Sandra demonstrates moves during a Writing About Fighting presentation at When Words Collide, while eight months pregnant.

As a fitness professional, black belt, author, event promoter and mother of a son with Down syndrome, Sandra has a diverse experience which she bring to her series of presentations. 

Writing About Fighting

Even if you don’t fight, you can write it. Learn which details of a fight scene are important, how to reveal character, interject world building and make it all super cool at the same time. Join martial artist and author Sandra Wickham for tips, dos and don’ts, lingo and practical demonstrations to learn how to write an effective and believable fight scene.

Write a Fight Scene Demo

Do you want to write great fight scenes but don’t know what all the moves are called or what they actually look like? What’s a back kick, an arm bar or a haymaker? (and why is it awful in a fight?) Want to see what a flying back punch or a round house kick looks like? Come hang out with author and martial artist Sandra Wickham for a demonstration of fighting terms and techniques, including blocking out some fight moves and even a fight scene you can write in the moment! 

Health and Fitness for Creative People

Stereotypes follow all of us around and can even affect the way we see and treat ourselves. There is a belief that incredibly intelligent, creative type people cannot also be fit, healthy people. Just because you’re a writer, artist, or creative person, does not mean you can’t also be athletic and healthy. Conversely, just because you become more athletic, lean out, gain some muscle or improve your cardiovascular health, does not mean your IQ is going to drop. It’s just the opposite.  If someone is strong, no amount of strength is going to make them smart. However, if you’re smart, you can get strong. You can get fit and healthy. Let me tell you how, and best of all, how it will improvethe quantity and quality of the art you will be able to produce.

Down syndrome - The Important Early Years

After receiving a prenatal diagnosis, Sandra read, watched and researched everything she could get her hands on about Down syndrome, brain development, oral motor therapy, physical therapy and anything else connected to her soon to arrive baby. Over the years she has attended the Down Syndrome Research Foundation's Down syndrome conference and Parent Series talks, sat through hundreds of physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy sessions. Sandra will tell you her experiences, what has worked for her son and keep you laughing throughout. There may also be tears. Tears have been known to be shed during this talk.