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91525, 2013 Classes and Workshops Discussion
Posted by Dreamerscove, Sat Sep-08-12 11:26 PM
This is the thread to discuss the upcoming 2013 workshops and classes. This includes suggestions on future workshop subjects. The current 2013 schedule can be found here.

If you are interested in giving a writing-oriented workshop or class here at Forward Motion, please post here or contact us privately. All workshops and classes will need to be approved by Zette and will be facilitated by a volunteer Moderator who will set up all the needed boards and threads for each workshop/class. Each workshop/class is composed of three parts: the lesson, an overview of the goals of that particular lesson, and the exercises for the students.

General Guidelines:
  • Once a workshop/class is approved it must be completed (a minimum of 1000 words for each lesson) before going live. This is for the benefit of the instructor as well as the students.
  • We will provide a template to help you plan out your workshop/class.
  • Be honest with yourself about if you will have the time to spend on the forums answering questions and interacting with the students. If needed, consider a co-teacher or "teacher's assistant" to help you out.
  • Determine the specific aspect of a topic the workshop/class will explore, and the learning goal. What would the actual exercises be?
  • We will do our best to accommodate you on your preferred month, but we cannot guarantee a placement as some workshops are tied into other FM activities.


Here are the type of classes and workshops we would love to see:

Full Workshops - Full one-month class with 4 weekly posts. Typically includes a student assignment and interaction between instructor and students. This type of class requires more time and effort from the teacher. Can expand to 6 weeks for larger subjects with approval.

Mini-Class - 2-3 posts with interaction, and possible student assignments, spread out over a week or two.

Seminar - A one-time posting with questions and answers open for a specific period of time before it is locked down to further discussion. Ideal for small topics.

And remember we have the "Back to School for Writers" classes every September for real-world subjects! New teachersw welcome!
91527, RE: 2013 Classes and Workshops Discussion
Posted by David Bridger, Sun Sep-09-12 08:28 AM
"Vlogging for authors."

I've just begun doing this after taking a paid-for course run by an expert in commercial YouTube marketing, in which I learned sufficient technical stuff to get me started, and from which I adapted aspects of marketing relevant to our more gentle world.

A year or so from now, in the final quarter of 2013 say, I'll feel equipped to give a full workshop based on my experiences. And I like the idea of completing the course for approval before it goes live, because I always worry about making commitments like this in case my health takes a nosedive and I let people down.
91529, RE: 2013 Classes and Workshops Discussion
Posted by Dreamerscove, Sun Sep-09-12 01:17 PM
That sounds like a wonderful workshop! It's also a good time for scheduling as the final quarter of 2013 is open for any month you would like. I'll contact you privately about the workshop template.
91563, RE: 2013 Classes and Workshops Discussion
Posted by Dreamerscove, Sat Sep-15-12 09:00 PM
Thank you for volunteering to give this class. I have you slotted for October of 2013.
91565, RE: 2013 Classes and Workshops Discussion
Posted by David Bridger, Sun Sep-16-12 03:12 AM
Thanks. I'm looking forward to it already :)
91528, RE: 2013 Classes and Workshops Discussion
Posted by Linda Adams, Sun Sep-09-12 09:27 AM
I'll toss a couple into the ring:

* Social Media for the Introvert -- might be good for the mini-class. It was a very popular topic at a sci-fi con I went to.

* Omniscient Viewpoint -- so little exists on what it is, and so much of it is wrong to start with.
91530, RE: 2013 Classes and Workshops Discussion
Posted by Dreamerscove, Sun Sep-09-12 01:18 PM
Are those suggestions for possible workshops, or are they ones you might consider giving?

I agree on Omni. There's not much out there about using it, and some stories need it.
91531, RE: 2013 Classes and Workshops Discussion
Posted by Linda Adams, Sun Sep-09-12 02:05 PM
Sorry, I wasn't clear -- yes, I would give them.