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:

01/20 Political Write-In with Katie Harroff (FREE)

Please use BUY NOW button above to RSVP for this FREE writing group on January 20th. Feeling frustrated due to the results of the 2016…

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2017-01/17 Creative Writing with David Coddon

NEW DATE/REDUCED PRICE You’ll be writing both in class and at home, then receiving supportive, constructive feedback from your instructor and…

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2017-01/17 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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2017-01/21 Generative Writing: Using Trickster Mythology to Create Change with Karin Zirk

Using mythic artifacts allows us to explore creatively our current life and future goals. In this one-day workshop, we will read mythic narratives…

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2017-01/22 A Quiet Intimacy: The Poetry of Li Young Lee with Jim Moreno

In this turbulent election time poet Jim Moreno offers a poetry workshop which is grounded in the quiet intimacy of American poet Li Young Lee. …

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2017-01/22 Comeback Story POWER: Discover Your Own Hero’s Journey with Sandra Millers Younger

Explore your personal history and discover your Comeback Story—a succinct, powerful and polished version of your very own "hero's journey! This is…

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2017-01/22 So You Want to Write a Novel! with T. Greenwood

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

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2017-01/23 Writing for Children with Marcie Colleen

Writing for Children Ever think you might want to write for children but don’t know where to start? Whether you desire to write a quiet bedtime…

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2017-01/28 RIDING THE EXTENDED METAPHOR: Poetry Workshop with Seretta Martin

There are many other things I have found myself saying about poetry, but the chiefest of these is that it is metaphor, saying one thing and meaning…

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2017-01/28 The Seven Deadly Sins of Editing with W.A. Fulkerson

The Seven Deadly Sins of Editing: how to refine your work like a professional, without going crazy Your book is finished, a thick manuscript is…

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2017-01/29 Characters and Poetry with Crystal Daigle

Who said that? Create a big character and write poetry from his/her voice. Clairvoyant Artist and…

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2017-02/04 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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2017-02/11 Memoir I: Intro to Memoir Writing with Marni Freedman

Learn the basics of memoir writing in six weeks with Marni Freedman. If you have always wanted to write a memoir but didn’t know where to start,…

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2017-02/12 Write Out of Darkness: Journaling From the Whole Self with Mary Lee Moser

Would you like to deepen your journal writing practice? Even for longtime journal writers, it can be tempting to fall into “journaling ruts”—…

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2017-02/16 Writing to the Heart: Falling in Love with Yourself with Lara Eisenberg

Around Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to deepen our relationship with ourselves. Our relationship with ourselves sets the tone and…

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2017-02/19 Whose Story is This Anyway? 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 the…

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2017-02/25 Exciting Expository with Jennifer Silva Redmond

Clunky, obvious, “on the nose” expository is the bane of agents and editors—not to mention readers...In this workshop you’ll learn how to…

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2017-02/25 Poetry with Edge with Seretta Martin


What’s missing in much of the American poetry written today? Does it win the hearts and minds of readers or has it become too detached and…

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2017-02/26 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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2017-02/26 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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2017-03/04 Everyday Pilgrimages: Metaphors, Questions, and Omens with Tania Pryputniewicz and Lisa Rizzo

 $30 fee includes copy of Lisa Rizzo’s Always a Blue House Everyday Pilgrimages: Metaphors, Questions, and Omens In Always a Blue…

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2017-03/04 Novel II: Intermediate Fiction with T. 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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2017-03/05 Point of View: Dig Deeper with Lisa Kessler

Dig a little deeper… Finding deep point of view in your fiction writing. Learn writing techniques to help you pull the reader deeper into the…

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2017-03/13 How to Write a Short Story with Cornelia Feye

During the six weeks of the class, we will develop a complete short story through writing prompts, points of view, character development, plot…

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2017-03/19 Creating Novel Characters with T. Greenwood

This one day workshop will focus on how to create compelling and authentic characters who will ultimately propel your story or novel forward. We will…

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2017-03/25 Poems with Consciousness in a World of Violent Narcissism with Seretta Martin

Seretta will guide you through a meditative lesson inspired by the teachings of great thinkers and writers she admires for their attention to…

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2017-04/08 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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2017-04/22 A Workshop on Form: Haiku, Haibun and Haiphrastic with Seretta Martin

Are you curious about form? In this workshop we will explore three forms that are not often addressed in writing workshops. Here’s a description of…

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2017-04/29 Novel III: Characterization 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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2017-06/03 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,…

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2017-06/04 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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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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2017-09/02 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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2017-10/14 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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2017-10/21 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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2017-12/10 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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Weekly: Write Now! An Online Daily Support and Accountability Group for Writers with Sandra Millers Younger

“So I didn’t finish my manuscript again this year. But things will be different in 2017.” “Maybe I’ll join a read and critique group.…

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