Digital Publishing for Beginners Course
Saturday, July 16, 2011 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM (GMT) – new dates added July 30 & August 13 2011
Course description: A practical introduction to writing, publishing and earning in the digital age brought to you by if:book, the think and do tank exploring the future of the book in the digital age.
Who is the course for? Creative writers at all levels who want to learn how to use digital tools to develop and publish their work, to market themselves and make money from their writing.
Who are the tutors? We want to ensure that students receive a degree of personal attention, so we provide two tutors
Chris Meade: Co-director of the Institute for the Future of the Book and founder of if:book London, was previously CEO of Booktrust and the Poetry Society. A writer and blogger, he’s been published by Penguin, written for radio, the stage and the web; his multimedia novella www.insearchoflosttim.net was described by the Independent on Sunday as “a jeu d’esprit and just possibly the future of fiction”.
Kati Rynne: An experienced private tutor with a postgraduate degree in secondary school teaching, Kati has spent six years at digital education company Teachers TV as project manager/web producer. She spent a year collaborating to produce websites for writers and currently co-produces digital literature projects. She writes fiction for young people and was a co-author of the 24hr Book. See katirynne.com
Workshop Outline: Explore digital publishing options and consider which of them might best suit your writings.
• ebooks (enhanced, illuminated and print on demand)
• multi-platform fictions and alternate reality games
• Blogs, websites and social media
You will look at some basic ways to promote yourself online and to reach your target readership; check out examples of ‘amplified authors’ who have proven success in self-branding and communicating with readers.
What equipment do I need to bring with me? A laptop (optional). We will provide free wi-fi. You’re welcome to bring with you a piece of writing you’re working on (optional).
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