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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:

05/21 Blazing Laptops: Write-a-thon (10th annual!)

It’s our 10th Annual all-day write-’til-you-drop Blazing Laptops Write-a-thon, our biggest fundraiser ever for San Diego Writers, Ink! Sign up…

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2017-03/25 Make Every Word Work for You with Barbara Davenport

The great novelist and short story writer Flannery O’Connor said, “Make every word work for you.” It’s a great goal; the ability to edit your…

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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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2017-03/26 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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2017-03/26 The Secrets to Story Structure and How to Finally Write Your Book with Elise Sax

Learn the basics of how to craft a story into a novel. You will learn the rules that all storytellers follow (even if they don't know it). Using…

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2017-04/02 Place in Writing with Rich Farrell

Good writing always evokes a sense of place for its readers, but how?  What does a writer do, and how do we organize our concepts of place, to…

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2017-04/02 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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2017-04/04 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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2017-04/06 Humor Writing with David Coddon

NEW DATE! Humor writing is among the trickiest techniques in all of fiction, regardless of form (novel, short story, sudden fiction, et. al.) It…

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2017-04/08 Five Big Rules for Plot: How to Create an Excellent Story Again & Again 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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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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2017-04/09 Spring Awakening: A Writing Journey to the Sacred Sexual Self with Lara Eisenberg

In our society and culture, discussions about sex is a taboo topic. Many of us carry shame, fear, unresolved traumas and hurt related to our…

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2017-04/12 Capturing your Creativity with Haiku! with Susan J. Farese

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

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2017-04/15 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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2017-04/16 Love, Loss, and What I Wore with Judy Reeves

NEW DATE/TIME!  Often our memories are tied to our favorite clothes. Who doesn’t have that memorable little black dress, those particular jeans,…

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2017-04/22 Conflict in Writing with Lisa Kessler

Master conflict in your stories with this one day workshop! In this one-day workshop, we will study “black moments” in well-known fiction and…

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2017-04/22 Creating The Essential Author Platform: Finding Your Super Power with Jeniffer Thompson

Wondering what it means to have an author platform? Wondering how to build one from scratch and make it grow? Ready to understand what it means…

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2017-04/22 Ordinary Subjects – Extraordinary Poems with Molly Larson Cook

If there was still any question, Nancy Willard’s wonderful poem “A Hardware Store as Proof of the Existence of God” lets us know that beautiful…

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2017-04/23 Bad to the Bone: A Crash Course in Pulp Prose with Matt Phillips

This three-hour course will introduce genre writers to pulp prose basics. Want to craft sentences as sharp as razor blades? Whip-smack clever quips…

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2017-04/23 Ekphrastic Poetry with Sarah Sleeper

Ekphrastic poets find their inspiration in works of visual art. The poems they write imagine, describe or expand upon the “story” of an image,…

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2017-04/23 In the Palm of Your Heart: Gifts From The Poetic Pen of Steve Kowit — Poem-Making With Jim Moreno

   In the forward of Steve Kowit's mentoring book, In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet's Portable Workshop, Dorianne Lux wrote:  Steve was funny…

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2017-04/26 Amherst Writers and Artists Workshop with Ann Bancroft

This is a workshop using the Amherst Writers and Artists workshop method designed to strengthen writers’ voices on the page, to stimulate…

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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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2017-04/29 Poetry with a Twist with Molly Larson Cook

From early poets to the most contemporary, many of the poems that catch our hearts and minds, that make us smile at the irony or sigh or maybe even…

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2017-04/30 Writing Believable Dialogue with Cathy Scott

Speech humanizes characters. You'll learn how to create dialogue that moves naturally and conversationally within your story. In this workshop,…

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2017-05/04 Personal Essays with Molly Larson Cook

The personal essay is nothing like the 5-paragraph kind assigned in your 6th grade writing class. With models like Barbara Kingsolver, E. B. White,…

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2017-05/24 Amherst Writers and Artists Workshop with Ann Bancroft

This is a workshop using the Amherst Writers and Artists workshop method designed to strengthen writers’ voices on the page, to stimulate…

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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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2017-06/22 FREE Intro to Write a Bestseller in a Weekend with Tom Bird

DATE CHANGE This FREE lecture will introduce you to the concepts from Tom Bird which will be more fully developed in his Saturday Course "How to…

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2017-06/24 The Tom Bird Method: You Can Write Your Book in a Weekend

NEW DATE! Many are drawn to the art form of writing to allow healing, transformation and the release of their divine potential. In this three-hour…

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2017-07/15 The Best Job in the World: Travel Writing–The Myths and the Reality with Ray Bartlett

Many people think they want to be a travel writer, but what they really want is to get paid to drink margaritas on the beach all day.  Join full…

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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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2017-4/20 Writing Resistance: The Poetry of Revolt with James Meetze

What does it mean to resist through writing and how does writing give voice to various modes of resistance? In today's political climate, we are…

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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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