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Friday, August 7 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Knock Em Out: Writing Action Scenes

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How do you write action and fight scenes that are gripping and realistic? How do you convey the pulse-pounding experience of combat if you’re not the sort of person with experience throwing punches or firing guns? Fonda Lee, author of Zeroboxer, and a black belt with over fifteen years of martial arts experience, offers guidelines and tips for writing edge-of-your-seat fights that feel real. The audience will come away with an understanding of 1) what makes action scenes effective using examples from both prose fiction and film 2) cliches and mistakes to avoid and 3) how to use writing techniques such as point of view, tone, and sentence construction to enhance the effectiveness of action scenes. This workshop will be of particular use to genre writers (thrillers, fantasy/science fiction) as well as more advanced writers.

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Fonda Lee

Fonda Lee writes science fiction and fantasy for teens and adults. She is the author of Zeroboxer (Flux/Llewellyn, 2015). Fonda brought her manuscript to the Willamette Writers Conference in 2013; she received three agent offers and sold the book to a publisher that December. Fonda is a recovering corporate strategist and a martial artist who resides in Portland, Oregon. You can find her online at www.fondalee.com

Friday August 7, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm