Classes

Fiery Orange Hands IconSouthWest 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.



WRITING FOR MAGAZINES: BAGGING YOUR FIRST MAGAZINE ASSIGNMENT

 Saturday, September 10   9am-noonMelodyGroves150
Saturday, September 17  9am-noon
 
Instructor: Melody Groves
Where: SWW office: 3200 Carlisle NE, suite #114
Cost: $79 SWW Members; $84 Osher Members; $89 Non-members
Click here to register online. Call the SWW Office (505-830-6034) or sign up at a monthly meeting to register offline. For directions to the class, go here. 

Thanks to the invention of the Internet, the opportunity to write for magazines is almost endless. With over 9,000 magazines published yearly, in addition to those online, the world is your oyster. But, there are tricks to bagging an assignment.

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.

In six hours we’ll cover: finding your story, finding the market, tweaking the same idea for different magazines, writing a query that sells, photo requirements, approaching an editor. And that’s just for starters!

Attendee’s Endorsement:

“The value of learning on Saturday far exceeds the workshop expense… I am so glad I came. You have made me better.”

Instructor Biography:

Seven-time award-winner Melody Groves is the author of five historical fiction novels, three non-fiction books. Her dozens of magazine articles appear in Wild West, True West, New Mexico Magazine, ABQ the Magazine and many more. 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.

          Questions? melodygroves@comcast.net



Speak for Your Supper Sales

A 4-Session Class with Loretta Hall

Sundays: October 2, 9, 16, and 23
2:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: SouthWest Writers Office
$99 SWW Members, $109 Osher Members, $119 Non-members

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

One of the most effective ways to market your book is to speak to groups of people who are interested in a related topic. It’s not much harder (in fact, maybe easier) than speaking to strangers individually at a book signing, and it results in a higher percentage of sales. It’s more fun, too. (Yes, public speaking can be fun, and Loretta will show you how.) This class will answer your basic questions about speaking to promote your work: why it is effective, how to find groups to speak to, what you should speak about, how to make your presentation engaging, and how to tame your butterflies. This will be an interactive class in which you will create and present a five-minute talk.

LorettaHall140For more than a decade, Loretta Hall has been promoting her books by speaking to various types of audiences. She is a long-time member of SouthWest Writers, a former Board member, and a Parris Award winner. Loretta is also a member of the New Mexico Book Co-op, the New Mexico Press Women, and the Historical Society of New Mexico’s Speakers Bureau. She is a space ambassador for the National Space Society and an award-winning author and public speaker. Visit her websites: SubsurfaceBuildings.com, NMSpaceHistory.com, SpacePioneerWords.com, and AuthorHall.com.


Classes you might have missed:

2016

♦ 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

2015

♦ 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

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 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 SWWriters@juno.com.

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