Sin and Syntax Workshop: Grammar Brush-up for Writers (with Constance Hale)

Constance Hale

Constance Hale

 

 

 

SATURDAY, JULY 29  |  Six hours, 60 bucks, free bagels, buckets of grammar.  How can you resist? Grotto member Connie Hale will lead you through a series of hilarious exercises to perk up your writing in surprising ways. (We’ll use Sin and Syntax as our guide, but dip also into Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch.) Writers will stretch new muscles, disabuse themselves of bad habits, and duke it out in a war of words. We’ll also talk about how to cultivate that most elusive of literary elements: the writer’s voice. This 1-day session is perfect for writers of fiction, nonfiction, and memoir who want to take their prose to the next level. While we realize this is catnip for students heading back-to-school, the course is intended for adult writers and writing teachers. No grammar competency required, but a sense of humor is a must.

Constance Hale has transformed “writing reference” shelves with her irreverent books on language—which are used in writing classes around the world. A former editor at Wired, Health, and the San Francisco Examiner, her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco ChronicleAfar, The Atlantic, and Smithsonian. She directed the narrative journalism program at the Nieman Foundation at Harvard and wrote an eight-part series for the “Draft” series at the New York Times’ Opinionator. She covers writing and the writing life at sinandsyntax.com.

Contact: chale@well.com

Course fee: $60

Number of sessions: 1

Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Date: Saturday, July 29

Course fee: $60

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