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.
Finding the Writer's Voice
December 4, 2014
University of Hawai'i at MānoaWhat do we mean when we refer to a writer's voice, and how can each of us develop a distinctive one–whether for emails, memos, or memoirs? Does an author have one voice or many? Constance Hale, the author of bestselling books on literary style including Sin and Syntax and Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch, answers these questions and others in a presentation that mixes readings, lecture, and discussion. Find more about this free public lecture here.
First Person Plural: Crafting Stories from Our Lives
December 6, 2014
University of Hawai'i at MānoaThis workshop uses innovative techniques to encourage writers to explore personal experiences that can be transformed into meaningful personal essays. We dig deep into memories, dreams, and fears, but also talk about how to make essays universal so that readers will have a transformative experience. We read examples from various artists to see how large themes can be woven into accounts of even small moments and to understand how even highly personal memoirs can become commentary on events in the news or in our communities. More details here.
Writing As Refuge
A retreat for writers interested in social and ecological change
With Zoe FitzGerald Carter and Constance Hale
March 7-8, 2014
The Mesa Refuge, Point Reyes Station, California
$425Are you writing about social justice? Racial inequality? Environmental change? Or, do you want to deepen a personal story by tying it to a larger societal issue? In a setting of unparalleled beauty and calm, this unusual writers workshop offers a small group of writers a literal and psychic “refuge” where you can pause, consider your work from a new perspective, and enjoy the fellowship of other committed writers. Authors Zoe FitzGerald Carter and Constance Hale will coach you on how to approach difficult topics with verve and humanity. Readings from a variety of genres will inspire you to explore a more intentional literary style. Guided writing exercises will spark fresh ideas. You will have the opportunity to share your writing and be critiqued by the group in a supportive, thoughtful manner. For more details, as well as information on how to register, please see the Writing As Refuge page.