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Jedi Training for Writers

Shake out those writing muscles with a practical laser-sword session with Adelaide Sword Academy's Mark Holgate.

What’s involved in the arduous task of moving from Padawan to Jedi Knight? What’s laser-sword fighting like, and how might you train? Get some hands-on insights into a science-fantasy conflict by learning to swing a laser-sword with professional fencing instructor, Mark Holgate.


Participants will gain a better understanding of:

  • Basic sword fencing guards, blows and parries.
  • A sense of fencing distance and timing.
  • The flow of initiative between combatants in a fencing engagement.
  • How magical/psychic powers might affect a sword fight.
  • The basic structure of a fight scene.


This event is presented as part of our Portal: Fantasy Workshop Festival in the Riverland (Sept 9-11). See all events, workshops and updates here!


This workshop is presented by the Writers SA No Limits: Young Regional Writers program, and is aimed at regional writers under 30, however writers all ages and locations are very welcome to attend.



About Mark Holgate

Mark Holgate is a professional fencing instructor who has taught and competed internationally, and currently ranks in the world top 50 in four weapons forms. He runs Adelaide Sword Academy and is a passionate advocate for the intersection of martial art, historical study, sport, and nerd fandom that makes up Historical European Martial Arts.



This is a FREE event as part of No Limits. This workshop is presented by Writers SA, with support from the Berri Barmera Council.


Venue: Bonney Theatre, Barmera



—All staff, speakers, and attendees of in-person events must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or hold a current medical exemption, in order to attend; and must comply with any precautionary measures Writers SA puts in place. We may request proof of your vaccination status or medical exemption upon entry. See our full policy here.

—Writers SA members must be logged in to receive the member discount. If you would like to use a workshop credit to book in, please contact [email protected] at least five working days before the workshop commencement date. Our staff don’t work full time and we don’t want you to miss out!

—Our Youth Membership category also includes a subscription to Voiceworks. Voiceworks is a national literary journal that features exciting new writing and art by young Australians. Join here.

  • Starts: September 9th, 2022 8:30 PM
  • Finishes: September 9th, 2022 10:00 PM

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Jedi Training for Writers

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