The "Online Presence" Writers Support Group - 6 Weeks (with Fungai Tichawangana) - ONLINE
In the current publishing landscape, an online presence is an increasingly important part of attracting the attention of editors and agents; landing a book deal; and selling books (whether you're a small press author, traditionally published, or self-published). Over the course of six weeks, writers will meet and talk about how their online marketing efforts are going as well as receive guidance, assignments, and weekly challenges that will help move their online visibility forward. (Two of those weeks will involve one-on-one meetings with the instructor, in lieu of group meetings.) Writers in the group will also give support to each other and learn the power of helping to amplify each other’s voices, specifically through assignments and challenges that will require group collaboration, and as such there will be substantial interaction outside of the formal class setting as well. This course will also introduce writers to ideas and tools to help optimize their online presence. All levels/genres. Limited to 8 writers.
WHEN: Sundays, March 7 - April 11* (3 - 5pm EST)
WHERE: Online, via Zoom video conference (live)
*Note on Class Dates: One-on-one meetings with the instructor will happen the weeks of 3/14 and 4/4, and there will be no class during those weeks.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
FUNGAI TICHAWANGANA is a writer, journalist, and web developer who has lived in Western MA since 2018. In June 2020 he launched Valley of Writers, a project aimed at sharing tools, ideas and success stories with writers in the Pioneer Valley and beyond. He has managed numerous online projects to support art & culture initiatives and in 2015 was awarded a Nieman Journalism Fellowship at Harvard. He is passionate about teaching artists and creatives how to use online tools to expose their work to new audiences.
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ONLINE SESSIONS happen remotely, via Zoom video conference. All you need is a laptop, computer, or phone with functioning audio and a webcam. Those who RSVP receive directions and a link to "join" the session via email (please see above note about receiving the Zoom link). All online instructors will log on to the video conference a few minutes before the start of the session, so please plan to log on early if you'd like assistance! We'll do everything in our power to help you get comfortable with the Zoom format, though we are not able to offer technical assistance beyond basic Zoom orientation.
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