Classes

Fiery Orange Hands IconSouthWest Writers offers classes and 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 class and a workshop? A class can be more than one session and usually includes assignments to be completed outside of class. Our workshops are two-hour sessions that occur after our monthly first-Saturday meetings. Any work required of the students is done during the workshop session.

Classes are normally held at the Carlisle Executive Offices (click here for directions). Until it’s safe to meet in person again, we’ll schedule classes using the Zoom platform. For a schedule of all our events, go to this page.

What classes would you like to see offered this year? Contact our class/workshop coordinator at Info@SWWriters.com to let us know.


Upcoming Classes


Class Instructor: Jamii Corley

Using WordPress to Build and Maintain Your Webpage

  • Three-Week Course: Saturdays
  • Saturdays:  January 21, 28 and February 4, 2023
  • 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm Mountain Time
  • Platform: IN PERSON CLASS and VIA ZOOM
  • $120 SWW members, $150 Nonmembers

Description: WordPress is the most popular website building platform in the world, but it can be overwhelming when you first start. This class will teach you how WordPress works, looking at design, organization, and adding function to your website. We’ll cover themes, menus, posts vs pages, categories, tags, and plugins. We’ll look at editor choices, blocks, and page builders and where to find the tools you need. You’ll learn how to create content, how to customize a theme, and how to add new functionality to your website.

Bio: Jamii has worked with WordPress websites for the last twelve years. She’s given introductory and intermediate talks and classes on WordPress and has helped in organize three Word Camps. She has built WordPress websites for non-profit organizations, businesses and her own company, Southwest Cyberport. She works in design and coding and is interested in how WordPress has evolved over time.

Register: by calling the SWW office (505-830-6034, Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am – noon), or by using the online registration form. Our online payment portal utilizes PayPal, but you’ll be given an option to pay by credit card without signing into PayPal.)

 Zoom Meeting: The Zoom invitation link and the password will be emailed to those who register for this class. For more information, please contact the class/workshop coordinator at Info@SWWriters.com.

In-Person: Classes will be held at the SouthWest Writers office classroom. For more information, please contact the class/workshop coordinator at Info@SWWriters.com.


Workshop and Class Refund Policy
If you cancel one week before the beginning date of the workshop or class, 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.


Classes you might have missed:

2022

♦ Crafting a Nonfiction Book Proposal
with Loretta Hall
Hearing Voices: Using Multiple Narrators to Deepen Your Novel
with Ellen Meeropol
Formatting Your Book Using Microsoft Word
with Mary McArthur
Self-Publish Your Book with KDP Amazon
with Rose Marie Kern

2021

♦ Publishing with KDP Amazon
with Rose Marie Kern
♦ Writing Stories Children Will Love
with Chris Eboch
♦ Writing for Magazines
with Loretta Hall
♦ Revising Fiction: Making Sense of the Madness
with Kirt Hickman
♦ Book Covers From Art to Finish
with Rose Marie Kern and Kathy Louise Schuit
♦ Writing Scenes That Drive Your Story
with Rob Spiegel

2020

♦ Revising Fiction: Making Sense of the Madness
with Kirt Hickman
♦ Bring Your Memoir to Life
with Rob Spiegel
♦ Self-Publish Your Book with KDP Amazon
with Rose Marie Kern
♦ Websites for Writers
with Loretta Hall
♦ Blogging Your Way to Success
with Rob Spiegel
♦ Crafting a Nonfiction Book Proposal
with Loretta Hall

2019

♦ Researching Your Writing Project
with Loretta Hall
♦ Polishing the First Chapter
with Sarah Baker
♦ Blogging Your Way to Success
with Rob Spiegel
♦ Revising Fiction: Making Sense of the Madness
with Kirt Hickman
♦ Writing for Magazines: Bagging Your First Magazine Assignment
with Melody Groves
♦ Make Money from Writing
with Chris Eboch
♦ The Secret(s) to a Successful Book Signing
with Kirt Hickman
♦ Bring Your Memoir to Life
with Rob Spiegel
♦ Independent Self-Publishing
with Kirt Hickman
♦ Illustration: It’s Not Just for Children’s Books
with Kathy Louise Schuit
♦ Writing a Producible Play
with Richard E. Peck
♦ Self-Publish Your Book with KDP Amazon
with Rose Marie Kern

2018

♦ Revising Fiction – Making Sense of the Madness
with Kirt Hickman
♦ Writing for Magazines: Bagging Your First Magazine Assignment
with Melody Groves
♦ Websites for Writers
with Loretta Hall


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