SouthWest Writers offers classes to advance the skills and marketability of writers. Experienced instructors guide participants through lecture, example and, often, critique to increase the quality of their writing.

What is the difference between a class and a workshop? A class is more than one session and usually includes assignments to be completed outside of class. A workshop is one session, and any work required of the students is done during the workshop session.

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Strangeness: Writing Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Worlds on the Bias

A 6-Week Writing Challenge with Betsy James

Wednesdays: October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and November 5
5:45 pm to 7:45 pm
$240 SWW members, $250 Osher members, $290 Non-members
Class is limited to 10 students, please sign up early.

Click here to register online. Call the SWW Office (505-830-6034) or sign up at a monthly meeting to register offline.

The “what-if” class, author Betsy James’s favorite. As the year turns toward darkness and the return of light, what better time to invite worlds that push the envelope—on or off planet, in or out of time? Speculative fiction—the umbrella term for science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, alternative history, horror—is the world’s oldest literature, and currently it’s evolving at a spectacular rate.

Join spec fic author Betsy James for six outside-the-box weeks of assignments designed to find your stories and set them in motion. Each will be a maximum of 1000 words, followed by respectful peer critique, a mini-lesson and professional-level editorial feedback.

Betsy JamesBetsy James is the author and illustrator of sixteen books for adults and children. Among other honors, her books have been named: New York Public Library Best Book for Teens; Voices of Youth Advocates Best Book; Junior Library Guild Selection; Canadian Children’s Book Center Best Book; International Reading Association Children’s Choice; and Tiptree Award Honor Book. She leads workshops nationally and internationally. She lives in the North Valley. Visit her at

Three-Day Social Media Intensive for Writers

A 3-Week Class with Barbara Lemaire

Saturdays: October 18, 25, and November 1
Noon to 4:00 pm
$120 SWW members, $130 Osher members, $180 Non-members

Click here to register online. Call the SWW Office (505-830-6034) or sign up at a monthly meeting to register offline.

Do you have a Website? Are You on LinkedIn? Are You on Twitter? Do you use Google? Are you on Facebook? Are You on Pinterest?

Create your presence in Social Media as a writer. Learn what you need to post, where, when and how. And finally…discover how to do this in less time than you think!

Barbara LemaireThis is an in depth, hands on class. You will learn practical methods and the psychology behind Social Media Marketing. Curriculum designed specifically for writers. Join Barbara for three — four-hour classes. She will be working with you as a class and individually. In addition you will have access to her by email between classes if you have questions.

Barbara Lemaire invites you to visit her website for additional information including the syllabus, homework and what you will need to participate in this class.

How to Write for Magazines: Or How to Bag Your First Magazine Assignment

A 4-Week Class with Melody Groves

Mondays: November 3, 10, 17, 24
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
$160 SWW members, $170 Osher members, $200 Non-members

Click here to register online. Call the SWW Office (505-830-6034) or sign up at a monthly meeting to register offline.

In today’s writing world, the opportunity to write for magazines is almost endless. With over 9,000 published yearly, in addition to online magazines, the world is your oyster. But, there are tricks to bagging an assignment.

Finding the right market, finding the right editor, finding out about the competition—all tricks of the trade. So if you’ve got a good idea but don’t know where to go and how to start, look no more. This class is for you.

Melody GrovesIn four short weeks we’ll cover finding your story, finding the market, tweaking the same idea for different magazines, photo requirements, and approaching an editor. And that’s just for starters.

Melody Groves has written for New Mexico Magazine, True West, Wild West, American Cowboy, Police Collector News, Enchantment, Chronicles (on line), Albuquerque the Magazine, abqARTS and Desert Exposure.


Workshop and Class Refund Policy

To ensure that SouthWest Writers can cover the cost of space rental, meals, and instructor fees, we have implemented a new workshop and class refund policy. If you cancel one week before the workshop or class beginning date you will receive a full refund. Cancellations after one week prior up to 24 hours prior to the beginning of the workshop or class will receive a credit only toward a future workshop or class of your choice. If you do not cancel or don’t show up for the workshop or class you will receive no refund and no credit. For multi-session classes, if you miss a class, you receive no refund. We pay our instructors based on how many students enroll, so you are part of that roll count if you don’t cancel as detailed above.

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