Writing Classes & Conferences

This is an entirely subjective selection of classes taught either by me or by writers and teachers I respect. I also include writing conferences that I am participating in, or that I think are well worth your time and money. All are listed (more or less) in chronological order, unless one item is especially newsy.


Greensboro Writers Retreat

First-Person Plural: Crafting stories from our lives

September 11-13, 2014

Greensboro and Hardwick, Vermont

An intimate and unusual workshop, led by Zoe FitzGerald Carter and Constance Hale, who have published memoirs and essays in books and in Vogue, Health, Honolulu, The Atlantic, and O. Chef and food writer Stephanie Rosenbaum Klassen cooks all our meals in the kitchen of Zoe’s expansive family home on Lake Caspian. The retreat kicks off on Friday night, at The Galaxy Bookshop in Hardwick, with a reading and a conversation about mixing memory, food, and meaning. Zoe, Connie will lead most of the sessions on Saturday and Sunday, with Stephanie stepping in as well. We will mix guided writing, workshopping, coaching, and private writing time. Late Sunday afternoon, all participants will have the opportunity to read at the Galaxy and enjoy a special farm-to-table dinner.

The workshop is open to writers of all levels and genres. $350 includes all writing sessions and meals. Limited lodging is available for $60/night. For information, please email constancehaleretreats@gmail.com. More information and updates here: http://sinandsyntax.com/greensboro-writers-retreat/


Writing As Refuge

A retreat for writers interested in social and ecological change

With Zoe FitzGerald Carter and Constance Hale

Spring 2016

The Mesa Refuge, Point Reyes Station, California

Are you writing about social justice? Racial inequality? Environmental change? Or, do you want to deepen a personal story by tying it to a larger societal issue? In a setting of unparalleled beauty and calm, this unusual writers workshop offers a small group of writers a literal and psychic “refuge” where you can pause, consider your work from a new perspective, and enjoy the fellowship of other committed writers.

Authors Zoe FitzGerald Carter and Constance Hale will coach you on how to approach difficult topics with verve and humanity. Readings from a variety of genres will inspire you to explore a more intentional literary style. Guided writing exercises will spark fresh ideas. You will have the opportunity to share your writing and be critiqued by the group in a supportive, thoughtful manner.

The date and details for 2016 have yet to be determined. But for a description of the 2015 retreat, please see the Writing As Refuge page.

Mokule‘ia Writers Retreat

Spring 2016

On Oahu’s North Shore

The Mokulē‘ia Writers Retreat is an annual gathering that brings three dozen writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays, and memoir to the North Shore of O‘ahu for a week of intimate workshops and one-on-one coaching. The retreat is high-level and professional — but also low-key and tuned in to the beauty of the surroundings. We foster an exchange in two directions — between islanders and mainlanders, published writers and budding writers, Native Hawaiian artistry and mainland publishing.

Visit our Web site for information about past retreats and to be added to our mailing list.