classes & workshops

We offer classes and workshops for all skill levels in many genres including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, memoir, and playwriting.

Classes & Workshops.

Our instructors are experienced writers in their genre, and class size is limited to ensure personal attention and lively interaction. Please visit our policies page to learn about cancellations, refunds, and other important information that affects your class registration. Please note that by signing up for a class, you agree to these terms.

Current Classes & Workshops

6/7, 6/14, 6/21 & 6/28

with T. Greenwood

Examine how to develop authentic characters for your novel & how to best integrate them into the rest of the story.
6/7, 6/14, 6/21, 6/28, 7/5, 7/12, 7/19 & 7/26

with T. Greenwood

Writing a novel? This 8-week class will examine the 8 fundamental elements of the novel from concept to conclusion.
6/15, 6/22, 6/29, 7/13, 7/20 & 7/27

with Rich Farrell

Expand on what you have learned about the key components of novel writing and submit a chapter for peer review.
6/16

with Rich Farrell

Discover craft techniques to create vivid, memorable settings and learn how to sustain them throughout your story.
6/22

with Judy Reeves

Celebrate the beauty of the summer solstice sun with a bayside bonfire in Mission Bay. Bring a notebook and chair!
6/22, 6/29, 7/13, 7/20, 7/27 & 8/3

with Marni Freedman

and Tracy J. Jones

Uncover the soul of writing with fun, engaging voice techniques that make your storytelling as dynamic as possible.
6/25

with Rebecca Chamaa

If your goal is to write personal essays and get paid for them, then join this class to make your dreams come true!
6/29

with Adam Greenfield

Come gather all the tools, inside tips, and motivation you need to get started on that dream podcast idea of yours!
6/29

with Kristen Fogle, Jill G. Hall

& Judy Reeves

Spend a day writing in Descanso on an idyllic private ranch in San Diego’s beautiful backcountry. For all writers!
7/9

with Rich Farrell

How can “place” create, sustain, and amplify emotion and meaning in your stories? Take this workshop to learn how!
7/11

with Christina Burress

Gather and make sense of some of the longest living epics that have influenced literature, pop culture, and more.
7/11

with Teresa Carpenter

Identify some of the leading plot tropes, outline readers’ expectations of them, & explore new helpful trope tools!