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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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05/29 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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05/29 Creative Nonfiction and the Personal Essay with Kirsten Imani Kasai

“The drama of the essay is the way the public life intersects with my personal and private life. It's in that intersection that I find the energy…

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05/29 Unveiling the Mystery of the Second Chakra: Sex, Money, and Emotions with Lara Eisenberg

How often do you engage in open, honest conversations--with the general public-- about your sexual expression, relationship with money or emotional…

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06/04 Tell, Don’t Show: Making Time Fly in Fiction and Memoir with Luke Dani Blue

Prose writers are often admonished to "Show, don't tell!" Many writing handbooks  focus on writing long scenes full of rich dialogue and detail—a…

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06/04 Write The Stories of YOU with SoulCollage® with Barbara Tomeo

We will learn how to use images from magazines and books to create our own unique set of SOULCOLLAGE® cards. The cards we create may  help…

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06/05 From Idea to Story—Get it out of your head and onto the page with Judy Reeves

Too bad there’s not an idea tree where we writers could go with our ladder and bucket and pluck the ripest and juiciest for our story cobbler. But…

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06/05 Plan My Book Workshop with Helen Chang 

Are you an entrepreneur, expert, speaker, coach or professional who wants to stand out with a book? Maybe you want a book that will raise your…

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06/05 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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06/11 Experimenting With Genre & Form To Breathe New Life Into Your Work with Courtney Kilian

Hitting a writer's block? Need to breathe new life into a creative piece of yours? Want to turn up the volume on the emotional response your reader…

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06/11 Memoir III: Character, Dialogue and the 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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06/12 Breaking Into the Non-Fiction Market: Step-by-Step with George Galdorisi

Breaking Into the Non-Fiction Market - Step-by-Step opens the door to the non-fiction market - a more diverse and far easier market to enter than…

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06/12 Playwriting with Jenny Lane

Using a balance of lecture, exercise and feedback, this 6-session course will teach the basics of writing for the stage, including character,…

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06/12 Unlocking Writer’s Block with Rachel Moore

The blank page. It’s full of possibility, excitement, and often terror. In this workshop you will learn why you procrastinate and gain practical…

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06/14 Brainstorming with Kim Keeline

This workshop will be hands-on writing time using some different tools, which will work for writers of fiction and nonfiction alike. They are all…

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06/15 Personal Narrative: Writing from Life in the First Person with Judy Reeves

In the personal narrative essay, you become the editor of your own life, selecting those people, places, events, and moments that are meaningful to…

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06/18 Story Plotting with Carlos de los Rios

Come to this information-filled one-day writing seminar on the ever-essential and often mysterious topic of story plotting. The class for…

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06/19 Learn How to Produce a Stellar Website With Maggie Espinosa

Websites are imperative in today’s world. Whether you are a freelancer or the head of a large company, websites reflect who we are and what…

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06/19 Secrets of Writing Fantasy with Mark O’Bannon

THE SECRETS OF WRITING FANTASY Learn the secrets of writing the most popular story form there is: Fantasy.   In this seminar, author/publisher…

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06/19 Turning Points: Writing Personal Narrative Essays- Moments that Changed You with Judy Reeves

Our lives are filled with moments, large and small, that we emerge from a different person. James Joyce called them epiphanies and John L’Heureux…

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06/20 Full Moon Manifestation (Strawberry 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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06/21 Scrivener with Kim Keeline

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

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06/23 Outside the Lens Scripted: Screenwriting for Grades 9-12

Grades: 9-12 OTL Scripted will be a six-week screenwriting workshop where campers will be introduced to the fundamental concepts of screenwriting.…

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06/25 Setting: Using Memory & History to Map Place with Courtney Kilian

This workshop moves beyond the boundaries of physical geography to mapping by memory and history in order to create dynamic, engaging settings. In…

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07/12 Blogging with Kim Keeline

You might be using a blog to build an author’s platform and advertise your book.  Maybe you are hoping the blog will even become a bestselling…

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07/16 Summer Writing Retreat in Nature w/ Judy Reeves, hosted by Jill Hall

. Spend a Summer Saturday writing in nature at a private ranch in San Diego’s beautiful backcountry. Write spontaneously to prompts and exercises…

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07/17 The Muse and the Mystics: The Poetry of Rumi and the Ecstatic Makers with Jim Moreno

Who or what is this friend called Muse? How close does she live to the soul? What did Rumi (1207), Hafez (1326), and Kabir (1440) know and write…

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07/19 Full Moon Manifestation (Thunder 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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07/23 Looking Beyond the Web: Research Tips and Tools for Writers

Whether you’re mining your past for a memoir or researching a new subject for a novel, the amount and quality of information you gather makes all…

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07/23 Say Anything: How to Write Great Dialogue

From portraying character to moving the plot forward, dialogue works hard in any story. In this workshop, we’ll study examples of good dialogue and…

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07/30 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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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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08/10 Art and Craft—Essentials for Writers with Judy Reeves

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

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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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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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09/16 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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09/17 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 Luke Dani Blue

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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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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10/22 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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10/29 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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11/14 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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12/04 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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12/05 Successful Book Signings with Laurie Gibson

RESCHEDULED!  Do you dream of reading from your latest work at the local bookstore while surrounded by friends, family, and fans of your writing?…

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12/13 Full Moon Manifestation (Cold 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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