Meetings & Events

Meetings/Events: See a schedule of all our events, and visit our YouTube Videos page for a listing of the recorded speakers from 2016 to the present.


Firey Orange AudienceSWW meetings are a great place for writers to gather, network, and learn. Members are encouraged to share their successes and announcements. And the speakers are awesome!

Regular meetings are held on the second Saturday of every month from 10:00 am to noon and the fourth Wednesday from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm (no Wednesday meeting in December).

To protect our members’ health during the Covid-19 emergency, SWW turned to Zoom to conduct our meetings from May 2020 through September 2021. On October 2, 2021, SWW returned to in-person gatherings for our Saturday meetings but in a new location: UNM Continuing Education (UNM-CE). Our Saturday meetings still include a Zoom component, but our Wednesday night meetings are strictly online. Go to the SWW Meeting Location page for more information about our meetings at UNM-CE.

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Fiery Orange Hands IconSouthWest Writer’s classes help writers advance their skills and marketability during the course of several sessions. The classes are open to the public. Class fees are kept low to encourage participation. Experienced instructors guide participants through lecture, example and, often, critique to increase the quality of their writing. Classes can include assignments to be completed outside of that class period. For a list of our current offerings, go to our Classes page.


During our 2-hour Saturday workshops (after the regular meeting), experienced instructors guide participants through lecture and example to increase their marketability and the quality of their writing. Any work required of the students is done during that session. The workshops are open to the public and fees are kept low to encourage participation. Go to our Workshops page for a list of current offerings.


Writing conferences are usually held once or twice a year (but Covid-19 put those plans on hold for several years). Each conference brings well-known experts in a specific genre as well as critical information relevant to all fields of writing. Visit our Conferences page for updates.

Past Conferences Include:

Moving up the Ladder: From Writer to Author—September 2019 (A Joint Writing Conference between SouthWest Writers and Military Writers Society of America)

Sci-Fi/Fantasy Writers Conference—June 2018
The Secrets to Getting Published Conference—October 2018

Memoir Conference—June 2017
The Roadmap to Getting Published—October 2017

Novel Conference—May 2016
The Self-Publishing Conference—October 2016

Memoir Conference—September 2015

SouthWest Writers reserves the right to deny access to any SWW event to anyone who poses the possibility of being disruptive to the proceedings. Payments made online or through the office by said persons will be fully refunded.

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