Writing and publishing in the digital revolution

Thursday, Aug. 30-Friday, Aug. 31, 2012

Ivy Hall, SCAD's cultural arts and writing center, in partnership with the Decatur Book Festival, will present an interactive workshop on Friday, Aug. 31, on the ever-changing landscape of the written word. Learn how to navigate and use social media; explore new and established publishing models; and find sources of funding for creative projects. The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., is free and open to the public and located at Ivy Hall, 179 Ponce de Leon Ave, Atlanta, GA, 30308. A continental breakfast will be offered at 8:30 a.m., and lunch will be provided at 11:30 a.m. A question and answer session follows each presentation. 8:30 a.m.Continental breakfast 9-10 a.m. Hollis GillespieThe Social Media Survival Guide: a practical how-to for writers and journalists who want to stay above extinction during the evolution of media. Reaching your audience (and getting paid for it) requires new skills - most notably social-media savvy and the ability to build a web-based platform. Learn the fundamentals needed to meet the requirements for writing professionals. 10:15-11:15 a.m. Professor Catherine RamsdellWhere's the Money? Changes in technology and the publishing world have opened new avenues for authors, but the bottom line still seems to be the same: it costs money to publish or promote a book. Learn new ways to fund and promote literary projects, including advice on creating multimedia materials to promote (or raise funds) for your project. 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lunch and networking 1-2 p.m. Darby SandersGetting Published! The publishing world may be going through changes, but e-books, self-publishing and emerging small publishing houses may be just the ticket. Learn to navigate the waters. 2:30-3:30 p.m. Joshilyn Jackson Liars Online, A Fiction Writer's Guide to the World Wide WebWe all know non-fiction writers and journalists need platforms, but what can the Web do for fiction writers? We'll discuss networking, online critique groups, the e-book revolution, the much touted death of the blog, online literary magazines, the use and value of social media pre- and post-publication, and how on God's green Earth a novelist is supposed to further their career in 140 characters or less. Space is limited to 65 people. Contact Georgia Lee at 404.253.3206.