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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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07/09 American Poetry from 1900 to 2000 with Ron Salisbury

Learn the history of American poetry from 1900 in just five weeks. Do you ever wonder why we write the way we do? Choose the subjects? Images?…

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07/11 Creative Writing with David Coddon

You’ll be writing both in class and at home, then receiving supportive, constructive feedback from your instructor and your fellow writers. At…

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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! July’s Full Thunder Moon is…

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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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07/24 Publishing Methods with Cathy Scott

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

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07/26 Point of View: Dig Deeper with Lisa Kessler

Dig a little deeper... Finding deep point of view in your fiction writing. Learn writing techniques to help you pull the reader deeper into the…

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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 Luke Dani Blue

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

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08/07 Writing Complex Characters: Villians We Love with Luke Dani Blue

(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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08/18 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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08/21 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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08/27 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 Luke Dani Blue

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

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08/28 The Craft of Page One: Supercharging Your Story from the First Line with Luke Dani Blue

“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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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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09/13 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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09/17 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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