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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.

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07/30 Writing our Adventures, Explorations, Quests and Pilgrimages with Judy Reeves

“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living,” wrote Miriam Beard. In…

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07/31 Ekphrastic Poetry: Writing Art with Sarah Z. Sleeper

Ekphrastic Poetry: Writing Art at Ink Spot (Hosted by Sarah Sleeper) Ekphrastic poets find their inspiration in works of visual art. The poems…

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07/31 Screenwriting with Mark O’Bannon

SCREENWRITING Professional writers use fundamentally different techniques than average writers. According to John Truby, the premier story…

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08/06 Writing Complex Characters: Heroes Who Fail Us with Rich Farrell

(Writers may enroll in one or both days of this weekend-long intensive.) A frequent complaint in writing workshops is that a character is…

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08/07 Drama through Dialogue with Rich Farrell

It is an old adage that dialogue is the hardest thing to write. This class will look at examples of dialogue in stories. We will explore how speech…

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08/07 Writing Complex Characters: Villians We Love with Rich Farrell

(Writers may enroll in one or both days of this weekend-long intensive.) A frequent complaint in writing workshops is that a character is…

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08/10 Art and Craft—Essentials for Writers with Judy Reeves

Equal parts inspiration and practical, Art and Craft—Essentials for Writers, is an six-session class that focuses on both the art (heart) of…

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08/11 Poetry of Place With Karen Kenyon

Please join us for a three hour class on “Poetry of Place,” where we will read poems of place by various poets, including Billy Collins, Mary…

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08/13 Conflict with Lisa Kessler

Master conflict in your stories with this one day workshop! In this one-day workshop, we will study “black moments” in well-known fiction and…

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08/13 Memoir and Coffee With Marni Freedman

9am - Come hang with Marni and write quietly for an hour.  Drink your coffee, lounge and write. 10-12 - Read your work! Pajamas and Donuts…

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08/14 How to Fix a Story With Mark O’Bannon

You’ve written your story, but something is wrong. You can’t quite put your finger on it, but you believe it’s a serious problem. How do you…

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08/14 The Art of the Interview With Susan Gembrowski

Let’s say you need to talk to someone for a freelance profile or travel story, a relative for specifics to include in your memoir, or an expert to…

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08/18 Full Moon Manifestation (Red Moon) with Lydia Lea Real

Join us once (or monthly) to assist in clarifying your creative goals and visualizing your artistic abundance! The Full Moon is known to be a…

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08/20 Characters Are People Too! How to create and understand believable characters with Wesley Fulkerson

Are you tired of reading characters that seem like cardboard props? Are you tired of looking at your own protagonists and thinking that it's just…

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08/20 Plotting with Cornelia Feye

Whether you are working on a short story or a novel, you need to map out your course. In this one-day workshop we will talk about the difference…

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08/21 Internet Marketing Secrets With Mark O’Bannon

How to create a buying frenzy. What every author ought to know about writing and marketing. Some plain talk about a simple business that often sounds…

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08/21 The Artist’s Way Mini-Intensive with Kristen Fogle and Lydia Real

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 book…

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08/21 Vision Boards with Kristen Fogle and Lydia Lea Real

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

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08/21 When the Meadow Hears Thunder: More Poetry From Rumi With Jim Moreno

If you missed the The Muse and the Mystics: The Poetry of Rumi and the Ecstastic Makers in July at the Ink Spot, you missed Jim Moreno teaching from…

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08/22 A Writer is Someone Who Writes with Judy Reeves

“Anyone can be a writer. The trick is staying a writer.” – Harlan Ellison If you want to write a novel, screenplay, short story – if you…

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08/23 Fiction Gone Wrong: Crafting Crime Fiction for the Indie Market with Matt Phillips

In this three hour class, participants will delve into the dark place between good and evil, the perilous landscape peopled by drifters, psychos,…

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08/24 Fiction Workshop: Crafting, Pitching, Selling, and Promoting Your Fiction with George Galdorisi

This workshop will focus on the challenges - and opportunities - regarding getting your novel accepted by a mainstream publishing house. While the…

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08/27 Let’s Keep it Simple and Profound! With Seretta Martin

What simple object takes you into a far-reaching place? What senses and sounds carry your poem? What are the answers within the questions? Let’s…

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08/27 Setting the Scene with Cathy Scott

Learn how to create scenes for both fiction and nonfiction that grab readers’ attention and move the story foreword. Learn how to build a scene,…

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08/27 The Art of the Sentence: Crafting Powerful Prose from the Bottom Up with Tim West

What difference does a sentence make? “Saturday afternoon the mother drove to the bakery in the shopping center.” –Raymond Carver, “The…

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08/28 The Craft of Page One: Supercharging Your Story from the First Line with Tim West

“So much depends upon/a first page,” William Carlos Williams could have written. To the agent, editor and reader, the first page declares whether…

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08/28 The Ex- Factor — Writing About The Way We Were with Judy Reeves

Every part of our lives is rife with stories, but something about “the ex- factor” always hits a nerve—painful, laughable, heartbreaking, and…

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09/03 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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09/03 Novel IV: Plot & Structure with T. Greenwood

Novel IV: Plot & Structure: 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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09/04 Dynamic Landscapes: Characterizing Your Settings with Courtney Amber Kilian

Location should never be merely a static backdrop, but a powerful, dynamic place for characterization and plot-propelling detail. As writers, it’s…

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09/04 Narrative Structure with Akil Kumarasamy

This course will take a closer look at how fiction writers use narrative structures to create emotional tension and suspense. We often consider…

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09/04 Publishing Methods with Cathy Scott

NEW DATE! Cathy Scott, a Los Angeles Times bestselling author, will teach you about independent (self) publishing vs. traditional publishing and…

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09/07 Words from the Heart – An Amherst Writers and Artists Workshop with Ann Bancroft

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

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09/10 Poetry Techniques For Prose Writers: Add Magic & Depth To Your Writing with Courtney Kilian

Poetry and prose are often kept in their own arenas—separate and exclusive. But what if as prose writers, we cross this boundary, exploring…

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09/10 Prompt-a-Palooza: Write Your Face Off!

Get your creativity going, and join us for an entire day of writing practice and prompt madness! One of our instructors will give a prompt at the…

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09/11 Improv for Writers with Finest City Improv’s Jesse Suphan

This class dedicated to providing students with a fun, supportive, and challenging environment to explore and foster their creativity! Through…

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09/11 Story Structure with Tim West

What are the classic story structures? Discover the sturdy scaffold for your story's imposing edifice, the hidden skeleton we can flesh out to make…

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09/13 Finding Water: A Continuation of The Artist’s Way with Kristen Fogle and Lydia Lea Real

For those who have taken The Artist's Way or simply want to take a creative journey, this 12-week class is for you. We will explore Julia Cameron's…

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09/13 The Artist’s Way with Kristen Fogle and Lydia Lea Real

New date and time! Celebrate fall by discovering and recovering your creative self. This powerful twelve-week course is for novices and working…

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09/16 Full Moon Manifestation (Harvest Moon) with Lydia Lea Real

Join us once (or monthly) to assist in clarifying your creative goals and visualizing your artistic abundance! The Full Moon is known to be a…

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09/16 Writing with the Moon: A Full-Moon Writing Workshop with Judy Reeves

Myth and legend are written in the shadowed rills and rifts of the moon, across her craters and crescents. Disappearing, then reappearing, she casts…

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09/17 Write/Right From God and How to Write Your Best Seller in a Weekend with Tom Bird

Ninety-seven percent of those attending Best Selling Author Tom Bird's Write Your Best Seller in a Weekend Retreats have completed the writing of…

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09/17 Write/Right From God and How to Write Your Best Seller in a Weekend with Tom Bird

Ninety-seven percent of those attending Best Selling Author Tom Bird’s Write Your Best Seller in a Weekend Retreats have completed the writing of…

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09/18 Short Story Fundamentals: A Fiction & Memoir Craft Workshop with Rich Farrell

The short story, a staple of MFA programs and literary magazines, has long been considered a form every prose writer should master. The…

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09/18 Solo Performance, Part One: Learning the Craft of the One Person Show with Aimee Greenberg

 Have you ever dreamed about writing and performing a solo show?  Learn the essentials of how to research and write a one-person play or…

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09/18 Yoga & Meditation For Writers with Courtney Kilian

Special Six Week Series! The mind-body connection is a powerful tool to bring to the page. When we tune into our own bodies, we are our most free…

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09/23 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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09/29 Exploring Creative Nonfiction with Rich Farrell

Montaigne said, “Every man has within himself the entire human condition.” This six-week class will look at the multiple forms of contemporary…

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10/02 Make Writing and Selling Your Book a Reality with 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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10/03 Using Tarot Cards To Inspire Fiction With Lisa Kessler

Has your novel stalled/ Out of ideas for new stories? Want to try something out of the box to get your creativity flowing? You don’t have to be a…

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10/09 Poetry: Leaping Into the Lyrical with Amie Whittemore

Poetry emerges from the tension between what is said and unsaid, what we comprehend with our heads and what we feel in our hearts. In this seminar,…

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10/11 Creative Writing with Cornelia Feye

During this six week class, we will explore and develop creative writing ideas and drafts through writing prompts, and reading critiques in a…

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10/22 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.…

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10/26 Book Publishing 1-2-3 with Laurie Gibson

Sprinkled with stories and insider tips (for example, how to connect with literary agents), this program is designed to both empower and inspire…

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10/29 Novel V: Revising Your Novel with T. Greenwood

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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10/29 Tools, Practice and Purpose: How to be a Writer Who Has It All with John Vorhaus

Everything we need to know about writing can be summed up as "tools, practice and purpose": what we do; how we do it; and why we bother to do it at…

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11/01 Characters: Crafting Unique Voices, Personalities & Traits with Courtney Kilian

Can you hear your characters? The quality, texture, and vocabulary of their individual voices? Giving each of your characters a unique voice is how…

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11/04 Writing Children’s Literature: An Overview/Q&A with Marcie Colleen

Ever think you might want to write for children? Join children's author, Marcie Colleen, as she shares an overview of the world of children's…

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11/12 Dialogue With Laura Preble

Create conversations for your characters with this informative workshop! This hands-on workshop will help writers identify what makes good…

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11/14 Full Moon Manifestation (Beaver Moon) with Lydia Lea Real

Join us once (or monthly) to assist in clarifying your creative goals and visualizing your artistic abundance! The Full Moon is known to be a…

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