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.
The Power of Narrative 2016:
Staying Savvy, Skilled, and Solvent in Journalism's Wired Era
April 1-3, 2016
Fundamentals of Freelance Writing
April 7–24, 2016
UC Berkeley Extension, OnlineI love the Danish proverb that says, "Ideas must have wings, but they must also have feet to walk on." This two-and-a-half week online class offers inspiration and practical advice to help you design the writing life you want. Proceed at your own pace (well, sort of) and participate either by text or video. We examine the changing media landscape and how to both survive and thrive in it. We'll deepen your understanding of what magazines, newspapers, books and websites look for, and discuss where and how social media and blogging fit in. Finally, we'll consider how to support dream projects with good work that pays the bills—whether it's tech writing, teaching, ghostwriting or corporate editing. Innovative course materials help you define your goals, sharpen your skills, and develop a personal strategy. The presentations are rich in wisdom, the exercises rigorous but fun. Price: $295. Learn more at UC Berkeley Extension.
National League of American PEN Women, Honolulu Branch, Presents:
Biennial Writers' Conference
April 22 & 23, 2016
‘Iolani School, Honolulu"Craft, Process, and Essentials" are the focus of this conference, and why not go to Honolulu to get the goods? I will be leading a session on "Making Sentences Sing." It's an interactive workshop that will take you through a series of readings, exercises, puzzles, and games. Stretch new muscles! Kick bad habits! Duke it out in a war of words! We'll also talk about how to cultivate that most elusive of literary elements: the writer's voice. Registration begins Feb. 12.
Hawai‘i Book & Music Festival
April 30–May 1, 2016
The 11th Annual Hawaii Book & Music Festival will take place in Downtown Honolulu on the Civic Grounds by Honolulu Hale. This two-day celebration of storytelling, books, and music features panels, presentations, and performances by authors and musicians from Hawai‘i and beyond. Find more details here.