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.
Writing As Refuge
A retreat for writers interested in social and ecological change
With Zoe FitzGerald Carter and Constance Hale
March 7-8, 2015
The Mesa Refuge, Point Reyes Station, California
$425Are 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. For more details, as well as information on how to register, please see the Writing As Refuge page.
Tri-Valley Writers Conference
April 18, 2015
The Tri-Valley Writers Conference is a one-day event that features three tracks of speakers and events on the craft and business of writing. In an afternoon workshop, Constance Hale will lead you through a series of readings, exercises, puzzles, and games that will let you stretch new muscles, kick bad habits, and duke it out in a war of words. She'll also talk about how to cultivate that most elusive of literary elements: the writer's voice.
For details and registration, visit the California Writers Club Tri-Valley Branch web site.