Classes & Workshops

We offer classes (several sessions) and workshops (one-time-only-meetings) in many genres including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, memoir and creative nonfiction, screen and playwriting for all levels of writers. We also offer classes in creative writing and courses in creativity and inspiration. Our instructors are experienced writers in the genre they teach and the class size is limited to ensure personal attention and lively interaction.

Class and Workshop Registration

Participant payments will secure a spot in the class or workshop. The minimum enrollment is typically 3-4 students, and a class may be cancelled if the minimum is not met. San Diego Writers, Ink reserves the right to cancel registration if check payment has not been received by this time. Students will be notified the day before if the minimum has not been met and a class will be cancelled, modified, or rescheduled.

PLEASE NOTE: Though we do allow walk-in registrants, to help our instructors prepare and ensure classes do not get cancelled, modified, or rescheduled, please register in advance.  We evaluate registration numbers three days before a class  to begin to decide about whether to keep a scheduled class.

Participant Cancellation Policy

Participants will receive a refund (minus $10 for processing fees) if notice of cancellation is received at least 72 hours prior to the start of the class or workshop.

If notice of cancellation is received within 72 hours of the start of the class or workshop, participants will receive 50% of the registration fee paid.

There will be no refunds issued for cancellations after the start of the class or workshop.

San Diego Writers, Ink Cancellation Policy

If the class or workshop is cancelled by San Diego Writers, Ink, 100% of the registration fee will be refunded.

San Diego Writers, Ink aims to provide a diverse range of classes and workshops and works to ensure classes and workshops are not cancelled.

Upcoming Classes and Workshops:

2017-02/25 Exciting Expository with Jennifer Silva Redmond

Clunky, obvious, “on the nose” expository is the bane of agents and editors—not to mention readers...In this workshop you’ll learn how to…

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2017-02/25 Poetry with Edge with Seretta Martin


What’s missing in much of the American poetry written today? Does it win the hearts and minds of readers or has it become too detached and…

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2017-02/26 Breaking into Travel Writing with Maggie Espinosa

Travel the world and get paid! Turn your writing skills into a travel career. Travel Journalist, Maggie Espinosa, will show you how to sell your…

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2017-02/26 Flash Fiction with Lisa Kessler

Short stories are an important part of your craft toolbox. Lisa Kessler will cover the basics of short story writing and flash fiction. We’ll study…

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2017-03/04 Everyday Pilgrimages: Metaphors, Questions, and Omens with Tania Pryputniewicz and Lisa Rizzo

 $30 fee includes copy of Lisa Rizzo’s Always a Blue House Everyday Pilgrimages: Metaphors, Questions, and Omens   In Always a…

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2017-03/04 Novel II: Intermediate Fiction with T. 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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2017-03/05 Change of Seasons with Judy Reeves

The earth tilts, the sun shifts, and everything changes: the way the light falls against your bedroom wall, the breath of air against your skin the…

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2017-03/05 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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2017-03/05 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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2017-03/07 Blogging: Put Your Writing Online and Succeed 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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2017-03/11 Stories in Things with Judy Reeves

We are like the magpie that hoards shiny objects for its nest; we accumulate things. We are collectors, hunters and gatherers, keepers of stuff.…

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2017-03/13 How to Write a Short Story with Cornelia Feye

During the six weeks of the class, we will develop a complete short story through writing prompts, points of view, character development, plot…

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2017-03/14 Humor Writing with David Coddon

Humor writing is among the trickiest techniques in all of fiction, regardless of form (novel, short story, sudden fiction, et. al.) It requires not…

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2017-03/19 Creating Novel Characters with T. Greenwood

This one day workshop will focus on how to create compelling and authentic characters who will ultimately propel your story or novel forward. We will…

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2017-03/19 Spring Equinox Writing 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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2017-03/25 Poems with Consciousness in a World of Violent Narcissism with Seretta Martin

Seretta will guide you through a meditative lesson inspired by the teachings of great thinkers and writers she admires for their attention to…

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2017-03/26 The Secrets to Story Structure and How to Finally Write Your Book with Elise Sax

Learn the basics of how to craft a story into a novel. You will learn the rules that all storytellers follow (even if they don't know it). Using…

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2017-04/02 Poetry with Sarah Sleeper

Ekphrastic poets find their inspiration in works of visual art. The poems they write imagine, describe or expand upon the “story” of an image,…

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2017-04/08 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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2017-04/15 A Workshop on Form: Haiku, Haibun and Haiphrastic with Seretta Martin

Are you curious about form? In this workshop we will explore three forms that are not often addressed in writing workshops. Here’s a description of…

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2017-04/29 Novel III: Characterization with T. Greenwood

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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2017-05/13 The Tom Bird Method: You Can Write Your Book in a Weekend

Many are drawn to the art form of writing to allow healing, transformation and the release of their divine potential. In this three-hour workshop,…

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2017-06/03 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,…

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2017-06/04 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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2017-08/19 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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2017-09/02 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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2017-10/14 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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2017-10/21 Novel V: Revising the 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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2017-12/10 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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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: Write Now! An Online Daily Support and Accountability Group for Writers with Sandra Millers Younger

“So I didn’t finish my manuscript again last year. But things will be different this year.” “Maybe I’ll join a read and critique group.…

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