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, and any work required of the students is done during the workshop session. A class is 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.


Finding Online Work

With Rob Spiegel

  • Saturday, April 6
  • 12:30 – 2:30 pm (after the meeting)
  • Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living Conference Room
  • $20 SWW members, $30 nonmembers

While the magazine and newspaper markets are shrinking, the online writing market continues to expand. The opportunities are endless, especially since it no longer matters where you live. You can write about almost anything and get paid for it online. This class will teach students how to find writing opportunities that match their skills and knowledge, whether it’s gardening talent or sales know-how. We will explore online markets during class, with a particular focus on markets that are seeking new writers.

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.


Support Your Local Bookstore . . .
And it Will Support You

With Steve Brewer & John Hoffsis

  • Saturday, May 4
  • 12:30 – 2:30 pm (after the meeting)
  • Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living Conference Room
  • $20 SWW members, $30 nonmembers

John Hoffsis, owner of Treasure House Books & Gifts in Old Town, teams with Steve Brewer, co-owner of Organic Books in Nob Hill, to discuss ways for authors to get their publications into bookstores. They’ll also discuss ways to work with local booksellers.

Want to do a reading or a book signing? These booksellers reveal what kinds of events do best with local readers.

They will cover:

 √ Getting to know the store
 √ How to sell your book/present yourself at a book signing event
 √ Keeping a good relationship with the store
 √ What a bookseller expects from you
 √ What you should expect from a bookseller
 √ What should the author do during a book signing to sell more books
 √ What the bookseller expects from the book itself


Writing a Short Story:
From Beginning to End

With Johnny D. Boggs

  • Saturday, June 1
  • 12:30 – 2:30 pm (after the meeting)
  • Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living Conference Room
  • $20 SWW members, $30 nonmembers

It is the hardest form of prose to write. It’s also one of the toughest to get published. Yet writing short fiction can be the most rewarding. Here’s a course on writing a short story, from developing an idea (and a title), the do’s and don’ts, and how to find a market. Bring pencils. Bring a new writing tablet. And get used to rejection.

Instructor’s Bio:
Winner of a record-tying seven Spur Awards from Western Writers of America, novelist Johnny D. Boggs has been praised by Booklist magazine as “among the best western writers at work today.” Boggs is also a prolific writer of short nonfiction with works appearing in more than 50 magazines and newspapers; has also written nonfiction books (including Jesse James and the Movies; and Billy the Kid on Film, 1911-2012); is a professional photojournalist; and has acted on stage in local theater.


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

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
♦ Spontaneous Writing
with Gerald Hausman
♦ Fueling Fantastic Fiction with Folklore
with Benjamin Radford
♦ Spinning Family Stories Into 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


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 workshop or class beginning date 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.


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