Monday, August 11, 2008

Pushing the Electronic Envelope

The American Independent Writers Association (which used to be Washington Independent Writers) has announced a Saturday Seminar at George Mason University in Fairfax VA on September 6, 2008. Here's the scoop:

Sharing Your Writing and Selling Your Work in Cyberspace

The proliferation of online tools, social networking sites, and Web markets has created a lot of opportunities – and revenue streams – for writers. But along with the possibilities may come some confusion. Do you need a website? What is Twitter? What’s the difference between a blog and a vlog? Why do writers need Facebook?

In this all-day seminar, we’ll walk you through some of the most popular and writer-friendly Web tools to help you find new work, promote your services, sell your book, and build your platform.

Breaking into the Blogosphere: Blogging, Vlogging, and Microblogging

Writing for the Web: What You Need to Know to Sell to Online Markets

Social Networking: Facebook, LinkedIn, Plaxo, and More

What Every Writer Needs to Know About Professional Websites

Member cost is $89, Non-members cost is $129, and Students cost is $49. To RSVP, call (202) 775-5150, send an e-mail to, or register online at Please mention the event for which you are responding and your membership status.

P.S. Last winter I chaired the panel on blogging for their winter fiction seminar and also did a workshop on same for the Maryland Writers Association. Here's the handout (with links): "Writers Blogs: Best (& Worst) Practices". More anon.