Fiery Orange Hands IconSouthWest Writers offers 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 workshop and a class? A workshop is one session, and any work required of the students is done during the workshop session. A class is more than one session and usually includes assignments to be completed outside of class.

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Establishing Your Authority as a Writer   

Presented by Loretta Hall

Saturday: April 1st
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Location: New Life Presbyterian Church
(after the regular Saturday meeting)
$29 Members, $34 Osher, $39 Non-members

The words author and authority both come from the Latin root (auctor meaning “one who causes to grow”). Having written a book, a series of articles, or a popular blog automatically makes you an authority on something. It may be expertise in a nonfiction topic or the ability to write in a particular genre of fiction. The more you embrace, demonstrate, and display that authority, the more successful you will be as a writer. This workshop will help you identify your area of authority and discover ways you can demonstrate and display it.

Presenter’s Bio

Loretta Hall has established her authority in two subject areas in which she has written nonfiction books. Her demonstrations and displays of that authority have made her a recognized expert in those topics. She is a past board member of Southwest Writers and winner of the 2007 Parris Award. She is a member of the National Space Society’s Book Review Committee and a Certified Space Ambassador. She is president of New Mexico Press Women and recipient of the 2016 Communicator of Achievement Award of the National Federation of Press Women.


Niche Markets:  Multiple Streams of Income    

(Click to see a video of Rose talking about this workshop!)

Saturday: May 6th
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Location: New Life Presbyterian Church
(after the regular Saturday meeting)
$29 Members, $34 Osher, $39 Non-members

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

You love to write. You’d really love to write for money, but how do you make that work?

Rose Marie Kern will work with you to discover ways of using your talents to produce income from several sources simultaneously. Making $100 a month from one thing is not enough to live on, but 10 things? 20? More? Now you are in business!

Rose has written stories and articles for over 17 magazines and self-published 3 books with the 4th on the way. Instead of sitting at a table in a bookstore hoping someone will buy a book, she offers her expertise in various areas to organizations who need speakers and give her a place to set up a book table. She has made a name for herself in several totally unrelated areas – niche markets where the audience is hungry for information she has.


Connect to Your Intuitive Author Within (IAW)
The Path to Writing Your Best Material

Chloe Rachel Gallaway

 Saturday: June 3rd   12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Location: New Life Presbyterian Church
(after the regular Saturday meeting)
$29 Members, $34 Osher, $39 Non-members

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

We all know that it’s important to connect with our reader on the page. But first we must connect with ourselves.   Chloe Rachel Gallaway is a master in her field at connecting writers to their intuitive author within, helping them write their best material, so they can bring their authentic message into the world!
In this 2-hour workshop we will explore:
. What prevents us from connecting to, The Intuitive Author
. Write and process material to gain awareness & connection
. Understand the connection to good scene writing and feeling

If you feel that writing is a struggle and you find yourself problem solving it from your head, whether you write non-fiction, memoir, or fiction, the intuitive process can shed years off your work and make writing an amazing experience!

Chloe Rachael Gallaway is the founder of The Winged River Writer and author of The Soulful Child (Citrine Publishing, 2017), a memoir of her life growing up through age twelve in the wild woodlands of Lindrith, New Mexico. She has studied the finer elements of good writing, under NYT bestseller, Jennifer Lauck, for the past seven years. As a mentor and facilitator of the writing process, Chloe combines her experience of growing up connected to nature with her training in mindfulness tools and literacy-based writing techniques, to deliver a powerful process of self transformation and empowerment, through writing.

 Be seen. Be Heard. Become Strong.

 The mindfulness writing process uses techniques of connecting to a place of feeling verses a place of thinking. Getting clients from the analytical, critical left-brain and into the heart center helps them to access emotional memory, a much deeper level of memory than rote memory. From this place clients are able to connect to their IAW, Intuitive Author Within, allowing them to produce their best material and find a new level of connection to the writing process.

Saturday: July 1, 2017    12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Location: New Life Presbyterian Church
(after the regular Saturday meeting)

$29 Members, $34 Osher, $39 Non-members

Kirk Hickman

Powerful Prose—Perfect Your Narrative Style

Learn to create prose that flows—prose the doesn’t wander or drag,  that engages rather than bores,  that carries emotion, tension, and a vivid descriptiveness born out of word choice.  Engaging narrative does not come from instinct, inspiration, or an excess of verbiage. It results from careful editing. It is learned.  Whether you write fact or fiction, learn to perfect your narrative style as Kirt Hickman shares the secrets to crafting the kind of taut narrative that has won him three New Mexico book awards.

Kirt Hickman, author of the award-winning science-fiction thrillers Worlds Asunder and Venus Rain was a technical writer for fourteen years before branching into fiction. His methodical approach to self-editing has helped many make sense of the mass of advice available to the novice writer. He teaches self-editing classes through SouthWest Writers. He has been a mentor in the SWW mentoring program, has spoken at numerous conferences, and has contributed a monthly column titled “Revising Fiction” to the SouthWest Sage. He has also written Mercury Sun, the fantasy novel Fabler’s Legend and two children’s books. His writer’s guide, Revising Fiction—Making Sense of the Madness won a New Mexico Book award for Best How-To and was a finalist in the international Ben Franklin Awards.

Saturday: August 5h, 2017    12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Location: New Life Presbyterian Church
(after the regular Saturday meeting)

$29 Members, $34 Osher, $39 Non-members

Jodi Thomas


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jodi Thomas will present a hands-on workshop for writers to create characters that will walk off the page. This workshop will also include suggestions on how to write a deeper point of view.

 With millions of books in print, Jodi Thomas is both a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 40 novels and 13 short story collections. Her stories travel through the past and present days of Texas and draw readers from around the world.  In July 2006, Jodi was the 11th writer to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. With five RITA’s to her credit, along with National Readers’ Choice Awards and Booksellers’ Best Awards, Thomas has proven her skill as a master storyteller.  Honored in 2002 as a Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, Thomas enjoys interacting with students at  West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, where she currently serves as Writer in Residence.  

When not working on a novel or inspiring students to pursue a writing career, Thomas enjoys traveling with her husband, renovating an historic home, and “checking up” on their grown sons and four grandchildren.

Workshops you might have missed:


♦ Niche Markets:  Multiple Streams of Income
with Rose Marie Kern
♦ How to Create a Scene – Without Getting Arrested
with Melody Groves


♦ The Artist’s Way Mini Intensive
with Kristen Fogle and Lydia Lea Real
♦ Outline for Success
with Gerald Hausman
♦ Blogging Your Way to Success
with Rob Speigel
♦ Books 101
with Barbe Awalt
♦ Adding Humor to Your Writing
with Steve Brewer
♦ Writing Great Dialogue: Listening to the Voices in Your Head
with Melody Groves
♦ How to Find Your Path and Follow it to Your Creative Destiny
with Sharon Niederman
♦ Making Your Fiction Shine with Cinematic Technique
with Joanne Bodin
♦ Writing from Photo to Finish
with Elizabeth Sloan
♦ Book Cover Design
with Michael Silva


♦ Turning Fact into Fiction: Bending the Truth to Make it Fit
with Melody Groves
♦ What Has to Happen Before That Can Happen: Planning the Novel, Character- vs. Plot-driving, and Bringing it into the World
with Jack W. London
♦ How to Plot: Every Good Story Needs One
with Melody Groves
♦ Write What You Don’t Know
with Mark Stevens
♦ Giving Voice to the People in Your Head
with Sarah H. Baker
♦ Websites for Writers
with Loretta Hall


♦ Getting Around Beginner’s Bumps
with Sarah Baker
♦ Write a Marketable Children’s Book in 7 Weeks
with Shirley Raye Redmond and Jennifer McKerley
♦ What a Writing Group Can Accomplish (Synergy)
with Patricia Walkow and Jim Tritten
♦ A Gathering for Picture Book Critique
with Betsy James
♦ Websites for Writers
with Loretta Hall
♦ An Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation for Writers
with Debra Falcon

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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