If you’re a writer and you haven’t started tweeting, you might want to consider this: there are fifty million people on this haiku-like platform and most of them are writing folk. It isn’t just for teens and twenty-somethings; Margaret Atwood, Stephen Fry, Bill Simmons and Oprah Winfrey are all doing it and, chances are, some of your favorite writers are on there too.
Twitter is an essential – and free! – part of building your platform whether you write long or short form, fiction or non-fiction, whether you’re a beginner or an advanced writer. And it can be great fun; once you’ve done it once or twice, writing each tweet can be a delightful game: how to say what we want to say as elegantly as possible?
There are downsides to this technological revolution we’re all living through, but Twitter isn’t one of them. It’s quick, it’s effective, and you’ll be tickled at how quickly you can get people reading your work and following you back.
Come and join Tessa Smith McGovern in one of two upcoming workshops – one at the Westport Writers Workshops in Westport, CT on Sat 28th Jan 10am – 1pm and one at Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY on Sat Feb 18th 11am – 2pm.
If you’re new to this, 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.
If you’ve been tweeting for a while, you’ll learn a simple trick for quickly writing dozens of tweets without re-inventing the wheel each time, how to maximize their effectiveness, build your platform quickly, and the pros and cons of using SocialOomph, a free website that allows you to schedule multiple tweets in advance, thus freeing you from your computer whilst your words are launched automatically, magically, into the Twittosphere.
About the Teacher:
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, 24 million impressions on Facebook and 1,100+ Twitter followers.