None of the writers’ workshops and conferences I’ve attended offer in-depth classes or seminars on starting a blog for writers. This is probably because a writing conference or workshop is for aspiring authors who want to be traditionally published — but it is really difficult to get a publisher for your novel or nonfiction book!
So, I often leave writers’ workshops and writing conferences feeling a bit deflated. Disappointed, because the road to getting a book published is long, hard, and tedious. Even though I love writing and blogging – even though I know how to get the most out of writing conferences – I still leave the workshops feeling like I’ll never be a published author.
The last conference I attended was the Mount Hermon Christian Writers’ Conference in California, last April. I loved it! Lots of solid teaching on writing nonfiction book proposals, editing fiction books, and even building a strong social media presence for writers who don’t enjoy marketing. The writers’ workshops were excellent, but there were no blogging classes. So, I want to teach blogging at various writers’ workshops. I want to encourage writers to blog while they’re on the road to getting their books published.
Below is a list of the five blogging classes I’d teach, plus a description of why blogging is so important for writers and aspiring authors.
Why I Want to Teach Blogging at Writers’ Workshops
Here’s my pitch to the organizers of writing conferences:
My name is Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen; I’m a full-time blogger and writer in Vancouver, BC. I’ve attended many writing conferences — from writing workshops in Kenya, Africa to the Mount Hermon Christian Writers’ Conference in California — and one thing always stands out: the frustration and disappointment writers feel about the difficulty of getting traditionally published.
The thought of building a strong writers’ platform is overwhelming for most aspiring authors, and I’m always surprised at how little information about blogging is offered at writing conferences. Blogging isn’t just one of the best ways for writers to build a platform or online presence; it elevates the writing craft and process!
- Improves writing, editing, and revising skills
- Sharpens creative thinking abilities
- Helps writers develop “the skin of a rhinoceros”
- Teaches writers how to wake up the muse (instead of waiting for her to appear!)
I started my “She Blossoms” blog network as The Adventurous Writer in 2008, and have been earning a full-time living as a blogger since then. My blogs get 70,000 unique visitors per day (over 2,000,000 unique page views a month), and I’ve sold more than 4,000 copies of my ebooks. My most popular one is How to Let Go of Someone You Love: 3 Secrets (and 75 Tips!) for Healing a Broken Heart. I’m also an experienced freelancer (I’ve been published in magazines such as Reader’s Digest, Women’s Health, and More).
Can I teach a blog workshop (or two, or three!) at your next conference?
5 Helpful Blogging Classes for Writers’ Workshops
Here are a few ideas…
How to Start and Sustain a Successful Blog
Learn how to identify your audience, establish specific goals for your blog, and understand what makes a good post. You’ll learn how to find and/or create images, get good content ideas, engage your readers, manage comments, and increase traffic to your blog posts.
How Bloggers Make Money
Can writers make money blogging on their own websites? What types of blogs make money? What is affiliate marketing? How do some blogs earn over $100,000 a year? What is search engine optimization (SEO), and how do keywords relate to earning potential and blog traffic? Learn how to earn a little or a lot of money blogging!
Here’s an article I’ll refer to in the writers’ workshop: What Type of Blogs Earn the Most Money?
7 Ways Fiction Writers Can Create Blog Content
Learn how to write posts that stay true to your genre, style, voice and content. You’ll also learn how to sustain your motivation to blog regularly, how to connect with readers, and why comments are more valuable than you think
10 Blog Writing Tips for Nonfiction Writers
Learn how to brainstorm topics and content ideas, research what your audience wants to read, write engaging content, and create a month-long editorial calendar.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Tips for Bloggers
SEO is a fascinating (and profitable!) type of writing. It’s the best way to attract website traffic, and can help writers find new, interesting, and creative topics to write about. Learning how to write for the web is an art and a craft, and it’s crucial for successful blogging.
To learn more about SEO, read Search Engine Optimization Tips for New Writers.
How to Blog Your Book
Are you aiming for a book contract with a traditional print publisher or a salable self-published ebook? Either way, your best bet is to blog your way to an actual book. Here’s how to repurpose your blog content so you save time, money, and energy – and how to build a readership for your book at the same time.
I also offer individual “Blossom Your Blog” consultations. Many writers have blogs, but struggle with maintaining them or getting traffic. Writers have questions about design, content, social media, etc — and they want personalized help. I can meet with writers for 30 minute consultations during the conference, and answer specific questions to help improve their blogs.
- Travel & hotel costs
- $50 per workshop or consultation hour
Bonus! I have over 10,000 followers on Twitter (@BlossomTips) and over 2,000 fans on my “She Blossoms” Facebook page and group. I’d be happy to schedule regular tweets and updates to help promote the writer’s workshop and conference.
If you have any questions or need more information, please feel free to email me anytime. Thank you for your time; I look forward to hearing from you.
That’s my pitch to teach blogging classes at writers’ workshops.
What do you think — have you been to a writer’s conference, and would you attend these types of blog workshops? Or, do you think writing conferences should focus on getting published, and leave the blogging workshops to the bloggers’ conferences?
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