In addition to Wednesday’s free Webinar on Writing for Online Readers, I plan to offer several other free, online training sessions for journalists and writers this summer. More details will be coming soon, but for now you may want to mark these dates.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011: Social Media for Writers and Journalists (noon or 4 p.m. ET)
This 60-minute session will go beyond using Twitter, Facebook and other social networks as simple time wasters and self-promotion tools and show how you can use them to cultivate sources, find story ideas and add depth to your reporting and research while staying ahead of trends in news, politics, sports and technology. Several tools to organize social media will be introduced. While novices are welcome, I’m encouraging all participants to sign up for a free Twitter account and get somewhat comfortable using it before the Webinar. I also hope to have plenty of tricks and tips for intermediate and advanced social media users.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011: Taming the Information Flood (noon or 4 pm)
Good writers and reporters are always collecting information, but even the best and brightest can be overwhelmed by all the info we gather. On average, we receive 3,000 emails per month — not to mention voice mail messages, Tweets, RSS feeds, interview notes, story drafts and the phone number jotted on a cocktail napkin or the back of a parking ticket. This session is targeted at writers and journalists but will be useful for anyone who wants to look at ways to organize and manage their information flow. Several strategies will be discussed in the 60-minute session; use the ones you like, leave the ones that don’t work for you.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011: Writing the Nonfiction Book Proposal (7 pm)
Ready to take a crack at drafting that nonfiction book proposal but overwhelmed by all the (often conflicting) “advice” floating around out there? As a published author and a former, in-house writer for a major, New York literary agency, I know what publishers and agents are looking for in nonfiction book proposals submitted by writers. We’ll discuss the major components of a good book proposal, including overview, sample chapters, marketing statement, author bio and chapter outline, as well as ways to frame your proposal to improve its chances of moving out of the agents’ slush pile. Strategies for securing an agent will also be discussed in this 90-minute session
Each of the above Webinars is free for anyone who registers for my email list (and you can always unsubscribe as soon as your Webinar is complete). Directions for accessing the online conference room will be emailed to all registered email list members approximately 48 hours before the start of the first scheduled session.
I’ll post links to recordings for those of you who can’t participate during the live session, usually with 24 hours of the completion of the last session.
To register, just submit your email address in the box below:
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