Workshops/Seminars

Fiery Orange Hands IconSouthWest Writers offers workshops or seminars 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, a seminar, and a class? A workshop is one session. Any work required of the students is done during the two-hour workshop. A seminar is a series of two-hour events focusing on a single aspect of writing — many times genre specific. A class can be more than one session and usually includes assignments to be completed outside of class.

In Person & Zoom
SouthWest Writers has returned to in-person gatherings for our monthly Saturday meetings but in a new location: UNM Continuing Education (UNM-CE). Our Saturday meetings/workshops will still include a Zoom component. Workshops will start at 12:30, after the regular meetings end. Go to the SWW Meeting Location page for more information about our meetings at UNM-CE.

For a schedule of all our events, go to this page. What workshops would you like to see offered this year? Contact our class/workshop coordinator at Info@SWWriters.com to let us know.

 


How to Speak in Public and Live to Tell the Tale

With Brenda Cole

  • Saturday: October 8, 2022
  • 12:30 – 2:30 pm
  • Live and Via Zoom
  • SWW members: $20 ♦ Non-members: $30

Does the thought of getting up to speak in public leave you gasping for breath and a heart rate like a hummingbird?

Join me for a practical workshop on how to prepare, give and survive public speaking.  We will cover:

  • How to project, handle a microphone and present yourself in the best light
  • How to write a “parachute”
  • Speaking versus reading to your audience
  • Breathing exercises and other brief methods of calming yourself
  • Everyone will give a 3-5 min talk

Come prepared with 3×5 or 4×6 index cards and ideas on what you want to talk about.

Brenda Cole’s first public stage appearance was at age 6. She has performed as a soloist, actor, lecturer and on radio, television and stage. She has multiple degrees including a BA in Speech and theatre. She has been a member of SWW for decades and is the current President.

To Register:
Call the SWW office (505-830-6034, Monday–Thursday, 9:00 am–noon) or use the online registration form. (Our online payment portal utilizes PayPal, but you’ll be given an option to pay by credit card without signing into PayPal.)

The Zoom invitation link and the password will be emailed to those who register. Please contact the class/workshop coordinator at Info@SWWriters.com for more information.


Wildness in Your Writing

With Lisa Taylor

  • Saturday: November 12, 2022
  • 12:30 – 2:30 pm
  • Via Zoom
  • SWW members: $20 ♦ Non-members: $30

Does your writing follow predictable patterns? Are there places you won’t go because you are uncertain of how to leap into the wild landscape of your imagination? How you tell stories depends upon your vision for the writing as well as the audience.

In this two-hour workshop we will explore ways in which our lives compel us to write with our resulting pieces containing only the dust of the true events that may have sparked an idea or character. We will read examples of unconventional writing, and reinvent what is possible for you.

Participants should come to the workshop with at least a first line or an idea. No prior writing experience is necessary. Bring an open mind, playfulness, and a desire to try something new. We will be writing and sharing in this workshop.

Lisa C. Taylor is the author of five poetry collections including Interrogation of Morning, published in 2022 and two short story collections. Her honors include numerous shortlist designation, several anthology credits, two Best of the Net nominations, the Hugo House New Works Award, and Pushcart nominations in fiction and poetry. Lisa teaches online for writers.com and offers private manuscript consultations and workshops. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing.

To Register:
Call the SWW office (505-830-6034, Monday–Thursday, 9:00 am–noon) or use the online registration form. (Our online payment portal utilizes PayPal, but you’ll be given an option to pay by credit card without signing into PayPal.)

The Zoom invitation link and the password will be emailed to those who register. Please contact the class/workshop coordinator at Info@SWWriters.com for more information.


The Steps From Writer to Author

With RoseMarie Kern & Cornelia Gamlem

Saturday December 10th   12:30pm-2:30pm
Zoom or in person at UNM Continuing Education.
$20/SWW members,  $30/non-members

There’s more to being an author than just finishing your manuscript. There are many moving parts that Rose and Cornelia will address: What to consider before you begin writing; Identifying, finding and reaching your target audience; Book Publicity; Prepublication and ongoing marketing; Developing a launch plan and more.

Rose Marie Kern is the owner of RMK Publications.  She has enabled dozens of authors to realize their dream of being published.  Her own stories and books have reached over a quarter million people.

Cornelia Gamlem, speaker and consultant, is a recognized influencer in the business community. She turned her years of business experiences, education, and expertise into writing and marketing her books.

To Register:
Call the SWW office (505-830-6034, Monday–Thursday, 9:00 am–noon) or use the online registration form. (Our online payment portal utilizes PayPal, but you’ll be given an option to pay by credit card without signing into PayPal.)

The Zoom invitation link and the password will be emailed to those who register. Please contact the class/workshop coordinator at Info@SWWriters.com for more information.


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.


Workshops you might have missed:

2022

♦ Writing a Page Turner
with Hallie Ephron
♦ Finding Your Niche Markets
with Rose Marie Kern
♦ Social Media 101
with Elizabeth Layton
♦ Keeping Your Eye on the Prose (not the press)
with Lauren Wolk
♦ Creating Three-Dimensional Characters
with Melody Groves
Marketing Best Practices
With Geoff Habiger
Publishing an eBook on Amazon
With Rose Marie Kern

2021

♦ Starting Your Novel in 2021: Taking it Day by Day
with Jonathan Miller
♦ Jump Start Your Writing with Short Forms
with Miriam Sagan
♦ Romance Genres and Subgenres: Understanding Reader Expectations
with Tamra Baumann and Jeffe Kennedy
♦ Writing Great Love Scenes for Romance and Other Genres
with Sarah Storme/Lydia Parks
♦ Plotting a Romance (and Other Genres)
with Robin Perini
♦ Finding Romance Publishers and Agents
with Sarah Storme/Lydia Parks
♦ Finding the Story in History
with Pamela Nowak
♦ The Art of Screenwriting
with Art Eisensen
♦ Mystery Genres & Subgenres
with Joseph Badal, Michael Avery, Keri Bovee, Charlene Bell Dietz, Marcia Rosen, Margaret Tessler, Robert D. Kidera
♦ Tips from Successful Mystery & Thriller Writers
with Keri Bovee, Charlene Bell Dietz, Patricia Smith Wood, and Robert D. Kidera
♦ The Mystery Market, Today and Tomorrow
with Pat Wood, Michael Orenduff, and Robert D. Kidera
♦ Queries and Cold Reads
with Shannon Snow and Haley Casey
♦ Taxes and Best Accounting Practices for Writers
with Brian Reinhardt
♦ Poetry Fireside Chat, August 11
with Jacqueline Murray Loring and Dan Wetmore
♦ Poetry Fireside Chat, August 18
with Preston H. Hood III
♦ Poetry Fireside Chat, August 25
with Lisa C. Taylor
♦ Insider Tips for Using the Internet
with Loretta Hall
♦ NaNoWriMo
with Kathy Kitts and Grant Faulkner
♦ Special Presentation: Speculative Fiction — An Overview
with Kirt Hickman, Bruce Kingsolver, David Lee Summers, Dollie Williams
♦ Special Presentation: Speculative Fiction — Fantasy Genres
with Joyce Hertzoff, Bruce Kingsolver, David Lee Summers, Vicky Murata, Kirt Hickman
♦ Special Presentation: Speculative Fiction — Purely Science Fiction
with Kirt Hickman, Geoff Habiger, Dollie Williams, Natalie Wright
♦ Finding the Story
with Loretta Hall and Patricia Walkow
♦ Understanding Rights & Copyrights
with Rose Marie Kern

2020

♦ How to Submit to the NMPW Annual Contest
with Loretta Hall
♦ Discovering Your Missing Ancestors
with Brenda Cole
♦ Wizard or Wannabe? How Writers Can Hire True Publishing Professionals
with Mary Neighbour
♦ What I Learned from Nancy Drew—Tools for Fast-Paced Plotting
with Chris Eboch
♦ Starting Right: A Fiction Building Block
with Sarah Baker
♦ Creating Compelling Characters: Make Your Readers Care!
with Elizabeth S. Layton
♦ Creating Book Covers
with Rose Marie Kern
♦ A Writer’s Building Block on Point of View
with Sarah H. Baker
♦ FREE: Critique Group Conversations via Zoom
with Various Moderators
♦ Pitch Your Novel Effectively
with Kirt Hickman
♦ Submitting a Winning Entry
with Brenda Cole and Rose Marie Kern

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
♦ Putting Emotions into Your Characters
with Melody Groves
♦ Portals to the Multiverse: Access to Fresh Ideas for Science Fiction and Fantasy
with Betsy James
♦ How Setting Brings a Story and its Characters to Life
with Bob Kidera
♦ Social Media Marketing
with Elizabeth S. Layton


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