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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:

2017-12/16 Show Don’t Tell with Rich Farrell

Writers have long heard "show don't tell," but what does that advice mean? How do writers practically employ this advice to write compelling, serious…

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2017-12/16 Voice Lessons: Creating Atmosphere and Mood with Judy Reeves

Here's where the writer gets to work magic through language. Want to create an atmosphere that evokes an emotion in the reader? Do it through…

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2017-12/17 10-Minute Play Write-In with Hannah Logan and San Diego Playwrights

In this casual 10-Minute Play Write-In, you'll get to have fun practicing your playwriting skills in the company of other writers. The event will…

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2017-12/17 Query Letter: The Writing and Submitting Process with T. Greenwood

NEW DATE!  So you’ve finished writing (and revising) your novel — what next? In this one day workshop, participants will learn about how to…

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2017-12/21 Winter Solstice Writing Retreat with Judy Reeves

As the longest night of the year approaches, we’ll gather in the evocative atmosphere of Inspirations Gallery where we’ll light our Solstice…

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2017-12/22 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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2017-12/31 Vision Boards with Lydia Lea Real

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

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2017-12/31 Writing Resolutions: writing more (and better) into the new year with W.A. Fulkerson

Writing Resolutions: goal setting and practical applications for writing more (and better) in the new year with W.A. Fulkerson Sometimes we all…

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2018-01/06 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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2018-01/07 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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2018-01/08 Before the Voice is Lost with Stacy Dyson

Before the Voice is Lost creates a record (audio and visual) of the life and times of San Diego’s 60+ crowd. This project will culminate in an…

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2018-01/08 Creative Writing with David Coddon

NEW DATE!  You’ll be writing both in class and at home, then receiving supportive, constructive feedback from your instructor and your fellow…

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2018-01/08 The Craft of Short Stories with Cornelia Feye

“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” George Orwell, 1984 With the help of famous first sentences and…

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2018-01/08 Writing Diversity with Margaret Dilloway

When you’re writing a character who comes from a different ethnicity or culture than your own, how do you get it right? This class discusses…

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2018-01/11 FireScribe: Her Warrior Soul with Stacy Dyson

FireScribe is not for the faint of heart. These are sessions for women who know (or need to know) how to tell truth–their truth–from the depths,…

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2018-01/13 An Introduction Into Screenwriting with Martin Gomez

This introductory-level course is designed to give attendees the tools necessary to begin writing their first (or next) short or feature-length…

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2018-01/13 Game of Thrones and Advanced Writing Techniques with Mark O’Bannon

An in depth analysis of the advanced techniques used to write GoT. Some of the techniques covered: The Seven Steps of Classical Story…

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2018-01/13 Publishing Your Personal Essays with Molly Larson Cook

In a world full of words, how do you make yours stand out? How do you bring your unique voice into the light and generate interest in what you have…

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2018-01/14 Create Your New Year with a Vision Board with Judy Reeves

Begin the New Year with an all-day goal-shaping, intention-setting, vision-seeking, commitment-making, dream-building, New Year’s workshop for…

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2018-01/14 Freelance Writing 101 with Felicia Campbell

Working as a freelance writer comes down to three things: the story, the pitch, and your professionalism. Those are the elements that will be covered…

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2018-01/14 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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2018-01/16 Writing for Children with Marcie Colleen

Ever think you might want to write for children but don’t know where to start? Whether you desire to write a quiet bedtime story like Goodnight,…

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2018-01/17 A Writer’s Book of Days—First the Book, Now the Class—with Judy Reeves

There’s a reason both writers new to the craft and experienced wordsmiths continue to use this book nearly twenty years after its initial…

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2018-01/20 Goal Setting for Creatives with Jill G. Hall

Is it time to start submitting poems for publication, carve out more time for writing or maybe even get cast in a musical? In this quick workshop…

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2018-01/20 Novel I: Intro to the Novel with Rich Farrell

Learn the basics of novel writing in six weeks from Rich Farrell! If you have always wanted to write a novel but didn’t know where to start,…

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2018-01/20 Power Words with Garr Kuhl

  Ignite your writing with perfect word choices. Whether writing an adult adventure thriller or middle grade fantasy, word choice and…

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2018-01/21 Journaling and SoulCollage®: Creating New Beginnings with Mary Lee Moser

    SoulCollage® and Journal to the Self® are two profound expressive processes that, when combined, can provide guidance and…

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2018-01/21 Making Stories from Memories with Judy Reeves

A fun and fast paced workshop creating two-page story starts, flash fictions or flash memoirs based on prompts from Abigail Thomas’s masterful…

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2018-01/22 Brainstorming 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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2018-01/23 Grant Writing with Marti Hess and Janeal Ford

Successful grant development is a combination of writing, organization, attention to detail, and creativity.  As with any writing project, the…

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2018-01/24 The Art of the Personal Essay with Molly Larson Cook

What’s on your mind and burning to be set down on paper? What recollections do you have when an old song triggers a memory? How do the smallest…

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2018-02/03 Introduction to Screenwriting with Brian E. Bill

Ever wondered what it takes to write an award winning film or tv show? In this introductory course, learn the basics of visual storytelling…

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2018-02/04 Structure in Memoir: How to Reveal the Universal Story Inside the Personal Memoir with Judy Reeves

Memoir, like any story, needs a structure upon which to build and from which to expand. It needs a construction with its own logic that holds the…

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2018-02/06 Blogging: How to Succeed Online and Get the Attention You Deserve

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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2018-02/10 Memoir I: Intro to Memoir Writing with Marni Freedman

Learn the basics of memoir writing in six weeks with Marni Freedman. If you have always wanted to write a memoir but didn’t know where to start,…

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2018-02/11 Action Stories with Mark O’Bannon

Action stories are among the most popular genres. Action stories are among the highest grossing films in Hollywood. In this class you will…

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2018-02/11 Writing to the Heart: Falling in Love with Yourself with Lara Eisenberg

Around Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to deepen our relationship with ourselves. Our relationship with ourselves sets the tone and…

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2018-02/24 Feature Writing with Felicia Campbell

Writing a feature story for a newspaper, magazine, or digital platform, goes beyond the recounting of facts. Features are all about telling stories…

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2018-02/25 Valentine Hangover: A Generative Writing Workshop with Judy Reeves

Now that the Most Romantic Day of the Year has come and gone, let’s write about love’s leftovers, still-burning embers or what’s gone to ash.…

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2018-02/25 What Makes a Poem a Poem? with Molly Larson Cook

This lively four-week series is for beginning poets as well as those with years of experience. As we consider the question – what makes a poem a…

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2018-02/25 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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2018-02/4 Artist’s Way Intensive with Kristen Fogle

If you’re interested in living a more creative lifestyle, this fun, four hour session will go over the tools from the book and engage you in…

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2018-03/02 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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2018-03/03 Someday? Make it Today! A Writing Workshop for Middle School Kids with Sally J. Pla

Are you a middle school student, ages 11 to 14? Are you interested in writing? Do you write poems or screenplays or articles or graphic novels or…

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2018-03/10 Novel II: Intermediate Novel with Tammy 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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2018-03/24 Spring Equinox 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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2018-04/07 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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2018-04/11 The Art of the Personal Essay with Molly Larson Cook

The personal essay has become one of the most popular genres for writers who simply enjoy the short essay form or who want to ease into longer work…

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2018-04/14 Poetry Jazz with Molly Larson Cook

Poetry and jazz share some rich connections–developing one’s ear for the “music;” the formal rhythms of traditional poets like Vachel…

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2018-05/05 Novel III: Characterization in the Novel with Judy Reeves

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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2018-06/02 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, details…

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2018-09/01 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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2018-09/01 Novel IV: Plotting the Novel with Marni Freedman

Novel IV: Plotting the Novel: 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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2018-10/13 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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2018-11/03 Novel V: Revising the Novel with Rich Farrell

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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2nd Saturdays: Poetry Draft, Craft, Submit! with Tania Pryputniewicz

Are you ready to stop hiding? Ready to get your work out there? In this class, in addition to monthly craft lessons and themed prompts, you’ll be…

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Tracy Jones

Saturday Memoir Read & Critique with Tracy Jones

Are you ready to take your memoir writing to the next level? Whether you’re working on your final draft or starting your first page, this inclusive…

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Weekly Mon 12pm Fiction/Non-Fiction Read and Critique with Sandra Millers Younger

Read and Critiques:  get your work read in an open and inviting group.  Get constructive feedback from writers under the guidance of a published…

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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 Tuesdays: Stories That Want to be Told Read-and-Critique for Memoirists with Judy Reeves

Read and critique is a way – possibly the only way—for writers to hear how their writing sounds to others. This is how we discover what is…

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