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.

Dazzle an Agent: Secrets to "Wicked Good Prose"

Writing workshop with South Bay Writers

March 24 ~ Harry’s Hofbrau ~ San Jose

9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m

In a three-hour workshop for a branch of the CWC (California Writers Club), Constance Hale leads you through a series of hilarious exercises to perk up prose. Using evocative readings, hilarious challenges, and wacky contests, 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 session is perfect for writers of fiction, nonfiction, and memoir who want to take their prose to the next level. No grammar competency required, but a sense of humor is a must. To register: Contact Edie Matthews for information: edie333 [at] sbcglobal.net.

Mokulē‘ia Writers Retreat

 on O‘ahu’s North Shore ~ May 6 - 11

At this annual retreat, three dozen writers gather at a beachfront sanctuary for five nights and six days of daily workshops, coaching, readings, and writing in the shade of ironwood trees. Workshops cover elements of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Poet Matthew Zapruder, journalist William Finnegan, and filmmaker Lisette Flanary join us for evening readings and a screening open to the community. Some sessions explore new sides of our creative selves, whether through songwriting, book-making. or children’s lit. See true Hawai‘i with cultural excursions including a guided tour of sacred sites. Yoga, swimming, beachcombing, turtle watching, Tai Chi, and unforgettable sunsets. The cost of $800–1,300 includes lodging, food, workshops, and activities. Day rates start at $300. Evening programs are free. http://campmokuleia.com/retreats/writers/.