Friday, September 20, 2013

Social Media for Writers 101

At my writing group's Visioning Day on September 14th, there was an overwhelming desire to learn more about social media, so I volunteered to teach  ARWA's very first online class on that topic! 


This class runs from October 1 through to the end of November.

I will lead the class through the basics of creating a blog, a Facebook page and a Twitter account. You do not have to be published to participate. However, this is a hands-on workshop, which will require everyone in the class to share their questions, experiences, and post their progress on the forum, so we can all learn from and support one another.

Although this is considered an introductory class, some computer and internet knowledge is required. (This FREE class is only open to ARWA's 2013-14 members.)

To sign-up for the class, please contact me prior to September 28th (You should have received a notification from ARWA with my email, however, you can also contact me through the email address on the Contact Me page of this site). You will receive further information about signing into the online forum closer to October 1st. (You may have to watch for the email notification in your email account's spam / junk folder.)

I've never taught an online class before, so this could be a bit of a learning curve for all of us!  I'm excited to start, though, and I think it'll be a lot of fun!


For those of you who are experienced with blogs, Facebook and Twitter - what words of wisdom do you think I should share?  Is there anything you wish you'd known when you first started? 


Mary Magdeline said...

Congratulations Lorraine. I am so into getting some type of good advice on this subject. My biggest problem with social media is organization. What works and what is a waste of time? I have scraps of paper all over the place - and no organization whatsoever - so those scraps of paper with website addresses just sit collecting dust. When I go into many - it's not effective or productive. Thanks for offering this.

Donna Cummings said...

This sounds like fun! My suggestion is to emphasize the social aspect of all this. I think too many people think of the various venues as automated billboards, and those are the ones I quickly tune out. I like connecting with writers and readers, and getting to know them, laughing, having fun. Being social! I don't think I've ever bought someone's book because they were blasting me with "buy my book!" messages. But I've bought a TON of books from people I've enjoyed conversing with, and became friends with. :)

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you're going to have a lot of fun, Lorraine. Congrats. I remember how I struggled when I started out, picking up scraps of knowledge here and there. It would have been wonderful to have a class like this.

If I had it to do over again, I probably would not have created a fan page and a friend/profile page on Facebook. I wish I'd looked at that a little harder when I started. I would have just stuck with a profile page since most of the content I share works on either.

Have fun with the class. I'm sure it will be a success!

patonlorraine said...

Hi Mary,
Well... I'll see what I can do to help. :) The class has quite a few beginners in it, so we may not get into too many nitty gritty details, but we can talk a bit about strategies. Good idea.

patonlorraine said...

Thanks, Donna! You are right! Being social and sharing a virtual coffee with someone now and again is so important! :) And, you are right about the constant sales pitches too, if someone just says "buy my book" over and over and nothing else I have been known to cut ties with them... (I feel so mean typing that - LOL)

patonlorraine said...

Thanks, Mae! I know, I felt like I was fumbling around in the dark when I first signed up for FB and Twitter. I was confused and didn't get the point of them. Hopefully I'll be able to help a few people move through the dark a little faster than I did. ;)

As for FB page vs profile, it is interesting that you brought that up. I am of mixed thoughts on it. I like the FB page, b/c it seems simpler to me to have one spot that I talk about writing stuff. But, I do understand the draw of having only a profile due to the limitations set out by the page set up (Only seeing other people's FB page news, can't join groups through it, not seeing the FB page newsfeed on my phone, etc). Pages just aren't as "social." I keep hoping that the FB Gods will eventually allow the page to be a bit more interactive. The authors I saw speak on this topic at the last conference I went to had mixed ideas on this too. But, you are right, I should mention both options so people can decide what they think they'll be most comfortable with.