2017 SavvyWriterCon Mini Intensives

These short 3-day classes are confirmed! Check back each week for updates!

How do I find the classes?

These classes will run from 9 am Friday, September 15 to 6 pm Sunday, September 17. They will be held in the SavvyAuthors forums.

Click here to access the SavvyWriterCon forum, but you must be registered for this free event! Register here.

Got High Concept? With NYT Bestselling Author, Lori Wilde

Do you want to razzle-dazzle editors? Earn a bigger advance? Create media buzz for your book? Inspire Hollywood to come knocking? Grab reader attention immediately?

The way to achieve these goals is to come up with a dynamic high concept pitch that will knock the socks of editors, agents and readers alike.

This workshop is designed to provide you with the tools you’ll need to mold your story idea into an intriguing one sentence pitch that can magically unlock closed doors. It’s simply the most effective way to capture a publisher’s interest.

This workshop will cover the following topics:

1. A step-by-step method for creating a high concept.
2. First aid for low concept books
3. Make a high concept even better
4. Where to find high concept ideas
5. How to think like a high concept writer
6. Creativity and brainstorming exercises


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.

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



You’d think that writing the story was the hard part, right? It’s not. It’s taking that many thousands worth of adventure, romance and/or mystery words and distilling it into a single paragraph to use in a query letter if you’re traditional bound, and/or for publicity purposes if you’re going the Indie route.

We’ll be writing and revising and refining and cutting and editing and maybe even starting all over again to have a short and exciting and interesting selling feature for a book. Most of the work happens on day one but then refining and feedback and suggestions on postings will continue to the end of the conference.

Even if you think you’ve got a great consolidation already written, join us to see how it plays to others!



Beth Daniels is well seasoned in writing fiction, her first book appearing in print back in 1990. Writing as Beth Henderson, and under a few other pseudonyms, she’s the author of 29 and counting romances, but recently she took a shine to fantasy and mystery and reinvented herself as J.B. Dane and Nied Darnell. Beth’s been a member and workshop presenter at SavvyAuthors.com since the doors were thrown on the first day of business. Visit her at RomanceAndMystery2, www.Muse2Ms.com.

Making Description Work Hard for You with Beth Yarnall

Long, flowing, red hair… check. Violet eyes… check. Chiseled jaw, lock of hair over a prominent brow, broad, muscular shoulders… check, check, check.
Description in a novel can be as dry as bone dust or read like a laundry list. But done right, description can draw a reader deeper into a character’s point of view and deeper into the story. Using description to achieve deep point of view is one of the most powerful tools an author can use to create stories and characters readers will remember long after the last page is turned.


About Beth: Daphne du Maurier winner and Rita® finalist, Beth Yarnall, writes mysteries, romantic suspense, and the occasional hilarious tweet. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their rescue dogs where she is hard at work on her next novel. For more information about Beth and her novels please visit her website- bethyarnall.com

Research your Character like A Journalist with  Becky Martinez

One of the best things about fiction writers is being able to make up stories about people and places and events. But what if you are writing a historical or what if you want to set your book in a certain world such as law enforcement or even retail trade and you’ve never done the job? What if you would like to write about the past or a location where you’ve never been? What do you do then?

The answer, of course, is research. But where do you start? What do you need to know? Where can you get the information and how can you make certain you can use it in a book? How can you be certain it’s reliable? When do you need to give credit or keep your sources confidential?

Journalists are constantly doing research for news stories and they need to know where to go and how to dig and because of deadlines they need to do it quickly. Get valuable help in researching your books or learn how to use information you gather in research in a blog that can help you sell your book later.

Join former journalist Becky Martinez for an intensive class that can take you into the world of a journalist doing research for a story. Learn how to find out where you can conduct research, how to search for information, where to locate sources, and how to question those sources to get the information you need. And then learn how to use the information in a story or how to use it to write a non-fiction blog that can help sell your fiction.



Becky’s first job in television news was as a researcher for a documentary unit. She worked for 30 years not only producing daily newscasts but producing special series on news subjects ranging from overpopulation to Oprah Winfrey. Later as a communications director and public relations specialist she continued to research non-fiction pieces for city and educational newsletters, including developing information for stories and conducting interviews. She can help you come up with questions to get the information you need and then show you how to make certain the information is true or verifiable. Learn about developing sources and research outlets that are all around you.
Becky continues to research, write and produce television documentaries on non-fiction subjects, including a piece recently nominated for a regional Emmy, as she writes new romance, mystery and suspense fiction as Rebecca Grace. She is also co-author of the Let’s Write A Story non-fiction series for beginning and intermediate writers.

 Tropes, Trips, & Traps of Genre with Pat Hauldren

Don’t fall for those tricky tricks and traps of genre writing that make your readers groan and moan. Grab their attention. Rivet them to your story using genre tropes and elements to their max. Your readers will never put your book down until fin!


Pat Hauldren is a writer, editor, and web designer in North Texas. Her latest edited work is “From Planet Texas with Love and Aliens” available at Amazon and elsewhere. Her next anthology is open to all and “for the love” market: “The Space Unicorn Saw Its Shadow and Other Tales of Whimsy.” Pat enjoys ceramics, Dallas Stars hockey, horseback riding, traveling, and teaches tai chi, writing, and editing workshops around the world. Find out more about Pat at pathauldren.net and editalley.com or email her at [email protected]

Writing the Perfect Query Letter with Irene Roth

Do you struggle with feelings of fear and uncertainty when you write query letters because you are unsure of how to write a query which will be noticed and accepted by Editors? Do you submit articles just to receive a rejection letter and think that the way your query letter was written could be one of the main reasons for the rejection? Would you like to know how to write a great query? If you answered any of the above questions in the affirmative, this workshop is for you.


Irene S. Roth, MA is an author, Editor and freelance writer. She has written over 20 nonfiction books, 5 of which are for writers on different aspects of their writing life. Ms. Roth also writes academically and taught at the college and university levels for over fifteen years. She has taught with Savvy Authors for over three years. She also has a website for writers at irenesroth.wordpress.com. Irene tweets at @soniaroth

A Science Fiction Writer’s Guide to Worldbuilding with Terri Main

It’s been said that writers build castles in the air and then charge people to live in them. Certainly, this is true for the science fiction writer. The world of the science fiction story can sometimes be the most important component of the story. Creating a world that is at once fantastic and familiar is no easy task. In this short seminar, we will look at three significant aspects of world building for science fiction writers.

  • Putting the science into science fiction worldbuilding
  • Creating the physical world of the story
  • Building the cultural world of the story


Terri Main has written and published most types of literature including novels, poetry, short stories, nonfiction books, magazine articles, stage plays, video scripts, and radio drama. She has published more than 60 books. She has also taught writing and communication studies for more than 30 years. She can do, but she also can teach. She is currently educational director for The Writing Academy the-writing-academy.teachable.com