Going Pro at Rogue! Roundup

Sylvia Taylor

Sylvia Taylor

Just a few (long overdue) notes from our last event, Going Pro featuring Sylvia Taylor.

  • We introduced our new online registration system, which worked well. Remember: preregister and save $5.
  • We moved from our old location of the Shebeen to the new one of the Everything Cafe, but at the last minute had to move from there again, because of a licensing issue. Rogue Wetbar stepped up and donated a private room (which normally costs $600) and made us a terrific custom menu. I had the halibut tacos, and they were fantastic.
  • We lost two people who’d preregistered, because they went to the Everything. I have issued them refunds.
  • We had one of our largest groups since the Social Media for Nonprofits night this past Spring, with 17 members showing up, including some new faces.
  • It was a very engaged and enthusiastic audience, thanks to Sylvia. Her presentation on professionalism and an entrepreneurial approach to a literary career was a big hit with the attendees, several of whom whipped out their business cards to see if they passed the Sylvia test!

So, if you missed it don’t fret too much: you can always reach Sylvia, thanks to her website and contact details. And god knows, we’re sure to have her back soon!

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GOING PRO: Getting Real in the Writing World: our September meeting

Shakespeare got to get paid, son

You think them sonnets write themselves?

Who: The Shebeen Club presents author, editor, Federation of BC Writers Executive Director Sylvia Taylor

What: GOING PRO: GETTING REAL IN THE WRITING WORLD

When: 7-9pm Monday, September 27th (one week later than our usual date)

Where: A private dining room in Rogue Wetbar in Waterfront Station

Why: Because in this economy, you either go pro or you go out of business

How (much): $20 early-bird tickets/$25 at the door includes dinner and a glass of wine

Come Out of the Cave and Into the Village!

Getting published and making a living isn’t just about writing anymore – it’s about building a solid foundation, a platform, of credibility and expertise. For experienced and emerging writers alike, we need to build our presence from the ground up, with good planning, good tools, good materials and creative flair. Treat yourself as an entrepreneur and you add to your chances of business success, particularly in a hostile economic climate like this one.

About Sylvia Taylor: Sylvia Taylor is an award-winning writer, editor, consultant, journalist, and educator with a passionate commitment to communication. As an entrepreneur and Executive Director of the Federation of BC Writers she brings what needs to be said into the world through the sublime balance of the Art & Engineering of Creativity.

New! Improved! Tonight, for the first time we’ll be at a new downtown location: a private dining room in the beautiful Rogue Wetbar in Waterfront Station. Register in advance and save $5!

Social Media for Writers Workshop for the Fed

You can has a famus?

You can has a famus?

You want a famus? There’s one surefire way to develop your own public: get yourself on social media! On Saturday, June 19 I’ll be teaching a four-hour workshop on how writers specifically can use social media platforms like WordPress, Facebook, Stumbleupon, Twitter, Tumblr, and others to develop fans, followers, avid readers, and even a few enemies (you’re nobody till somebody hates you, darling!). This is a fundraiser for the Federation of BC Writers, and if you sign up as a member that day you’ll get $15 off membership AND save ten dollars on registration!

The specifics:

Social Media Self-Promotion for Writers

10am-2pm, Saturday, June 19

Boardroom, Alliance for Arts and Culture, #100 – 938 Howe St., Vancouver

$40 for Fed members, $50 for non-members

cheques to:
The Federation of BC Writers, PO Box 3887 Stn Terminal, Vancouver, V6B 3Z3
Payment must be received before the date of workshop
Receipts will be mailed
Register with The Fed office by phone: 604-683-2057 or by email: fedbcwriters at gmail dot com

Bring your laptop! This is a participatory course, and you will be working in various sites in the class; you can use a pseudonym if you like, but do register a new email for it in advance of the class.

This workshop is a hands-on, intensive introduction to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other popular social media platforms, all taught from a writer’s perspective. We will cover the etiquette unique to each platform and how it can work to a writer’s advantage, how to set up your profile with a professional tone, privacy concerns, how to promote your work and your persona via social media and how to separate the work and the personal in the intertwined world of social media. This course will make you aware of all your different social media options and give you some perspective to make an informed choice about your participation in the social media space. You’ll leave the class with an active Facebook Fan Page, a professional Twitter account, and a LinkedIn profile, and a good grounding on how to use each to promote yourself and your works in a powerful, professional and authentic way.

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Social Media for Writers: Federation of BC Writers AGM Keynote

Blogging: We're going to need more monkeys

So, guess who’s giving the keynote at the Fed AGM on Thursday? That’s right, it’s my fine self, and if you’re a BC writer who is not yet part of the Fed, you might want to attend, not just for the chance to hear my mellifluous tones and terrific tips on social media for writerly self-promotion, but also because they are giving a discount on membership to new members who sign up that night.

Here are the deets:

Social Media: you’ve heard about it, you’ve probably used it without even knowing, now learn how to make it work for you. Social Media is the most effective, most affordable way for a professional writer to promote her self and her works, develop a following, and gain experience in the public eye if she knows what she’s doing. Lorraine Murphy, a professional blogger and social media instructor for the past five years, will give us the benefit of her experience on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, blogs, Digg, reddit, Stumbleupon, and other social media platforms. Canada was the birthplace of that truly revolutionary social media device, the telephone, and as the heirs of Bell and Watson, Canadian writers have every reason to put themselves at the forefront of this increasingly-critical, literary communications platform.

6:30pm-10pm, Thursday, May 13

Alliance for Arts & Culture Board Room

938 Howe St.

Downtown Vancouver

Speaker: Lorraine Murphy, Social Media Maven ~ “Social Media Marketing for Writing”
Board elections, new constitution, state of the union
Door prizes, networking, refreshments, member book sales, connecting with the writing community

AGM MEMBER BOOK SALES
Federation members attending the AGM are invited to bring their books for display and sales.
•       all sales are at the discretion and responsibility of the authors
•       only one copy of any given book may be on the display table at a time
•       tables must be cleared and room emptied by 10pm
•       extra books must be kept under the display table in a labeled bag or small box
•       book display tables will be set up following the AGM meeting in the social time
•       Fed Regional Reps Ben Nuttall-Smith and Daniela Elza are in charge of the book tables
•       Purchasers and authors will connect during the social time

Shakespeare got to get paid, son

And in June I’m doing a fundraising workshop for the Fed:

FED OF BC WRITERS WORKSHOP FUNDRAISER
SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING FOR WRITERS
Date:           Saturday June 19, 2010
Time:           10am to 2pm
Location:      Alliance for Arts & Culture Board Room 938 Howe St. downtown Vancouver
Fee:             $40 for Fed members, $50 for non-members (no refreshments included)
Payment:      PayPal (if up and running) or cheques to:
The Federation of BC Writers, PO Box 3887 Stn Terminal, Vancouver, V6B 3Z3
Payment must be received before the date of workshop
Receipts will be mailed
Register:      register with The Fed office by phone: 604-683-2057 or by email:
fedbcwriters AT gmail.com

This workshop is a hands-on, intensive introduction to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other popular social media platforms, all taught from a writer’s perspective. We will cover the etiquette unique to each platform and how it can work to a writer’s advantage, how to set up your profile with a professional tone, privacy concerns, how to promote your work and your persona via social media and how to separate the work and the personal in the intertwined world of social media. This course will make you aware of all your different social media options and give you some perspective to make an informed choice about your participation in the social media space. You’ll leave the class with an active Facebook Fan Page, a professional Twitter account, and a LinkedIn profile, and a good grounding on how to use each to promote yourself and your works in a powerful, professional and authentic way.

I'm blogging this!

And, in related news, next Tuesday my intensive, ten week Blogging for Writers workshop starts. Here are the deets on that one, and YES, we can use the word “deets” now:

My ten-week Blogging for Writers course begins online 7-8:30pm Wednesday, April 21st 6:30pm-8 Tuesday, May 18th, then on Wednesdays from May 19th onward for ten weeks. You don’t need any blogging experience; we’ll build the blog right in the first class. You do need a computer with a mic, so you can join the Skype conversation, or you need an ability to type almost as fast as you think so you can textSkype and keep up. And, obviously, an internet connection of better than dialup speeds.

Here are the full details:

Blogging for Writers

Learn how to get the most out of blogs for promotion, sales, networking and (unexpectedly) to improve your writing.

In this hands-on workshop we’ll  cover setting up a blog, connecting with and managing an audience, using the blog for promotion and sales, and how a blog can make you a better writer, working our way through writers’ exercises and gathering feedback from the class. Be prepared to participate!

The discipline of a daily blogger is a prerequisite to developing a body of work that functions as your online portfolio. Use your blogging as a tool to develop a powerful, confident voice and tackle writing challenges in a supportive, low-pressure environment. Includes exercises and benchmarks to help you analyze your progress and keep your work growing even after the class ends.

I’ve offered this in abbreviated form before; this will be the first complete course, as opposed to an afternoon or a day’s work. There WILL be homework, and it WILL be checked (in fact, it’s due 24 hours before the next class, so I have time to check all the work).

Cost is $250 via Paypal in advance, email bloggingclasses at gmail dot com to register.

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LITERARY WRITES COMPETITION details

Got this in my regular VOX email from the Federation of BC Writers, a terrific group that, if you are a BC writer, you really should join!

WordWorks Magazine

WordWorks Magazine

21st ANNUAL LITERARY WRITES COMPETITION ~ Federation of BC Writers

Category:       Creative Non-fiction
Deadline:       July 25, 2010
Judges: Anthony Dalton, author & Canadian Authors Assoc. National President
Sylvia Taylor, author & Executive Director, Federation of BC Writers

First Prize: $500, Fed workshop of your choice,publication in WordWorks
Second Prize: $300, publication in WordWorks
Third Prize: $150, publication in WordWorks

Winners will be read their pieces at the Word On The Street Festival in Vancouver on September 26, 2010.
The competition is open to all BC writers and residents.
Entries must be original work, not previously published in any form. Copyright remains with the author.
Maximum 2,000 words per entry. No limit to number of entries.
Blind judging in effect: do not include your name on the manuscript.

Manuscripts should be typed, double-spaced, 12 font, Times New Roman, pages numbered consecutively and stapled together, title in the footer of each page. Include a cover letter with your name, address, telephone, e-mail and the title of your piece(s).

Manuscripts will NOT be returned; they are destroyed at the end of the competition.

No e-mail submissions.
Contest results posted on The Federation of BC writers website in September 2010.

Entry fee: $15 for Federation members and $20 for non-members. There is no limit to the number of entries an individual may submit but each entry must be accompanied by the entry fee. A person may win only one prize.

Make cheque payable to The Federation of BC Writers.
All contest entries must be postmarked by July 25, 2010

Mail Entries & fees to:
Literary Writes 2010
The Federation of BC Writers
PO Box 3887, Stn Terminal
Vancouver, BC V6B 3Z3

May the best BC writer win! (of course, that’s me, right?)

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