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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:

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01/31 Flash Fiction with Cornelia Feye

In 1992 the term Flash Fiction (up to 1000 words) exploded onto the literary scene with stories for short attention spans. But very short stories…

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01/31 Novel Writing I with T. Greenwood

Learn the basics of novel writing in six weeks from T. Greenwood! If you have always wanted to write a novel but didn’t know where to start, this…

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01/31 Understanding Editing and Editors with Jennifer Silva Redmond

  Editor Jennifer Silva Redmond will explain and demonstrate different types of editing. Learn what a content edit is, what a line edit is, and…

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02/01 Perfect Your Pitch, Query, and Synopsis with Jennifer Silva Redmond

“What’s your book about?”  We get asked that question all the time, but most of us spend very little time figuring out how to effectively…

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02/08 Outside the Box Author Events and Book Signings with Susan McBeth

Do you dream of one day hosting your first book signing event? Or perhaps you’ve had your first event, and it wasn’t as successful as you had…

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02/08 Voice Lessons: Deeper Into Character with Judy Reeves

Creating compelling characters is more than completing a dossier or writing a character description. Like any human being—real or imagined—each…

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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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02/17 SOULCOLLAGE® and Journaling: Community, Creativity, and Communication with Mary Lee Moser

SoulCollage® and Journal to the Self® are two profound expressive processes that, when combined, can provide guidance and encouragement for our…

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02/18 Writing Memories for Memoir or Personal Narrative with Judy Reeves

How We Got Here from There:
 Exploring & Writing Memories for Memoir or Personal Narrative “Memoir is the story of how we got here from…

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02/21 Plot and Pour with Marni Freedman

Plot and Pour…The Professional’s Secret to Plotting Your Novel (or screenplay, or memoir or play!)   A FRESH AND FUN APPROACH TO…

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02/24 Branding and Promotion with Caitlin Rother

THE BASICS OF BRANDING AND PROMOTIONS, BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER PUBLISHING YOUR BOOK WITH CAITLIN ROTHER If you are an aspiring author, you need to…

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02/28 Self-Publishing: Step by Step with Renee Carlino

How to Self-Publish: Step-by-Step with Renée Carlino You'll learn everything you need to know to self-publish your novel, novella, children’s…

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03/01 Creating Villains with Rich Farrell

This class will look at making compelling bad guys and girls in fiction. Using examples from literature, the class will explore how a strong,…

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03/03 Intermediate Narrative Non-Fiction with Caitlin Rother

Do you have a true story to tell? New York Times bestselling author Caitlin Rother will break down the craft of telling true stories using fiction…

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03/04 Dialogue with Deborah Serra

Are your characters authentic?  Is your dialogue character specific?  Do you know how to work critical exposition into a scene without the reader…

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03/08 Voice Lessons: Creating Atmosphere and Mood with Judy Reeves

Here's where the writer gets to work magic through language. Want to create an atmosphere that evokes an emotion in the reader? Do it through…

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03/17 SOULCOLLAGE® and Journaling: Archteype Influences on Creativity with Mary Lee Moser

SoulCollage® and Journal to the Self® are two profound expressive processes that, when combined, can provide guidance and encouragement for our…

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03/21 Crafting the Scene with Marni Freedman

HOW TO WRITE A SCENE Learn the 5 Point Method to scene writing and deliver scenes that consistently deliver and sparkle! If you have ever…

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04/07 Intermediate Blogging with Tania Pryputniewic

Your blog is up and running or the one you’ve been considering is nearing launch. Join us to maintain your blogging momentum and challenge your…

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04/11 Novel II: Intermediate Novel Writing with T. Greenwood

In this workshop, students will expand upon what they have learned in Novel I about the key components of novel writing. The focus of this workshop…

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04/12 Voice Lessons: It All Depends on Your Point of View with Judy Reeves

What if the story of Little Red Riding Hood were told from the perspective of the Big Bad Wolf? Imagine how that opportunist Cinderella would be…

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04/16 The Medicine Wheel: Finding Direction & Inspiration with Native American Poetry with Jim Moreno

SDWI instructor Jim Moreno will offer a one day poetry workshop in April (National Poetry Month) entitled The Medicine Wheel: Finding Direction &…

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04/18 Creating Unforgettable Characters with Marni Freedman

Your One Stop Shop for all things Character! After years of writing, studying, editing and coaching, I’m excited to introduce a new, creatively…

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04/21 SOULCOLLAGE® and Journaling: Working Realistically with Time and Other Resources with Mary Lee Moser

SoulCollage® and Journal to the Self® are two profound expressive processes that, when combined, can provide guidance and encouragement for our…

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05/17 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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05/19 SOULCOLLAGE® and Journaling: The Animal Companion as Guide, Muse, and Witness with Mary Lee Moser

SoulCollage® and Journal to the Self® are two profound expressive processes that, when combined, can provide guidance and encouragement for our…

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05/30 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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07/07 Advanced Blogging I with Tania Pryputniewicz

You are in the swing of blogging, creating fabulous content on a regular basis per you own schedule of posting. How do you continue to explore your…

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07/25 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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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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09/22 Advanced Blogging II with Tania Pryputniewicz

You have a manuscript in mind (either you are working on it or it is near completion). Alternately, maybe you are a writer/artist with exhibits on…

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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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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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