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 Via Zoom


Class Instructor: Rose Marie Kern

Publishing with KDP Amazon

  • 3-week Course
  • Thursdays: February 11, 18 and 25
  • 1:00 – 3:00 pm OR 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Platform: Zoom
  • $45 SWW members, $50 UNM Osher, $55 All Others

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 e-book if they are ready to go, or get you started if you are still working on them.

This class is sponsored by SouthWest Writers and held via Zoom over three Thursdays during February. Rose has set things up so that the same class is being held twice in one day, so that those who prefer days can attend the class at 1pm, and those who work can attend at 6pm. Each session is 2 hours long.

With over a thousand articles and 10 books published, Rose Marie Kern thinks of herself primarily as a teacher. In addition to her own work, she has helped several SouthWest Writers members through the intricacies of self-publishing.

The class will cover:
• Setting up your Amazon Account
• Getting ISBNs
• Kindle tools for formatting and cover creation
• How you upload a manuscript
• Determining how much you should charge for your book
• Keywords and categories for advertising on Amazon

Rose will send you information you will need for the class ahead of time. To ask questions in advance, contact her at rose@swcp.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.)

Zoom Meeting: The Zoom invitation link and the password will be emailed to those who purchase this class. 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:

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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