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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.


richard-peck With Dr. Richard Peck

Stage plays of any genre or size–tragedy, drama, comedy, even musicals, whether full length, one-act, or the currently  hot ten-minute plays–all employ the same easily learned principles. You’ll understand them after the first 1-hour session and practice them (through in-class exercises and brief “homework” assignments) by the second sessions.

By your fourth and final session you’ll complete–it’s your choice–either (1) a ten-minute play, (2) a summary of a one-act play, or (3) an outline of a full-length play…and have fun doing it. Then it’s up to you.

Bio: Dr. Richard E. Peck, has been president of three universities: Arizona State, The University of South Florida, and UNM. He has produced a dozen plays, two of them national award winners, another two won regional awards.   Dr. Peck’s second and third full-length plays both won national awards, each from among 300+ entries. Two of his one-acts have each won multiple local competitions. And his first ten-minute play, “Reluctant Nominee,” was recently produced at The Vortex in their recent “Electoral Dysfunctions” festival.

 February 6, 13, 20, 27  6-8pm at the SWW office: 3200 Carlisle Blvd NE  830-6034
$75 SWW members; $79 Osher members; $85 non-members


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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