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.
Writing As Refuge
A retreat for writers interested in social and ecological change
With Zoe FitzGerald Carter and Constance Hale
March 7 - 8, 2015
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.
2015 San Francisco Writers Conference
February 12 - 15, 2015
The Mark Hopkins Hotel, San Francisco, CA
From the San Francisco Writers Conference web site: "The San Francisco Writers Conference is a Celebration of Craft, Commerce and Community for all writers. Whether you are working on your book, getting ready to publish it, or looking for ways to promote an already published book, this is the event you need to attend."
Meet literary agents, editors, publishers and bestselling authors at this conference. Constance Hale will give a workshop on perking up prose and will speak on three panels.
Tri-Valley Writers Conference
April 18, 2015
The Tri-Valley Writers Conference is a one-day event that features three tracks of speakers and events on the craft and business of writing. In an afternoon workshop, Constance Hale will lead you through a series of readings, exercises, puzzles, and games that will let you stretch new muscles, kick bad habits, and duke it out in a war of words. She'll also talk about how to cultivate that most elusive of literary elements: the writer's voice.
For details and registration, visit the California Writers Club Tri-Valley Branch web site.
Fundamentals of Freelancing
UC Berkeley Extension
April 25 ~ 9 am to 5 pm
San Francisco, CaliforniaAre you interested in learning about a freelance writing and editing career? Constance Hale leads this one-day seminar to help you examine the changing media landscape and develop strategies to survive and thrive. Deepen your understanding of what magazines, newspapers, books and websites look for, and discuss how social media and blogging fit in. You will also consider how to support dream projects with good work that pays the bills—whether it's tech writing, teaching, ghostwriting or corporate editing. Guests share their unvarnished experiences, and innovative course materials help you define your goals, sharpen your skills and develop a personal strategy. The presentations are rich in wisdom, the exercises rigorous but fun. $150. Go here for information and registration.