What is the course about?
This course is designed for published or soon-to-be published authors. Through examples and discussion we will explore the essential components to a modern author’s platform including the author’s persona, websites and social media.
Students say: "excellent presentation and very useful"; "very thorough and engaging"; "it was a really great, informative workshop"; "there was a variety of information that was communicated in a relaxed and friendly way.".
What will we cover?
- Creating a professional author persona.
- The essence of a good author website.
- Social media platforms eg Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, YouTube
- Getting out there : moving from the online to the real world.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Determine what sort of persona you wish to project to the public
- Write the copy for a number of pages of your own website
- Decide which social media platforms (if any) are for you
- Make contacts in the industry to secure public appearances.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for traditionally published and self-published authors in any genre who wish to develop their own author platform. NB this course does not cover how to self-publish your own book.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be based around interactive discussion.
All writing courses at City Lit will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.
For classes longer than one day, regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Paper and pen.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offer a range of writing courses for aspiring authors, poets and journalists. Browse the writing section of our website to find the perfect course for you.
All students are invited to join us at City Lit Talks Back, our monthly performance night for City Lit writers. Everyone is welcome, admission is free and there's no need to book in advance. Students are also encouraged to submit to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on Facebook and Twitter.