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Upcoming blogging workshop at Gemini Ink September 14, 2009

Posted by tracybarnett in San Antonio, Writing workshops.

Gemini InkI’ve mentioned this before, but I’ll say it again: Gemini Ink is one of those things that makes San Antonio special.

Most visitors and many residents don’t realize what a thriving literary hub San Antonio has become over the years, and Gemini Ink is a big part of that. It’s also due to the generosity and the open-spiritedness of nationally known writers like Naomi Shihab Nye, Sandra Cisneros, and John Phillip Santos, to name just a few, who give workshops and encouragement to beginning writers and those who are in the process of transition, like yours truly. Because of them, I am a better writer.

Gemini Ink showcases the work of literary lights like Peter Mattheissen, Margaret Atwater and Annie Prioux, bringing them to town for a free public reading and smaller, targeted events. Its Writers in Communities and University Without Walls programs also give a forum to local and regional writers like me, and I’ve greatly enjoyed my association with them over the years. It’s put me in touch with some excellent writers and community folks, some of whom I remain in touch with today.

The fall program is packed with great classes and is just getting underway. Check it out here and consider attending an event or two. Some are free readings and workshops; others require a small fee.

All of which leads me to a backhanded self promotion: I’ll be conducting a day of two workshops on blogging on Saturday, Sept. 26 and would welcome your participation if you’re in the area. It’s not free, but I promise to make it worth your time.  Here’s my plug:

Blogging is a medium that can work for you, whether your medium is poetry or politics, business or social causes. Whether you’re a complete novice or someone who’s been doing this for awhile and are looking for some new ideas and skills to sharpen up your site, there’s something here for you.

The morning session is strictly for beginners – those who haven’t yet ventured into blogging territory but have been thinking about it and wanting to do it. We’ll help you settle on a name, choose a theme and set up your own blog. Here’s the link.

The afternoon session is for bloggers who want to get better exposure for their sites and sharpen up the look and tone. We’ll look at how to promote your work through other social media, network with other bloggers and incorporate slide shows and video for a livelier site. Here’s the other link.

If you will contact me in advance and let me know what you’ve already been working on, it will help me to tailor the program to meet your needs. Also, if you have a laptop, please bring it along. Students may register for one or both courses.


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