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“Building Your Platform as a Writer” with KB

June 19, 2021 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM CDT

$49.00 – $109.00
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$49 for Members
$109 for Non-Members

All registrants will have access to the class recording for one week.

Do you know what it takes to build your platform as a writer?

Whether you’re just getting started or you’ve got a book deal and are ready to take your work to the next level, building an author platform is a necessary tool in the business of publishing. Learn about what goes into creating a platform and what having a platform can do for you in this 3-hour class.

KB will be covering:

  • social media
  • website copy and design
  • crafting a bio
  • how to submit and how to find the right venues for your work, and more.

TAKE THIS CLASS IF

  • You’re a writer curious about building a platform and what it can do for you.
  • You’re ready to build your own platform, but don’t know where to start.
  • You’re looking for best practices on building online and IRL platforms.

The deadline to register for this class is Friday, June 18 at 5 p.m. CDT.

Instructor

KB HeadshotKB is from Stop Six, Fort Worth, Texas. They are a Black queer transmasculine poet, essayist, and cultural worker. They have words published in Cincinnati Review, Autostraddle, ANMLY, and elsewhere. Their chapbook How To Identify Yourself with a Wound (Kallisto Gaia Press, 2022) won the Saguaro Poetry Prize. Through the merit of their work, KB has received fellowships with PEN America, Lambda Literary, The Watering Hole, The Hurston/Wright Foundation, African American Leadership Institute - Austin, and elsewhere. Their cultural work spans six years. In that time, KB founded and led two nonprofits (Interfaces and Embrace Austin). They have also contributed to initiatives such as Austin’s first LGBTQIA+ quality of life survey and inclusion of chosen names on the University of Texas at Austin diplomas, among others. Currently, they are a Social Work graduate student and project lead on the Winter Storm Project, an arts anthology inspired by the 2021 Texas winter storm. KB is a 3x Best of Net nominee and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. They have earned numerous awards for their literary and cultural work. Their debut full-length poetry collection, Freedom House, is forthcoming from Deep Vellum in 2023. Follow them on twitter/instagram at @earthtokb and subscribe to their sporadic opinions on politics/culture through their newsletter Out of This World. They live in Austin, TX where they are writing books and trying their best.

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Once a purchase has been made, registrations are not refundable and cannot be transferred to a different class or event. No exceptions will be made. If you purchase a registration and then find you cannot attend the class or event, someone else can attend in your stead. Simply contact us at wlt@writersleague.org and let us know the name and contact information for the person who will be using the registration so that we can update the class or event roster.

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HOW WLT CLASSES WORK:

Our classes offer a combination of lecture and practical exercises, determined by the individual instructor, on focused aspects of the craft and business of writing. Your fellow participants will come from a range of writing experience, from beginners to people with MFA degrees and published books. WLT instructors, participants, and administrators all work together to create a welcoming, supportive environment.

If you haven’t taken a class with us in recent years, feel free to email WLT Program Director Sam Babiak at sam@writersleague.org if you’d like to discuss whether our programming is the right fit for your needs.

HOW ONLINE CLASSES WORK:

Once you register for the class, you’ll receive an email with detailed instructions no later than 48 hours before the class date. You should expect 2-2.5 hours of direct teaching and 30 minutes of Q&A (for three hours total). If you need to leave the class early or can’t attend the class on that date, all registrants will have access to the recording for one month after the class date. No microphone or camera required, just an Internet connection capable of streaming video. All online classes are hosted on Zoom. To learn more about how Zoom works, click HERE. 

Plan to log in to the online platform several hours before the class so that you can update your software or any other settings required to access the platform. (Updates usually only take a few minutes, but you don’t want to wait until the beginning of class.) Questions? Email us at wlt@writersleague.org.

Cultural Arts City of Austin

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.

Texas Commission on the Arts

Writers’ League of Texas classes and workshops are also funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts – Investing in a Creative Texas. For more information, go to www.arts.texas.gov.

National Endowment for the Arts

This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

Mid-America Arts Alliance

This project is supported in part by the Mid-America Arts Alliance. For more information, go to www.maaa.org.

Details

Date:
June 19, 2021
Time:
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Cost:
$49.00 – $109.00
Event Categories:
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Venue

Online via Zoom