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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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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09/06 World Building – Fantasy, Paranormal, or Sci-Fi with Lisa Kessler

World Building isn't just for fantasy writers. If you're writing any kind of fiction, you're asking the readers to step into your story and as the…

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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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09/08 Time and Time Again—Memoirists on Writing the Memoir

Panel Discussion  6:30-8:30 pm   Life is not what one lives, but what one remembers and how one remembers it in order to recount it.…

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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 Hafez: The Hole In The Flute, A Poem-Making Workshop with Jim Moreno

Does your editor try to write your poem? Or do you allow your love of language, your knocking on the door from the inside, the songs in your heart,…

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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 Someone Else’s Skin: Writing Characters Outside Your Demographic with Gina Frangello

  Recently, we’ve all heard of controversies such as Lena Dunham chastised for not depicting characters of color in her hit show Girls.…

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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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10/01 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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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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10/05 Writing Life Journeys 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. -- Miriam Beard. In this…

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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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10/15-10/16 Fall for Writing Conference 2016

It's our annual event--a full weekend of one-hour sessions from some of your favorite instructors.  Get a jammed-pack session of writing from an…

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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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11/04 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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11/05 Fiction Gone Wrong: Crafting Crime Fiction for the Indie Market with Matt Phillips

NEW DATE/TIME In this three hour class, participants will delve into the dark place between good and evil, the perilous landscape peopled by…

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11/06 Setting the Scene with Cathy Scott

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

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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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11/26 Memoir: How to write a salable personal story and enjoy the process with Trish Wilkinson

Special Guest: David Crow, author His Soul Never Left San Quinten: This Son’s Story (Sandra Jonas Publishing, March, 2017)   Whether…

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11/27 Using Setting: The Delicious Tool to Connect Readers with Your Story

Special guest: David Crow, author His Soul Never Left San Quinten: This Son’s Story (Sandra Jonas Publishing, March, 2017) SETTING is so much…

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11/28 Fiction Workshop: Crafting, Pitching, Selling, and Promoting Your Fiction with George Galdorisi

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

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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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