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Constance Hale is the author of the bestselling writing guide Sin and Syntax, as well as Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch and Wired Style. She has been a staff writer and editor at the Oakland Tribune, the San Francisco Examiner, Wired, and Health magazines; her freelance writing has appeared in Afar, The Atlantic, Smithsonian, National Geographic Adventure, The Los Angeles Times, and Honolulu, among others. Her eight-part series on the sentence launched the “Draft” series on The New York Times Opinionator. She directed the program in narrative journalism at the Nieman Foundation at Harvard and teaches writing at UC Berkeley Extension and the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. She has edited three dozen books, turning narratives about serious subjects into serious page-turners. She covers writing and the writing life at sinandsyntax.com.