Suggested Writing Groups near San Diego, CA
San Diego Script Camp
San Diego, CA
Welcome beginning and experienced screenwriters! We host regular screenwriting bootcamps, classes, script coverage and career coaching from professional, repped screenwriter Conor Kyle. Each week there are a few live & virtual classes, workshops, Q&As and intensive 6- to 8-week bootcamp sessions that take you from idea to first draft, to polished feature screenplay or TV pilot. <br> <br>Some of our classes are free and some are paid. There are no membership dues or fees required to attend our free classes. <br> <br>This group is affiliated with Conor Kyle's Script Camp <br> <br>Website: https://scriptcamp.net <br> <br>Our classes are taught live on Discord at: https://discord.gg/mUtQKbtsgb <br> <br>Upcoming class schedule: https://scriptcamp.net/events/month <br> <br>*About the Instructor*: Conor Kyle has written for Shudder's Creepshow (2019) and placed twice in the Nicholl Fellowship with his scripts “Peter and the Wolves” (quarterfinals, also Launchpad top 10) and The Tube (semifinals). His screenplays have also been featured on the annual Hit List, Young & Hungry List, Spec Book, and on Tracking Board’s “Best Writers of the Year” booklet. He writes everything from stage musicals to Westerns to horror movies, and has taught screenwriting in Summer camps and online courses since 2018.
Chula Vista Script Camp
Chula Vista, CA
Welcome beginning and experienced screenwriters! We host regular screenwriting bootcamps, classes, script coverage and career coaching from professional, repped screenwriter Conor Kyle. Each week there are a few live & virtual classes, workshops, Q&As and intensive 6- to 8-week bootcamp sessions that take you from idea to first draft, to polished feature screenplay or TV pilot.
Some of our classes are free and some are paid. There are no membership dues or fees required to attend our free classes.
This group is affiliated with Conor Kyle's Script Camp
Our classes are taught live on Discord at: https://discord.gg/mUtQKbtsgb
Upcoming class schedule: https://scriptcamp.net/events/month
*About the Instructor*: Conor Kyle has written for Shudder's Creepshow (2019) and placed twice in the Nicholl Fellowship with his scripts “Peter and the Wolves” (quarterfinals, also Launchpad top 10) and The Tube (semifinals). His screenplays have also been featured on the annual Hit List, Young & Hungry List, Spec Book, and on Tracking Board’s “Best Writers of the Year” booklet. He writes everything from stage musicals to Westerns to horror movies, and has taught screenwriting in Summer camps and online courses since 2018.
San Diego writing/Creativity Meetup Group
San Diego, CA
This group is for anyone with a desire to create and experiment with different writing, (and if desired other types/styles of art).
Once or twice a month we would gather and use different writing prompts and exercises, (including more experimental things like the use of images, film, etc) through which each of us can explore different ways of expressing ourselves on the page. After the exercises the floor would be open to anyone who were wishing to share, and we could provide constructive, creative feedback on our impressions on each other's work.
This is a great space to meet individuals who want to meet and share their creative and artistic abilities with others, as well as networking and meeting individuals with creative drives and similar interests.
I would potentially reserve a room at a library, probably the Pacific Beach Library, for our meetings, although we could experiment with where we were to have our meetups as well. This group is open to each and every one of us in regards to how it is organized / planned. If there are any ideas that want to be shared, we all have a different perspective and I am sure great ideas as to the different types of exercises and prompts we can use for our activities.
This group is open to anyone (no matter the age, gender, physical ability, sexual orientation, religion, racial and/or ethnic background).
Write REAL Early: Online Edition
San Diego, CA
One hour a week can have a surprising impact on your creativity and writing.
Write Real Early is a writing practice. We show up, a prompt is offered, we write, read what we wrote, and that's it. There's no feedback or critique (there are plenty of other groups who do that.) This group is to support the practice of writing of all genres.
Requirements: No experience necessary. Just come prepared to write.
You can also check us out on Facebookhere.
North Park Write-In!
San Diego, CA
What we've got here is nothing fancy. We believe in an environment of no pressure, no critiques, no prompts, no judgement, and a whole lot of whatever that flavor of magic writing shenanigans it is that makes you do the thing you do. We're just here to give you a place to be weird with a bunch of other weirdos, so you don't have to do get down with your weird self alone!
Our group has found a lot of success in the 25 minute sprint, 5 minute break structure for banging out the good shit, so we plan on keeping that going. When it's time to take a break, crack your speedy fingers, crack a cold one, take a leak, do what you feel, then it's butts in seats to sprint on! That said, if you want to just keep jamming away on your sprint, we more than encourage you to rage on. You can check back in with the group whenever or never.
All genres, all mediums, all skills, all folks welcome! All we ask is that you come ready to rock with your weapon of mass creation, whatever it is, and keep the chill alive.
We've been the NUMBER #1 place for author development since 2009 (and now global with Zoom). A couple of our members are award-winning authors with links to Hollywood.
We need your help. Writing is not easy. To place a reader in the middle of your story (showing through layering of sights, odors, sounds, tastes, and feelings), not just "telling," is hard work. Critiquing is even harder.
For each meeting, authors submit a chapter of their work via our DropBox three days prior to the meeting.
We use Word’s Track Changes and/or Comments to highlight anything that stopped or confused us as READERS, make suggested changes as WRITERS, then post them to the DropBox prior to the meeting. What the author saw clearly in their mind, often didn't make it to the page. Incredible insights and laughs have come from these meetings as well as spectacular writing.
David S. Larson -- This award-winning author of the unpublished The Last Jewish Gangster has thrice optioned his book in Hollywood to turn into a movie or TV series. He has numerous published works including ghostwriting (dramatic love stories, thrillers, fiction fantasy, biography, apocalyptic), biographies/memoirs, historical fiction, and screenplays. Prior to deciding to pick up a pen, Mr. Larson spent a decade in the printing industry and then went onto global corporate marketing. He writes in most genres, rewrites, and edits full time and can help aspiring authors by combining his breadth and depth of experience to make pages come alive.
Mike Gibbs -- This retired San Diego Police Sergeant just completed his second novel written for the YA Historical Fiction genre (mid-1700s American Indian plains tribe) -- High Plains Warrior Novels. Mike is a wilderness tracker (of both humans and animals) and is an amateur animal behaviorist and cultural anthropologist. His knowledge concerning military (he was a Green Beret) jargon and processes, police (36 years with SD PD) procedures, and a wealth of expertise comes in handy when writers are looking to put readers in the scene.
Well, that's the tip of the iceberg about us. We look forward to reading your work and getting to know you and your story.
Dave and Mike
Alpine Readers and Writers Guild
Don't be a hermit! Come meet local authors, and talk about the craft of writing. We are a friendly group of people who share our writing and work on improving our skills. Some of us are published, some aspire to be. You may choose to sit and listen, or bring a few pages of your own work to share in our read and critique session. Preferred format is 1 inch margins, double-spaced, 12 pt font. Please RSVP for meetings so we know how many copies to bring for sharing. Post questions under discussions and someone will get back to you.
Poetry of Place: For The Seventh Generation
Poetry of Place: For The Seventh Generation
This Meetup will be lead by Keri Hakan and is organized by the Elisabeth Jones ARt Center. We welcome all levels of experience and knowledge to this group. Keri will be exploring different techniques of writing and this will be a space to learn, grow and share in community with others focused on poetry.
For The Seventh Generation is a project that is creating a 2ft x 1 mile mural consisting of individual paintings done by local artists of specific beach locations along the California, Oregon and Washington coastline. This project is truly unlike any other as it creates a community of Coastal Watchers- artists all along the West Coast who are passionate about ocean conservation and representing their beautiful beaches.
The exhibition will exhibit at the Lincoln City Cultural Center in Lincoln City, OR July 21st-24th, with a showing in Portland, OR at the Elisabeth Jones Art Center in September, 2021. At this festival we will hold the 7th Gen Film Festival at the Bijou Theater on July 24th, 2021 as well as a Poetry and Spoken Word Reading.
Here is a link to more information on our website: https://www.elisabethjones.art/for-the-seventh-generation1.html
And a link to a video about the project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5I7i15ewINs
Participating artists for the 7th Gen Poetry and Spoken Word Readings will write a piece of poetry or spoken word about a beach or coastal location and their connection to it. These poems will be gathered and read at the For The Seventh Generation festival in July.
Kingdom Writers Association
San Diego, CA
We are currently meeting monthly with over 60 people in attendance and growing. We have a facebook group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1063082980415775/
Vision: Kingdom Writers Association is to be a resource center for Christian writers of all levels to empower, encourage, and unlock scribes into their calling and to publish award-winning material within all genres with the purpose of reaching more people for Christ.
Kingdom Writers Association (KWA) is a resource center and community for Christian writers of all levels. Though launched in San Diego California in 2016, KWA's members span the globe gathering in local Chapters and online via social media. In our KWA community, we work to equip, encourage, and empower writers and to remove the roadblocks that hinder individuals from walking in the fullness of their creative calling. We envision Christian authors flooding the mainstream market with works that honor God, impact culture, and bring generational blessing.
Director of KWA: Brae Wyckoff (CEO of www.braewyckoff.com, LR Publishing, KWA Publishing, The Greater News, award-winning author, Amazon bestseller)
Assistant Director: Jill Wyckoff (www.Jillwyckoff.com, author and encounter artist)
Monthly "Writers Gatherings" happen on the 2nd Saturday of each month. (Time and dates can be changed so double check). Make sure to join our facebook group page called San Diego Kingdom Writers Association Group. We have constant interaction in this group where you can learn from one another and get important updates on future events.
If writing is your calling and destiny then it is time to surround yourself with those who believe in you and want you to succeed. Become a member and be part of the scribe community on a deeper level. KWA members benefits include:
* Monthly Gatherings (information & support meetings)* Small group critique gatherings* Discounts to conferences and workshops* First access to "advances" (formerly known as retreats)* And more!
The yearly cost to join KWA will be $99 per year.
*If you are not a member then it will be $20 for each monthly meeting you attend and you will not receive benefits or discounts for conferences and workshops and more. Monthly Gatherings are free for 1st-time visitors and KWA members.
Our new location is New Hope Church at 10330 Carmel Mountain Rd, San Diego 92129
We meet on the 2nd Saturday of each month (except December). Doors open at 8:30am.
Writers helping writers
San Diego, CA
Welcome to all active and aspiring authors far and wide! We're an online community of dreamers, world-builders and wordsmiths who support each other's dreams of bringing their creations to the world. We'll meet virtually, sometimes organize events - but we'll always support and inspire one another. Whether it's chapter critiques, marketing tips, self-publishing strategies or storyline brainstorming - this will be a safe space for all current and future writers to hone their crafts.
San Diego -- Meet Up & Write
San Diego, CA
Writing can be an isolated process. With all of life's distractions, writers of all genres often find it difficult to stay on track and stick to a writing schedule. While we can't write for you we can definitely write alongside with you and help each other stay focused. By making a commitment to meet-up and write, the hope is that we will support one another and hold each other accountable for sticking to our writing schedules.
This focus of the group is not to submit or review each other's work, but rather to meet up at a coffee shop, sit down near each other, and write. It's intended to be a friendly and supportive community for the discussion of screenplays/film, stories, books, essays, memoirs, etc.
Publishers & Writers of San Diego
Originally founded in 1994 as The San Diego Publishers Alliance, Publishers & Writers of San Diego, or PWSD, is a professional association of the publishing community in San Diego, educating business-minded self-publishers and authors.
We are a forum for education, networking, and motivation.
PWSD comprises members from all areas of publishing and writing — authors, self-publishers, independent publishers, editors, book packagers, designers, consultants, promotional professionals, students, and more. One key unique aspect of PWSD is that it focuses on the business of publishing and writing. There are many groups that support the craft of writing — you can find some on our links page at publisherswriters.org — so we feel it's important to complement them by supporting the business side of our field.
Because of its established presence and history, PWSD is recognized throughout the publishing community as a valuable organization whose members contribute greatly to the benefit of our profession.
PWSD is an affiliate of three national publishing associations — IBPA (The Independent Book Publishers Association), SPAN (Small Publishers of North America), and SPAWN (Self-Publishers, Writers, and Artists Network). PWSD members are entitled to discount memberships to these organizations and encouraged to join at least one to complement the benefits received from PWSD.
North County Writers' Community
San Marcos, CA
North County Writers Community
This group is looking for a new organizer. We are not currently meeting.
Are you looking to connect with a community of writers in a friendly, supportive and informal environment?
For Whom: We welcome anyone who loves to write from all genres!
When & Where: Join us Thursday nights from 7:00pm to 8:00pm. Send Jill your email via direct messaging. She will add you to the email list. We currently meet VIRTUALLY due to COVID-19. Our former meeting space was at Old California Coffee House and Eatery - 1080 W San Marcos Blvd, San Marcos, CA 92078 - http://oldcalcoffee.com/
Format: We will share a prompt the day before via an email, you write for 30 minutes, and then we share our writing with the group during our video call on Thursdays. There is no formal criticism. Reflective responses and respectful dialogue is welcome.
Size of Group: There is no RSVP limit. All are welcome! No waitlisting.
Cost: A membership fee will be added to support the technology fees. More to come this September.
Facebook: Join our Facebook group and spread the word! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1871578386412090/
DimeStories San Diego
San Diego, CA
Love to write? Of course you do. Like to perform? That's a rhetorical question. Want to share your stories with other writers? Why am I even asking? Dime Stories are 3-minutes stories (prose, not poetry) read by the author. They’re funny. They’re heart-rending. Fictional or factual, they’re always true. Bring your Dime Story to read to a live audience at any of our open mics. Beware: Three-minute rule (that’s about 500 words) is strictly enforced. Since before 3-Minute Fiction on NPR, Dime Story open mic events have been taking place around the country where DimeStories are recorded. Some have been optioned for podcasts and public radio. DimeStories have been heard on several radio outlets: KUOW 94.9 Public Radio Puget Sound; Remix Radio; KUT in Austin, Texas; and WTIP in Minnesota.
LA Writers Group in San Diego
San Diego, CA
Calling all writers! My long-running workshops in Los Angeles have expanded to San Diego. Join our mailing list here. I run creative writing workshops in Carlsbad, CA. Get words on the page and learn how to write better scenes along the way!
About Nicole Criona, owner of LA Writers Group and book coach:
• 2 clients got agents and sold their book to a traditional publisher in 2020
• 40+ clients have completed drafts of their book.
• Thanked in 5 books.
• Five clients are currently seeking representation.
• One currently being considered by agents.
• Developmental Editing and First-Draft Coaching for Fiction, Memoir, Nonfiction, & Screenplays
• Creativity Coaching
• Productivity Coaching
• Scene Improvement
• Writer’s blocks
Nicole Criona founded LAwritersgroup.com in 2003. She specializes in Developmental Editing and coaching fiction writers, nonfiction writers, and screenwriters who want to complete their first draft.
While Nicole focuses mostly on helping writers, Nicole’s writing credits include poetry and fiction on Hissquarterly.com (Sanity is a One-Trick Pony issue), Strongverse.org, Six Sentences, and Narrative Magazine, among others. She is currently working on a novel and a non-fiction book. Read Nicole’s poem, Advice to an Angel About to Fall. She has also worked as a freelance and content writer.
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Amazon Book Publishing & Marketing
This meetup is for authors and businesseses interested in publishing and marketing books on Amazon. Topics focus on the business of publishing, not writing, and also cover book sales and marketing beyond Amazon.
Your organizer is David Wogahn, president of AuthorImprints: AuthorImprints.com or DavidWogahn.com. Currently we are coordinating our meetup schedule with Publishers and Writers of San Diego. Learn more a publisherswriters.org.
SCREENWRITERS OF SAN DIEGO
San Diego, CA
Before any film, television show, web series, or video game can become a phenomenon, you need words on a page. The Screenwriters of San Diego teaches members how to create the kinds of scripts that excite creative collaborators, agents, managers, and investors and become real projects.
The meetings immerse members in the SSD tradition of crafting compelling stories and honing your narrative instincts through small workshop meetings. You will learn to write short scripts, feature length screenplays, television episodes in comedy and drama, web series, and scripts for games and other immersive media.
Write Alongside You
El Cajon, CA
Ideas are fragile in their infant stage. If you want to craft YOUR story alongside other creatives as they work on THEIR story; this is the place for you.
This is primarily an accountability group. we push each other to keep at IT.
This is not a critique group. The critics voice has a place but only when the idea has legs to stand on.
We respect each other, build each other up and share knowledge as it is requested.
We share our personal progress and support to other creatives at a bi monthly online meeting.
**content advisory: I moderate R media light. I encourage a different group for NR-17 super slasher story makers**