MONDAYS, SEPT. 13th & 20th | Whether you are brand new to Twitter, or you’re an aspiring or established author wondering how to gain followers and generate buzz for your latest project, this class is for you. You’ll learn from members of the Grotto’s social media team, Susan Ito & Grace Loh Prasad, why Twitter is beneficial for writers, what to tweet about, who to follow, and how to balance self-promotion with being a literary citizen and member of an online writing community.
After taking this class you will know:
Why Twitter is great for writers
Basic mechanics of how to use Twitter
What to tweet about
Who to follow and why
How to engage with and attract followers
How to be a great literary citizen
How to build and sustain interest in your projects
How to balance self-promotion with other topics
How to leverage dashboards & analytics
Late registrants will be sent a recording of the first class.
Here is what we will cover:
Day 1: Beginner
- Why Twitter is great for writers
- Twitter basics & vocabulary
- Who to follow
- What to tweet about
Day 2: Advanced
- How to build an audience
- How to balance self-promotion with other topics
- Dashboards & analytics
- #PitMad- how to attract the attention of literary agents!
Scheduled class sessions will take place via Zoom. Registered students, please contact the instructor directly for Zoom details.
Susan Ito is the author of The Mouse Room. She co-edited the literary anthology A Ghost At Heart’s Edge: Stories & Poems of Adoption. Her work has appeared in Growing Up Asian American, Choice, Hip Mama, Literary Mama, Catapult, Hyphen,The Bellevue Literary Review, and elsewhere. She is a MacDowell colony Fellow, and has also been awarded residencies at The Mesa Refuge, Hedgebrook and the Blue Mountain Center. She has performed her solo show, The Ice Cream Gene, around the US. Her theatrical adaption of Untold, stories of reproductive stigma, was produced at Brava Theater. She teaches at Mills College and Bay Path University. She was one of the co-organizers of Rooted and Written, a writing workshop for writers of color. Follow her on Twitter at @thesusanito.
Grace Loh Prasad was born in Taiwan and raised in New Jersey and Hong Kong before settling in the San Francisco Bay Area. Grace received her MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College and is an alumna of Tin House and VONA. Her essays have appeared in Longreads, Artsy, Catapult, Jellyfish Review, Ninth Letter, Blood Orange Review, The Manifest-Station, Barren Magazine, KHÔRA, the Ms. Aligned 3anthology and elsewhere. Grace is a member of The Writers Grotto and Seventeen Syllables, an AAPI writers collective. Her memoir is entitled The Translator’s Daughter(www.translatorsdaughter.com). Follow her on Twitter @GraceLP.
Number of sessions: 2
Dates: Mondays, September 13, 20
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm Pacific Time
Course fee: $90