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2017 Classes Via Savvy Authors​​

Writing Romantic Suspense

September 11 - October 8, 2017

     This class focuses on everything to do with romantic suspense. From constructing the plot, to coming up with a good hero and heroine to how to build suspense and mix in the romance, the class looks at all those fundamental elements. But there is more to writing romantic suspense. The mix must be just right and this class shows students how to make certain they don’t shortchange the mystery or ignore the romance. It also looks at the various genres and the current market for romance.


From Beginning to End - Let's Pace Your Story

October 16 - November 12, 2017
     Here’s your chance to work on making the beginning and ending of your books better. A strong start can mean a great ending. Learn the tools to make both work and make the reader want to buy your next book. But what about the middle of your book?  How can you make certain the pace moves the story along to avoid that sagging middle?  Learn how to use your characters and their conflicts and motivation to keep the story zipping along.

Power Writing – From Ideas to Plots to Pages

November 13 - December 10, 2017

​     Writing a book is not as easy as just saying that is what you want to do but given some thought and a little bit of time, you can begin to write a book, and lots more after that first one. This class can help beginning writers and even intermediate writers move from their initial story idea to developing characters, setting and plot and then learn what it takes to begin writing their book. Among the topics we will cover in class are finding story ideas; creating comprehensive characters; writing scenes, hooks and dialogue; and wrapping up the ending.

Let's Edit! Putting the Finishing Touches on Your Story
December 11 - 24, 2017
     This class will help you polish your manuscript before it heads out the door.  Learn how to edit your story to get rid of unnecessary words, to add stronger verbs and to improve your dialogue. Discover how to make certain your chapters end at the right place and how hooks can keep the reader going. Get a quick primer on grammar and punctuation while also checking for overwriting or flabby construction. Get help on sentence structure and making certain your writing comes to life on the page.   

OIRWA Workshops Coming in 2017

The Question of Queries – September 1-30

    A good query letter can be every bit as important as the opening pages of your novel. It’s your first opportunity to show your writing skills to a prospective agent or editor. Make it count! Make it shine! A good query letter should make an editor or agent want to read your material instead of simply casting it aside to view later. 

Learn how to begin your query, what information you should include and how to pitch your story in quick simple language. Here’s a chance to not only learn the details but to practice your query-writing skills. This class offers not only the opportunity to learn about writing a query, but we will also work on YOUR query so that by the end you can have either a good beginning on a query or a letter you can send out.