Brad R. Cook
                            I Write Books
Brad R. Cook 
is the author of...

The Iron Chronicles 
Bk 1 - Iron Horsemen
Bk 2 - Iron Zulu 
Bk 3 - Iron Lotus 

Short Stories
A Clockwork Heart

more coming soon...
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Books I Love

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Brad R. Cook

I see things that never were and say, "Why not?"


Brad R. Cook is a historical fantasy writer. An award winning short story writer, he began as a playwright, and joined the board of St. Louis Writers Guild in 2008, guiding the organization as President from 2011 to 2015. He learned to fence at thirteen and never set down his sword, but prefers to curl up with his cat and a centuries’ old classic. He asks everyone to preserve our historical treasures for future generations. 

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Twitter - @bradrcook 
Instagram - @bradrcook 
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The Writers' Lens - Bringing Fiction into Focus

A Few Things about Me... 

I had the honor of serving as President of St. Louis Writers Guild (2011-2015). Founded in 1920, the nonprofit organization has remained one of the Midwest's preeminent literary guild's. A member since 2007, I encourage any writer to seek out their local literary groups. 

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     I'm proud to have played a role in

     Writers in the Park - a free to attend writers festival held annually since 2010

     The Legacy Project - a several year project to research SLWG history and famous 

     members who have emerged from its ranks.

     Young Writers Awards - a writing contest for young writers


Big thanks to the Interns, Board Members, and Volunteers who made the project and the writers guild a tremendous success! 


Okay a couple more...


I love swords and know how to use them, 

           I started Fencing when I was 13 years old.

I think R2D2 is the real hero of Star Wars

I owe everything to my critique partners - Thank You!!!

Writing Awards


Tied for 4th in Best New Steampunk Novel, 2014 P&E Readers Poll

Second Place 2012 Short Story Contest at the Missouri Writers Guild Conference

1st Honorable Mention in the 2010 SLWG Short Story Contest! 

Placed in the Archon Short Story Contest for two years in a row!

3rd Place for my Flash Fiction, and 1st HM for my Query Letter at the 

2012 MWG Conference!


Workshops I Present
If you have a group, class, or book club I would love to talk with you, either in person or via the web. We'll learn, we'll laugh, and in the end we'll have a good time talking about writing. 

Contact me at Brad @ BradRCook dot Com
We'll talk about how I can help your group or organization!
Writing the Sword Fight
Live demonstration and workshop 
on how to write a realistic sword fight.
45 mins - 2 hours

Weapons in Writing 

Tips to writing a realistic fight scene

30 mins - 2 hours


Sit Down and Pitch 

It doesn't have to be the scariest part of the conference

1 - 2 hours

Researching Your Novel, 
Your Life, or Anything In Between 
How to navigate the on-line and off-line resources
30 mins - 2 hours

Glorious Inventions of the Victorian Age

the real steampunk 

30 mins - 2 hours


Point of View: It's more than 1st vs 3rd

how a character's point of view affects the story

1 - 2 hours

Pitching and Querying Literary Agents and Publishers 
In-depth look at the elements of a pitch and of a query letter. Having sat on both sides of the table, I provide a unique point of view. 
1 -2 hours
Book Cover Basics
People do judge a book by it's cover... Learn the types, what makes them good, and how digital covers differ from print versions.
30 mins - 1 hour
Young Writer Workshops
Any of the workshops above can be modified for classroom and school assemblies, but here are a few workshops specifically designed for young writers. 

3 By 3, the Parts of a Story
an introduction to story structure and the layout of a story arc. 
30 mins to 2 hours

Writing With Real People: Having Fun With History 

Historical fiction is fun. An exercise in getting young writers to think about telling stories in different way. Learn a quick game to quickly know what to write about. 

30 mins to 2 hours 


How to Make Your Novel Resemble a Classic  
What good writers should read to be great writers. A study of why what made the classics great books, and how writers can use that knowledge in their own writing. 
30 mins to 2 hours.
A Few Friends 
Check out their excellent stories!
Cole Gibsen - Author of so many good young adult novels - 
T.W. Fendley - Author of Zero Time, and The Labyrinth of Time -
Jennifer Stolzer - Illustrator and Author - 
David Lucas - Executive Producer of Winding Trails Media -
Peter Green - Author of Radio, Crimes by Design, and Dad's War -  
Meredith Tate - Author of Missing Pieces - 
Joshua McHenry Miller - Author Traitors and Tyrants - 
Jennifer Lynn - author of Being There -

Thoughts from Midnight - my blog on tumblr - 
The Writers' Len - Bring Fiction Into Focus 
                                         - A resource blog for writers - 
St. Louis Writers Guild -