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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:

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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 Rich Farrell

(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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08/07 Drama through Dialogue with Rich Farrell

It is an old adage that dialogue is the hardest thing to write. This class will look at examples of dialogue in stories. We will explore how speech…

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08/07 Writing Complex Characters: Villians We Love with Rich Farrell

(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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08/11 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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08/13 Conflict with Lisa Kessler

Master conflict in your stories with this one day workshop! In this one-day workshop, we will study “black moments” in well-known fiction and…

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08/13 Memoir and Coffee With Marni Freedman

9am - Come hang with Marni and write quietly for an hour.  Drink your coffee, lounge and write. 10-12 - Read your work! Pajamas and Donuts…

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08/14 How to Fix a Story With Mark O’Bannon

You’ve written your story, but something is wrong. You can’t quite put your finger on it, but you believe it’s a serious problem. How do you…

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08/14 The Art of the Interview With Susan Gembrowski

Let’s say you need to talk to someone for a freelance profile or travel story, a relative for specifics to include in your memoir, or an expert to…

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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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08/20 Plotting with Cornelia Feye

Whether you are working on a short story or a novel, you need to map out your course. In this one-day workshop we will talk about the difference…

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08/21 Internet 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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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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08/21 Vision Boards with Kristen Fogle and Lydia Lea Real

As we move into fall, channel your creative, personal, and professional desires through a vision board! We will start off with an exercise aimed to…

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08/21 When the Meadow Hears Thunder: More Poetry From Rumi With Jim Moreno

If you missed the The Muse and the Mystics: The Poetry of Rumi and the Ecstastic Makers in July at the Ink Spot, you missed Jim Moreno teaching from…

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08/22 A Writer is Someone Who Writes with Judy Reeves

“Anyone can be a writer. The trick is staying a writer.” – Harlan Ellison If you want to write a novel, screenplay, short story – if you…

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08/23 Fiction Gone Wrong: Crafting Crime Fiction for the Indie Market with Matt Phillips

In this three hour class, participants will delve into the dark place between good and evil, the perilous landscape peopled by drifters, psychos,…

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08/24 Fiction Workshop: Crafting, Pitching, Selling, and Promoting Your Fiction with George Galdorisi

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

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08/27 Let’s Keep it Simple and Profound! With Seretta Martin

What simple object takes you into a far-reaching place? What senses and sounds carry your poem? What are the answers within the questions? Let’s…

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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 Tim West

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

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08/28 The Craft of Page One: Supercharging Your Story from the First Line with Tim West

“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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08/28 The Ex- Factor — Writing About The Way We Were with Judy Reeves

Every part of our lives is rife with stories, but something about “the ex- factor” always hits a nerve—painful, laughable, heartbreaking, and…

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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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09/07 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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09/10 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 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 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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10/02 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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