August & September 2020 RWASD Training Classes


No matter where you are in your writing career, RWA San Diego has an online class to fit your needs. In August, we’re offering REFLECTIVE WRITING, a month-long journaling workshop for writers, with instructor Joy E. Held. Then in September, we have two month-long workshops: one with Ally Broadfield on adding humor to your writing and another with Joy E. Held on the mindset, motivation, well-being of being a writer.


*** PLEASE NOTE: RWASD Member pricing is what you will pay after the member discount code is applied. If you are a RWA San Diego Chapter member in good standing and have not received this code yet, contact an Online Class Coordinator to get it BEFORE you register and pay for your class. It cannot be applied or refunded afterwards. ***


Reflective Writing: A Journal Workshop for Writers

Instructor: Joy E. Held
Active Class Dates: 08/03/20 – 08/28/20 (4 weeks)
Cost: $25 RWASD Members, $30 Non-RWASD Members
Lesson Frequency: Monday/Wednesday/Friday; Twelve Lessons

REFLECTIVE WRITING: A JOURNAL WORKSHOP FOR WRITERS will explore the many different ways writers can utilize journaling to document process, clear mental clutter, examine story, and cull ideas from the pages. We’ll look at the journal practices of writers like Sue Grafton, John Steinbeck, and others to see how their journals contributed to their output. Participants will receive three journal prompts per week to practice and have ample opportunities to discuss the outcomes and uses of keeping a journal when it comes to fiction, nonfiction, poetry, etc. We’ll look at what’s out there as far as journaling tools and how keeping a journal provides insight, focus, and positive change. With a bit of research and journal keeping history thrown in, this workshop will expand your ideas on how, why, and when journaling can assist your professional writing and personal growth. Journaling is more than sitting down with a pen/paper or at the keyboard and recounting your day. Reflective writing is a metacognitive process that will free your creative spirit.

To Register: https://rwasd.com/classes/


Adding Humor to Your Writing

Instructor: Ally Broadfield
Active Class Dates: 9/01/20 – 9/30/20 (4 weeks)
Cost: $25 RWASD Members, $30 Non-RWASD Members

Humor is a part of our everyday lives. It can inspire hope, relieve tension, and help connect us to one another. Learning to use humor effectively will enhance your work and may even boost your creativity by challenging you to approach your craft in a new way. Even if your subject matter is serious, the subtle use of humor can help ease tension and give your readers a chance to breathe again after an intense scene. Learning to be funny is one of the most difficult writing skills to master, but as long as you possess a sense of humor, this class will teach you the skills you need to add humor to your stories.

“I appreciated Ally’s thorough feedback which touched on not only the topic of the workshop, but other writing points as well.” ~Debra Brown

To Register: https://rwasd.com/classes/


Mindset, Motivation, and Well-Being A to Z for Writers

Instructor: Joy E. Held
Active Class Dates: 09/01/20 – 09/30/20 (4 weeks)
Cost: $25 RWASD Members, $30 Non-RWASD Members
Lesson Frequency: Monday/Wednesday/Friday; Twelve Lessons

MINDSET, MOTIVATION & WELL-BEING A TO Z FOR WRITERS presents a host of suggestions for overhauling your writing life inside and out. Some of the topics will resonate and some will need to percolate for a while, but everything from coping with anxiety to applying zero-based thinking can potentially recharge your existence until you are unstoppable in every aspect. These premises apply to more than just writers, but the creative juices needed to produce stories is more draining than it looks. These concepts could be the missing ingredient you’ve been searching for.

The course will present the ideas and offer outside readings or internet links to explain each one. Course participants will be encouraged to post experiences and thoughts.

To Register: https://rwasd.com/classes/


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