Want a Workshop?
For those looking for a way to connect with other writers and get some high-quality instruction, as well as inspiration, I lead one large conference on narrative journalism at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism each year, as well as three smaller intimate retreats in Vermont (fall), California (winter), and Hawaii (spring). Please see this page for the ones in store in the near future, and feel free to email constancehaleretreats[at]gmail[dot]com for more information. I also happily give talks and lead workshops across the country to help professionals take their writing to the next level, or just perk up their prose. Sometimes these are for writers, sometimes for doctors, lawyers, merchants, chiefs. Send me an email to inquire about my availability and fees by clicking on the link in the bottom right corner of this page. Examples of talks and workshops I give: On the writing life: Total Risk, Freedom, Discipline (See this essay) Confessions of a hybrid author (See this essay) The Accidental Grammarian (or how a girl from the beach in Hawaii ended up as “the sassy Safire”) When Your Inner Critic Is … Your Mother (Humorous tales from a writing coach) The Secret Value of Stick-to-it-iveness (aka, From Solid Midlist to Backlist Wonder in a Short 15 Years) On the magic and mystery of sentences: A Natural History of the Sentence, from the Swamp to Squidoo Sin and Syntax: Making sentences sing Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch: Let verbs power your writing Eight Ways to Skin a Sentence On elements of literary writing: Finding Your Voice: Putting your soul (and wit!) into every sentence Tracing the Narrative Arc: How to make a story rivet your audience The Art of Story: Using the techniques of fiction in nonfiction First-Person Plural: Writing memoir personal essays The World Is My Oyster: Writing about food and travel Wired Style: Writing about technology without sounding like a geek Notions of a Narrator: Exploring voice, point of view, and subjectivity in journalism Watch the Mawk Meter: Avoiding sentimentality when covering human crises On the business of writing: Hang That Shingle: The journalist as entrepreneur Elements of Editing: From overhauling a manuscript to turning a phrase I have been a keynote speaker at these gatherings: The Latest in Longform: The Berkeley Narrative Journalism Conference Mokulē‘ia Writers Retreat (on O‘ahu's North Shore) East Meets West: A Gathering of Literary Journalists in Berkeley Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism, in conversation with Jon Lee Anderson Nieman Seminar for Narrative Editors, in conversation with Adam Moss International Association of Business Communicators I have taught workshops or appeared on panels for: The Latest in Longform: The Berkeley Narrative Journalism Conference Harvard's Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism Harvard's Nieman Seminar for Narrative Editors San Francisco Writers Conference Hawaii Book and Music Festival UC-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma Stanford University, Graduate Program in Journalism Tufts University, Writing Across the Curriculum program Brown University, Warren Alpert Medical School Harvard Medical School The Mark Hopkins InterContinental Hotel The Providence Journal Los Angeles Times Book Festival American Society of Journalists and Authors American Association of Sunday and Features Editors Asian American Journalists Association National Association of Science Writers Princeton Women’s Network Mechanics Institute Library and Chess Room California Writers Club (various chapters) Bay Area Editors’ Forum Left Coast Writers Literary Salon (Corte Madera, California) San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Maui Writers Conference Honolulu International Film Festival Georges Conference on College Journalism I have been on the faculty at these schools The San Francisco Writers Grotto Harvard University Extension School UC-Berkeley Extension UC-Santa Cruz Extension UC-San Diego Extension The Book Passage The Writing Salon