Writing and publishing in the digital revolution

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.