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 2-hour sessions that occur after our monthly first-Saturday meetings. Any work required of the students is done during the workshop session.

In-Person Classes are held downstairs at the Carlisle Executive Offices. Click here for directions. For a schedule of all 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.


Class In Progress

Websites for Writers with Loretta Hall

  • Saturdays: August 8, 15, 22, and 29
  • 2:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Platform: Zoom Live Meeting

Upcoming Classes Via Zoom


Class Instructor: Rob Spiegel

Blogging Your Way to Success

  • 5-week Course
  • Wednesdays: September 23, 30 and October 7, 14 and 21
  • 3:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Platform: Zoom Live Meeting
  • $130 SWW members, $135 Osher, $140 Nonmembers

Blogging can build your writing skills while creating an audience. This class will explore all types of blogging, from poetry to how-to instruction, from spirituality to memoir. Rob will explain how to choose a free blogging platform, how to determine the blog length and frequency, and how to build an audience. This class will explain how you can use a blog to create the backbone of a book, just as Julie Powell did to create her bestseller Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen, which went on to become a major movie.

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 workshop coordinator at programs@swwriters.com.

Instructor’s Bio:
Rob Spiegel has been writing for 40 years. He makes his living as a journalist, serving as senior editor for Design News, an international trade magazine. He has published fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama. He has published six books with major publishers such as St. Martin’s Press. Rob has taught writing at UNM, CNM, Osher, and at dozens of writing conferences across the country. For 10 years, he owned a magazine (Chile Pepper) and a book publishing company. His weekly writing output includes journalism, blogs, webinars, fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.


Class Instructor: Loretta Hall

Crafting a Nonfiction Book Proposal

  • 4-week Course
  • Sundays: October 4, 11, 18 and 25
  • 2:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Platform: Zoom Live Meeting
  • $105 SWW members, $110 Osher, $115 Nonmembers

Unlike novels, nonfiction books are offered to publishers in the form of a book proposal before the manuscript is completed. (Memoirs are also offered with a book proposal, but after the manuscript is completed.) In this class, you will learn what should be included in a book proposal and how to make that information compelling. Topics also include planning a marketable book and finding appropriate publishers to submit to. Even if you plan to self-publish your nonfiction book, it is important for you to prepare a book proposal to convince your publisher (you!) that the book has a reasonable chance of success.

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 workshop coordinator at programs@swwriters.com.

Instructor’s Bio:
Loretta Hall has worked with four different publishers to produce her eight nonfiction books. The lessons she has learned from these experiences will give you a head start with your quest to get published. Loretta served on the SouthWest Writers board for four years and received the 2007 Parris Award. She was named Communicator of Achievement by the National Federation of Press Women in 2016.


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 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

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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