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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:


09/06 Understanding Editing with Jennifer Silva Redmond

Learn the ins and outs of editing during this one-day workshop! Accomplished editor Jennifer Silva Redmond will explain and demonstrate different…

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09/08 Olfactory Memoirs–FREE Generative and Revision Workshops with Judy Reeves

1-4pm on Tues, Sept 8 and Sept 15:  FREE WRITING WORKSHOPS! Writers must commit to both workshops. We’re particularly interested in hearing…

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09/11-09/13 Fall for Writing 2015 (Buy as package or individual sessions)

You can purchase a pre-registration pass ($120/$140) to attend up to 10 workshops at the conference.  You can also purchase classes separately for…

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09/15 Scrivener: The Software That Makes Writing Easier 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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09/17 Fall for SoulCollage: “Smooth Transitions” Open Studio with Mary Lee Moser

Third Thursday of the Month: September theme: Smooth Transitions October theme: Abundant Harvest November theme: Living…

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09/19 – 09/20 Manzanita Writing Retreat (at the Vineyard Grant James Winery in Ramona)

SDWI's Manzanita Writing Retreat (at the Vineyard Grant James Winery in Ramona) Sept 19 and 20 REGISTER BEFORE SEPT 13! Manzanita Writers’…

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09/19 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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09/20 Write it in 6 Weeks! with Marni Freedman

6 weeks to a first draft - starting on September 20th Ready to get a draft done swiftly in a fun supportive environment? Join Marni for 6 weeks…

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09/22 Intro to Narrative Non-fiction with Caitlin Rother

Do you have a true story to tell but don’t know where to start? New York Times bestselling author Caitlin Rother will break down the craft of…

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09/24 Goal Setting for Creatives with Jill G. Hall

Is it time to finish that novel, start submitting poems for publication or maybe even just carve out more time for writing?  In this quick workshop…

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09/27 Self Production for Playwrights: In Conversation with Larry Dean Harris of The Dramatists Guild

Self-producing playwrights are all the rage. Find out how you can join in the madness with our intensive primer on producing your own…

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09/27 The Artist’s Way with Kristen Fogle and Lydia Real

Celebrate fall by discovering and recovering your creative self. This powerful twelve-week course is for novices and working artists of all types…

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09/28 How to Give a Reading without Boring Your Audience to Tears with Rae Dubow

  How many times have you been to a reading and found it wanting? The material may be terrific, but if the author’s delivery doesn’t rise…

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09/29 Sensitive Subjects: Handling Violence, Trauma, Abuse or Illness on the Page with Caitlin Rother

We have so much violence and trauma in our society, on the news, and in Hollywood movies, how much do readers really want in their pleasure reading?…

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10/03 Publish My Book Prep™ (Writing for Kids) with Lisa Monaco Gonzales

Lisa Monaco Gonzales, best-selling author, invites young inspiring writers to this fun-filled educational summer camp, where your child will write…

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10/04 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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10/07 Story 101: The Three Key Elements of Story with Marni Freedman

Join Marni for this fun interactive class where you will learn the 3 Essential KEY Spots to uncover the basic shape of a page turning…

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10/11 Outlining Your Writing Project with Jenny Lane

Whether you’re just beginning a brand new project, or you need some help organizing your thoughts midway through, come join us to learn some tips…

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10/15 Fall for SoulCollage: “Abundant Harvest” Open Studio with Mary Lee Moser

Third Thursday of the Month: October theme: Abundant Harvest November theme: Living Gratitude December theme: Returning…

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10/17 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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10/17, 11/14, 12/12 Characters (A Three Part Series!) with Marni Freedman

Join Marni for a 3-Part Character Series Only offered once a year! Part One:  Characters and Dialogue Join Marni for a session that…

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10/18 What Fiction Editors Really Want with Karen Stefano

This will be a fast-paced, intensive workshop, covering a lot of ground in a short period of time. By the end of this class, you will have: a strong…

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10/20 Brainstorming: Sparking Your Creativity and Beating Writer’s Block 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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10/27 National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo): Get It Done with Kim Keeline

During the month of November every year, more than 100,000 people set out to write a 50,000 word (or more) novel in one month. It’s called…

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11/01 Bringing Characters to Life: Day of the Dead Character Workshop with Amy Wallen

Mary Mullvaney saves her panty hose to tie toilet flappers. Harry Stamps is a natty dresser and favors smart women. Helen Friedland was a terrifying…

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11/07 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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11/15 Gifts of the Night Writing Retreat and Workshop with Judy Reeves

Like our heartbeat and our breath, our intuition continues its work even while we sleep, speaking to us in the language of the night: dreams. Dreams…

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11/19 Fall for SoulCollage: “Living Gratitude” Open Studio with Mary Lee Moser

Third Thursday of the Month: November theme: Living Gratitude December theme: Returning Light SoulCollage® and Journal to the Self® are…

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12/06 Query Letters: 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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12/13 Family Stories Writing Retreat and Workshop with Judy Reeves

We can never write all our family stories; there are simply too many. As Flannery O’Connor said, “If you survived childhood, you have enough…

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12/17 Fall for SoulCollage: “Returning Light” Open Studio with Mary Lee Moser

Third Thursday of the Month: December theme: Returning Light SoulCollage® and Journal to the Self® are two enjoyable expressive processes…

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