I’ve been corresponding with Lela Gwenn, an event organizer for a writer’s retreat that allows a writer to experience encounters with fist, blade, or gun, in a controlled and safe environment under the experienced supervision of self-defense and weapons instruction professionals.
I’ve long been a big believer in writers getting our hands dirty, if we’re going to try to write anything that actually resembles real life. If you’re going to be anywhere near Delaware in September of this year, this is your chance to safely experience a great deal of mayhem in a short amount of time.
When I asked for a description of the workshop I could share with all of you, she sent me the following copy:
Delaware Dangerous is a unique concept in Writer’s Retreats. We offer the opportunity to get hands on with all types of weapons and combat– Hand guns, Long guns, Knives and Hand to Hand.
Our team of professional instructors will provide detailed instruction. We have five black-belts on the team, two of whom are former military. Participants will get twelve hours of firearms training, six hours of knife training, and six hours of hand to hand. This isn’t just theoretical or role-playing or demonstration. After receiving appropriate safety training, you will have a gun in your hand.
The weapon work is always serious, but there is plenty of fun to be had. Brewery tours, kayaking, behind the scenes at a tattoo shop, tax free shopping at a huge outlet mall. The Delaware Beaches are beautiful and have something for everyone. Nature, nightlife, gourmet dining and down-home charm.
Delaware Dangerous. Put a little violence in your vacation and a little realism in your writing.
I know I’ve written in the past about how very integral I think real experience can be to writing authentically. I strongly believe there’s nothing in the world like hands-on experience to help a writer achieve that kind of authenticity.
From the details section of the Delaware Dangerous Website:
Sept 9-16 2011
discount available for 2 people booking together
12 hours gun training
6 hours knife training
6 hours hand-to-hand combat
Ammo, use of various firearms, training blades and live blades.
Value of the Range Time, Instructor fees, Ammo and Meals- $1350.00
If you are interested in being paired up with a roommate Contact Us and we will try to help.
Group STRICTLY LIMITED to 20 participants for safety reasons.
Here’s the thing: I know it sounds awfully expensive, but for a workshop to do this for under a grand per student? That’s actually a screaming deal. And Lela says that she’ll offer AWers a $50 discount.
So take a look, figure out how you can swing it, take some vacation days, go to Delaware and get sweaty and loud!