I’m a ho for writing classes. What can I say? I love them. I’ve taken more classes over the years than I can count. And I’ve always kept my notes and my emails (can you say hoarder?). Since I always wonder what people think about the classes they’ve taken, I thought I’d share some thoughts about classes I thought were worth the price of registration. If you’re wondering about a class, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, put ‘class question’ in the topic and I’ll let you know if I’ve taken the class and what I thought about it.
I’m a perpetual student. Even during the years I wasn’t writing, I was taking romance writing classes. They kept me connected, in a small way, to the romance writing community and allowed me an unpressured way to build my skills.
I joined Savvy Authors (www.savvyauthors.com) because of their excellent classes. I’ve rarely been disappointed. One of the most recent ones I enjoyed was Social Media for Writers. It ran in October for two weeks. Taught by Ken Kessler, the class focused on the bare bones of social media: the ‘how-to’ of Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
Ken did a good job of walking each of us through a step by step process to set up a Facebook fan page and a twitter account. We talked a little about our author names, but the class was focused on getting started with social media and finding our way through the process to become online marketers.
Ken’s focus was always on ‘paying it forward’. He was clear that we needed to be building relationships, both on Twitter and Facebook. He walked his talk by following each of us and repeatedly mentioning our name on Twitter and FB as we got started. And his wife, Lisa also jumped in and followed each of us and offered her expertise. They are a dynamic couple who know their topic and aren’t afraid to share with newbies.
For me, Ken’s approach, his friendliness and his knowledge demystified the entire social media scene. He was patient and helpful with each of us as we struggled with the face of marketing today. I am in the midst of an excellent course by Kristen Lamb (more about that later) but I would have been lost in the beginning of her course if it hadn’t been for Ken’s. He helped me de-mystify social media. And when I got stuck setting up this blog, Lisa and Ken were the first two people I turned to – I was confident they’d have the answer I needed and that they wouldn’t mind sharing it with me.
If you’re new to this method of marketing and relationship building, or confused about the whole thing, I can’t recommend Ken’s course highly enough. Definitely an A+