Literary Salon: An Evening with Constance Hale
Monday, July 1st, 2019 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com
Summer always takes people on the road, but if you are in the Bay Area the first Monday of July, we hope you’ll join us at the next Left Coast Writers Literary Salon where noted Bay Area journalist and storyteller, Constance Hale (Sin and Syntax; Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch) will share some of her literary secrets and techniques. Be prepared to jot things down in your preferred method because the night will be full of tips and answers to all of your questions.
Constance Hale Talks Character
Storytellers—whether they are novelists, memoirists, or narrative journalists—know that characters are key to any great yarn. Readers love people, and writers must deliver through short sketches to longer portraits to full-length biographies. Yet developing characters is trickier than you might think. Especially minor ones, where few words must make an impression. Connie Hale, who has made the profile her preferred form, gives us readings, an interactive exercise, and a few writing prompts to help us draw people on the page—and draw out important themes.
Connie is the author of four cheeky writing guides, including Sin and Syntax, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this month. Her essay on the art of sketching people, Writing Character, kicks off a new book of prompts that comes out on September 10, part of the Writers Grotto’s Lit Starts series, published by Abrams. Get a sneak peek on July 1!