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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.

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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2018-01/21 Making Stories from Memories with Judy Reeves

A fun and fast paced workshop creating two-page story starts, flash fictions or flash memoirs based on prompts from Abigail Thomas’s masterful…

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2018-01/22 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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2018-01/23 Grant Writing with Marti Hess and Janeal Ford

Successful grant development is a combination of writing, organization, attention to detail, and creativity.  As with any writing project, the…

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2018-01/24 The Art of the Personal Essay with Molly Larson Cook

What’s on your mind and burning to be set down on paper? What recollections do you have when an old song triggers a memory? How do the smallest…

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2018-01/27 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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2018-01/27 Poetry: Stretching Boundaries with Seretta Martin

Much of what we find delightful about poetry and art is the way it was created using images and ideas in an unpredictable juxtaposition. Sometimes…

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2018-01/28 Characters: Making Them Memorable with Lisa Kessler 

We'll talk about what makes a character pop off the page, and what makes a reader remember them. We'll analyze some well known fictional characters…

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2018-01/28 Journeys to the Hand of the Poet: Poem-Making With Jim Moreno

Handed a copy of a beautiful poetry anthology as a Christmas gift from a colleague, Jim Moreno was taken on a journey across cultures, across…

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2018-01/28 Story Structure with Mark O’Bannon

Professional writers use fundamentally different…

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2018-02/03 From Query to Contract with Traci Foust

From Query to Contract :  Whether you are writing memoir or fiction, securing a literary agent is the most important step in becoming a…

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2018-02/03 Introduction to Screenwriting with Brian E. Bill

Ever wondered what it takes to write an award winning film or tv show? In this introductory course, learn the basics of visual storytelling…

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2018-02/04 Crafting Your Personal Story with Nathan Young

Everybody has a story to tell, but the difficult part is getting it out of your head and on to the page. In this workshop we’ll explore the…

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2018-02/04 How to Write Your One Person Show with Brenda Adelman

NEW DATE Start Up the Year Strong and Have  Scenes Written! Actors need to express themselves. The one-person show format puts the control into…

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2018-02/04 Structure in Memoir: How to Reveal the Universal Story Inside the Personal Memoir with Judy Reeves

Memoir, like any story, needs a structure upon which to build and from which to expand. It needs a construction with its own logic that holds the…

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2018-02/06 Blogging: How to Succeed Online and Get the Attention You Deserve

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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2018-02/08 The Craft of Short Stories with Cornelia Feye

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

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2018-02/08 You Can Write Your Book in a Weekend with Tom Bird

Yes, yes, yes, despite all you’ve heard or have potentially experienced, anyone desiring to write a book can do so in a weekend, and that book can…

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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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2018-02/10 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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2018-02/11 Action Stories with Mark O’Bannon

Action stories are among the most popular genres. Action stories are among the highest grossing films in Hollywood. In this class you will…

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2018-02/11 Sensitive Subjects: Handling Violence, Trauma, Abuse or Illness on the Page with Caitlin Rother

We have so much violence in our society, on the news, and in Hollywood movies, how much do readers really want in their pleasure reading? Fiction…

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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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2018-02/17 Writing Poetry About Art and Music with Karen Kenyon

If you love writing poetry and you appreciate art and/or music, you will have a chance to connect these loves and enrich your experience of each.…

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2018-02/24 Feature Writing with Felicia Campbell

Writing a feature story for a newspaper, magazine, or digital platform, goes beyond the recounting of facts. Features are all about telling stories…

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2018-02/24 Five Big Rules For Plot with Wesley Fulkerson

Coming up with ideas for a new world or new characters isn’t often too intimidating, but when faced with creating an entire plot, a lot of writers…

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2018-02/25 Journaling and SoulCollage®: Creating New Beginnings with Mary Lee Moser

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

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2018-02/25 Valentine Hangover: A Generative Writing Workshop with Judy Reeves

Now that the Most Romantic Day of the Year has come and gone, let’s write about love’s leftovers, still-burning embers or what’s gone to ash.…

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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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2018-02/25 Writing to Visual Prompts with Jill G. Hall

In this fun workshop, your writing will deepen and become clearer through the use of visual stimuli such as art pieces, postcards and magazine…

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2018-02/4 Artist’s Way Intensive with Kristen Fogle

If you’re interested in living a more creative lifestyle, this fun, four hour session will go over the tools from the book and engage you in…

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2018-03/02 The Artist’s Way with Kristen Fogle and Lydia Lea Real

Have you been trying to muster up the energy to complete your creative project for a while now? Are you recently retired, perhaps, and looking to get…

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2018-03/03 A Group Journaling Workshop: The Stream Within with Tricia Ornelas

This Group Journaling Workshop offers a sampling of a more intensive journaling process. Journaling is often considered a highly personal stream of…

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2018-03/03 Someday? Make it Today! A Writing Workshop for Middle School Kids with Sally J. Pla

Are you a middle school student, ages 11 to 14? Are you interested in writing? Do you write poems or screenplays or articles or graphic novels or…

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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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2018-03/18 Writing the Past – The Truth of Historical Fiction with Ona Russell

William Faulkner famously said that “the past is never dead.” Effective historical fiction confirms that statement by revealing eternal truths…

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2018-03/24 Spring Equinox Retreat with Judy Reeves

The spring equinox is one of the four great solar festivals of the year. Day and night are equal, poised and balanced, but about to tip over on the…

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2018-03/31 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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2018-03/31 Screen Writing with David Raines

This class is designed for individuals with little or no screenwriting experience who want to learn how to write a well-crafted screenplay. You will…

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2018-04/06 Demystifying The Submission with William Luvaas

This is a workshop for writers who hope to submit a novel or short story collection to agents or publishers and need to write a query letter and…

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2018-04/07 Capturing your Creativity: Haiku Poetry with Susan J. Farese

Join Susan J. Farese, MSN, RN, President of SJF Communications, for this engaging, non-traditional, interactive (and hopefully fun) journey…

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2018-04/07 Clues to Writing a Mystery with Ona Russell

Cozy, hard-boiled, soft-boiled, police procedural, thriller. All can be found on the mystery shelf, but each of these sub-genres has its own rules.…

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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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2018-04/11 The Art of the Personal Essay with Molly Larson Cook

The personal essay has become one of the most popular genres for writers who simply enjoy the short essay form or who want to ease into longer work…

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2018-04/14 Poetry Jazz with Molly Larson Cook

Poetry and jazz share some rich connections–developing one’s ear for the “music;” the formal rhythms of traditional poets like Vachel…

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2018-04/22 Generative Writing: Earth Day Edition! with Kristen Fogle

Nothing gives us more than the earth we inhabit, so why not celebrate our love for her with words? This generative class will introduce you to…

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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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2018-06/23 Fun Fact to Fledged Fiction: Hatching History- Based Narratives That Work with Tim West

Have a historical novel or drama in gestation? SDWI partner and 2016-17 Creative Catalyst Fellow TIM WEST bring history alive with his plays and…

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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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2018-09/13 You Can Write Your Book in a Weekend with Tom Bird

Yes, yes, yes, despite all you’ve heard or have potentially experienced, anyone desiring to write a book can do so in a weekend, and that book can…

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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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Tracy Jones

Saturday Memoir Read & Critique with Tracy Jones

Are you ready to take your memoir writing to the next level? Whether you’re working on your final draft or starting your first page, this inclusive…

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Weekly Mon 12pm Fiction/Non-Fiction Read and Critique with Sandra Millers Younger

Let's face it. No matter how much we hone our craft or how earnest our New Year's Resolutions, left to our own devices, it can be all too easy to…

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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 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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