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.


How to survive—and thrive—as a freelancer

Online workshop led by Constance Hale

UC-Berkeley Extension

August 13 – 30, 2020

Interested in learning about a freelance writing and editing career? This two-and-half-week online seminar examines the changing media landscape so that you can develop strategies to thrive in it. Deepen your understanding of what magazines, newspapers, books and websites look for, and learn where social media and blogging fit in. Constance Hale helps you consider how to support dream projects with good work that pays the bills—whether it’s tech writing, teaching, ghostwriting, or corporate editing. She is joined by guests: writer Stephanie Rosenbaum Klassen and editor Larry Habegger (Travelers’ Tales). Connie and her guests tell the unvarnished truth, and the course materials will help you define your goals, sharpen your skills, and develop a personal strategy. You will refine a pitch and get detailed feedback on one professional query letter. For info and registration: https://bit.ly/3fdaIP8

2020 Writers Retreat at Camp Mokulē‘ia

 November 15 – 22, on O‘ahu’s North Shore

{Because of Covid-19, this has been postponed till April 2021}

At 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. Instructors include nationally known novelists, poets, and memoirists. Some sessions explore new sides of our creative selves, whether through songwriting, visual storytelling or children’s lit. All instructors are extensively published, with much teaching experience. See another side of Hawai‘i appearances by Hawaiian musicians and cultural excursions to sacred sites. Yoga, swimming, beachcombing, hiking, turtle watching, and unforgettable sunsets all free. The cost varies according to package purchased, with a top rate of of $1,500 that includes lodging, food, workshops, and activities. Day rates start at $500. For information email connie [at] sinandsyntax.com.