2017 SavvyWriterCon Mini Intensives

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Lori Wilde, NYT and USA Today Best Selling Author

Re-vision: How to See Your First Draft Through Fresh Eyes

Many first time novelists are alarmed to learn that after they’ve typed The End, the book isn’t over. Completing the first draft is a monumental accomplishment, and you should be very proud of it. But now it’s time to read your work with fresh eyes. Join Lori Wilde and discover the nuts and bolts of revision process that can turn a so-so first draft into a blockbuster.

About Lori:New York Times and USA Today best selling author, Lori Wilde has sold seventy-eight works of fiction to four major New York Publishing houses. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Texas Christian University and a certificate in forensic nursing from Kaplan University. She is a member of the Internal Association of Forensic Nurses.

Her first NYT bestseller, the third book in her Twilight, Texas series, The First Love Cookie Club has been optioned for a television movie.

A popular writing instructor, Lori is a three time RITA finalist and has four times been nominated for Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. She’s won the Colorado Award of Excellence, the Wisconsin Write Touch Award, The Golden Quill, the Lories, and The More than Magic. Her books have been translated into 26 languages and excerpted in Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Complete Woman, and Quick and Simple magazines. She lives in Texas with her husband, Bill. Find Lori on Facebook, or her Website.

Skye Warren, NYT Best Selling Author

Your Next-Level Indie Author Career

Are you reaching new readers with each book? How do you make the most of your marketing hours and dollars? This workshop offers a first-hand account of an indie author making the leap from five to six figures, including a frank discussion of what works, what doesn’t, and how to find out. Craft a bold strategy to make next year your best year. Ideal for authors with at least two books published.

About Skye: Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of dark romance such as Wanderlust and Prisoner. Praised as a “true mistress of dark erotica”, her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, four dogs, and one evil cat.

Sign up for Skye’s newsletter, like Skye Warren on Facebook, join Skye Warren’s Dark Room reader group, follow Skye Warren on Twitter, visit Skye’s website for her current booklist.

Authors Monica Corwin and Riley Darkes

Finding Planner Peace in the Planner Revolution

Writers write, but that pesky business part of the publishing industry sometimes requires you to plan. When a simple to do list isn’t enough, the search begins for the calendar/planner system that will make your life easier. This year, the planner community is bigger, better, and louder than ever. Whether you find planner peace through the Erin Condren, Happy Planner, Passion Planner, Day Designer, Bullet Journal, or one of many other planners, learn about the advantages and disadvantages of the most popular planners out there, and how to personalize your planner to find your planner peace (now say that three times fast!)

About Monica: Monica Corwin is an outspoken writer who attempts to make romance accessible to everyone no matter their preferences. As a new Northern Ohioian Monica enjoys snow drifts, three seasons of weather, and disliking Michigan. When not writing Monica spends time with her daughter and her ever growing collection of tomes about King Arthur. Find Monica on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Amazon, or on her Website.

About Riley: Riley Darkes lives in the Suburbs of Central Ohio where she builds websites during the day and plans SavvyAuthors Special Events at night. In her copious free time she writes stories about teenagers, love, mystery, and magic. She’s a hardcore Savvy Authors fan, a member of the Central Ohio Fiction Writers RWA, and Central Ohio Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators. Find Riley posting cats and inspirational messages on Facebook, or retweeting crap on Twitter @RileyDarkes.

Author Beth Daniels, aka Beth Henderson, J.B. Dane



Imagination lagging? Could it use a tune up? Then join the Write Something Different Challenge!

Using something I call the Blind Librarian we’ll dream up some silly, some odd, and some doable scenarios in three WriterCon days!

Some of this will involve hatching ideas with weird required features. Some will have you reworking a classic with something unexpected (you know, like Jane Austin and zombies). Then we’ll attack either your Work in Progress or Work Soon-To-Be in Progress for some switcheroos that just might strike a good chord with your muse. Heck, with you, too!


About Beth: Author of 29 published novels (and counting), Beth Daniels has been a Savvy member and frequent workshop presenter since Savvy’s birth. Currently she is finishing a historical romantic mystery and working on urban fantasy and Steampunk tales. Find her at RomanceAndMystery2.com, on Twitter @BethDaniels1, or Facebook via BethHendersonAuthor.

Author Jacqueline Corcoran

Being Creative and Writing with Excitement

Do you get stuck with the “what comes next?” Do you approach the blank page with no idea what to write? This learning intensive is designed to get you out of a rut and approach your writing sessions with excitement rather than trepidation, allowing you to make progress on your WIP.

About Jacqueline: Jacqueline Corcoran was born in England to Welsh and Irish parents but has lived in various spots of the U.S. for most of her life. She is a college professor and writes textbooks for her field, as well as novels. Find her at her Website.

Author Alexander Danner

An Introduction to Writer Audio Drama

Podcasting is booming, and while dramatic journalism like Serial has dominated the conversation, hit audio dramas like Welcome to Night Vale and Limetown have been leading a quiet revolution in audio narrative. This session introduces to the basics of writing audio drama. What are the specific challenges and opportunities of writing for a purely aural medium? How do recording and sound editing technologies factor into the writing process?

About Alexander: Alexander Danner is co-creator of the serial audio drama Greater Boston (www.GreaterBostonShow.com). He also writes fiction and comics, and is co-author of the textbook Comics: A Global History, 1968 to the Present. He currently serves as President of The Writers’ Room of Boston, a non-profit workspace for Boston-area writers.

Author Christine Fairchild

Key Ingredients for Your First 50 Pages

This mini-workshop will 1) identify the key elements of storytelling that must be present in the first pages of your story, especially on that first page, and 2) give you tips and tricks to help you write and/or edit those elements into place.

About Christine: Christine M. Fairchild (aka The Editor Devil) is a California native who’s worked as a writer and editor for 30+ years. She started training in journalism, has written for the entertainment industry (XFiles, Paramount Pictures), provided technical and executive communications for high-tech giants (Microsoft, Hitachi, AT&T), and designed marketing communications for consumer products and services (DHL, AirborneExpress). She’s also an author of suspense and historical fiction, so she understands the rigors of writing a compelling story in genre fiction and literary fiction. As a book doctor and editor, Christine helps fiction writers take their storytelling to a higher level. You can find her books on Amazon for Kindle: The Editor Devil’s Guide to DIALOGUE and The Editor Devil’s Guide to CHARACTERS.

For writing and editing tips, conference appearances, and dates for her upcoming classes, visit the Editor Devil blog. Follow her on Twitter or Facebook.

Author S.P. Sipal

Embracing Your Inner Tonks: Transforming as a Writer for the Changing Market

Publishing has always been a changing marketplace. While the power of Story remains the same, writers must learn to adapt if they wish to meet ever-evolving reader expectations. In this learning intensive, we’ll study examples from the original Harry Potter series, plus Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and what we know of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Author S.P. Sipal analyzes through both craft techniques and marketing vision how Rowling provides a Marauder’s Map for empowering authors to engage readers even as they change stories and formats.

About S.P.: S.P. Sipal is a writer, editor, and speaker best known as an analyst of the Harry Potter series. She is the author of the recently updated and expanded A Writer’s Guide to Harry Potter, a YA novel, Southern Fried Wiccan, and numerous short stories. Susan has also worked as an editor for several independent publisher and enjoys helping writers better engage their readers.

Find S.P. on HarryPotterforWriters.com, at her website, on Twitter @HP4Writers, or on YouTube.

Author Kathryn Scannell

Using Tarot to get in touch with your characters

Ever had one of those characters that just wouldn’t talk to you about something? If you writer character-driven stories, you need to really understand your major characters and sometimes they’re difficult. You know the answer is in your subconscious somewhere, but you can’t focus on it. There are several ways you can use Tarot to help focus your subconscious. We’ll talk about the ones I’ve found, and I hope in the course of discussion you may suggest a few I haven’t thought of.

About Kathryn: Kathryn Scannell writes and has published a variety of short stories, mostly fantasy with varying amounts of romance. Currently rights have reverted and she’s working on producing a few more, with an eye to doing a self-published collection, and on polished a thriller with supernatural elements for submission. In real life she’s a computer network administrator, database manager, and all round technical resource for an environmental consulting company, and has needed to learn far more than she ever expected in college about industrial health and safety, hazmat, and chemistry. She lives in NH with her wife and their five cats.