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.
Make Your Writing Unforgettable:
Finding the Literary Voice That Makes Readers Turn the Pages
San Francisco Writers Conference
Feb. 19You recognize a literary voice when you read it. Some writers put words on pages in a distinctive way. But how do you move from clear, competent sentences to those that sparkle with your personality? Constance Hale will explain the idea of literary voice and show you how your own experiments with vocabulary, tone, point of view, and sentence length will make your writing so distinctive that readers have to keep reading. You will learn to:
- Avoid the seven habits of ho-hum sentences
- Use Connie’s three spectra for choosing words for maximum impact
- Modulate phrasing and rhythm to create emotional effects
- Play ventriloquist to help find your voice
- Allow your sentences to echo to your meaning
The San Francisco Writers Conference happens from Feb. 15 - 18 at the Mark Hopkins Hotel. This special session will be offered as a special session on Monday, Feb. 18, from 2 -5 p.m.
Mokulē‘ia Writers Retreat
on O‘ahu’s North Shore ~ May 6 - 11At this annual retreat, three dozen writers gather at a beachfront sanctuary for five nights and six days of daily workshops, private coaching, evening readings, and writing in the shade of ironwood trees. North Shore native Constance Hale is the director; instructors vary each year and include nationally known novelists, poets, and narrative journalists. Some classes explore new sides of our creative selves. See another side of Hawai‘i with readings by local writers and cultural excursions including a guided tour of sacred sites. Yoga, swimming, beachcombing, turtle watching, and unforgettable sunsets all free. The cost of $600–1,300 includes food, workshops, and activities. Packages that include lodging start at $700. Information is here.