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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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01/03 Screenwriting I with Carlos de los Rios

Come with your ideas and learn the basics of screenwriting in this class! Screenwriting I will focus on coming up with and tightening a core movie…

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01/04 Poems with Consciousness with Seretta Martin

Poems with Consciousness in a World of Violent Narcissism Poetry with Seretta Martin   Seretta will guide you through a meditative…

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01/04 Vision Boards! Create Your New Year with Judy Reeves

Prepare for the new year with Judy Reeves! Start the year with an all-day goal-shaping, intention-setting, vision-seeking, commitment-making,…

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01/06 Intermediate Flash Fiction with Lisa Kessler

During this six week course we will experiment with different ways to tell a short story. Each week's assignments will challenge you to strengthen…

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01/06 Intermediate Narrative Non-Fiction with Caitlin Rother

Do you have a true story to tell? New York Times bestselling author Caitlin Rother will break down the craft of telling true stories using fiction…

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01/08 Deadline for Voice Lessons Discount: Buy 3, get $15 off

For early registration, get a discount--$15 off a bundle of Judy Reeve's Voice Lessons classes. Choose 3 of the following courses and get a…

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01/08 Playwrights Project Lifestages Recollections

Playwrights Project Lifestages Recollections Bring your journaling to life in this group workshop series for beginning playwrights, ages 55 and…

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01/10 Write Your Novel with Margaret Dilloway

Do you have an idea for a novel, but aren't sure how to proceed? Do you want to write a novel, but can't pin down your concept? Join award-winning…

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01/10 Writing and Placing Short Stories in Anthologies, Lit Journals, and Lit Mags with Lisa Kessler

Are you looking to build your writing resume? Short stories are a great way to get your work into the world and build your readership. In this one…

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01/11 Keep the Memoir Going with Thomas Larson

OK, so you’ve got your book or story started in the right place at the right time with the right characters. You know that the year you spent…

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01/11 Voice Lessons: Craft the Perfect Scene with Judy Reeves

The difference between a ho-hum story and a page-turner is the writer’s ability to create dramatic, believable scenes. Scenes are what allow the…

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01/13 Beginning Blogging with Tania Pryputniewicz

Two out of five of your friends have started a blog. Why? Should you be blogging too? This gentle, supportive course is designed to walk you through…

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01/13 SOULCOLLAGE® and Journaling: Self-Care in the Creative Life with Mary Lee Moser

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

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01/15 Fiction with Jenny Lane

This 6-session workshop will use a combination of in-class writing and discussion of classic short fiction and student work to get you well on your…

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01/17 Book Publishing 1-2-3: From the Writer’s Fingers to the Readers’ Hands with Laurie Gibson

Popular class returns! Sprinkled with stories and insider tips (for example, how to connect with literary agents), this program is designed to…

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01/17 Creating Sequence Poems with Emily Vizzo

Poems that contain sequences or sections can seem intimidating, from both the perspective of a reader and from the perspective of a poet. In this…

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01/17 Goal Setting for Creatives with Jill 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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01/18 Internet Marketing Secrets for Authors with Mark O’Bannon

In this seminar, author/publisher Mark O’Bannon (The Dream Crystal, The Dark Mirrors of Heaven, Warfare in Paradise, Aia the Barbarian, Fantasy…

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01/18 Playwriting with Jennifer Lane

New instructor teaches the essentials of play writing! Using a balance of lecture, exercise and feedback, this 6-session course will teach the…

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01/22 The Artist’s Way with Jill Hall

Start off the New Year by discovering and recovering your creative self. This powerful twelve-week course is for novices and working artists of…

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01/24 Dialogue with Laura Preble

Create conversations for your characters with this informative workshop! This hands-on workshop will help writers identify what makes good…

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01/24 Whose Story is This? Point of View and Narrative Voice with T. Greenwood

Point of view may be the most important decision you make as a writer. But how do you decide who will tell your story? This workshop will examine…

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01/25 Feature Writing and Personal Essays with Clayton Truscott

A practical workshop for writers at all levels, dedicated to the craft of writing feature articles, personal essays, and narrative nonfiction.…

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01/31 Flash Fiction with Cornelia Feye

In 1992 the term Flash Fiction (up to 1000 words) exploded onto the literary scene with stories for short attention spans. But very short stories…

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01/31 Novel Writing I with T. Greenwood

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

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02/08 Voice Lessons: Deeper Into Character with Judy Reeves

Creating compelling characters is more than completing a dossier or writing a character description. Like any human being—real or imagined—each…

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02/17 SOULCOLLAGE® and Journaling: Community, Creativity, and Communication with Mary Lee Moser

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

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02/28 Self-Publishing: Step by Step with Renee Carlino

How to Self-Publish: Step-by-Step with Renée Carlino You'll learn everything you need to know to self-publish your novel, novella, children’s…

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03/08 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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03/17 SOULCOLLAGE® and Journaling: Archteype Influences on Creativity with Mary Lee Moser

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

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04/11 Novel II: Intermediate Novel Writing with T. Greenwood

In this workshop, students will expand upon what they have learned in Novel I about the key components of novel writing. The focus of this workshop…

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04/12 Voice Lessons: It All Depends on Your Point of View with Judy Reeves

What if the story of Little Red Riding Hood were told from the perspective of the Big Bad Wolf? Imagine how that opportunist Cinderella would be…

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04/21 SOULCOLLAGE® and Journaling: Working Realistically with Time and Other Resources with Mary Lee Moser

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

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05/19 SOULCOLLAGE® and Journaling: The Animal Companion as Guide, Muse, and Witness with Mary Lee Moser

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

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05/30 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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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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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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