Masterclass: Press & Social Media for Writers

Complimentary tickets are available to University of Portsmouth staff and students for the Portsmouth Writers’ Hub: Press & Social Media Day for Writers on 25th June 2017 in Eldon Building – organised by Tom Sykes, Senior Lecturer in the School of Media and Performing Arts at the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries.

Places need to be booked before Thursday 22nd June 2017 via an email to which includes your University email address and/or student ID number.

Programme for the day:

9.30am – 12.00: Your writing in the press

  • Get your fiction and journalism published in the press (& get paid for it!)
  • Maximise your research by using it across different media platforms
  • Find new audiences & readers for your books by building followers through engagement with shorter pieces

This in-depth workshop is for novelists and journalists looking to publish short pieces in the press (and get paid for it!). This will give you the nitty gritty of tackling the industry and finding the right home for your work. Learn about every stage of the process, from finessing an angle, to researching and fact-checking, to locating exactly the right publication for your work. The tutor, Tom Sykes, has devised this workshop to help improve your relationship with the press. He has created tailor-made writing exercises while sharing his own pitch letters, editorial responses, press trip invites, contracts and other pertinent industry documents.

12.00 – 1pm Break for lunch and opportunity to socialise

1pm-3.30pm: Social media for writers

  • Social media is fun! Let me show you how
  • Building a writer’s profile online
  • The writing career boost – using social media to your advantage
  • Which platforms are best for me?
  • Avoiding time drains and other pitfalls.

Writer and Editor Sarah Cheverton leads the afternoon workshop. She will explore how to build your identity online as a writer using social media. She will take writers through the main social media platforms to explain how they differ, offer advice on sharing your writing online, some top tips on using online platforms and why a one-size-fits-all approach may not be working for you. This workshop is great for writers looking for that extra helping hand using social media for their writing. From Instagram junkies to Facebook detoxers to technologically illiterate writers, all are welcome at this fun and essential workshop.

3.30pm-4pm Further Q&A with the tutors

What to bring?

Please bring your laptops or a pen and notepad to do the exercises.

Food and drink for lunch / snacks during the day

More details about the Portsmouth Writers’ Hub are available here, and about New Writing South here.

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