Classes

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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Who’s There? Inviting Vivid Characters,
Seeing Through Their Eyes

With Betsy James

8 Sessions: June 11, 18, 25 and July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Wednesdays, 5:45 to 7:45 pm
$320 SWW members, $370 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.

Ann Tyler said she became a novelist “because I refused to have only one life.” How do you invite the character who won’t be ignored, who drives you to assume their life and build for them a world of words? It’s what writers live for—and there are ways to make it happen more often. Join author Betsy James for eight weeks of assignments designed to find your characters 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 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, in Zuni Pueblo and in New Mexico public schools. She lives in the North Valley.



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 http://www.listeningatthegate.com.


 

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, please e-mail the class coordinator at SWWclasses@gmail.com.

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