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.

Six-week Journalism Lab

Tuesdays, July 18–August 22, 6–9 p.m.

The Grotto ~ San Francisco

Interested in reportage, but can’t afford J-school? (Or don’t have the time?) Curious about how to make sure your creative projects bristle with factual material or an apt dose of history? Wonder how investigative reporters pry secrets out of protective subjects? Want to write and sell fact-based stories that are also artful? This six-week summer course will introduce you to the basic elements at the core of the craft of journalism and will examine the role these elements play in exemplary work. We will explore a breadth of topics, but we will also give the inside goop on journalistic ethics, best practices, and tricks of the trade. Each class session, led by an experienced journalist working in the field, will feature discussions, readings, and short exercises. You’ll come away with a deeper understanding of your goals as a journalist, and how to deliver what editors want. See here for details and registration.

Sin and Syntax Workshop:

Grammar Brush-up for Writers

 July 29, 2017, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Grotto ~ San Francisco

Six hours, 60 bucks, free bagels, buckets of grammar.  How can you resist? Grotto member Connie Hale will lead you through a series of hilarious exercises to perk up your writing in surprising ways. (We’ll use Sin and Syntax as our guide, but dip also into Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch.) Writers will stretch new muscles, disabuse themselves of bad habits, and 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. This 1-day session is perfect for writers of fiction, nonfiction, and memoir who want to take their prose to the next level. While we realize this is catnip for students heading back-to-school, the course is intended for adult writers and writing teachers. No grammar competency required, but a sense of humor is a must. Visit the SF Grotto Web site to register.