Nov 252012

Special Event: Digital Media Boot Camp


Saturday, Dec. 1, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Held at SCAD Atlanta’s Digital Media Center, 1611 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA, 30309 (Click HERE for directions from your location)

Learn from experts how to navigate and exploit social media, break in to new and established publishing models and secure funding to make money for creative projects.  This is a hands-on series of technology workshops on how to build your own platform through Web sites, blogs, Facebook, Twitter and all the latest innovations. PLUS secrets to the new opportunities in the growing world of self-publishing and small presses.

1 p.m. – 1:45: Social Media Survival Guide with Hollis Gillespie — 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 – social-media savvy and the ability to build a Web-based platform. Learn the fundamentals and benefits of the new minimum-maintenance requirements for writing professionals. Hollis Gillespie is a humorist, syndicated columnist, NPR commentator and best-selling author with a monthly column in Atlanta magazine. She has appeared as a guest on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Been featured on Monica Kaufman’s Close-Ups, been on the cover of Atlanta magazine and Creative Loafing, and featured in Marie Claire, Bust, Writer’s Digest and Entertainment Weekly, among many other publications.

2 p.m. – 2:45:  Where’s the Money? Funding Creative Projects (and the pros and cons of self-publishing) with Catherine Ramsdell
 — 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. For self-publishing, a funding source is helpful. This workshop introduces authors to new ways of funding literary projects and the pros and cons of self-publishing. 
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.

3 p.m. – 3:15 – Networking, light refreshments

3:30 p.m. – 4:15: Beyond New York: Opportunities in the Growing World of Small Press with  Laura Straub — Independent publishers have taken a cue from the DIY ethos that emerged from punk and indie rock record labels a few decades ago, by publishing work by adventurous authors writing unabashedly contemporary work often deemed too risky or unusual by big publishing houses. Get the inside scoop on this emerging trend. Laura Straub is a writer and the woman behind Vouched Books Atlanta, which exists to promote small press literature.  Representing over 25 small publishers, Straub is an Atlanta writer whose work can be read at, Purge Atlanta, Scene Missing, Loose Change and Paste Magazine.

 4:30 – 5:15: Liars Online, A Fiction Writer’s Guide to the World Wide Web with Joshilyn Jackson – We all know non-fiction writers and journalists need platform, but what can the web do for fiction writers? We’ll discuss networking, online critique groups, the e-book revolution, the much touted death of the blog, online literary magazines, the use and value of social media pre and post publication, and how on God’s green earth a novelist is supposed to further their career in 140 characters or Less. Joshylin Jackson is a New York Times best-selling author, She is the author of five novels: gods in Alabama, Between, Georgia, The Girl Who Stopped Swimming, Backseat Saints, and, in January of 2012, A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages, won SIBA’s novel of the year, twice been a #1 Book Sense Pick, and twice been shortlisted for the Townsend prize.

5:15 p.m.– 6: You Can Do it! How to Build Your Own Platform and Extend Your Reach with Steve Aishman — We all know that, as writers, a digital media presence is a must. But how to start? For everyone, including the technology-challenged, this hands-on session will teach everything you need to know to get started, maintain and extend your platform.

To register Contact Georgia Lee at or 404-253-3206

Space is limited. Cost is $55.

The workshop will run from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sessions are open to the public and writers of all levels and genres.  Location is SCAD Atlanta’s Digital Media Center, 1611 West Peachtree Street, N.E. 30309.