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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:

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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2018-02/24 Five Big Rules For Plot with Wesley Fulkerson

Coming up with ideas for a new world or new characters isn’t often too intimidating, but when faced with creating an entire plot, a lot of writers…

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2018-02/25 Journaling and SoulCollage®: Creating New Beginnings with Mary Lee Moser

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

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2018-02/25 The Best of African American Poetry: A Celebration of Black History Month–Poem-Making With Jim Moreno

NEW DATE/TIME If you ever attended Artists on the Cutting Edge: Cross-Fertilization, Quincy Troupe's amazing poetry-literature-music series of…

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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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2018-03/03 A Group Journaling Workshop: The Stream Within with Tricia Ornelas

NEW START TIME / NEW LOWER PRICE! This Group Journaling Workshop offers a sampling of a more intensive journaling process. Journaling is often…

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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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2018-03/04 Dialogue with Tim West

Playwright Tim West knows narrative can do many things, but the dramatic conflict is fundamentally tied to dialogue. Learn how character…

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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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2018-03/11 Non-fiction Page-Turners with Wesley Fulkerson

Non-fiction Page-turners: memoirs, biographies, narrative nonfiction, and true crime that engages the reader What if you could write a memoir that…

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2018-03/13 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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2018-03/18 Artist’s Way Intensive with Kristen Fogle

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

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2018-03/18 Great Opening Lines with Tim West

We revisit a popular course that focuses on how the best writing is reflected in that opening salvo. We will examine a few famous first lines,…

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2018-03/18 Writing the Past – The Truth of Historical Fiction with Ona Russell

William Faulkner famously said that “the past is never dead.” Effective historical fiction confirms that statement by revealing eternal truths…

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2018-03/19 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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2018-03/24 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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2018-03/25 So You Want to Write a Novel with Tammy Greenwood

NEW DATE!  So you’ve finally decided to write that novel you’ve been talking about for years? This one day workshop will help you understand…

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2018-03/31 Poetry of Place with Karen Kenyon

Please join us for a three hour class on “Poetry of Place,” where we will read poems of place by various poets, including Billy Collins, Mary…

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2018-03/31 Screen Writing with David Raines

This class is designed for individuals with little or no screenwriting experience who want to learn how to write a well-crafted screenplay. You will…

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2018-04/06 Demystifying The Submission with William Luvaas

This is a workshop for writers who hope to submit a novel or short story collection to agents or publishers and need to write a query letter and…

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2018-04/06 The Artist’s Way with Kristen Fogle and Lydia Lea Real

New Date! Have you been trying to muster up the energy to complete your creative project for a while now? Are you recently retired, perhaps, and…

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2018-04/07 Capturing your Creativity: Haiku Poetry with Susan J. Farese

Join Susan J. Farese, MSN, RN, President of SJF Communications, for this engaging, non-traditional, interactive (and hopefully fun) journey…

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2018-04/07 Clues to Writing a Mystery with Ona Russell

NEW DATE! Cozy, hard-boiled, soft-boiled, police procedural, thriller. All can be found on the mystery shelf, but each of these sub-genres has its…

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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

NEW TIME!  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…

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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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2018-04/22 Generative Writing: Earth Day Edition with Kristen Fogle

Nothing gives us more than the earth we inhabit, so why not celebrate our love for her with words? This generative class will introduce you to…

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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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2018-05/19 Follow that Character with Wesley Fulkerson

Follow that Character! Learn how to create and understand believable characters. Are you tired of reading characters that seem like cardboard…

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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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2018-06/23 Fun Fact to Fledged Fiction: Hatching History-Based Narratives That Work with Tim West

Have a historical novel or drama in gestation? SDWI partner and 2016-17 Creative Catalyst Fellow TIM WEST bring history alive with his plays and…

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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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2018-09/13 You Can Write Your Book in a Weekend with Tom Bird

Yes, yes, yes, despite all you’ve heard or have potentially experienced, anyone desiring to write a book can do so in a weekend, and that book can…

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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

NEW START DATE:  STARTS IN MARCH Let's face it. No matter how much we hone our craft or how earnest our New Year's Resolutions, left to our own…

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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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