I was excited to begin Writing Wednesdays on February 29! I shared some tips about writing for the web and then we reviewed some nonprofit websites that had both great ideas and things we would change. You can listen to the recording right HERE. In fact, all Writing Wednesdays will be recorded and put online for all to share.
The idea behind this free weekly series is to offer an easy way for you to get feedback and share your thoughts about writing with many others. Together, we are building what I call a “writing-positive” culture. Often, our colleagues are just too busy to offer the attention, support, and constructive criticism we need to grow as writers. Writing Wednesdays will change all that.
In my decades of experience as a writer I have found two major ways to improve: practice and feedback. At your socially responsible organization, you probably find many opportunities to practice. But are they coupled with juicy feedback?
Too often, we find ourselves alone as writers, and we really could use some community. If only we could exchange ideas and try out new techniques…
Well, now you can! And it’s FREE! You can have that experience every Writing Wednesday! Students in my classes absolutely love our feedback sessions, and now I’m offering the opportunity online.
You can hear a bit about my work and a description of Writing Wednesdays right HERE.
Here’s how it works:
1) Sign up for the Writing Wednesday community on the right-hand side of this page.
2) Receive info on how to submit a document you’re working on. We’ll be looking at different types of written pieces, so you’re bound to find something that will work. All submissions are due on Mondays at 5 p.m. Pacific Time. Remember that all submissions will be public, so make sure to delete anything you’d rather not publicize.
Here’s the topic lineup for the first 3 Writing Wednesdays:
Feb. 29: Websites (especially home pages): See the archive here.
March 7: Letters of Inquiry for institutional funders (foundations, corporations, etc.): submissions due March 5
March 14: Sharing stories (in any document format): submissions due March 12
If you don’t have a piece to upload right now but would still like to listen in, please call in on Wednesday!
3) On Tuesday you will receive an email inviting you to review all of the pieces submitted, especially the 1 or 2 that I have selected to discuss on our Writing Wednesday conference call. This will give you the opportunity to read what others have submitted and make comments on the document itself (online, using Google Docs).
4) Writing Wednesday at 12 p.m. Pacific Time (1 p.m. Mountain, 2 p.m. Central, 3 p.m. Eastern), you call in to hear my Writing Tip of the Week and my thoughts about the selected piece(s). You’ll also have the opportunity to offer your feedback to the writer(s). You will get to learn from all of the feedback, and we may even feature your piece in that week’s spotlight! The calls will be recorded and placed on the website, so you can listen again at your convenience. You can expect the calls to last 45-60 minutes.
Want to join us? Please sign up on the right-hand side of this page.
Questions? Leave a comment below and I’ll post an answer.
Talk to you soon!