jim hale's writing workshops

From Jersey to Juneau

Jim was born and raised in the New Jersey Bush.  After a stint in the U.S. Navy, he worked his way through college and took his BA in Literature.  In graduate school at Rutgers University, Jim was awarded two major fellowships, the Marion Johnson Fellowship from the Graduate School of Rutgers University and the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Higher Education, as well as a Folger Fellowship to spend a semester studying at the Folger Institute for Renaissance Studies in Washington DC. 

After taking an M.A. in Early English Literature and an M. Phil., Jim moved west to take an assistant professorship at Central Washington University.  In 1995 Jim moved to Juneau, Alaska to work as a writer for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Lured back to academics for a few years by the University of Southeast Alaska, Jim ultimately returned to NOAA as a Writer-Editor for the NMFS/Alaska Region’s Analytical Team.  He retired from public service in 2016.

Jim has continued to teach. He regularly teaches Writing for the Workplace seminars around Alaska and the American West.  He also teaches writing (and Latin, to a few intrepid souls) as a volunteer at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center in Juneau.

His seminars have been taken by staff at virtually all State of Alaska departments as well as by staff at various municipal, state, federal, and international agencies in Washington, California, Oregon, Idaho, and Hawaii.

Jim also continues to publish his own writing.  From September 2014 to December 2016, Jim published a bi-weekly column "On Writing" in the Juneau Empire and Capital City Weekly--for which the Alaska Press Club awarded him the Suzan Nightingale Columnist of the Year Prize for two straight years.  He recently published an essay called “Lost in Ghent,” part travelogue, part art criticism, part theology, on Jan van Eyck's 15th-century painting, The Ghent Altarpiece (Imaginatio et Ratio: A Journal of Theology and the Arts, Summer 2014), and he is currently at work on a series of essays on early modern European paintings

Under his nom de guerre Johnny Negotiable, Jim hosts a radio show on KRNN Juneau, 102.7 FM, on Friday mornings from 10 to Noon--a show that he refers to affectionately as "episodes in the history of noise."


For more information write to jimhale821@gmail.com
or call Jim at 907-957-0080

Jim's Writing Seminars

Jim has been teaching his seminars on professional writing for almost ten years now, and the classes continue to evolve in response to the conversations that emerge in class.  Jim continues to develop more useful and practical lessons to help solve the everyday problems of writing in the workplace, whether you write analytical reports, official correspondence, or simply the usual slew of daily emails.

Acclaimed as a "Master Teacher" and an "expert on the English language," he has given his writing seminars across Alaska, Hawaii, and the Pacific Northwest for a variety of clients including the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the International Pacific Halibut Commission, and the U.S. Forest Service. Participants have unanimously acclaimed the seminar both for its content and the instructor's ability to communicate and inspire.

"Jim Hale's unique blend of technical mastery, practical experience, and superlative teaching abilities makes this simply the most useful writing course I've ever had."

"The course not only showed us how to think clearly and write well; the instructor's enthusiasm for his subject is an inspiration to write better!"