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Programs

Overview

Bountiful is a word that describes the programs offered by San Diego Writers, Ink. Our classes, groups, and workshops are led by experienced, professional writer-instructors. Our readings program is inclusive and ever-expanding. We stage special events and literary celebrations both grand and intimate, and we do it frequently. We believe in collaboration and look for creative ways to partner with other organizations to present unique and stimulating programs for the larger community. And we have fun, too. Join us!

 

There is plenty to do with San Diego Writers, Ink!
Members get discounts on all of our workshops
but everyone is welcome to register and attend all classes.

2017-11/17 Late Night Write with Kristen Fogle

Free to members! $5 for nonmembers. Bring food and drink to share! We’ll provide some wine and munchies too. It’s a time to write while…

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2017-11/18 Perfecting the Craft of the Modern Memoir with Traci Foust

What makes Hardcore Memoir different from other workshops is its core emphasis on getting to the work. A great idea is certainly necessary in…

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2017-11/19 Language, Style & the Writer’s Voice with Judy Reeves

Every story, every novel, every poem that is written is delivered to the reader in the medium of voice, and every writer, no matter what level of…

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2017-11/19 Tennis Without a Net: What Creates Unity and Coherence in Free Verse Poetry? with Pamela Garvey

Linear? Associative? Beginnings? Endings? How many ways can a poem be organized? What creates coherence and unity? What lines hook a reader? How do…

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2017-11/19 Writing on Turtle Island – The Poetry of Native America Poem-Making with Jim Moreno

How can we describe Native American poetry, nee Indigenous verse? Harper's Anthology of 20th Century Native American Poetry calls it the poetry of…

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2017-11/25 Gratitude and Writing: A Generative Writing Workshop with Kristen Fogle

What fills you up this holiday season? We will take our time to dig in, remembering moments, people, places, and write to several spirited prompts…

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2017-11/26 The Artist’s Way Mini-Intensive with Kristen Fogle

Have you always wanted to take The Artist’s Way with a group but didn’t have twelve weeks to commit? Heard about people having success using the…

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2017-11/26 Understanding Editing with Jennifer Silva Redmond

Learn the ins and outs of editing during this one-day workshop! Accomplished editor Jennifer Silva Redmond will explain and demonstrate different…

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2017-11/27 Using Scrivener Software to Write with Kim Keeline

NEW DATE!  Scrivener is writing software (for Mac or PC) which helps keep you organized and on track. Switch between outline/writing/photos/research…

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2017-12/02 How to Create a Podcast with Adam Greenfield

NEW DATE! Making the best podcast you can make takes time and preparation. The goal of this two-session class is to give you the tools and…

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2017-12/02 Scene with Mark O’Bannon

The Scene is the basic building block of a story. After an overview of The Seven Steps of Classical Story Structure, used by professional writers,…

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2017-12/03 Writing Ourselves as Characters with Nathan Young

Creating believable characters that jump off the page is the struggle of every writer. This struggle is compounded when you’re writing about…

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2017-12/06 Amherst Writers and Artists Workshop with Ann Bancroft

This is a workshop using the Amherst Writers and Artists workshop method designed to strengthen writers’ voices on the page, to stimulate…

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2017-12/09 Character Flaws with Mark O’Bannon

CHARACTER FLAWS Take character creation to a whole new level. Nothing adds complexity like character flaws. Your character’s weaknesses are the…

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2017-12/09 End of Year Memoir Bootcamp with Marni Freedman

Want to: 1) Get some quality time to write your memoir? 2) Receive some constructive feedback? 3) Share your work in a supportive setting? 4)…

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2017-12/09 Middle Grade Writing – Fantasy and Realistic with Margaret Dilloway

Middle grade writing is the most difficult voice to get right. Plus, not only do you have to please the kid readers, you have to make their teachers,…

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2017-12/10 Query Letter: The Writing and Submitting Process with T. Greenwood

So you’ve finished writing (and revising) your novel — what next? In this one day workshop, participants will learn about how to craft the…

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2017-12/16 Show Don’t Tell with Rich Farrell

Writers have long heard "show don't tell," but what does that advice mean? How do writers practically employ this advice to write compelling, serious…

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2017-12/16 Voice Lessons: Creating Atmosphere and Mood with Judy Reeves

Here's where the writer gets to work magic through language. Want to create an atmosphere that evokes an emotion in the reader? Do it through…

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2017-12/21 Winter Solstice Writing Retreat with Judy Reeves

As the longest night of the year approaches, we’ll gather in the evocative atmosphere of Inspirations Gallery where we’ll light our Solstice…

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2017-12/31 Vision Boards with Lydia Lea Real

As we move into the new year, channel your creative, personal, and professional desires through a vision board! We will start off with an exercise…

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2017-12/31 Writing Resolutions: writing more (and better) into the new year with W.A. Fulkerson

Writing Resolutions: goal setting and practical applications for writing more (and better) in the new year with W.A. Fulkerson Sometimes we all…

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2018-01/07 Self-Publishing with Maggie Espinosa

Gone are the days of sending your book manuscript to myriad editors in hopes of getting published. In the 21st century actualizing your tome is…

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2018-01/08 Before the Voice is Lost with Stacy Dyson

Before the Voice is Lost creates a record (audio and visual) of the life and times of San Diego’s 60+ crowd. This project will culminate in an…

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2018-01/08 Creative Writing with David Coddon

NEW DATE!  You’ll be writing both in class and at home, then receiving supportive, constructive feedback from your instructor and your fellow…

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2018-01/08 The Craft of Short Stories with Cornelia Feye

“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” George Orwell, 1984 With the help of famous first sentences and…

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2018-01/08 Writing Diversity with Margaret Dilloway

When you’re writing a character who comes from a different ethnicity or culture than your own, how do you get it right? This class discusses…

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2018-01/11 FireScribe: Her Warrior Soul with Stacy Dyson

FireScribe is not for the faint of heart. These are sessions for women who know (or need to know) how to tell truth–their truth–from the depths,…

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2018-01/13 An Introduction Into Screenwriting with Martin Gomez

This introductory-level course is designed to give attendees the tools necessary to begin writing their first (or next) short or feature-length…

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2018-01/13 Game of Thrones and Advanced Writing Techniques with Mark O’Bannon

An in depth analysis of the advanced techniques used to write GoT. Some of the techniques covered: The Seven Steps of Classical Story…

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2018-01/13 Publishing Your Personal Essays with Molly Larson Cook

In a world full of words, how do you make yours stand out? How do you bring your unique voice into the light and generate interest in what you have…

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2018-01/16 Writing for Children with Marcie Colleen

Ever think you might want to write for children but don’t know where to start? Whether you desire to write a quiet bedtime story like Goodnight,…

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2018-01/20 Goal Setting for Creatives with Jill G. Hall

Is it time to start submitting poems for publication, carve out more time for writing or maybe even get cast in a musical? In this quick workshop…

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2018-01/20 Novel I: Intro to the Novel with Rich Farrell

Learn the basics of novel writing in six weeks from Rich Farrell! If you have always wanted to write a novel but didn’t know where to start,…

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2018-01/20 Power Words with Garr Kuhl

  Ignite your writing with perfect word choices. Whether writing an adult adventure thriller or middle grade fantasy, word choice and…

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2018-01/21 Journaling and SoulCollage®: Creating New Beginnings with Mary Lee Moser

    SoulCollage® and Journal to the Self® are two profound expressive processes that, when combined, can provide guidance and…

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2018-02/10 Memoir I: Intro to Memoir Writing with Marni Freedman

Learn the basics of memoir writing in six weeks with Marni Freedman. If you have always wanted to write a memoir but didn’t know where to start,…

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2018-02/11 Writing to the Heart: Falling in Love with Yourself with Lara Eisenberg

Around Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to deepen our relationship with ourselves. Our relationship with ourselves sets the tone and…

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2018-02/25 What Makes a Poem a Poem? with Molly Larson Cook

This lively four-week series is for beginning poets as well as those with years of experience. As we consider the question – what makes a poem a…

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2018-03/10 Novel II: Intermediate Novel with Tammy Greenwood

In this 6-week workshop, students will expand upon what they have learned in Novel I about the key components of novel writing. The focus of this…

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2018-04/07 Memoir II: Plot with Marni Freedman

In this workshop, students will expand upon what they have learned in Memoir I about the basics of memoir writing. The focus on this workshop will be…

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2018-05/05 Novel III: Characterization in the Novel with Judy Reeves

When writing a novel, we must know our primary characters inside and out. We need to understand their desires, motivations, and frustrations, their…

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2018-06/02 Memoir III: Character, Dialogue, and Scene with Marni Freedman

In this workshop, participants will deepen their character work and learn how to craft a compelling memoir scene complete with description, details…

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2018-09/01 Memoir IV: Voice, Transitions, Symbolism with Marni Freedman

Agents often share that what makes a memoir stand out in the marketplace is a strong author’s voice. In this workshop we will uncover the soul of…

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2018-09/01 Novel IV: Plotting the Novel with Marni Freedman

Novel IV: Plotting the Novel: While your characters are the beating heart of your novel, your plot is its bones. Whether you are an outliner or…

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2018-10/13 Memoir V: Revising, Editing, Publishing with Marni Freedman

In this workshop students will learn the art of editing their memoir including identifying what and where to cut to streamline the plot. Students…

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2018-11/03 Novel V: Revising the Novel with Rich Farrell

So you’ve finished writing your novel — what next? What do published novelists do between that raw first draft and the final manuscript to make…

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2nd Saturdays: Poetry Draft, Craft, Submit! with Tania Pryputniewicz

Are you ready to stop hiding? Ready to get your work out there? In this class, in addition to monthly craft lessons and themed prompts, you’ll be…

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Weekly Speak, Memory: A Writing and Support Group for Memoirists with Judy Reeves

Contact Judy to be considered for this class (see info below). This small, ongoing group invites memoirists to come together for writing and…

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Weekly Sun (Not) Dead (Yet) Poet’s Society II with Anna DiMartino

Join us on Sundays from 3-5pm for the (Not) Dead (Yet) Poet's Society II, led by Anna DiMartino. We will have a lively discussion on a…

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Weekly Tuesdays: Stories That Want to be Told Read-and-Critique for Memoirists with Judy Reeves

Read and critique is a way – possibly the only way—for writers to hear how their writing sounds to others. This is how we discover what is…

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