All classes offered will provide review and comment from the Instructor(s).  One month writing classes are often available.  Personal attention is given to all students assignments and writing questions are readily answered.  Additionally, suggestions are provided from the Instructor(s).



2017 Classes Via Savvy Authors​​


Let’s Keep it Short – Writing Short Stories and Novellas

April 24 - May 21, 2017

     Short stories can be fun to write, but they can also present some real challenges. How can you keep the story short and yet make it count? How can you develop characters for a short story or novella? How do you plot one?  And then where do you sell it?
     Get the all answers you need and learn how to write your own short story with a multi-published author who also teaches classes on writing. Some writers who have taken this class in the past have often gotten a short story written by the end. 



Synopsis Writing with the Plotting Wheel

June 5 - June 18, 2017

     Synopsis writing can be a real problem, but there is no need to fight over how to write a synopsis. Learn what you need to include in a good synopsis and then get information on how to use the Plotting Wheel to solve the synopsis problem with a minimum of hand wringing. The Plotting Wheel is a formula devised by Becky Martinez and Sue Viders that helps in the plotting process, but it can also provide an easy outline form to get the synopsis written. Go quickly around the wheel in ten easy steps and come out with a workable synopsis at the end!


Let's Edit! Putting the Finishing Touches on Your Story

August 7 - September 3, 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.   

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.

OIRWA Workshops Coming in 2017

 Let's Write Shorts - April 1-30

Short stories and novellas have become increasingly popular for readers who want something quick to read on their e-readers, phones, Ipads, Kindles and Nooks. At the same time, writers want to get more of their work in the hands of readers and are turning to writing short stories as a way to quickly get content out there.  As a result the short story and novella market has heated up in the past few years, aided by the popularity of e-publishing and e-reading.

But short stories and novellas aren’t as easy to write as you might think. They can be as challenging to write as a full length novel. Get the scoop on writing a short story or novella that will have readers clamoring for more of your work.  Find out how the short story structure works, how to get your tale told in fewer words, and how to develop characters and plots for the shorter formats. Learn how to get those short stories published from a writing teacher and published author who has written short stories and novellas and had them published in print, online and in anthologies.

​Let's Plot Your Novel - July 1-30

Get the basics of different ways to plot your book and start to come up with what is necessary to get all the way through your book. Where should you start? How should you start? Do you need to outline everything? What if you would rather not plot at all? We’ll use the Plotting Circle to get students started on their book. The Plotting Circle can be used by outliners or people who want their characters to do the plotting.

How do you know if you’re going in the right direction with your plot? What about subplots? What do you need to know about how to end your book? What if you’re writing a series and need to leave things undone? This class looks at the overall book and how to make certain you don’t shortchange your readers but that you also leave some questions for the next go-round. We’ll also look at ways to make certain all the plotting elements are in place in your storyline and get an introduction to building a story board.

We’ll go from coming up with a great beginning all the way to writing THE END for your plot.

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.