“Sara is a dynamic, confident and powerful. She knows her material and is passionate about what she teaches”



“Everything she presented was new to me”



“The organization of Sara’s presentation was great. She used compelling examples, unfolded the content nicely and she handled every question well. I love that she presented without notes! Great exercises and a lot to take home and apply”.



“I love her energy!”


I’ve been honored to present to a wide range of organizations from Fortune 500 Companies, local and national organizations including:

  • Avon
  • Estee Lauder- Origins
  • GE
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Northwestern- Prentice Hospital for Women
  • Unilever
  • Young President’s Organization
  • The Chicago Tribune Printer’s Row Literary Festival
  • National Memoir Association
  • Story Studio Chicago
  • The Book Cellar
  • Open Books
  • The Book Stall
  • Northwestern University

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Original Talks & Workshops

Mastering the Mental Game for Writers

a talk or interactive workshop that helps writers overcome fear, procrastination, manage the inner critic and create breakthroughs in productivity, creative expression and writing success. Workshop uses fun and highly effective strategies to get new and experienced writers to produce their best work.

Truth is Stranger than Fiction

Writing True stories that read like page turning fiction.

Creative Writing Craft Lectures

delivered as lectures or participatory workshop/class on many craft topics including:

Eliminating Cliches

He grinned, she sighed, her heart thumped, she went pale- the reader put down the book- eliminating crutch gestures from fiction and creative non-fiction   An entertaining and effective presentation that gives writers an instant upgrade to any piece of writing.  Using dramatic readings from popular fiction and stunning literary examples, writers will walk away with awareness and  

What! No Way! WOW!

Creating believable and fantastic plot twists, surprise and reversals in fiction and non-fiction  A hit at the Northwestern Conference, this presentation will give writers an illuminating look behind the curtain of plot twists and reversals and offer six specific, practical strategies to infuse delightful surprise into any genre of work.

It’s In the Details

using research based and sensory detail to make stories crackle with life This straight lecture or interactive class uses compelling examples from contemporary and classical literary works to showcase how research based and sensory detail can bring life, connection with readers and elevated craft to any piece of work.  Writers will leave with take home handouts and specific techniques and strategies to elevate their work using the craft element of detail.

Book a Lecture, Class, Workshop or Presentation

Sara is available to create a custom presentation for your organization, book club or group. To book a lecture, reading, workshop or keynote presentation, contact sara.connell@gmail.com. References available for all presentation topics