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:

2017-08/19 How to Create a Podcast with Adam Greenfield

Making the best podcast you can make takes time and preparation. The goal of this two-session class is to give you the tools and understanding you…

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2017-08/19 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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2017-08/23 Short Stories: Structure and Suspense with Cornelia Feye

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

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2017-08/26 Flash Fiction with Lisa Kessler

Short stories are an important part of your craft toolbox. Lisa Kessler will cover the basics of short story writing and flash fiction. We’ll study…

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2017-08/27 Insights for Actors: Creating a Character with Mark Stephen of Proud Mouse

Every actor needs a prepared monologue for auditions. Proud Mouse's Artistic Director, Mark Stephan, has put together a selection of exercises that…

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2017-08/27 Point of View with Mona de Vestel

Are you writing your story through the eyes of God, or are you crafting it from the confines of a serial killer’s mind? Mastering the craft of…

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2017-08/27 Third Hour Poems Part II — Poem-Making With Jim Moreno

As the size of Jim' Moreno's poetry workshops have increased it has taken longer for all the poets to read their poems and receive positive feedback.…

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2017-08/29 How to Start a Novel with Jennifer Lane

NEW DATE AND TIME!  Facing down the blank page is often the most difficult part of writing a novel. In this 3-week workshop, we will go over methods…

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2017-08/31 Living Circles: Personal Mandala Journaling with Mary Lee Moser

“Growth is a spiral process, doubling back on itself, reassessing and regrouping.” Julia Margaret Cameron, British photographer Would you like…

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2017-09/02 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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2017-09/02 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 encourage…

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2017-09/03 Street Talk: Crafting Moody Dialog for Genre Stories with Matt Phillips

This two-hour course will help genre writers craft moody dialog for stories of crime, mystery, and mayhem. We'll also discuss strategies for…

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2017-09/08 to 09/10 Fall for Writing Conference

REGISTRATION OPEN:  purchase pre-registration tickets for whole event (excluding special pitch/consult sessions) using buttons above (you will be…

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2017-09/14 The Art of the Personal Essay with Molly Larson Cook

Learn to compose thought-provoking and publishable personal essays about topics that interest you from today’s news to your favorite places in…

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2017-09/16 Tell Me a Story—Using the Techniques of Fiction to Craft a Compelling Memoir with Judy Reeves

When we say, “tell me a story,” what we really mean is transport me to another place and time where something interesting—maybe even…

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2017-09/17 Dig for Writing Gold with a Timeline/Personal History Map with Molly Larson Cook

Claim the lost treasures of your writer’s life as you uncover forgotten details that provide rich texture for any writing project - memoir,…

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2017-09/17 From Word to Kindle Direct Publishing with Daniel Primbs

Amazon is the world’s largest e-book retailer. Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) allows you to publish an e-book by uploading a Word…

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2017-09/17 Navigating the Social Media World For Beginners with Maggie Espinosa

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media doesn’t have to be difficult. This class will teach you how to cruise through the murky waters…

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2017-09/17 Outlining your non-fiction book with Cathy Scott

This how-to workshop walks you through the steps to create and develop an outline as building blocks for your non-fiction book. Once you outline or…

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2017-09/23 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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2017-09/24 Turn Your Travel Mementos Into An Artistic Journal Collage with Maggie Espinosa

When traveling, many of us pick up trinkets as a remembrance of places we’ve been — a theater admission ticket, colorful foreign currency, a…

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2017-09/30 Make Your Book Talk with Tamara Merrill

Well written dialogue will make your characters come alive. It will move your story forward, advancing your plot in a natural flow. Participating in…

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2017-10/01 Beyond Memoir with John Kaag

Truly great memoirs are never just memoirs. Perhaps they tell the story of a political movement, a country in turmoil, a historical moment, a…

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2017-10/14 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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2017-10/15 Temperamental Poetry: A Making & Mending Workshop with Amie Whittmore

The poet Gregory Orr suggests poetry is composed of four temperaments: story, structure, music, and imagination. We will read and discuss…

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2017-10/21 Novel V: Revising the 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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2017-10/29 Time in Memoir—A Chronology of Its Own with Judy Reeves

Not every memoir is told in chronological order. In fact, most memoirs move both forward and backward in time, slip-sliding from past to present and…

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2017-12/10 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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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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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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