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.

See individual classes for their location.

HOW-TO-WRITE CLASS: I Have Paper and Pen. Now What?

A 3-Week Class with Melody Groves

Mondays: February 9, 16, 23
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
$99 SWW Members, $104 Osher Members, $109 Non-members
SouthWest Writers Office (click here for location)

To register online, click HERE. To register offline, call the SWW Office (505-830-6034) or sign up at a monthly meeting.

Do you want to write? Don’t know where to start? Have you become “stuck?” Know what you want to say, just don’t know how? This class will cover the beginnings and basics of fiction writing:

  • Finding An Idea
  • Creating Believable Characters
  • Building Unforgettable Scenes
  • Writing Realistic Dialogue
  • Putting It All Together
  • Revising Painlessly

Melody GrovesMelody Groves is the author of four historical fiction novels, three non-fiction books and dozens of magazine articles. Past-president of SouthWest Writers, she’s also a member of Western Writers of America. And when not writing, she plays rhythm guitar in the Jammy Time Band. Visit her at

Questions? Email Melody at

Here are some of the great classes we offered in 2014.

♦ 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, 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.

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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