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:


10/11 (6 Weeks of) Fiction II with Rich Farrell

Fiction II will explore fundamental craft issues through practical writing exercise. Each week (after the first), writers will be tasked with…

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10/11 Outlining Your Writing Project with Jenny Lane

Whether you’re just beginning a brand new project, or you need some help organizing your thoughts midway through, come join us to learn some tips…

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10/15 Fall for SoulCollage: “Abundant Harvest” Open Studio with Mary Lee Moser

Third Thursday of the Month: October theme: Abundant Harvest November theme: Living Gratitude December theme: Returning…

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10/17 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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Courtship of a Story by Blair Thornley

10/17, 11/14, 12/12 Characters (A Three Part Series!) with Marni Freedman

Join Marni for a 3-Part Character Series Only offered once a year! Part One:  Characters and Dialogue Join Marni for a session that…

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10/18 What Fiction Editors Really Want with Karen Stefano

This will be a fast-paced, intensive workshop, covering a lot of ground in a short period of time. By the end of this class, you will have: a strong…

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10/19 Indie Publishing with Penn Wallace

The world has changed. Ten years ago this class was about self-publishing with vanity presses. This was before the world of, Create Space…

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10/20 Brainstorming: Sparking Your Creativity and Beating Writer’s Block 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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10/20 Poetry Play: A Tour of the Forms with Tania Pryputniewicz

“How invisibly it changes color / in this world / the flower / of the human heart”—Ono No Komachi, translated by Jane Hirshfield with Mariko…

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10/22 Fiction with Jenny Lane

This 5-session workshop will use a combination of in-class writing and discussion of classic short fiction and student work to get you well on your…

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10/25 Learn How to Tell Your Story with Bobette Buster

A one-day workshop by Bobette Buster, story guru/consultant to the studios, writer/producer, Adj. Professor at USC School of Cinematic Arts. During…

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10/27 National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo): Get It Done with Kim Keeline

During the month of November every year, more than 100,000 people set out to write a 50,000 word (or more) novel in one month. It’s called…

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10/27 Point of View with Jenny Lane

NEW DATE! First person present tense versus second person; omniscient third versus close third: there are so many different perspectives you can use…

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10/28 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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11/01 Bringing Characters to Life: Day of the Dead Character Workshop with Amy Wallen

Mary Mullvaney saves her panty hose to tie toilet flappers. Harry Stamps is a natty dresser and favors smart women. Helen Friedland was a terrifying…

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11/02 Making Plot in Character-Driven Fiction with Luke Dani Blue

Plot binds a story together and powers it forward. It makes a reader care what happens to our characters. Plot is essential, yet many of us don’t…

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11/03, 11/10 Storytelling with Marilyn McPhie

It has been said that those who tell the stories rule the world. And storytelling is certainly a trending topic these days. But what is it, really?…

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11/04 Place as Character with Judy Reeves

Place can have a role in fiction and nonfiction as memorable as any of the characters who populate the story. Think of Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha,…

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11/07 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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11/08 Writing Believable Dialogue with Cathy Scott

Speech humanizes characters. You'll learn how to create dialogue that moves naturally and conversationally within your story. In this workshop,…

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11/15 Gifts of the Night Writing Retreat and Workshop with Judy Reeves

Like our heartbeat and our breath, our intuition continues its work even while we sleep, speaking to us in the language of the night: dreams. Dreams…

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11/16 Scene with Mark O’Bannon

The Scene is the basic building block of a story. After an overview of The Seven Steps of Classical Story Structure, used by professional writers,…

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11/19 Fall for SoulCollage: “Living Gratitude” Open Studio with Mary Lee Moser

Third Thursday of the Month: November theme: Living Gratitude December theme: Returning Light SoulCollage® and Journal to the Self® are…

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11/21 Gratitude Poetry/Poetry of Remembrance with Anna DiMartino

In this generative workshop, we will examine several contemporary works of poetry that center on the theme of gratitude/remembrance. We will write…

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11/22 Freelance Boot Camp with Kevin Brass

Time to whip your writing business into shape. Learn how to get jobs and maintain an active freelance writing career. This workshop will focus on…

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11/22 Intro to Blogging with Jessica Sanders

Get ready to blog with this step-by-step course, where we'll start with best practices of blog design and writing for the blog-reading crowd. We'll…

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11/29 Poetic Parallels Between Buddhism and Native American Spirituality with Jim Moreno

Join San Diego Writers, Ink author Jim Moreno (Dancing in Dissent) for this four hour writing workshop exploring the parallels between Native…

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12/01 How to Edit Your Own Writing with Kirsten Imani Kasai

Switching from the creativity of the writer to the critical eye of an editor can be challenging for writers at any stage of their writing career.…

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12/06 Query Letters: 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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12/13 Family Stories Writing Retreat and Workshop with Judy Reeves

We can never write all our family stories; there are simply too many. As Flannery O’Connor said, “If you survived childhood, you have enough…

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12/17 Fall for SoulCollage: “Returning Light” Open Studio with Mary Lee Moser

Third Thursday of the Month: December theme: Returning Light SoulCollage® and Journal to the Self® are two enjoyable expressive processes…

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2/28 Short Story with Libby Flores

Short short stories (less than twenty-five hundred words) have the power to arrest the attention of a reader in a finite space. What can a writer…

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4/03 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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