Swords and Bucklers


Educational Meeting with UVW Member, Michelle Stoddard

Wednesday, January 25
Storytelling Wing of the Orem Library
7-9 PM

For those of you who missed this, I’m sorry. It was one of the coolest meetings I’ve seen. Then again, it’s hard to beat a good sword fight. Michelle and Chris showed us many different techniques and styles with the rapier. They shared interesting historical facts and helped us imagine ways our characters might duel. Wish you’d been there? We have a few clips that you may watch if you’re a current UVW member. Just send us a PM on Facebook or email us at uvw.members at gmail dot com. Michelle and Chris also gave us good resources we can turn to for our own research. Those will be listed on our resources page.


You may have read about Michelle in this post, interviewing her as one of our published members in the UAA Anthology: Obvious Things. In addition to being a talented short story writer, Michelle Stoddard is a historical fiction writer and renaissance-era swordsman. She currently holds the title of Rapier Champion for the Utah County chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism and has shared her skills at numerous schools, renaissance fairs, and demonstrations across the western states.


Chris Alderman (Don Laurence Bacon, Defender of the White Scarf), and Michelle Stoddard (Lady Nicolina of Cornwall).

Our next presenter will be Hugo-award winning author, Mary Robinette Kowal. Wednesday, February 15 at 7pm in the Storytelling Wing of the Orem Library. You won’t want to miss her.

Photos from demonstration courtesy of Bob Carey.

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