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An annual conference--Writers who attend will see and learn about great fight scenes! Being held in Nashville TN April 17-19, 2015.
An annual conference--Writers who attend will see and learn about great fight scenes! Being held in Nashville TN April 17-19, 2015.
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So get ready for some fantastic news about AUTHORS COMBAT ACADEMY.

We are an annual convention of authors and experts so writers can learn how fights happen, ask questions of those who live it, and learn from the best how to write amazing fight scenes. 

AUTHORS COMBAT ACADEMY is opening up the world of fighting like never before. Come join us to see fighting techniques from medieval to MMA. Learn what happens from the first punch to the ER to the bones. Get tips on pacing, wording and accuracy from the best . . . Write it Right!

ACA started as Author AJ Scudiere shared some of her research techniques with other authors. "Everyone wanted a 'live action figure' like I had. And I had TWO! I used them to mock fight scenes, so I would know what was plausible and how a trained person might react to a given attack. My pose-able fighters asked me great questions like 'how trained is this person, and in what kind of fighting?' 'are there objects in the scene that I can grab?' 'how close is the person with the gun?' 'Is your character right or left handed?' . . . Some of it I had already considered, but every time I worked with them I added something amazing and unique to my fight scene. And it was all completely plausible!"

RENT-A-NINJA is going to be just one of the unique features offered at ACA and it was borne of this idea of using trained people to help mock-up a scene you can't do on your own. At ACA you can work on your own material with 1-3 "ninjas" cross trained in 8 styles of fighting from boxing to Muy Thai to ground grappling and street defense.

"People really do come up to me and say 'It's obvious you're a fighter, you write such amazing fights in your books.' And I always think 'Oh, no, I'm a ballerina. But I have ninjas.'" -- Author AJ Scudiere

WHO: writers, authors, (published and not-yet-published welcome), hobby writers

WHERE: The Inn at Opryland, Nashville Tennessee

WHEN: April 17-19, 2015. The conference will run from 4pm Friday through 1pm Sunday.

We will bring in guest lecturers and presenters to run dynamic, safe, interactive sessions throughout the weekend. Several sessions will run at the same time and you can choose what you'd like to attend. Some popular sessions will be on the schedule more than once.

 OUTTAKES - Because we're not actors!

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Couldn't think of anyone? That's why you need AUTHORS COMBAT ACADEMY! There's a hole in the market just waiting to be filled.

At ACA, whatever fight scene you need to write can be broken down so you can feel, see, and understand it!


David Tyreman - Keynote Speaker, author of “How to Brand Yourself as a Writer”. Because every writer needs to define his/her voice in this new publishing world! WorldFamousCompany.com

Masters David and Sandra Hughes - 7th and 5th degree Black Belts in MMA and owner of Ernie Reyes World Martial Arts of Gallatin TN will go in depth about numerous styles of martial arts and specific fighting moves.

David Bartlett - active police officer, SWAT member, and recently assigned to Street Crimes (Atlanta area) describes what it’s like to handcuff a resisting person, how to avoid a fight, and more.

Dr. George Pimentel - Medieval to Civil War expert, will bring demonstration weapons. Hear how it happened, learn the techniques, see the weapons up close!

Dr. John Pillow - Emergency Room Physician. Learn what kind of damage really happens in a fight. How long does it take to heal? Will you ever see out of that eye again!?!?

Maxwell Alexander Drake - Author and experienced presenter (including Comic Con International in San Diego). If you're even considering self-publishing, you need to hear Maxwell! www.MaxwellAlexanderDrake.com

Julie Shoerke - Publicist and owner of JKS Communications. What does it take to market your book? To reach out to readers, you need to reach out to Julie first! JKSCommunications.com

John Farthing - Deputy Director of ARMA (Association for Renaissance Martial Arts). Come learn the facts about the Long Sword. John specializes in the 15th and 16th century, but the techniques are relevant to modern and fantasy worlds too. And he's bringing toys for you to play with! www.theARMA.org

Rent-A-Ninja: Personal time with trained fighters to block out your fight scenes and ask all your questions.

Writing contest: submit your work before the conference and winners will be announced at the banquet.

Tri-Author-lon Contest: random topics will be given to groups of authors to see who can up with the best stories on the fly.

Raffle: Enter to win gift baskets and more.

Banquet dinner: Included with the price of the conference. Dinner Saturday night with a presentation by our keynote speaker!

Book store: Purchase books by presenters AND fellow attendees. Are you published? Sell your books in the book store. Get books autographed at the conference.

Belt Rank System: For each year you attend AUTHORS COMBAT ACADEMY, you will advance one martial arts belt rank. Higher ranks will get priority registration at future conferences as well as other perks throughout the year.

All fiction genres (and even some non-fiction) need great fight scenes! 

Horror, Suspense, Romance, Science Fiction, Action, Historical, Fantasy, the list goes on...

A lady is attacked in a dark ally

One prisoner stabs another with an illegal weapon and a riot breaks out

Lovers quarrel in the heat of passion

A spaceship shoots lasers at the enemy and escapes in a black hole

Duelers pace away from each other at dawn, turn, and shoot

The serial killer stalks his next victim

An innocent child struggles to escape the kidnapper

Brother faces brother from opposite sides of the battlefield

We have two levels for attendees:

We will be offering a limited number of discounted admissions! $150 off of Fighting Class Admission to those who qualify. We will offer 15 of these spots PLUS award extras when people purchase them through the website! But DO NOT wait to enroll as we expect to fill up quickly. Purchasing a Fighting Class Admission will not limit your ability to get a scholarship for this year or future years.

Scholarship recipients must have a monetary need. (We do understand this need comes in a variety of forms. If you are having difficulty paying the admission price, PLEASE APPLY!) Applicants cannot have a full novel published in any format. They must be currently working on writing a book and actively working toward becoming published.

Scholarships will be awarded on a rolling basis until all spots are filled. If you want to apply, we recommend booking a Fighting Class Admission now (but it is not required). Then, send an email to ACA@AuthorsCombatAcademy.com with "ACA scholarship" in the subject line and we'll send you everything you need to apply.

Scholarship recipients who submit applications by 6/30 will receive a reply by 8/1.

ACA will be held at the Inn at Opryland! 2401 Music Valley Dr, Nashville, TN 37214

We have secured a special room rate just for ACA attendees. Just $124/night. Some rooms are indoor access and some are outdoor. You can request your preference. Note - rooms with 2 beds are DOUBLE beds, not queen beds. 3 or 4 people to a room might be a little tight. But the rooms are really nice and our conference space is right in the hotel for easy, all day access between your room and classes.

Wifi is free and available in guest rooms and in conference areas. Parking is free and there is a complementary shuttle every 15 minutes from the hotel to The Grand Ole Opry, Opry Mills Mall, and The General Jackson Showboat. An airport shuttle is available roundtrip for just $40.

A breakfast restaurant is available in the hotel atrium (average breakfast is $8) and multiple restaurants are within a very short walk, including Shoneys, Cracker Barrel, and McDonalds. The hotel also has a heated, indoor pool.

AUTHORS COMBAT ACADEMY is being hosted by Griffyn Ink Publishing. Griffyn Ink has published best-selling author A.J. Scudiere (www.ReadAJS.com) and worked with Game Nation Parks on The Archives Series (www.GameNationParks.com/play/gn-archives).

Eli Jackson, CEO of Griffyn Ink, has 30 years of experience in the martial arts. Eli holds a 3rd degree black belt in Isshinryu and will be in the process of getting a second, 3rd degree black belt in MMA as you read this. She has also competed on the world tournament circuit in 2001-2002 ranking 3rd in the world in fighting and 4th in the world in forms.

Griffyn Ink believes in taking fiction to new places. Readers today want to experience fiction in new and innovative ways. We also pride ourselves on focusing on authors who don't follow the popular formulas for stories.

We are 100% dedicated to the safety of all our attendees, presenters, and hosts. All presentations will be done by trained professionals with proper equipment. Attendees will not be asked or allowed to participate in anything unsafe and all demonstration weapons will be monitored.

This is Utukku - the cuddly version of the creature on the cover of God's Eye by A.J. Scudiere. Everyone who enrolls via Kickstarter and attends ACA 2015 gets one of these cuddly guys in their welcome bag!

With Kickstarter, we have to set a funding goal. But that number is just the MINIMUM we need to make this conference a reality. And the truth is, we are running this conference no matter what. We have a full year to get everything in place and we are going to make it happen. 

So while we set our KS goal at $4000, it's going to take a lot more than that just to cover expenses. And the more money we raise, the more amazing events we can run and big-name presenters we can bring in. 

We have 300 seats to fill and once they're filled, that's it!

Risks and challenges

OUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE:

No one has done this before.

There are other places for writers to learn and grow their skills in other areas of interest. But fighting has long been considered dangerous and the writing of fight scenes has mostly been left to the writer's imagination and what can be gleaned from TV, movies and other books--which are often inaccurate!

Running a big event requires tons of organization and lots of hard work to get big name speakers in--including lots of speaker fees that have to be paid well in advance. We are booking speakers NOW for April 2015 and some for 2016 already!

We need expert presenters: The more people we have sign up for and donate to ACA, the more we will be able to bring in bigger names. We have lots of author and fighting connections, and we're going to bring in some really big bestsellers and top-of-their-game experts, but that takes money and a large audience. If you have connections to people you'd like to see present at ACA, PLEASE TELL US! Just email ACA@AuthorsCombatAcademy.com.

There are lots of moving parts to putting on a conference. We have planned a whole year in advance to give ourselves time to do all the wonderful things we have planned, already there are too many cool things and some of them might have to wait until subsequent years. We are already working on ACA 2016, a big task! We will do our very best to deliver even more than we promise.

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    JOIN THE ACA!
    --- Get our monthly newsletter, full of upcoming news and our awesome "Fighting and Writing Tips" from bestseller authors and ninjas alike!

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    CHOOSE AN E-BOOK --- from one of Griffyn Ink's top authors, suspense writer A.J. Scudiere: your choice of Resonance, Vengeance, or God's Eye in PDF. Details at ReadAJS.com. Plus, our monthly ACA newsletter with Fighting and Writing tips.

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    CHOOSE AN AUDIOMOVIE! --- AudioMovie digital download (award winning, full cast recordings) from one of Griffyn Ink's top authors, suspense writer A.J. Scudiere and the award winning Skyboat Road Productions. Your choice of Resonance, Vengeance, or God's Eye in mp3 format. See details at ReadAJS.com. Plus, everything at the $5 level.

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    THE PEN IS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD! --- We are gathering tips from the best of the best. Even before you get to the Academy, you can get started. Exclusive ACA PDF of the very best Fighting and Writing tips from our expert presenters, famous authors, and more! (separate from the monthly newsletter tips) Plus, everything at the $10 level.

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    AUTHORS COMBAT ACADEMY T-SHIRT --- Wear your love of a good fight scene! Your choice of size (men's or women's cut). Plus, everything at the $25 level.

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    FULL COLOR AD --- show off your work in the ACA program book given to every attendee. 5.5x4.25 inches (program half-page). Plus, everything at the $50 level.

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    FIRSTIES! --- ATTEND AT THE BEST POSSIBLE RATE! 1 Fighting Class Admission (reg $349) to the entire weekend of the inaugural Authors Combat Academy 2015. If you cannot attend, you may transfer or sell this enrollment. THIS DEAL IS LIMITED TO 10 people at this exclusive $100 off price! Plus, everything at the $100 level.

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    YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO BE HERE! --- 1 Fighting Class Admission (reg $349) to the entire weekend of the inaugural Authors Combat Academy 2015. There are a limited number of spots, if we sell out, it's over! If you cannot attend, you may transfer or sell this enrollment. Plus, everything at the $100 level.

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    LIMITED NUMBER OF PRIME SPOTS --- 1 Golden Gloves Admission (reg $499) to the inaugural Authors Combat Academy 2015. Golden Gloves includes your choice of breakout sessions (*This includes guaranteed rent-a-ninja time!), plus special savings and front-of-the-line enrollment for the 2016 ACA! If you cannot attend, you may transfer or sell this enrollment. LIMITED TO 10 SPOTS at this $100 off price! Plus, everything at the $100 level.

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    FOR THE ATTENDEE WHO WANTS EVERYTHING! --- 1 Golden Gloves Admission (reg $499) to Authors Combat Academy 2015. If you cannot attend, you may transfer or sell this enrollment. There are limited seats at ACA, so once they are filled, it's gone! Plus, everything at the $100 level.

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    BRING A FRIEND, SAVE EVEN MORE! --- 2 Golden Gloves Admissions (reg $1098) to Authors Combat Academy 2015. If you cannot attend, you may transfer or sell these enrollments. There are limited seats at ACA, so once they are filled, it's gone! Plus, everything at the $100 level.

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    THE ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP! --- 5 years of Golden Gloves Admission (reg $2250) to Authors Combat Academy for 1 person. If you cannot attend, you may transfer or sell this 5-year enrollment prior to attending. There are limited seats at ACA, so once they are filled, it's gone! Plus, everything at the $100 level.

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