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: Rose Marie Kern

Self-Publish Your Book with KDP Amazon 

  • 3-week Course
  • Thursdays October 13, 20, 27
  • 5:30 pm to 7:30pm  Mountain Time
  •   *NOTE:  Classes will be recorded so if someone cannot make a session they can view it later
  • Platform: IN PERSON CLASS and VIA ZOOM
  • $120 SWW members, $150 Nonmembers

Description: KDP Amazon is a popular and inexpensive method by which authors can self-publish their books. This is a hands-on class where Rose will walk you through setting up your Amazon account, and upload your print book and/or ebook if they are ready to go, or get you started if you are still working on them. Also covered:  understanding Amazon reports and marketing Options; using Microsoft Word for formatting print and ebooks; using KDP or MS Office for cover creation; determining how much you should charge; and keywords and categories for advertising on Amazon

Bio: Rose Marie Kern is an award-winning author, a popular event/conference speaker, and an active member of SouthWest Writers. In addition to penning five nonfiction books, she has left her byline on over a thousand magazine articles covering topics ranging from solar energy and organic gardening to aviation. She owns RMK Publications and focuses on helping writers succeed. www.rmkpublications.com

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.)

Notes:

  • Only 8 people will be allowed to participate in person. Others can participate via zoom.
  • For questions in advance contact Rose Marie at:  rose@rmkpublications.com
  • Register in advance so Rose can send you the information needed for class ahead of time.

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.


Class Instructor: RJ Mirabal

Producing Print-Ready PDFs with Affinity 

  • 4-week Course
  • Saturdays, November 5, 12, 19, and 26
  • 1:30 – 3:30 pm MT (NOTE: November 12, time: 2:30 – 4:30 pm MT)
  • Platform: IN PERSON CLASS
  • $160 SWW members, $200 Nonmembers

Description: This month-long class consists of four meetings to train authors how to format the text portion of their books for professional printing. High-end PDFs required by printers and most author services such as IngramSpark, Lulu, and others are usually restricted to expensive graphic arts programs that cost hundreds of dollars in yearly subscriptions.

This training will use Affinity Publisher, available for purchase ($55), not subscription, (free 30-day trial available in November). The class is different from other formatting classes because it takes you to the final production of a print-ready document. You will have the option to list your printed book on Amazon and the major book catalogs, especially Ingram. Also, all book printing services including print-on-demand services such as Lightning Source; and all online outlets like Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple Books, etc. Most full-service printers can also print books from these PDFs

Bio: RJ Mirabal is a former high school English, speech, and drama teacher who now he pursues writing children’s books along with fantasy, sci-fi and thrillers, among other interests. His books have been finalists in the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards. His most recent book, Trixie Finds Her People, is a middle elementary book with built in appeal for all ages, 8 to 108.

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

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

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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