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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:

04/26 Instructor Orientation / Meeting: Become a Teacher for Us

RESCHEDULED! This will be an informal orientation to our Ink Spot where we will introduce our instructors to new policies and procedures and thank…

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05/01 Write With All Six Senses To Create Impactful and Memorable Prose with Courtney Kilian

Utilizing all of the senses in your writing gives you the power to show vivid detail and make lasting impact. Sensations are a crucial tool in…

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05/03 Intermediate Fiction with Jenny Lane

This course will feature discussions on elements of craft and structure, as well as traditional workshop-style feedback for writers who are in the…

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05/07 Screenwriting 101 with Carlos de los Rios

Come with your ideas and learn the basics of screenwriting in this one day class! This class on screenwriting will focus on coming up with and…

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05/12 Erotica Writing Workshop with Jenny Lane

NEW DATE! If you have ever struggled with incorporating sensual scenes into your novel, or if you are interested in getting your foot in the door…

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05/14 Novel III: Characterization in the Novel with T. Greenwood

NOTE:  THIS CLASS IS FULL. There is a waiting list, which you are welcome to join.  Drop-ins will NOT be accepted. ***NEW START TIME FOR THE…

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05/14 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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05/14 Successful Book Signings with Laurie Gibson

Do you dream of reading from your latest work at the local bookstore while surrounded by friends, family, and fans of your writing? Live, in-person…

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05/15 Book Publishing 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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05/15 Humor and Poetry with Seretta Martin

What about Humorous Poetry?   You may think that when it comes to writing, humor is best used only in fiction or satire. But while we think of…

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05/15 Outlining 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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05/15 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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05/18 Writing Humor with David Coddon

Humor writing is among the trickiest techniques in all of fiction, regardless of form (novel, short story, sudden fiction, et. al.) It requires not…

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05/21 Full Moon Manifestation (Flower 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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05/21 Working with an Editor with Jennifer Silva Redmond

Editor Jennifer Silva Redmond will explain and demonstrate different types of editing. Learn what a content edit is, what a line edit is, and what…

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05/28 Creating a 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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05/29 Character Flaws with Mark O’Bannon

CHARACTER FLAWS Take character creation to a whole new level. Nothing adds complexity like character flaws. Your character's weaknesses are the…

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05/29 Creative Nonfiction and the Personal Essay with Kirsten Imani Kasai

“The drama of the essay is the way the public life intersects with my personal and private life. It's in that intersection that I find the energy…

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05/29 Unveiling the Mystery of the Second Chakra: Sex, Money, and Emotions with Lara Eisenberg

How often do you engage in open, honest conversations--with the general public-- about your sexual expression, relationship with money or emotional…

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06/04 Tell, Don’t Show: Making Time Fly in Fiction and Memoir with Luke Dani Blue

Prose writers are often admonished to "Show, don't tell!" Many writing handbooks  focus on writing long scenes full of rich dialogue and detail—a…

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06/04 Write The Stories of YOU with SoulCollage® with Barbara Tomeo

We will learn how to use images from magazines and books to create our own unique set of SOULCOLLAGE® cards. The cards we create may  help…

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06/05 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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06/11 Experimenting With Genre & Form To Breathe New Life Into Your Work with Courtney Kilian

Hitting a writer's block? Need to breathe new life into a creative piece of yours? Want to turn up the volume on the emotional response your reader…

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06/11 Memoir III: Character, Dialogue and the 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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06/12 Breaking Into the Non-Fiction Market: Step-by-Step with George Galdorisi

Breaking Into the Non-Fiction Market - Step-by-Step opens the door to the non-fiction market - a more diverse and far easier market to enter than…

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06/12 Unlocking Writer’s Block with Rachel Moore

The blank page. It’s full of possibility, excitement, and often terror. In this workshop you will learn why you procrastinate and gain practical…

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06/14 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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06/15 Personal Narrative: Writing from Life in the First Person with Judy Reeves

In the personal narrative essay, you become the editor of your own life, selecting those people, places, events, and moments that are meaningful to…

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06/19 Learn How to Produce a Stellar Website With Maggie Espinosa

Websites are imperative in today’s world. Whether you are a freelancer or the head of a large company, websites reflect who we are and what…

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06/19 Secrets of Writing Fantasy with Mark O’Bannon

THE SECRETS OF WRITING FANTASY Learn the secrets of writing the most popular story form there is: Fantasy.   In this seminar, author/publisher…

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06/20 Full Moon Manifestation (Strawberry 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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06/21 Scrivener with Kim Keeline

Scrivener is writing software (for Mac or PC) which helps keep you organized and on track. Switch between outline/writing/photos/research and keep…

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06/23 Outside the Lens Scripted: Screenwriting for Grades 9-12

Grades: 9-12 OTL Scripted will be a six-week screenwriting workshop where campers will be introduced to the fundamental concepts of screenwriting.…

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07/12 Blogging 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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07/16 Summer Writing Retreat in Nature w/ Judy Reeves, hosted by Jill Hall

. Spend a Summer Saturday writing in nature at a private ranch in San Diego’s beautiful backcountry. Write spontaneously to prompts and exercises…

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07/17 The Muse and the Mystics: The Poetry of Rumi and the Ecstatic Makers with Jim Moreno

Who or what is this friend called Muse? How close does she live to the soul? What did Rumi (1207), Hafez (1326), and Kabir (1440) know and write…

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07/19 Full Moon Manifestation (Thunder 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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07/30 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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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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08/18 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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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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09/16 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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09/17 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 Luke Dani Blue

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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10/09 Poetry: Leaping Into the Lyrical with Amie Whittemore

Poetry emerges from the tension between what is said and unsaid, what we comprehend with our heads and what we feel in our hearts. In this seminar,…

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10/22 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.…

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10/29 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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10/29 Tools, Practice and Purpose: How to be a Writer Who Has It All with John Vorhaus

Everything we need to know about writing can be summed up as "tools, practice and purpose": what we do; how we do it; and why we bother to do it at…

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