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 Instructors:
Rose Marie Kern and Kathy Louise Schuit

Book Covers From Art to Finish

  • 3-week Course
  • Thursdays: October 7, 14 and 21
  • 3:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Platform: Zoom
  • $60 SWW members; $90 Nonmembers

The artistic and technical aspects of designing a book cover that is ready to upload for self-publishing. The three classes will cover: elements of a successful book cover; art styles and options; formatting using Microsoft Office Word or Publisher.

Rose Marie Kern has created dozens of lovely book covers using just Microsoft Office products—which most authors have at home. She’s taught these techniques for UNM and SWW. Rose is the president of RMK Publications which specializes in assisting authors with formatting, cover designs and marketing for self publishing.

Kathy Louise Schuit is SWW’s SAGE newsletter editor. Her latest book cover and page illustrations have been recently published in the Netherlands, with worldwide distribution planned. Through classes and presentations, Kathy shares with writers how the selection of cover images, fonts, and colors can impact the ultimate success of your fiction or nonfiction work in the marketplace. See examples of her completed and ongoing projects at OpenWithDesign.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.


Class Instructor: Rob Spiegel

Writing Scenes That Drive Your Story

  • 6-week Course
  • Wednesdays: October 27, November 3, 10, 17, 24, and December 1
  • 4:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Platform: Zoom
  • $120 SWW members; $180 Nonmembers

Scenes — and their sequels — are the building blocks of storytelling, whether it’s fiction or memoir. You can create a plot from a list of key scenes. The “sequel” is the back end of a scene, showing how the world has changed after the action in the scene. The class will explore how to create scenes that are fractals of your larger story, complete with dialog, motive, conflict, drama, and resolve. In these six two-hour classes, we will spend the first hour looking at the principles of great scenes, and the second hour looking at scenes submitted by students. Course materials include handouts for each session.

Rob Spiegel’s first published writing was a children’s story in 1976. Since, he has published countless short stories, six books, and thousands of articles. His involvement in SWW goes back to the early 1980s when he gave talks on writing for the short story Romance Market — you know, True Confessions.

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:

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

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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