Fall for Writing Conference, Oct 15-16: Sign Up Now

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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10/02 Make Writing and Selling Your Book a Reality with Self Publishing with Maggie Espinosa

Gone are the days of sending your book manuscript to myriad editors in hopes of getting published. In the 21st century actualizing your tome is…

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10/03 Using Tarot Cards To Inspire Fiction With Lisa Kessler

Has your novel stalled/ Out of ideas for new stories? Want to try something out of the box to get your creativity flowing? You don’t have to be a…

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10/05 Writing Life Journeys with Judy Reeves

Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. -- Miriam Beard. In this…

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10/08 Breathe In, Breathe Out: how to find inspiration and great ideas at any time with WA Fulkerson

"What if I run out of ideas?" is the deepest fear of many writers, but it doesn't have to be. What if there was a way to come up with great ideas…

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10/08 Memoir – Digging for Gold: A New Approach to Finding the Story with Molly Larson Cook

The best personal memoirs and family histories do not begin and end with dates on the calendar. Personal and family stories are clustered around…

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10/09 Poetry: Leaping Into the Lyrical with Amie Whittemore

Poetry emerges from the tension between what is said and unsaid, what we comprehend with our heads and what we feel in our hearts. In this seminar,…

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10/11 Creative Writing with Cornelia Feye

During this six week class, we will explore and develop creative writing ideas and drafts through writing prompts, and reading critiques in a…

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10/15 Fall for Writing: Info on Individual Sessions

October 15-16th:  All Day Conference.  Individual sessions are offered throughout both days.  Below you will find more information about the…

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10/15-10/16 Fall for Writing Conference 2016

It's our annual event--a full weekend of sessions from some of your favorite instructors.  Get a jammed-pack session of writing from an instructor…

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10/22 Food for the Pen with Judy Reeves

For some, food is the greatest gift and the greatest pleasure, and how fortunate for us that eating is a necessity. How else would we justify our…

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10/22 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.…

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10/22 Settings with Tim West

Settings are the times as well as the places that a story moves to and through. Settings reflect character background, root mood in atmospherics, set…

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10/25 Plan Your November: Write Your Novel in 30 Days in NaNoWriMo with Kim Keeline

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) has become a tradition for many writers who enjoy the energy of being part of writing community which forms…

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10/26 Book Publishing 1-2-3 with Laurie Gibson

Sprinkled with stories and insider tips (for example, how to connect with literary agents), this program is designed to both empower and inspire…

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10/29 Healing the Inner Maiden: a Sacred Initiation into Womanhood with Lara Eisenberg

For centuries, women have felt disregarded and devalued in regards to their bodies, needs and cycles of life.  Many traditional religions consider…

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10/29 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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10/29 Tools, Practice and Purpose: How to be a Writer Who Has It All with John Vorhaus

Everything we need to know about writing can be summed up as "tools, practice and purpose": what we do; how we do it; and why we bother to do it at…

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10/30 Scenes with Tim West

  Scenes are units of dramatic action, each driving or guiding the overall plot forward. Scenes can demonstrate character development,…

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11/01 Off to a Good Start: Techniques for Starting NaNoWriMo Off With a Bang with Kim Keeline

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) has become a tradition for many writers who enjoy the energy of being part of writing community which forms…

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11/04 Writing Children’s Literature: An Overview/Q&A with Marcie Colleen

Ever think you might want to write for children? Join children's author, Marcie Colleen, as she shares an overview of the world of children's…

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11/05 Fiction Gone Wrong: Crafting Crime Fiction for the Indie Market with Matt Phillips

NEW DATE/TIME In this three hour class, participants will delve into the dark place between good and evil, the perilous landscape peopled by…

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11/06 Setting the Scene with Cathy Scott

NEW DATE Learn how to create scenes for both fiction and nonfiction that grab readers’ attention and move the story foreword. Learn how to build…

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11/12 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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11/13 Haiku and Zen with Carol Moscrip

The purpose of the class is to spark haiku writing from the confidence of knowing what a haiku is and what it is not. As writers, we will explore how…

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11/14 Full Moon Manifestation (Beaver Moon) with Lydia Lea Real

Join us once (or monthly) to assist in clarifying your creative goals and visualizing your artistic abundance! The Full Moon is known to be a…

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11/15 Keep It Going: How to Deal With the Difficult Middle During NaNoWriMo with Kim Keeline

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) has become a tradition for many writers who enjoy the energy of being part of writing community which forms…

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11/16 Creative Writing with David Coddon

You’ll be writing both in class and at home, then receiving supportive, constructive feedback from your instructor and your fellow writers. At…

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11/26 Memoir: How to write a salable personal story and enjoy the process with Trish Wilkinson

Special Guest: David Crow, author His Soul Never Left San Quinten: This Son’s Story (Sandra Jonas Publishing, March, 2017)   Whether…

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11/26 Vocal Training for Writers with Dylan Yates

Over (4) hours I will deliver a fun, engaging workshop utilizing professional relaxation, acting and vocal exercises and one-on-one coaching. Writers…

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11/27 Short Story with Libby Flores

Every writer wants to hook a reader with an engaging first line. When writing short short stories (less than twenty-five hundred words) it is even…

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11/27 Using Setting: The Delicious Tool to Connect Readers with Your Story

Special guest: David Crow, author His Soul Never Left San Quinten: This Son’s Story (Sandra Jonas Publishing, March, 2017) SETTING is so much…

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11/28 Fiction Workshop: Crafting, Pitching, Selling, and Promoting Your Fiction with George Galdorisi

DATE CHANGE This workshop will focus on the challenges - and opportunities - regarding getting your novel accepted by a mainstream publishing…

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11/29 Blogging: Put Your Writing Online and Succeed with Kim Keeline

You might be using a blog to build an author’s platform and advertise your book.  Maybe you are hoping the blog will even become a bestselling…

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12/03 Poetry: The Naked Poem with Jess Brophy

Poetry for women writers is about stripping down to the bare, honest truth. In this workshop, we’ll look at female poets who dare to write naked…

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12/04 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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12/04 Snapshots: Captured Memories with Judy Reeves

A photograph is a moment captured in time, an instant of reality recorded in less than a heartbeat. Yet within this frozen instant, histories are…

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12/05 Successful Book Signings with Laurie Gibson

RESCHEDULED!  Do you dream of reading from your latest work at the local bookstore while surrounded by friends, family, and fans of your writing?…

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12/13 Full Moon Manifestation (Cold Moon) with Lydia Lea Real

Join us once (or monthly) to assist in clarifying your creative goals and visualizing your artistic abundance! The Full Moon is known to be a…

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12/20 Winter Solstice Writing Retreat with Judy Reeves

As the longest night of the year approaches, we’ll gather in the evocative atmosphere of Inspirations Gallery where we’ll light our Solstice…

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2017-01/07 Beginnings & Endings with Judy Reeves

Some see life as circular with its many beginnings and endings flowing into one another like streams to rivers and rivers to seas. Others imagine a…

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2017-01/08 Improv for Writers with Finest City Improv’s Jesse Suphan

This class dedicated to providing students with a fun, supportive, and challenging environment to explore and foster their creativity! Through…

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2017-01/10 Brainstorming: Break Through the Barriers and Get Moving on Your Project 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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2017-01/15 Discovering Your Authentic Creative Self Through Journal Writing with Mary Lee Moser

Journal writing can be liberating, enjoyable, energizing, and therapeutic. Kathleen Adams, founder of The Center for Journal Therapy, says it best:…

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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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2017-02/12 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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