First-person plural: Crafting stories from our lives
A writing workshop with Zoe FitzGerald Carter and Connie Hale
October 9 and 10, 2012
Greensboro and Hardwick, Vermont
In this intimate and unusual workshop, writers will work under the guidance of authors Zoe FitzGerald Carter and Constance Hale, both of whom have published memoirs and first-person essays in magazines as varied as Vogue, Health, Honolulu, The Atlantic, andO. The workshop begins Tuesday night, October 9, at The Galaxy Bookshop in Hardwick, where Connie will talk about her new book (Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch) and share surprising insights about what makes writing come alive on the page. Participants have the option of staying at home, if they live nearby, or staying in Zoe’s cottage on Lake Caspian in Greensboro. After a Vermont breakfast at the Carter home, Zoe and Connie will spend the day there working with writers on their pieces, in a mix of guided writing, critique sessions, coaching, and private writing time. The day will close with a dinner at Claire’s restaurant, in Hardwick, and a reading by all participants at the Galaxy.
The workshop is open to writers of all levels and sessions will be tailored to the group. Lodging is available Tuesday and/or Wednesday nights, $30 per night for singles and $50 for doubles (rooms have two twin beds or one queen). The fee for the workshop, which includes breakfast, lunch, and the readings, is $100. The Wednesday dinner at Claire’s will be pay-as-you-go and is open to family members and friends.
A graduate of Columbia Journalism School, Zoe FitzGerald Carter has written for numerous publications including The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Salon, and Vogue. Her first memoir, Imperfect Endings, won first place in the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association’s literary contest and was a finalist at The San Francisco Writer’s Conference. It was excerpted in O magazine, chosen as a finalist for the National MS Society’s Books for a Better Life Award and was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick. Zoe is currently at work on a non-fiction project on race, friendship and Facebook after finding an unexpected kinship with an ex-con in Lake Charles who shares the same middle and last name.
Constance Hale is a San Francisco-based journalist known for her three books on the craft of writing: Wired Style, Sin and Syntax, andVex, Hex, Smash, Smooch. In spring 2012, her eight-part series on writing stellar sentences appeared in the New York TimesOpinionator. Her personal essays have been published in the Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Chronicle, as well various national magazines and in France, A Love Story (Seal Press), 30 Days in Italy(Travelers’ Tales), and Best Travel Writing 2006 (Travelers’ Tales).www.sinandsyntax.com.
For more information, email connie [at] sinandsyntax.com. To register, email Zoe at zoecarter [at] me.com.