Classes and Workshops


Fiery Orange Hands IconSouthWest Writers offers classes and workshops 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.

See individual classes for their location.

Writing Sexsarah-baker-sex-wksp

Saturday, October 2nd  12:30pm
after the regular meeting
Workshop by Lydia Parks/Sarah Baker

Does the thought of writing a love scene make you break out in hives?
Don’t worry; we can fix that.   It really isn’t that difficult. We’ll talk about what kind of language you should use, when the love scene makes sense, and how you lead up to the big moment. We’ll also discuss how much should be “on stage” and how much should be “behind closed doors.” (This workshop is designed for adults.)

Instructor Biography:

Sarah is published in spicy romance, erotica, and mystery. Writing as  Lydia Parks, her first novel from Kensington’s Aphrodisia imprint was a
finalist in the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award in paranormal erotic romance..”


Websites for Writers

Saturday, November 5th 12:30pmLorettaHall140
after the regular meeting
Workshop by Loretta Hall
Where: New Life Presbyterian Church Conference Room
Cost: $29 SWW members; $34 Osher members; $39 nonmembers
Click here to register online. Call the SWW Office (505-830-6034) or sign up at a monthly meeting to register offline

Description: Learn how to design a website that will be attractive and effective. Topics include domain names, purpose of your website, website design concepts, hosting options, search engine rankings, and inexpensive (or free) site-building software. We will explore options for creating and maintaining your own website without knowing any programming language. Using the types of template-based programs and reliable but inexpensive hosts we will discuss, the cost of your site can range from $0 to about $10 per month. If you decide to have someone build your site for you, this workshop will prepare you to talk knowledgeably with that person about what you want.

Presenter’s Bio: Nonfiction author Loretta Hall maintains four websites that she built using template-based software. One of them,, has won several awards and is the top search engine result for “underground buildings.” The others are,,, and As the author of seven nonfiction books, Loretta’s passion is explaining technical concepts to nontechnical people.

Classes you might have missed:


♦ Myth in Writing
with Shari Tarbet
♦ To Rhyme or Not to Rhyme: To Form or Not to Form?
with Gayle Lauradunn
♦ Worlds Beyond Worlds: Exploring the Multiverse of SFF
with Betsy James
♦ Writing for Magazines: Bagging Your First Magazine Assignment
with Melody Groves


♦ Marketing for Writers
with Barbara Lemaire
♦ How-to-Write Class: I Have Paper and Pen. Now What?
with Melody Groves
♦ A 3-Day Social Media Intensive for Writers
with Barbara Lemaire
♦ Getting at It: Inviting the Good Stuff
with Betsy James
♦ Crafting a Nonfiction Book Proposal
with Loretta Hall
♦ Weirdness: Writing the Shadow Season
with Betsy James


♦ So! You Want to Write a Book!
with Jacqueline Murray Loring
♦ Writing Genre Fiction and Getting Published
with Sarah Baker
♦ Fundamentals of Screenwriting – Giving Your Script a Solid Foundation
with Marc Calderwood
♦ Writing for Magazines: How to Land Your First Assignment
with Melody Groves
♦ Inviting Vivid Characters, Seeing Through Their Eyes
with Betsy James
♦ Business Plans for Writers
with Fred A. Aiken
♦ Writing Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Worlds on the Bias
with Betsy James
♦ A Three-Day Social Media Intensive for Writers
with Barbara Lemaire

Workshop and Class Refund Policy

To ensure that SouthWest Writers can cover the cost of space rental and instructor fees, we have implemented a 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.

If you have any questions or want to let us know what classes or workshops you’d like to have offered, please e-mail the workshop coordinator at

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