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FREE | Writing Workshop: how to punch, pitch, and duel your way into action scenes

November 10, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST

Writing Workshop- how to punch, pitch, and duel your way into action scenes
Learn how to slam, score, punch, pitch, duel, and dribble your way into exciting sports and action scenes.

About this event

Presented by the Young Eager Writers Association:

Readers love a good action scene—whether it’s a car chase, a fist fight, the first game of the season, or the State Championships. We love to root for our main character in these moments of physical struggle. But in order to do that, we need to care about the characters, set the scene, and describe the action in a way that is clear and engaging. And what if you’ve never been in a knife fight or won that trophy? In this workshop, you’ll discover the ingredients of a successful action/sports scene, develop the tools you need to write one, and have time to practice and put those tools to work—even if you’re not an international spy or Olympic athlete.

Emma Kress (she/her) is a young adult novelist, teacher, and action-movie fan. Her debut young-adult novel Dangerous Play (Macmillan) is an action and sports thriller about a team of field hockey players who become vigilantes that released on August 3rd. She’s a long-time teacher of nearly twenty years and was a finalist for NY State Teacher of the Year in 2014. A graduate of Vassar College and Columbia University’s Teachers College, she also earned her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in Saratoga Springs, NY with her family, who all agree that Die Hard is absolutely a holiday movie. Visit her at She’s also on TikTok and Twitter at emma_kress and Instagram at kress.emma.

About the organizer

The Young Eager Writers Association, founded by Desiree Brown, is an organization motivated to provide young writers with opportunities, resources, education, and connections to help them establish strong foundations in their writing careers. Because of the yew tree’s long life expectancy, it is used as our symbol to represent our goal to create long-sustaining writing futures and communities. As the YEW Association manages the annual YEW Conference, The YEW Journal, workshops, podcasts, and other services, we hope to keep inspiring eager writers throughout their journey to success.


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