Tessa Smith McGovern’s 2012 classes at the Sarah Lawrence College campus in Bronxville, NY:
WRITING FOR DIGITAL MEDIA: AN INTRODUCTION
Wednesdays, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
February 29 to March 28.
5 Sessions, $285
In this class we’ll explore the multiple platform options for writers today, both paid and free, from iPhones to tablets to Web-based writing, and how they can benefit long-form and short-form writers. Online writing–fiction, essays and memoir–has developed into a distinct form with its own specific demands. People are reading anywhere and everywhere, and distractions are rife. How can writers produce work that captures their attention from the first sentence and holds it till the last?
To get the words flowing, we’ll read classic stories that still work in today’s digital world, and do some writing exercises of our own. We’ll consider best practices on Facebook and Twitter, and how each writer can make the best use of social media.
There are no prerequisites for this class, but writers should come ready to embrace new ideas, produce new writing, and offer and receive productive critiques.
WRITING FOR DIGITAL MEDIA: STRATEGIES FOR DEVELOPING YOUR ONLINE PRESENCE
Thursdays, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
March 1st – May 10th
11 Sessions, $575
The options for writers today can be overwhelming. In this class we will explore how writers can navigate the maze of digital media, focus on their strengths and build their platform in a way that meets their goals. We’ll consider blogs versus websites, learn how each writer can make the best use of social media, and develop and execute our own, long-term Facebook and Twitter strategies.
To get the words flowing, we’ll read classic stories that still work in today’s digital world, and do some writing exercises of our own.
There are no prerequisites for this class, but writers should have some knowledge of, and be willing to explore, social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Please come ready to produce new writing, and offer and receive productive critiques.
WRITING FOR DIGITAL MEDIA: TWITTER INTENSIVE
Saturday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
One Session, $65
Margaret Atwood, Stephen Fry, Bill Simmons and Oprah Winfrey are all doing it. There are fifty million people on Twitter and many of them are writing and publishing folk. Writers send out sample chapters, get writing tips and find agents and publishers, all on this new, haiku-like platform.
This single, three-hour workshop is designed for writers who’d like to start tweeting. You will open an account, write your profile designed to attract followers, follow other relevant tweeters, link your account to your Facebook page (if you have one), learn how to compose effective tweets and grow your platform, and send your first tweet.
Tessa Smith McGovern is a short-story writer whose many publication credits include the Connecticut Review and the English Arts Council at the Southbank Centre, London. She is founder and editor of eChook Digital Publishing, which publishes short-story collections on multiple platforms: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android, Nook, and Kindle, as well as original Web-based stories at echook.com. eChook has thousands of readers in 100+ countries, 19 million impressions on Facebook and 1,000+ Twitter followers.
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