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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02/09 Memoir: How to Write a Salable Personal Story and Enjoy the Process with Howard Shulman and Trish Wilkinson

Whether you’re contemplating writing a memoir, in the midst, or in the revision phase, this three-hour workshop will provide the tools you need to…

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02/13 Life, Love, Loss and What I Wore with Judy Reeves

Often our memories are tied to our favorite clothes. Who doesn't have that memorable little black dress, those particular jeans, the sweater we wore…

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02/13 Memoir I: The BluePrint and The Memoir Map with Marni Freedman

Intro to Memoir Writing.  Learn the basics of memoir writing in six weeks with Marni Freedman. If you have always wanted to write a memoir but…

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02/14 Writing to the Heart: Falling in Love with Yourself with Lara Eisenberg

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

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02/15 Publish Your Book (for kids) with Lisa Monaco Gonzalez

Lisa Monaco Gonzales, best-selling author, invites young aspiring writers to this fun-filled educational 4 day workshop, where your child will…

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02/16 Fiction II with Jenny Lane

NEW DATE! This course will feature discussions on elements of craft and structure, as well as traditional workshop-style feedback for writers who…

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02/21 Shaping Point-Of-View: Every Sentence is a Camera Lens with Luke Dani Blue

What do a story’s verbs, adjectives and even sentence length have in common? Each of these ingredients provides vital information about whose…

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02/21 Short Story with Libby Flores

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

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02/21 The Secrets of Writing Fantasy with Mark O’Bannon

Learn the secrets of writing the most popular story form there is: Fantasy In the first part of this seminar, you’ll learn s…

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02/22 Full Moon Manifestation (Snow 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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02/23 Research/Interviewing Techniques for Fiction/Narrative Nonfiction Writers with Caitlin Rother

To write scenes with vivid descriptions, snappy dialogue and three-dimensional characters, you need to weave in crucial details that help the reader…

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02/23 The Artist Way with Kristen Fogle and Lydia Real

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

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02/27 The Comic Toolbox with John Vorhaus

It’s that “how to be funny even if you’re not” part, isn’t it? Intriguing… beguiling… slightly befuddling. But let’s face it, even if…

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02/27 Write from the Soul with SoulCollage® with Barbara Ann Tomeo

Come join me for SOULCOLLAGE® a beautifully simple yet powerful process that meets us and guides us wherever we are on our life journey.…

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03/01 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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03/04 Showcasing SDWI Members’ Published Works

On the First Friday event on March 4 (5pm to 8pm), we will showcase the works of our members.  If you have published a book (traditional or self…

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03/05 Publish Your Book (for Adults) with Lisa Monaco Gonzalez

Lisa Monaco Gonzales, best-selling author, invites aspiring writers to this fun-filled program, where you will write and illustrate your very own…

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03/06 San Diego Playwrights Sunday Salon: Power Play with Luke Dani Blue

San Diego Playwrights Sunday Salon--Power Play with Award-Winning Writer Luke Dani Blue What do a precocious female math student, a mad king and…

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03/06 Stanza Bonanza Continued with Jim Moreno

This workshop will take a look at how creative line breaks, revision and poetic elements enhance your voice as a poet. Learn how choices between…

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03/06 Unlocking Writer’s Block with Rachel Moore

The blank page. It’s full of possibility, excitement, and often terror. In this workshop you will learn why you procrastinate and gain practical…

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03/12 Finding Our Voices, Telling Our Stories with Judy Reeves

Within every human being dwells an innate sense of storytelling and each of us has a unique voice with which to tell our stories. In a safe and…

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03/12 World Building – Fantasy, Paranormal, or Sci-Fi with Lisa Kessler

World Building isn't just for fantasy writers. If you're writing any kind of fiction, you're asking the readers to step into your story and as the…

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03/19 Novel II: Intermediate Novel Writing 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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03/19 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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03/20 Cross Pollinating your Stories & Poems – To Amp Up the Emotion in Your Writing with Courtney Kilian

Hitting a writer's block? Need to breathe new life into a creative piece of yours? Want to turn up the volume on the emotional response your reader…

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03/20 Spring Equinox Writing Retreat and Workshop 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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03/21 First Ten Pages with Jenny Lane

Do you need help getting started with your newest project? Or maybe you’re looking to revise the first 10 pages so that they shine when you send…

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03/23 Full Moon Manifestation (Crow 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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03/26 Dynamic Landscapes: Characterizing Your Settings with Courtney Amber Kilian

Rescheduled from 1/23! Location should never be merely a static backdrop, but a powerful, dynamic place for characterization and plot-propelling…

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04/03 Animals and Stories: A Clarifying Gaze with Debbie Moderow

The workshop will focus on writing about our association with non-human species—how creatures around us inform our days, and can serve as our…

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04/03 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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04/03 The Glint and Squint: Detail with Deb Vanasse

Whether you’re an emerging or an established writer, you know the adage “show, don’t tell.”  But how do you decide which details to include…

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04/16 Memoir II: Plot. Structure for Memoir and Character Arc 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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04/17 Character Matters with Zoe Ghahremani

“Don’t be short changed by choosing personality over character.” –W. Somerset Maugham Following her well-received course titled “Writing…

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04/22 Full Moon Manifestation (Pink 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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05/14 Novel III: Characterization in the Novel 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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05/21 Full Moon Manifestation (Flower 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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06/11 Memoir III: Character, Dialogue and the 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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06/20 Full Moon Manifestation (Strawberry 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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07/19 Full Moon Manifestation (Thunder 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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08/18 Full Moon Manifestation (Red 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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09/03 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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09/03 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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09/16 Full Moon Manifestation (Harvest 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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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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10/29 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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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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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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