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Howard County Chapter: Getting Those Fight Scenes Right

August 17, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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Owen Brown Community Center
6800 Cradle Rock Way
Columbia, MD 21045-4809

 Getting Those Fight Scenes Right


Keith R.A. DeCandido, who is both a veteran writer of genre fiction and a second-degree black belt in karate, discusses the ins and outs of writing action scenes, from accurately portraying hand-to-hand combat to describing it in such a way that still furthers character and plot and keeps the reader interested. Attendees may feel free to bring in examples of their own fight scenes that they wish DeCandido to critique, though there's no guarantee he will get to all of them over the course of the talk.


About the Speaker


Keith R.A. DeCandido's lengthy fiction career includes stories featuring superheroes (two Spider-Man novels, the Marvel's Tales of Asgard trilogy, several short stories), Klingons (half a dozen Star Trek novels and short fiction focusing on members of that warrior species), strong fighters (novels featuring Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Executioner),and the military (novels based on Command & Conquer and StarCraft). He has been a student of karate since 2004, achieving his black belt in 2009, and since then he has also taught regularly, including two afterschool programs in New York City as well as a weekly kids sparring class. All told, he's written more than fifty novels, as well as seventy short stories, a score of novellas, more than sixty comic books, five reference books, a metric butt load of essays and reviews and articles, and one role-playing game adventure. In addition, he's a longtime editor for clients both professional and personal, having edited a line of prose fiction based on Marvel Comics, the Star Trek: Starfleet Corps of Engineers monthly eBook series, and a dozen anthologies. In 2009, he earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers, which means he never needs to achieve anything ever again. Find out less at Keith's web site at


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