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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:


07/06 The Secrets of Writing Fantasy with Mark O’Bannon

Learn the secrets of writing the most popular story form there is: Fantasy. In this seminar, author/publisher Mark O’Bannon (The Dream Crystal,…

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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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07/12 Marrying Traditional Marketing with Social Media Marketing with Cathy Scott

A Los Angeles Times bestselling author, Cathy Scott identifies the best platforms, demographics and methods for marketing and selling your book.…

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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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07/14 Writing Women’s Fiction with Margaret Dilloway

Learn how to write a women’s fiction novel from top to bottom. In this fast-moving workshop, you’ll find out what elements you need to include in…

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07/19 Awakening the Feminine: A Journey through the Chakras (and Writing) with Lara Eisenberg

CHAKRAS The chakras, “wheels”, are energy centers in our body responsible for health and balance at all levels of our being.   Each chakra…

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07/19 Poetry of Place with Karen Kenyon

Please join us for a 3 hour class on “Poetry of Place,” where we will read poems of place by various poets, including Billy Collins, Mary…

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07/19 Proposition, Plot, Scene, Sequence with Mark O’Bannon

Ever wonder how to keep your story on track? How do you keep your characters from becoming too passive or reactive? Need help setting up scenes or…

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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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07/28 Beginning Flash Fiction with Lisa Kessler

During this 6 week class, we’ll be using short flash fiction exercises to experiment with new writing techniques you may not try on a full novel.…

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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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08/04 Erotica Writing with Jenny Lane

Erotica Writing:  Now longer, extended class! If you have ever struggled with incorporating sensual scenes into your novel, or if you are…

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08/05 Creative Writing with Jenny Lane

Creative Writing Get a jump start on writing with this 8-session workshop. Whether you’re a new writer with a big idea, or a seasoned writer who…

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08/16 Vision Board Redux with V.C. Groves

Last December a lively group of us gathered at The Ink Spot to create vision boards to set our intentions for the coming year. A number of us liked…

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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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09/24 Goal Setting for Creatives with Jill G. Hall

Is it time to finish that novel, start submitting poems for publication or maybe even just carve out more time for writing?  In this quick workshop…

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10/04 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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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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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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