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Portland YWW: “Knock ‘Em Out: Writing Action and Fight Scenes” with Fonda Lee

April 4, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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 Exo, 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.

Fonda Lee is the author of young adult science fiction action novels Zeroboxer (Flux) and Exo (Scholastic). Zeroboxer was named a Junior Library Guild Selection, Andre Norton Award finalist, ALA Top Quick Pick for Reluctant YA Readers, Oregon Book Award finalist, and Oregon Spirit Book Award Winner. Her second novel, Exo, released in January and has been named a Junior Library Guild Selection. Exo 2 releases in 2018. The recipient of the 2015 Willamette Writers Up and Coming Award, Fonda is a recovering corporate strategist, black belt martial artist, and action movie aficionado who lives in Portland, OR. She loves a good Eggs Benedict. You can find her online at www.fondalee.com and on Twitter @fondajlee.

Young Willamette Writers in Portland meets at the same time and place as the adult Willamette Writers meetings, normally on the first Tuesday of the month from September through June. We meet from 7 – 8 pm at The Old Church in downtown Portland at SW 11th and Clay.


Interested? We welcome any students from 5th to 10th grade. Join us! There is no cost, no application, no special permission. 

Please understand that schedules can change and we do our best to keep you informed.

Click here to learn more about Young Willamette Writers.


April 4, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Old Church, Portland
1422 SW 11th
Portland, OR 97201
(503) 222-2031

Teresa Klepinger

Teresa Klepinger is the Portland Young Willamette Writers Program Leader. This is a group of young people, ages 13-18, who are passionate about writing and want to learn from authors about developing their craft. Teresa loves working with kids. She is the “Storylady” at the Sherwood Library and conducts creative writing workshops for students. Contact her.