Social media for writers
Time: 17:30 - 19:30
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: HW323
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
If you’re a writer who’d like to become more confident at using social media, this course will guide you through the most straightforward ways to find your tribe online. Learn how to gather interest around you and your writing projects for all the right reasons, using the most popular channels.
Suitable for writers of all levels and genres, this course will give you the tools you need to create a destination profile that others will enjoy following. We’ll also look at what not to do, and what might be hindering you from gathering a reliable community of followers.
What will we cover?
- Designing a remarkable profile.
- Identifying your followers and how to engage them online.
- Content planning, tagging and frequency.
- Communication skills and best practice.
- Organising, developing and seizing opportunities.
- Measuring, reporting and how to know if it’s working.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Reconfigure your profile to engage with more followers and start using your social media more effectively. By the end of this course, you’ll understand more about how social media profiles are constructed, displayed, indexed and searched, and so you’ll know how to do more for yourself to boost your chances of success.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course will work best for writers who are already using social media but there will be time and thought given to those who are just starting out. Ideally, you will already have one social media profile but you might be looking to add more, or the one you have needs more work but you’re not sure what to do next. For advanced users, this course may cover familiar ground but there should be enough tips, tools and tricks to be helpful.
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.
City Lit Writing endeavours to create a safe and welcoming space for all and we strongly support the use of content notes in our classes. This means that learners are encouraged to make their tutor and classmates aware in advance if any writing they wish to share contains material that may be deemed sensitive. If you are unsure about what might constitute sensitive content, please ask your tutor for further clarification and read our expectations for participating in writing courses at City Lit.
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 Late Lines, our regular performance night for City Lit writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work 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.
Lisa Goll has worked in publishing for the past fifteen years in a variety of marketing roles and is now Events Manager at Bloomsbury Publishing where she is responsible for the Bloomsbury Institute, Bloomsbury’s public events series. Beyond Bloomsbury, Lisa is the Owner and Chair of the London Writers’ Café – the country’s biggest fiction writing group – where she manages writing development and organises events for a community of 3,000+ fiction writers to realise their writing and publishing ambitions. As Chair of LWC since May 2010, Lisa has hosted more than 300 events for fiction writers. Lisa now teaches marketing and publishing courses at City Lit and is a qualified writing coach. Follow her @LisasShare and @Ldnwriterscafe
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.