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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 usually held after the Saturday meetings in the same location. Until it’s safe to meet in person again, we’ll schedule workshops using the Zoom platform. 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 to let us know.

Join Us for a Workshop Via Zoom!

Critique Group Conversations via Zoom

With Various Moderators

  • Saturday, October 3
  • 12:15 – 2:00 pm
  • Platform: Zoom Live Meeting
  • Free to SWW members

After October’s Annual SWW Meeting, a workshop dedicated to the organization of critique groups will be held free of charge. SWW members who are interested in finding a critique group, according to their genre (i.e. Nonfiction, Thriller/Suspense, General Fiction), or area of Albuquerque or Santa Fe (or any other area of New Mexico), should join us for this unique workshop. SWW members attending this workshop will meet in the main Zoom meeting and then will be placed into Zoom Breakout Rooms to hold a critique conversation with other members who share similar writing interests. Each Zoom Breakout Room will have a volunteer moderator to help with the critique groups’ organizational conversations.

Zoom Meeting Information:
Topic: SWW Saturday Workshop ~ October 2020
Time: Oct 3rd, 2020, at 12:15 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 835 4866 0286
Passcode: 965207

If you have not used Zoom before, we suggest giving yourself 10 minutes prior to the meeting to get signed in. Although using a computer is the best way to join a Zoom meeting, you can sign in to Zoom on your cellphone by calling this meeting phone number 669-900-6833. When calling in you will only be able to listen to the workshop. You can also download the Zoom App on your cell phone for all of the Zoom tools (video and audio).

Joining a Zoom meeting through a web browser on a desktop, laptop, or tablet is simple by following the directions listed below:

Here are some tips on how to get into ZOOM via a web browser:
1. Click on the Zoom link –>
2. Click on the “Join Meeting” located near the right top corner of your web browser.
3. Type 835 4866 0286 into the meeting ID box and click Join Meeting. A password box will appear and you will type in 965207.
4. Select your audio options. We will not be using video for all attendees, as the video option has a tendency to slow down connections. You will be able to see a shared screen of information we will be discussing within the meeting.

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:


♦ 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


♦ 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


♦ 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

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