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From Fighting to Forking: Writing Effective Action Scenes

Mar 23
Mar 23
1:30 - 3:30PM CT
Meredith R. Lyons
The Porch House at 2811 Dogwood Pl., Nashville, TN 37204
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Action sequences always look amazing in the imagination, but many writers struggle with conveying those scenes effectively on the page. Whether your characters are making love or war, the general techniques are similar. In this one-day class, former internationally competitive fighter and author Meredith R. Lyons will break down considerations before, during, and after your action sequences to create a more effective flow from your imagination to your readers. We'll be looking at examples from Holly Black's The Cruel Prince and Lyons's own Ghost Tamer for fights as well as Christina Lauren's The True Love Experiment and a few Sarah J. Maas samples for the forks. We'll be exploring the different tone you want to achieve with your own personal fighting and forking and how similar techniques can be used in both types of scenes whether you want the action to be clear as a bell or leave a little to the imagination.

Meredith grew up in New Orleans, collecting two degrees from Louisiana State University before running away to Chicago to be an actor. In between plays, she got her black belt and made martial arts and yoga her full-time day job. She fought in the Chicago Golden Gloves, ran the Chicago Marathon, and competed for team U.S.A. in the savate world championships in Paris. In spite of doing each of these things twice, she couldn’t stay warm and relocated to Nashville. She owns several swords, but lives a non-violent life, saving all swashbuckling for the page, knitting scarves, gardening, visiting coffee shops, and cuddling with her husband and two panther-sized cats. She is a member of International Thriller Writers and Sisters In Crime. Ghost Tamer is her first novel with A Dagger of Lightning coming in 2025.

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