Constance Hale, longtime UC Berkeley Extension instructor of The English Verb, From the Swamp to Squidoo, takes the audience on a romp through the evolution of language and the history of English, mixing in readings from great literature, unforgettable advertising, and memorable Tweets. From Beowulf to Bob Marley, with some Walt Whitman, Walt Disney and Walter Mondale thrown in, she helps us understand how to choose our verbs and craft sentences, whether we are writing lofty or low. Along the way, she busts a few myths, shares some pointers, and leads us through some fun and funny challenges.
Constance Hale is a San Francisco-based journalist and the author of Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch: Let Verbs Power Your Writing (W. W. Norton, 2012) as well as Sin and Syntax and Wired Style. Her essays and articles have appeared in newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, Smithsonian, Afar, and Wired. She covers writing and the writing life at www.sinandsyntax.com.
Constance Hale, author of Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch: Let Verbs Power Your Writing, argues the importance of inventive language, like metaphors and "verbing" nouns, using examples from William Shakespeare to Muhammad Ali.