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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:


05/30 Book Publishing 1-2-3 with Laurie Gibson

Popular class returns!  This time with a special guest coming to the class. Sprinkled with stories and insider tips (for example, how to connect…

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05/30 Hello, Goodbye: Short Short Story Beginnings and Endings with Libby Flores

Every writer wants to hook a reader with an engaging first line. When writing short short stories (less than twenty-five hundred words) it is even…

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05/31 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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06/09 Playwrighting with Jenny Lane

Using a balance of lecture, exercise and feedback, this 6-session course will teach the basics of writing for the stage, including character,…

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06/10 Awakening the Senses for Writers with Marijke McCandless

Bring a sense of play to this workshop! We will partake in a series of exercises blindfolded that are designed to awaken our senses one at a…

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06/13 Scene Structure with Lisa Kessler

We'll focus on the nuts and bolts of writing a scene from point of view, tension, motivation, and even character growth. We'll also learn ways to fix…

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06/14 Write Now! A Day of Craft Exercises for Creative Writers with Judy Reeves

Creative writing is an art and a craft. The art comes from your unique voice and style, and your passion for writing. The craft comes from studying…

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06/20 Haiku in Your (Own) Neighborhood with Karen Kenyon

Even if you’ve written Haiku before, come to this refresher course and explore the Liberty Station area with its trees and flowers and sea view,…

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06/20 Publish My Book Prep™ (Writing for Kids) with Lisa Monaco Gonzales

Lisa Monaco Gonzales, best-selling author, invites young inspiring writers to this fun-filled educational enrichment program, where your child will…

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06/21 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 and…

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06/25 Poetry Play: A Tour of the Forms with 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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06/30 Blogging: Writing and Marketing Techniques to Make Your Blog Successful 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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07/11 The Comic Toolbox: How to be Funny Even if You’re Not with John Vorhaus

Seating is limited! It’s that “how to be funny even if you’re not” part, isn’t it? Intriguing… beguiling… slightly befuddling. But…

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07/13 Publish My Book Prep™ (Writing for Kids) with Lisa Monaco Gonzales

Lisa Monaco Gonzales, best-selling author, invites young inspiring writers to this fun-filled educational summer camp, where your child will write…

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07/25 Novel III: Characterization in the Novel 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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La Jolla Pen to Paper

08/02 How to Edit Your Own Writing with John Mann

This single session will be based on the best advice Hemingway ever gave. It will cover, briefly, the basics of structuring fiction and non-fiction,…

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08/03 From First Thought to Best Thought: The Long and Winding Road from Practice Pages to Printed Manuscript with Judy Reeves

Using the concept of writing practice, we'll work from prompts in timed, focused writings, to generate new material.  Next we’ll begin to shape…

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09/19 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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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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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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