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:

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 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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08/09 Building a Platform: Social Media 101 with Kim Keeline

Many writers are given the advice that to get published they need to "have a platform." This general boils down to have a good audience already…

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La Jolla Pen to Paper

08/15 Fiction I with Rich Farrell

This five-week, introductory course will explore the principles of fiction writing. Through close readings, writing prompts, and discussion, we will…

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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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08/23 Perfect Your Pitch with Jennifer Silva Redmond

“What’s your book about?” We get asked that question all the time, but most of us spend very little time figuring out how to effectively answer…

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08/27 SDWI Instructor Orientation / Meeting: Become a Teacher for Us

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

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08/30 Sexuality, Spirituality, and Embodiment: A Writing Journey for Women with Lara Eisenberg

The journey of recovery includes the exploration of our emotional, psychological, physical and spiritual lives.  However, an integral part of our…

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09/06 Understanding Editing with Jennifer Silva Redmond

Learn the ins and outs of editing during this one-day workshop! Accomplished editor Jennifer Silva Redmond will explain and demonstrate different…

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09/08 Olfactory Memoirs–FREE Generative and Revision Workshops with Judy Reeves

1-4pm on Tues, Sept 8 and Sept 15:  FREE WRITING WORKSHOPS! Writers must commit to both workshops. We’re particularly interested in hearing…

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09/15 Scrivener: The Software That Makes Writing Easier 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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09/17 Fall for SoulCollage: “Smooth Transitions” Open Studio

Third Thursday of the Month: September theme: Smooth Transitions October theme: Abundant Harvest November theme: Living…

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09/19 – 09/20 Manzanita Writing Retreat (at the Vineyard Grant James Winery in Ramona)

SDWI's Manzanita Writing Retreat (at the Vineyard Grant James Winery in Ramona) Sept 19 and 20   Manzanita Writers’ Retreat is a…

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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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10/03 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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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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10/15 Fall for SoulCollage: “Abundant Harvest” Open Studio

Third Thursday of the Month: October theme: Abundant Harvest November theme: Living Gratitude December theme: Returning…

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10/20 Brainstorming: Sparking Your Creativity and Beating Writer’s Block 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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10/27 National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo): Get It Done with Kim Keeline

During the month of November every year, more than 100,000 people set out to write a 50,000 word (or more) novel in one month. It’s called…

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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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11/19 Fall for SoulCollage: “Living Gratitude” Open Studio

Third Thursday of the Month: November theme: Living Gratitude December theme: Returning Light SoulCollage® and Journal to the Self® are…

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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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12/17 Fall for SoulCollage: “Returning Light” Open Studio

Third Thursday of the Month: December theme: Returning Light SoulCollage® and Journal to the Self® are two enjoyable expressive processes…

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