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.


Summer Break

No Workshop

  • Saturday: June 11

Marketing Best Practices

With Geoff Habiger

  • Saturday: July 9
  • 12:30 – 2:30 pm
  • Via Zoom
  • SWW members: $20 ♦ Non-members: $30

Marketing is the top thing that authors say that they struggle with, and when you look at the Big 4 publishers and the money they throw at their bestsellers, it’s understandable that you may feel more than a little daunted by the prospect. I will present marketing best practices I have learned over 18 years as a publisher. These may not turn your book into a New York Times bestseller, but I hope that they will give you the inspiration that marketing is not as scary as it seems. Whether you are self-published or traditionally published, and even if you don’t have a large marketing budget (especially then), I hope that you will take away something new to help you market your book. Topics will cover: Advertising on a Budget, Best-seller or Bust (events and promotions), The Importance of Newsletters, Awards!, Book Bloggers are our Friends, and Unconventional Marketing Tips.

Geoff Habiger is an author and managing editor at Artemesia Publishing. He’s published 6 novels, 1 activity book, and several short stories and has managed Artemesia since 2004 with over 50 books published in that time. Geoff lives in the East Mountains near Albuquerque.

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.


Last Draft Secrets — How to Get Your Final Draft Ready for the Editor

With Susan Katz

  • Saturday: August 13, 2022
  • 12:30 – 2:30 pm
  • Hybrid Meeting: In Person and Zoom
  • SWW members: $20 ♦ Non-members: $30

Susan will present her top 10 secrets for editing your manuscript before you send it to your editor. She will describe her experience editing novels, and her challenges of correcting a myriad of issues. Editing is much more than finding grammatical and punctuation errors. It’s making sure the content, flow, and logic make sense to the reader — your audience. Susan will explain how to review your material objectively, so you can edit with “fresh eyes.” It’s important when editing your work, to let go of your proprietary feelings about “your baby” and have the ability to delete superfluous words and/or passages. Or sometimes it’s necessary to add words for a better description or clarification. Fixing problems in your manuscript before it goes to your editor, will cut the time they would take to correct those errors, thus saving you money. Ultimately, you will also feel better about the end product.

At a young age, Susan Katz developed a love of English and writing. It has served her well in her 40-year career as an editor, writer, and proofreader. She was brought up in a house where grammar was important, and Susan learned to appreciate its value in writing and in speech. Her Website is: www.unicorneditingandwriting.com.

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

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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