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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 Info@SWWriters.com to let us know.


Join Us for Free-to-Members Workshops!


Romance in March

  • Saturdays: March 13, 20, 27
  • 12:30 – 2:30 pm
  • Platform: Zoom Live Meeting
  • SWW & LERA members: Free ♦ Non-Members: $20

March 13 — Writing Great Love Scenes: for Romance and Other Genres
March 20 — Plotting a Romance
March 27 — Finding Romance Publishers and Agents

March is SWW’s month of Romance. Workshops are free for members of SouthWest Writers (SWW) and Land of Enchantment Romance Authors (LERA), and $20.00 for all others. Attend one or all of these workshops led by published romance authors including:

Jeffe Kennedy, award-winning author of fantasy romance, as well as poetry, non-fiction, and short fiction. She has won the prestigious RITA® Award, is on the board of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and is a member of LERA. JeffeKennedy.com

Robin Perini, bestselling and award-winning author of romantic suspense, and member of LERA. RobinPerini.com

Tamra Baumann, bestselling and award-winning author of light-hearted contemporary romance and cozy mystery, and president of LERA. TamraBaumann.com

Sarah Storme/Lydia Parks, award-winning author of romance, erotica, and mystery, and on the Board of SWW. SarahHanberryBaker.com

To Register:

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

#2 March 13 — Writing Great Love Scenes: for Romance and Other Genres
Free-to-Members Registration or $20.00 Non-Member Registration.

#3 March 20 — Plotting a Romance
Free-to-Members Registration or $20.00 Non-Member Registration.

#4 March 27 — Finding Romance Publishers and Agents
Free-to-Members Registration or $20.00 Non-Member Registration.

The Zoom invitation link and the password will be emailed to those who purchase this workshop. For members of SWW and LERA, the link and password will be sent once membership is verified. Please contact the class/workshop coordinator at Info@SWWriters.com for more information.


April:
Finding the Story in History

With Pamela Nowak

  • Saturday, April 3
  • 12:30 – 2:30 pm
  • Platform: Zoom Live Meeting
  • SWW members: Free ♦ Non-members: $20

Pamela Nowak writes historical women’s fiction and award winning historical romance set in the American West. Her richly researched historical fiction explores the forgotten stories of real women. Her romances feature fictional women and their relationship stories set into history. Ms. Nowak has a B.A. in history. She was a teacher and the project manager for the Fort Yuma National Historic Site before directing a non profit homeless shelter. She was named the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Writer of the Year in 2010 and has recently moved to New Mexico. Visit her website PamelaNowak.com.

To Register:
Call the SWW office (505-830-6034, Monday–Thursday, 9:00 am–noon) or use one of these online forms: Free-to-Members Registration or $20.00 Non-Member Registration. (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 purchase this workshop. For SWW members, the link and password will be sent once membership is verified. 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:

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

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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