Workshops

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SouthWest Writers offers 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 workshop and a class? A workshop is one session. Any work required of the students is done during the 2-hour workshop. A class can be more than one session and usually includes assignments to be completed outside of class.

Workshops are held after the Saturday meetings in the same location.


Don’t Be Afraid to Cry:
Putting Emotions into Your Characters

With Melody Groves

  • Saturday, August 3
  • 12:30 – 2:30 pm (after the meeting)
  • Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living Conference Rm
  • $20 SWW members, $30 Non-members

Emotions lie at the core of every character’s actions, choices, and words—all of which drive the story. What would a story be without emotions? Writers like to think communication is mainly through dialogue. But what’s NOT said is most important. Melody will discuss various emotions and highlight the physical signs, internal sensations, mental reactions and how to incorporate them into your writing. She’ll talk about adding emotion to every character and every scene. She’ll also discuss various emotions and highlight the physical signs, internal sensations, mental reactions, etc. Along the way Melody will provide a few writers’ tips, such as: “Don’t be afraid to challenge your characters’ morals. Putting them in situations that are outside their comfort zone will make them squirm, and the reader will too.”

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

Instructor’s Bio:
Seven-time award-winning author Melody Groves writes magazine articles, novels, nonfiction books, and screenplays. A member of Western Writers of America and an SWW Parris Award winner, she spends her “spare” time playing rhythm guitar with the Jammy Time Band. www.melodygroves.net.


Portals to the Multiverse:
Access to Fresh Ideas for Science Fiction and Fantasy

With Betsy James

  • Saturday, September 7
  • 12:30 – 2:30 pm (after the meeting)
  • Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living Conference Rm
  • $20 SWW members, $30 Non-members

The multiverse of science fiction and fantasy is evolving at a phenomenal rate. In our changing landscape of culture and technology, innumerable new worlds wait to be explored, illuminated, celebrated. How do we locate their hidden thresholds? Should we plan our expeditions or head off-trail? Join World Fantasy Award nominee Betsy James to discover and experiment with concepts, habits, tricks and wisdom any writer of the “What if?” genres can use to access unique worlds and the writerly energy that streams from them.

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

Instructor’s Bio:
Betsy James is the author and illustrator of seventeen books for adults, young adults and children. Her latest novel, Roadsouls, was nominated for the 2017 World Fantasy Award. She teaches a workshop in speculative fiction at UNM Honors College and lives in Albuquerque’s North Valley.


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.


Workshops you might have missed:

2019

♦ How to Submit to the NMPW Annual Contest
with Sherri Burr and Loretta Hall
♦ Productive Presentations
with Loretta Hall
♦ Preparing for a Writers Conference
with Sarah H. Baker and Rose Marie Kern
♦ Finding Online Work
with Rob Spiegel
♦ Support Your Local Bookstore…And it Will Support You
with Steve Brewer & John Hoffsis
♦ Writing a Short Story: From Beginning to End
with Johnny D. Boggs
♦ Writing about the Military
with Jim Tritten

2018

2018

♦ Creating Time and Place by Creating Language: Writing with a Sense of History
with Jack Woodville London
♦ Celluloid Aspirations Redux
with Marc Calderwood
♦ What I Learned from Nancy Drew
with Chris Eboch
♦ Pitch Your Novel Effectively!
with Kirt Hickman
♦ Writing Historical Fiction That Sells
with Sandra Toro
♦ Where’s the Funny Part?
with Steve Brewer
♦ Can You Relate? The importance of diverse relationships in your writing
with Judith Avila
♦ Creating Fictional Characters Who Stick with the Reader After the Book is Closed
with Robert D. Kidera
♦ Writing Realistic Action Scenes
with Melody Groves
♦ Spontaneous Writing
with Gerald Hausman
♦ Fueling Fantastic Fiction with Folklore
with Benjamin Radford
♦ Spinning Family Stories Into Submittable Gold
with Betty Moffett

2017

♦ It Ain’t Just Alien Sex: What Realists Can Learn by Writing Speculative Fiction
with Betsy James
♦ How to Create a Scene – Without Getting Arrested
with Melody Groves
♦ Myth in Writing
with Shari Tarbet
♦ Establishing Your Authority as a Writer
with Loretta Hall
♦ Niche Markets: Multiple Streams of Income
with Rose Marie Kern
♦ Connect to Your Intuitive Author Within
with Chloe Rachel Galloway
♦ Powerful Prose – Perfect Your Narrative Style
with Kirk Hickman
♦ How to Make Characters Come Alive
with Jodi Thomas
♦ The Perfect Pitch
with Rose Marie Kern, Melody Groves and Sarah Baker
♦ Blogging Your Way to Success
with Rob Spiegel
♦ Healthy Writing, Healthy You
with Julie Dunlop


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