Want a Workshop?

For those looking for a way to connect with other writers and get some high-quality instruction, I lead small, intimate retreats in Vermont (fall), 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 Seven Stages of Manuscript Grief (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