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Category: Social Media and Marketing
This is a guest post by Katherine Hetzel. Creative writing workshops sound easy to do—you just find a load of different prompts, give them to the people who come, and let them write about them. ‘Simples,’ to...Read More
Like it or not, websites are an important part of life as a writer in the twenty-first century. Your website is the first place readers who find you in an interview, on a guest blog post, or through your books, will go to find out more information about you and the other things you’ve written. If you don’t have a website, you risk losing those potential readers and even future sales.Read More
When I was coming up to graduating from my BA in Creative Writing, I received no guidance from the uni or anyone else about what to do next. Frankly, no one knew what to do with me. I was only cut out for sitting in a darkened room with a typewriter on my own with no money for the rest of my life…right?
Having a web presence is essential for all writers in the twenty-first century.
Whether you write fiction, poetry, scripts, nonfiction or all of the above, social media can help to boost your audience.
Even if you haven’t finished your work in progress yet, there’s no excuse for not starting to build your profile now. The sooner you start, the bigger your audience will be by the time your work is ready.Read More
OK, so we’re well into 2019. We made it! Yay! Pat on the back. Cheers. The whole bit....Read More
This is a guest post by Simon Raybould. First things first, authors aren’t silent—are they?...Read More
A few weeks ago, I put together some content about voice and tone for my day job. This included information on what it is, why it matters, and how to come up with our own.
To most people this probably sounds pretty boring.
But to me, as a student of writing, it was fascinating.
It’s reinforced things I studied at university and helped me to learn how to explain the theory behind writing to people who are new to it.
Make no mistake—your voice and tone does matter.
And it influences everything.
Ready to find out more?Read More
Earlier this year, and as a representative of The Student Wordsmith, I was invited to deliver an introductory workshop to members of Nottingham Writers’ Studio. It was the first time that I had delivered one in a few months, since my days of teaching Creative Writing at Loughborough University, and (if I am being completely honest) I was a little nervous.
Throughout the workshop, I adopted a very ‘human’ and friendly approach—being open, honest, and encouraging when you’re meeting new writers with varying levels of confidence is really important—and this struck a chord with Kristina here at The Writers’ Cookbook who has since commented on the warmth in my style as a workshop leader.
While running a workshop is always going to be daunting (even if you are considered to be a seasoned pro!), this exchange reminded me that we’ve all been there. We’ve all felt nervous and like we’re about to scale an impossible mountain; whether that’s running a workshop for the first time in a while or reading in front of large group of people you know!
So, to help you through if you’re planning on running your own workshops anytime soon, we put our heads together and have compiled our top 5 things to remember when running your writing workshops.Read More
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