Tomorrow — Friday, Sept. 2 — I will be teaching (FOR FREE!) The Social-Media Survival Guide — a Practical How-To for Writers & Journalists Who Want to Stay Above Extinction During the Evolution of Media. Reaching your audience (and getting paid for it!) now requires new skills; most notably social-media savvy and the ability to build a web-based platform. Learn the basic fundamentals you need in order to meet the new minimum-maintenance requirements for writing professionals.
This wondrous workshop of breathtaking genius that is guaranteed to change your life will be at SCAD’s Ivy Hall as part of the Decatur Book Festival. Below is the full itinerary for the day:
SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) Ivy Hall Writers Workshop
Beyond Print: Writing in the digital age — how to find, publish, promote and
market in today’s changing market
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 2, Opening day of the Decatur Book Festival
Hollis Gillespie, author; Catherine Ramsdell, SCAD writing professor; Darby
Sanders, SCAD writing professor; and Josh Jackson, editor-in-chief, Paste
9-10:30 a.m.: Social Media Survival Guide — A practical how-to for writers and
journalists who want to avoid extinction during the media evolution
Reaching your audience (and getting paid for it!) requires new skills; most notably
social-media savvy and the ability to build a Web-based platform. Learn the
fundamentals to meet the new minimum-maintenance requirements for writing
Hollis Gillespie is a humorist, syndicated columnist, NPR commentator and top-
selling author with a monthly column in Atlanta magazine. She has appeared on
the cover of publications including Atlanta magazine, Creative Loafing and Tampa’s
Weekly Planet and has been profiled in Marie Claire, Bust, Writer’s Digest and
10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: Where’s the Money? Funding Creative Projects
Changes in technology and the publishing world have opened new avenues for
authors, but the bottom line seems unchanging. Publishing a book is a sizable
investment. If you’re thinking about self-publishing, a funding source is helpful. This
workshop introduces authors to new ways of funding literary projects and shows
writers how to start their own fundraising campaign. Don’t worry — it’s not as
painful as it sounds.
Catherine Ramsdell is a writing professor at SCAD Atlanta where she teaches
classes in Writing for the Arts, Writing for New Media, and Online Publishing.
1:30–3 p.m.: Online promotion for Writers — Navigating the world of digital
publishing through websites, blogs, podcasts and more
The publishing world is changing rapidly. The old model of dropping a story or
poem in the mail and waiting for a response is becoming less common. Successful
writers in the digital age should be their own agents, and know how to navigate the
dynamic new world of online publishing. Through discussion and writing exercises,
Darby Sanders will introduce writers of all genres to the basics of new media
publishing: blogging, social media, self-publishing, podcasting and vodcasting.
Darby Sanders is a fiction writer with an M.F.A. in creative writing from the
University of Houston. He has worked for more than a decade in new media
development for higher education and public broadcasting.
For many independent magazines, the decades-old ad-dependent print model
couldn’t survive an economic downturn. Paste magazine co-founder and editor-in-
chief Josh Jackson will discuss how stopping the presses enabled his publication to
re-imagine what a magazine can become in the digital age.
Josh Jackson is a co-founder and editor-in-chief of Paste, a three-time National
Magazine Award nominee for general excellence.
From Southbound I-75/I-85: Get off at exit 249D, turn left, crossing over the
interstate. Stay on North Avenue, cross over Peachtree Street, and take a left onto
Piedmont Avenue. Ivy Hall is the second driveway on the right. There are 10 parking
spaces at Ivy Hall. If the lot is full, park on Myrtle Street or use the AmeriPark lot
across the street on the corner of North Avenue and Piedmont ($3 per car).
From Northbound I-75/I-85: Get off at exit 249D, go across Spring Street to West
Peachtree Street and turn left. Go to North Avenue and turn right. Take a left onto
Piedmont Avenue. Ivy Hall is the second driveway on the right. If the lot is full, park
on Myrtle Street or use the AmeriPark lot across the street on the corner of North
Avenue and Piedmont ($3 per car).