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“Networking is hard for most of us,” says instructor Kilby Blades. "It is also utterly necessary for writers in terms of saving time, unleashing opportunities and staying informed. Even in a profession as solitary as writing, who you know and how you engage with the broader writing community can influence your career as much as your work itself."
For beginning through more experienced writers, networking generates personal and professional connections that can lead to publication, job opportunities and writing partnerships. And it’s not just about networking— it’s about finding community, which can be critical to maintaining perspective and preserving optimism in an industry that is notoriously tough. Your writing community will help you weather the vicissitudes of this profession.
This class will give concrete examples of how networking can pay dividends for writers. We will discuss how to find writing communities that align with what you write, and our experience together will offer practical advice for planning your networking year. We’ll consider strategies for transcending social anxiety and navigating professional networks, even if you’re an introvert. Most importantly, the class will show you how to multiply the return on effort you’re putting into your writing goals and share tips to make networking fun.
About The Writing Salon's Remote Classes
You will be able to participate in live class meetings via Zoom videoconference. To attend classes, you'll need a phone, tablet or computer and access to the internet. You can participate in the class from wherever you'd like, whether on your living room couch or in your office. Before your class meets, you'll receive an email from The Writing Salon with more information about Zoom and your remote class. If you have any questions about remote learning, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at email@example.com.
Kilby Blades is a USA Today Bestselling author of Romance and Women’s Fiction. Her debut novel, Snapdragon, was a HOLT Medallion finalist, a Publisher’s Weekly BookLife Prize Semi-Finalist, and an IPPY Award medalist. Kilby was honored with an RSJ Emma Award for Best Debut Author in 2018, and has been lauded by critics for “easing feminism and equality into her novels” (IndieReader) and “writing characters who complement each other like a fine wine does a good meal” (Publisher’s Weekly). Kilby is a feminist, an oenophile, a cinephile, a social-justice fighter, and above all else, a glutton for a good story.
- Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, January 26, 6:30pm-9:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, February 02, 6:30pm-9:00pm