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.

Classes are held at the SWW Office. Click here for directions.


Class Instructor: Richard E. Peck

Writing a Producible Play

  • 6-week Course
  • Wednesdays: Aug. 28, Sep. 4, 11, 18, Oct. 2, 9
  • 7:00 – 9:00 pm
  • SWW Office: 3200 Carlisle Blvd NE, Boardroom
  • $150 SWW members, $155 Osher, $160 Nonmembers

A stage play is not a novel, not an essay, and especially not a screenplay. Recognize the differences, and writing a producible play becomes much easier. That’s the goal of this class. We’ll work toward that goal together. The class is designed for (a minimum of) six to (a maximum of) ten participants, under the following schedule:

– Aug 28, 7-9 pm √ Structure: French Scenes, micro & macro
– Sep 4, 7-9 pm √ Characters: they’re your collaborators
– Sep 11, 7-9 pm √ Dialog: conversation not literature
– Sep 18, 7-9 pm √ Plot: Characters/Dialog/Structure
BREAK (No class Sept 25) – WRITING THE FIRST DRAFTS
– Oct 2, 7-9 pm √ Outline, First Draft / Shared Critiques
– Oct 9, 7-9 pm √ Final Draft / Getting Produced

Register: at any SWW meeting, by calling the SWW office (505-830-6034, Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am – noon), or by using the online registration form here.

Instructor’s Bio:
Richard Peck, SWW member and author of 29 published books, for the past three years has concentrated on writing for the stage. His 16 plays have been produced in 9 states, from off-off Broadway (the Bronx) to WAY-off-off Broadway (Hawaii). In recent years his plays have seen a surge in acceptance, with three U.S. productions in 2017, five in 2018, and seven in 2019, so far…with three others pending and probable. The plays have earned awards in 5 national and several local competitions. He has taught playwriting, and—while he can’t guarantee success for each students’ script—he’s confident in the method he follows and will share. Every play he’s written has been produced, some of them seven or eight times each.


Photo by Kate the Photographer

Class Instructor: Kathy Louise Schuit

Illustration:
It’s Not Just for Children’s Books
A CLASS FOR NON-ARTISTS

  • 2-week Course
  • Saturdays: September 21 and 28
  • 10:00 am – noon
  • SWW Office: 3200 Carlisle Blvd NE, Boardroom
  • $59 SWW members, $64 Osher, $69 Non-members

Just as purveyors of everything we consume have become increasingly reliant on pictures, icons and emojis to draw attention to their messages, so too has it gotten easier to create useable images—sometimes, without even picking up a pencil, paint set or oil pastel. It could cost thousands of dollars to hire a professional artist to illustrate your works of poetry, short stories, memoir or, especially, your children’s picture book. Or you could do it yourself. (Don’t laugh.) You CAN do it yourself.

This class is for writers with an interest in learning simple techniques to elevate their writing with illustrations. Covered subjects include:
√ The cost/benefits of professional illustration.
√ DIY methods of image-making.
√ How to turn bad photographs (or paint splashes or scribbles) into creative, high quality illustrations that you own and can repurpose in whole or in part anytime you want.
√ Positioning text and pictures for your writing’s best advantage.
√ Using color to heighten emotion.

Register: at any SWW meeting, by calling the SWW office (505-830-6034, Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am – noon), or by using the online registration form here.

Instructor’s Bio:

As of 2019, Kathy Schuit serves SWW as editor of the SouthWest Sage newsletter. She is a self-taught, award-winning journalist, editor and children’s book writer/illustrator. Prior to Fall of 2016 she did not draw, crayola, or paint—anything. She is hooked on the art of combining images with words in everything from greeting cards to protest signs and is coaching two grandchildren to obtain higher education and careers in photography and graphic design. Ask questions at: pennturtle@gmail.com.


Class Instructor: Rose Marie Kern

Self-Publish Your Book with KDP Amazon

  • 2-week Course
  • Saturdays: October 12 and 19
  • 1:00 – 3:00 pm
  • SWW Office: 3200 Carlisle Blvd NE, Suite #114
  • $45 for SWW members, $50 Osher, $55 Nonmembers

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. With over a thousand articles and four books published, Rose Marie Kern thinks of herself primarily as a teacher. In addition to her own work, she has helped several SWW members through the intricacies of self-publishing. Bring your laptop and let’s get published! Register in advance so Rose can send you information you will need for the class ahead of time.

Class will cover:
√ Setting up your Amazon Account
√ Using Kindle tools for formatting and cover creation
√ Uploading a manuscript
√ Determining how much you should charge
√ Keywords and categories for advertising on Amazon

Register: at any SWW meeting, by calling the SWW office (505-830-6034, Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am – noon), or by using the online registration form here.

Instructor’s Bio:
Retired air traffic control specialist Rose Marie Kern is an award-winning author, a popular event/conference speaker, and an active member of SouthWest Writers — currently serving as the president of SWW. In addition to penning four nonfiction books, she has left her byline on hundreds of articles covering topics ranging from solar energy and organic gardening to those focused on aviation. Her newest release is Stress is Relative: Memoir of an Air Traffic Controller (2018).


Class Instructor: Melody Groves

Writing for Magazines:
Bagging Your First Magazine Assignment

  • 2-week Course
  • Saturdays: November 9 and 16
  • 9:00 am – Noon
  • SWW Office: 3200 Carlisle Blvd NE, Suite #114
  • $79 for SWW members, $84 Osher, $89 Nonmembers

Thanks to the invention of the Internet, the opportunity to write for magazines is almost endless. With over 9,000 magazines published yearly, in addition to those online, the world is your oyster. But, there are tricks to bagging an assignment. So if you’ve got a good idea but don’t know where to go or how to start, look no more. This class is for you.

In six hours we’ll cover:

√ finding your story,
√ finding the market,
√ tweaking the same idea for different magazines,
√ writing a query that sells,
√ photo requirements,
√ approaching an editor.

And that’s just for starters.

Register: at any SWW meeting, by calling the SWW office (505-830-6034, Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am – noon), or by using the online registration form here.

Instructor’s Bio:
Eight-time award-winner Melody Groves is the author of six historical fiction novels and three nonfiction books. Her dozens of magazine articles appear in Wild West, True West, New Mexico Magazine, Enchantment Magazine and many more. Past-president of SouthWest Writers, she’s also a member of Western Writers of America. And when not writing, she plays rhythm guitar (and tambourine) in the Jammy Time Band.Questions? MelodyGroves@comcast.net


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.

If you have any questions or want to let us know what classes or workshops you’d like to have offered, please e-mail the workshop coordinator at programs@swwriters.com.


Classes you might have missed:

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

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

2017

♦ How to Write Your First Play
with Dr. Richard Peck
♦ The Business of Writing
with Fred Aiken
♦ Writing for Magazines: Bagging Your First Magazine Assignment
with Melody Groves
♦ Revising Fiction – Making Sense of the Madness
with Kirt Hickman
♦ Websites for Writers
with Loretta Hall
♦ Poetry Class and Interactive Workshop
with Jeanne Shannon and Joanne Bodin
♦ World-Building: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Worlds on the Bias
with Betsy James
♦ Crafting a Nonfiction Book Proposal
with Loretta Hall


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