Schedule of Events

Below is the Schedule of Events for 2024 — subject to change. For specifics regarding our events, visit the Meetings page, the Classes page, and the Workshops page.

For a pdf version click here.

Join us for our monthly programs.

Our Regular Meetings are held on the second Saturday of every month — 10:00 am to noon — and the fourth Wednesday from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm (no Wednesday meeting in December). Workshops are held after our Saturday meetings from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm.


2024 Meetings & Workshops

February 28 – Wednesday:
Meeting:  Parris Afton Bonds – Writing Romance Novels — Then and Now

March 9 – Saturday:
Meeting:  Charlene Bell Dietz – Why Your Characters Misbehave, and Why AI Isn’t the Answer
Workshop:  Brenda Cole – How to Speak in Public and Live to Tell the Tale (In Person Only)

March 27 – Wednesday:
Meeting:  Marcia Rosen – Memoir Detective: Writing Your LifeStory

April 13 – Saturday:
Meeting:  Mary Collins – Creating Writers, Creating Citizens
Workshop:  Mary Collins – Writing the Difficult Topic

April 24 – Wednesday:
Meeting:  Speaker & Topic TBA

May 11 – Saturday:
Meeting:  Donna Pedace – Public Presentations
Workshop:  Chris Eboch – Writing Award-Winning Fiction/Nonfiction for Children/Teens

May 22 – Wednesday:
Meeting:  Kathy Louise Schuit – Editorial Guidelines: NOT a Suggestion

June 8 – Saturday:
Meeting:  Irene I. Blea, Ph.D. – Integrating Ethnic Characters into Your Writing
Workshop:  Lisa Haneberg – From Hiaasen to Evanovich – Comedic Writing Techniques

June 26 – Wednesday:
Meeting:  Steven J. Martin – How to Write, Produce, and Direct Your Own Film Professionally with Little Money: Film School not Required

July 13 – Saturday:
Meeting:  Carlyn Montes De OcaJunkyard Girl
Workshop:  Steven J. Martin – From Page to Projector: Produce and Direct Your Own Screenplay

July 24 – Wednesday:
Meeting:  Speaker & Topic TBA

August 10 – Saturday:
Meeting:  Bruce Kingsolver – Writing a Series
Workshop:  Bruce Kingsolver – Self-Publishing Print and eBooks

August 28 – Wednesday:
Meeting:  Léonie Rosenstiel – How Jack Canfield Came to Write the Foreword for Legal Protection


In-Person Location
Our location is at UNM Continuing Education (UNM-CE). Our Saturday in-person meetings include a Zoom component, but our Wednesday night meetings are strictly online. Go to SWW Meeting Location for more information about UNM-CE.

Visitor/Guest Policy
With the new year comes a return to SWW’s previous policy concerning meeting attendance. We encourage visitors and guests to experience what our award-winning writers’ association has to offer. Since membership dues pay for our outstanding speakers, we request non-members limit their attendance to three meetings, after which we hope they will join SouthWest Writers. Visitors are welcome beyond their first three visits at a cost of $10 per meeting.

 


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