional weapons they might use. By the time you've completed this workshop, you'll be thinking about physical conflict and fight scenes in the same way you do love scenes--as a chance to further the story, add characterization, create a physical and mental reaction in the reader, and enhance the reader's suspension of disbelief. Like love scenes, fight scenes make up the story, they can't just be tagged on.

Where: FF&P Yahoo Loop
When: April 2, 2012 through April 29, 2012

This workshop will be conducted via a Yahoo! email loop. Email invitations will be sent 48 hours prior to the beginning of the workshop. Just register for the workshop and complete the payment process via PayPal. The cost is $20.00 for FFnP members and $30.00 for non-FFnP members.

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Refunds / credits are determined on a case by case basis. If a class should be canceled, then participants have a choice of a credit to be applied to a future workshop or a refund.


Speaker Information:
Rob Preece is a martial artist, writer small publisher, and bridge instructor. He holds a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and has also studied Ju-Jitsu, Kobodo (Okinawan traditional weapons), European Fencing, Judo and Taiji (Tai-Chi). When he's not practicing fighting, Rob is working on his next project, editing, or playing bridge. A longtime member of Romance Writers of America, Rob has finaled in the RWA Golden Heart competition as well as finaling or winning a number of other writing competitions. His mystery, Midlife Murder(writing as Amy Eastlake) was a top-rated pick at Fictionwise where he's reached the best-sellers list several times. He's presented his workshop on writing fight scenes for RWA National, Mystery Writers of America Southwest, EPIC, several local RWA and MWA chapters and on line.

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