Workshops

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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.

See individual workshops for their location.


The Artist’s Way Mini-Intensive

A 2-Hour Workshop with Kristen Fogle and Lydia Lea Real

Saturday: September 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.

Have you always wanted to take The Artist’s Way with a group but didn’t have twelve weeks to commit? Heard about people having success using the book but didn’t quite know what it was about?

If you’re interested in living a more creative lifestyle, this fun, four hour session will go over the tools from the book and engage you in exercises designed to get you motivated and inspired. And you’ll leave with a creative cluster and accountability buddy of your very own!
No reading of the book required to participate. Please bring a journal or notebook to write in. No previous art experience necessary.

Kristen FogleKristen Fogle is the Executive Director of San Diego Writers, Ink. She is a freelance editor, writer, instructor, tutor, teaching artist, and theatrical performer/director. She earned a BA in Communication Studies from California State University, Northridge and a MA in Rhetoric and Writing Studies (teaching emphasis) from San Diego State University. She also recently received a Teaching Artist training certification from Young Audiences San Diego and a Non-Profit Management certificate from Brandman University.

 

LydiaRealLydia Lea Real is an actor, teaching artist, and co-founder of The Poolhouse Project, a group dedicated to elevating artists in the San Diego community. She has ten plus years of stage experience, as well as 15 plus years of training and development experience. As a former training specialist in the service industry, she has facilitated classes, workshops, and seminars on leadership skills, communication, business management, and personal development. Lydia is a certified theater teaching artist with Arts for Learning San Diego, an Affiliate of Young Audiences. In addition, she has taught with Playwrights Project, Olney Theater Company, National Players, and Fells Point Corner Theater. Lydia has a BA in Psychology from The College of Notre Dame and a BS in Theatre Arts from Towson University. Lydia is also a certified holistic healthcare practitioner and has extensive training with Success Mastery programs.


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2016

♦ Outline for Success
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♦ 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

2015

♦ 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

2014

♦ 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 SWWriters@juno.com.

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