Writing Life: a weekend writing workshop
In the Writing Life weekend writers’ workshop, Conner Habib will lead you, from page to publication, through all the steps of creating great nonfiction, whether it’s memoir, personal essay, or article.
In this workshop you will:
- Strengthen your voice as a writer.
- Understand what details are necessary to present people and events honestly…and what details can be left out.
- Learn the steps of pitching to print and online magazines, as well as the ins and outs of the industry.
- Develop a strong writing practice.
- Learn how to critique your own work and listen selectively to the critiques of others.
- Interact with the work of your peers and the work of published authors.
The workshop is dynamically structured for writers on all skill levels. New writers will feel welcomed, not intimidated. More advanced writers will be given real advice, not forced to engage with basics.
Because space is limited, the workshop atmosphere is intimate and highly interactive. It will be challenging but also fun and welcoming.
About the instructor: Conner Habib is an author, lecturer, activist, and award-winning writing teacher. His writing appears and is featured in/on: The Stranger, Vice, Salon, Slate, The Advocate, The Rumpus, Headmaster Magazine and more. He’s a member of PEN American and his nonfiction has been anthologized many times, including in Best Sex Writing 2013 (Cleis Press), Best Gay Stories 2012 (Lethe Press), and more.
When: Friday, June 26 7-8:30 PM. (This part of the course is open to the public. Participants enrolled in the weekend workshop will stay an hour extra for orientation.)
Saturday, June 27 10AM-5PM.
Sunday June 28 9AM-1PM.
Skill Level: All writers 18 years of age and older.
Cost: Weekend workshop rate is on a sliding scale based on need. 550.00 – 950.00. Pay based on your current financial situation and what you feel you will keep you invested and engaged in the course.
Friday night public lecture only fee: 125.00
SPECIAL PRICING AVAILABLE if you sign up and get a friend to sign up with you.
How to Enroll: Enrollment period closes on 6/19/15 at midnight or when the course fills up, whichever comes first. To sign up, send an inquiry email to Conner at connerwrites[at]gmail.com with the following information:
- Your name.
- What you hope to get out of the course.
- Anything else about your writing you’d like me to know.
When this email is received, you’ll receive a follow-up with instructions for enrollment and pre-workshop information.
For more information on Conner’s writing coach services, see below.
Writing Coach information
To hire me, email: ConnerWrites(at)gmail.com
What I Offer
Every writer has a different path. As your writing coach I’ll give you clear, encouraging, and practical help with:
• Getting on a regular writing schedule and developing better writing habits.
• Developing your voice and confidence as a writer.
• Moving from fragments of writing to polished work.
• Navigating the world of publishing.
• Getting through writer’s block.
• Using writing as method of spiritual development.
• Creating deadlines to and achievable goals for your writing projects.
• Starting and finishing your novel, memoir, play or other long-form project.
• Getting you to enjoy the writing process and feel a sense of accomplishment.
I’m a prolific and widely-published author and have years of experience as a writing teacher.
In addition to teaching writing one-on-one, and in workshops; I taught literature, creative writing, and composition for three years at UMASS and also taught at Western New England College.
I was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award – the highest honor awarded for teaching at UMASS.
My writing appears and is featured in/on: The Stranger, Vice, Salon, Slate, The Advocate, The Rumpus, Headmaster Magazine and more. I’m a member of PEN American and my work has been anthologized many times, including in Best Sex Writing 2013 (Cleis Press), Best Gay Stories 2012 (Lethe Press), and more.
My book about sex in history, science, and culture, Remaking Sex, will be released soon.
I’ve presented lectures at a variety of organizations and schools, and was the first gay adult performer to speak at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
I’m also a nice guy, and we’ll have a comfortable and fun experience. I’ll read your work and challenge you in constructive ways without hurting your feelings. You’ll feel encouraged and excited to write more.
“When I first contacted Conner, I was looking for a kind of writers’ personal trainer–someone who would keep me focused, disciplined and productive. He provided all that, and so much more. His notes were sharp and insightful, his suggestions practical and on-point, his approach supportive, encouraging, good-humored and always respectful. He is not afraid to be bold and say what a writer really needs to hear. I recommend him highly, and look forward to working with him on my future projects.” – David Demchuk, playwright.
“Conner not only provided incredibly thorough feedback on my writing, but also brought it into a new focus. A year after our work together, I still always hear his voice in my head when I sit down to write. Working with Conner means centering writing in your life. He will very sweetly and gently call bullshit on all the excuses you’ve been using to avoid actually writing ; while giving you lessons, practices, and tools to turn your ideas into stories.” – Cyd St. Vincent, essayist, activist.
“With compassion and humor, Conner holds me to a high standard, and has helped me discover a passion for writing and reading. He tailors exercises and reading assignments to fit my individual needs and strengths. Finding my own writing voice has led me to a deeper understanding of my life’s journey and has profoundly influenced my experience as an artist.” —William Lunt, Visual Artist
Fees + Other Info:
I offer many different writing packages at reasonable rates. Each rate is customized to meet your goals and budget.
We can meet in person or via Skype, with as many meetings as you need per week/month.
Email me today to invest in your dream to develop as a writer!