Schedule of Events

Below is the Schedule of Events for 2023 — 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.

2023 Classes

Joe Badal – From Inspiration to Publication: How to Turn Experiences into Publishable Works
1 Session (7 hours), Saturday, Jun 17
9:00 am–4:00 pm

Kirt Hickman – Revising Fiction: Making Sense of the Madness
8 Sessions, Saturdays: Jul 15, 22, 29 and Aug 5, 12, 19, 26 and Sep 2
3:00–5:00 pm

Kathy Schuit – Don’t Make Your Friends and Family Read Bad Stuff
3 Sessions, Saturdays: Sep 16, 23, 30

Sonja Dewing – Making Dollars and Sense out of Amazon Ads
3 Sessions, Saturdays: Oct 21, 28, and Nov 4
1:00–3:00 pm

2023 Meetings & Workshops

June 10 – Saturday:
Meeting: Dan Wetmore – Poetry: Focus and Form
Workshop: Andy Mayo – Writing a Ten-Minute Play

June 28 – Wednesday:
Meeting: Stephan Kurkjian – The Greatest Art Theft in World History

July 8 – Saturday:
Meeting: Kirt Hickman – Bring Your Settings to Life
Workshop: RJ Mirabal – Producing Print-Ready PDFs with Affinity

July 26 – Wednesday:
Meeting: Ellen Byerrum – Comic Mysteries; or, What’s so funny about murder?

August 12 – Saturday:
Meeting: Kathy Schuit – Don’t Make Your Friends Read Bad Stuff (how to know if you’re showing or telling)
Workshop: Charlene Bell Dietz – Let’s Make a Scene

August 23 – Wednesday:
Meeting: Diane Dimond – How to Investigate and Write about a Secretive System

September 9 – Saturday:
Meeting: Phil Mills – Children’s/YA Writing
Workshop: Brenda Cole – How to Survive Public Speaking

September 27 – Wednesday:
Meeting: Sonja Dewing – Making Dollars and Sense out of Amazon Ads

October 14 – Saturday:
Meeting: Annual Meeting / Awards
Workshop: Rose Kern – Formatting Book Covers Using MS Office

October 25 – Wednesday:
Meeting: Michael Arnzen – Writing Horror

November 11 – Saturday:
Meeting: Stories from the Veterans Anthology (tentative)
Workshop: Jim Tritten – Writing about the Military

November 22 – Wednesday:
Meeting: Ernie Witham – Writing Humor

December 9 – Saturday:
Meeting: Christi Lowrance – Historical Nonfiction/Biography
Workshop: TBA

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 andFirey Orange Audience 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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