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  • This Group Journaling Workshop offers a sampling of a more intensive journaling process. Journaling is often considered a highly personal stream of consciousness style of writing. This workshop structures these qualities into a process of histories, dialogues, and “mind work” to access areas of the psyche, our “inner stream”, and pathways to creativity and reflection. […]

San Diego Writers, Ink
San Diego Writers, Ink
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  • Everybody has a story to tell, but the difficult part is getting it out of your head and on to the page. In this workshop we’ll explore the elements of crafting a personal story, how to zero in on the story you want to share, and the steps for pulling it out of your mind […]

San Diego Writers, Ink
San Diego Writers, Ink
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  • Coming up with ideas for a new world or new characters isn’t often too intimidating, but when faced with creating an entire plot, a lot of writers freeze up. That’s because most people aren’t aware of the 5 Big Rules that will direct your efforts and help you come up with consistently good stories. Come […]

San Diego Writers, Ink
San Diego Writers, Ink
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  • Please join us for a three hour class on “Poetry of Place,” where we will read poems of place by various poets, including Billy Collins, Mary Oliver, Pablo Neruda, Jane Hirshfield, David Whyte, and Wendell Berry. A brief introduction to poetry will be part of this class, including a few simple forms, as well as the […]

San Diego Writers, Ink
San Diego Writers, Ink
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  • If you love writing poetry and you appreciate art and/or music, you will have a chance to connect these loves and enrich your experience of each. Writing inspired by art has a long history, beginning with Homer’s Illiad where he described the Shield of Achilles! Much later John Keats gave us Ode to a Grecian Urn. We’ll look at […]

San Diego Writers, Ink
San Diego Writers, Ink
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  • Nothing gives us more than the earth we inhabit, so why not celebrate our love for her with words? This generative class will introduce you to several nature themed prompts to get the creative juices flowing. Whether it’s journal entries or short stories, poems or character sketches you create, there is no wrong way to […]

San Diego Writers, Ink
San Diego Writers, Ink
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  • Join Susan J. Farese, MSN, RN, President of SJF Communications, for this engaging, non-traditional, interactive (and hopefully fun) journey “Capturing your Creativity with Haiku”- for the fun and health of it. Bring your open mind, active imagination, sense of humor, zest for life, quest for fun while learning and willingness to participate. Satisfaction? Poetically guaranteed! We […]

San Diego Writers, Ink
San Diego Writers, Ink
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  • Handed a copy of a beautiful poetry anthology as a Christmas gift from a colleague, Jim Moreno was taken on a journey across cultures, across generations, and across genres  of poetry.  In the pages of this inspiring anthology he found 4 women poets  who shared a common theme of drifting between polarities of cultural and […]

San Diego Writers, Ink
San Diego Writers, Ink
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  • Every new year marks a transition. We take this time to write about the changes we want to make in our lives, the new directions we would like to go and what it’s going to take to get us there. Special emphasis will be placed on imagining ourselves in a story, and how understating ourselves […]

San Diego Writers, Ink
San Diego Writers, Ink
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  • World Building isn’t just for fantasy writers. If you’re writing any kind of fiction, you’re asking the readers to step into your story and as the author it’s your job to give make it easy for them to settle in and suspend their disbelief. We’ll examine world building for fantasy, horror, historical and even contemporary […]

San Diego Writers, Ink
San Diego Writers, Ink
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  • We’ll talk about what makes a character pop off the page, and what makes a reader remember them. We’ll analyze some well known fictional characters as well as learn some tools to brainstorm new characters, both main characters and side characters. Bring your notebook and your muse!   Lisa Kessler has published multiple short stories […]

San Diego Writers, Ink
San Diego Writers, Ink
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  • From Query to Contract :  Whether you are writing memoir or fiction, securing a literary agent is the most important step in becoming a published author. From selling your book, negotiating your publishing contract and making sure you receive a substantial advance in a timely manner, there is no person who will work harder on your […]

San Diego Writers, Ink
San Diego Writers, Ink
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  • Finish Up the Year Strong and Have  Scenes Written! Actors need to express themselves. The one-person show format puts the control into the performers hands. No waiting to be cast. No more being a background player in your life.  Instead your story, your message and your talent put you center stage. This is a class […]

San Diego Writers, Ink
San Diego Writers, Ink
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  • Brenda offers a 4-week workshop on this topic but first, she’ll give a FREE introductory lesson on the one-person show. Actors need to express themselves. The one-person show format puts the control into the performers hands. No waiting to be cast. No more being a background player in your life.  Instead your story, your message […]

San Diego Writers, Ink
San Diego Writers, Ink
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  • This class is designed for individuals with little or no screenwriting experience who want to learn how to write a well-crafted screenplay. You will learn the basics of how a screenplay is built, with emphasis on structure and character, dialogue and scene-building, as well as how to format a screenplay. We will deconstruct well-known films […]

San Diego Writers, Ink
San Diego Writers, Ink
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  • This is a workshop for writers who hope to submit a novel or short story collection to agents or publishers and need to write a query letter and synopsis that is compelling enough to entice a potential agent or editor to read their manuscript.  The publishing process begins with a strong promotional package, and these […]

San Diego Writers, Ink
San Diego Writers, Ink
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  • Cozy, hard-boiled, soft-boiled, police procedural, thriller. All can be found on the mystery shelf, but each of these sub-genres has its own rules. In this workshop, we’ll discuss the differences but focus on the common essential elements: plot and character. We’ll discuss the attributes of a compelling sleuth, explore how to build suspense and effectively […]

San Diego Writers, Ink
San Diego Writers, Ink
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  • William Faulkner famously said that “the past is never dead.” Effective historical fiction confirms that statement by revealing eternal truths about the human condition. The settings may be in the past, but the stories resonate in the present. In this workshop, we’ll examine the basics—from research to voice to pacing—in creating such works. We’ll discuss […]

San Diego Writers, Ink
San Diego Writers, Ink
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  • Much of what we find delightful about poetry and art is the way it was created using images and ideas in an unpredictable juxtaposition. Sometimes it’s a matter of using the common and familiar, and other times  it is stranger than that, but either way, the art casts a new light.         […]

San Diego Writers, Ink
San Diego Writers, Ink
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  • Yes, yes, yes, despite all you’ve heard or have potentially experienced, anyone desiring to write a book can do so in a weekend, and that book can even go on to become a best seller, as evidenced by the three-decade track record of Best Selling Author Tom Bird’s innovative, proven and life-changing techniques. And this mind-expanding class, […]

San Diego Writers, Ink
San Diego Writers, Ink
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  • Yes, yes, yes, despite all you’ve heard or have potentially experienced, anyone desiring to write a book can do so in a weekend, and that book can even go on to become a best seller, as evidenced by the three-decade track record of Best Selling Author Tom Bird’s innovative, proven and life-changing techniques. And this mind-expanding class, […]

San Diego Writers, Ink
San Diego Writers, Ink
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  • How to create a buying frenzy. What every author ought to know about writing and marketing. Some plain talk about a simple business that often sounds complicated. In this class you will learn: How to build a list of fans who will become lifelong fans of your work How to find people who will buy […]

San Diego Writers, Ink
San Diego Writers, Ink
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  • Professional writers use fundamentally different techniques than average writers. According to John Truby, the premier story consultant in Hollywood, ninety percent of screenplays and eighty percent of novels are rejected because of poor structure. This means that one of the most important things you will ever learn as a writer is how to structure a story. In this class you will learn: How the tec...

San Diego Writers, Ink
San Diego Writers, Ink
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  • Action stories are among the most popular genres. Action stories are among the highest grossing films in Hollywood. In this class you will learn: How to create action heroes. How to create mythical heroes and epic heroes. How to design an action/love story How to design a war story. How to write action scenes. How […]

San Diego Writers, Ink
San Diego Writers, Ink
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  • Writing a feature story for a newspaper, magazine, or digital platform, goes beyond the recounting of facts. Features are all about telling stories that plunge the reader into an experience, whether that be the harrowing account of an abuse victim’s fight for survival or an immersive travel story about discovering the underground jazz clubs of […]

San Diego Writers, Ink
San Diego Writers, Ink
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  • Working as a freelance writer comes down to three things: the story, the pitch, and your professionalism. Those are the elements that will be covered in this class.   You have a great story to tell—a narrative history of a prominent building downtown, an inside scoop on the best places for a gin cocktail by […]

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