Announcing the Writing Lab at BlogHer '12!

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For most of us, blogging involves finessing the written word, somehow. Even if it's in tandem with an image, we want our words to shimmer (and certainly not to stumble!). And if we're pitching our work for publication anywhere other than our own blog, we'd also like our words to catch the attention of an editor and meet professional expectations.

We want you to leave BlogHer '12 feeling not just informed, connected, and inspired, we want you to leave more confident about your writing. So this year we're trying something new. We're splitting up the Writing programming: Friday will have traditional panels (check them out here), but Saturday will be all small-group, hands-on workshops.

Six workshops will take place at small round tables during each breakout session on Saturday: three will run by BlogHer.com editors, three by writing professionals from the BlogHer community. We're repeating some of the content, so as to maximize your opportunity to get the hands-on help you want.

The Writing Lab is very similar to the Geek Bar (for which only a few slots still remain!). Like the Geek Bar, we're limiting signups so that the groups are eight or fewer folks; like the Geek Bar, we'll hold back a few seats so that some of you can also sign up in the room on site, on the day of the Writing Lab. Like the Geek Bar, make sure to bring your burning questions, and even a short example of your writing you'd be willing to have reviewed in real time with the group.

Thanks to our Writing Lab Advisors:

We'd like to extend our thanks to Melissa Ford, BlogHer.com's Blogging and Social Media Section Editor, and Julie Ross Godar, Executive Editor of BlogHer.com, for providing helpful feedback on this programming feature.

Sign-Up Info:

As with the Geek Bar, you sign up online for a 30-minute workshop, which starts either at the beginning or middle of each breakout session. This link will take you to our online sign-up on Eventbrite.

Don't worry if the class you want is full, though: we're holding a few seats back at each table for walk-ins. You'll be able to sign up on-site, anytime throughout Saturday, until space for your session runs out.

Writing Lab Workshops:

These will run twice in the session, with a 15-minute break in between. We'll update this post to add session leaders on a rolling basis as they confirm.

• Breakout One: 9:30-10:45am

Crafting an Interesting Interview, with Mona Gable.
Interviews provide hugely valuable content. But you want to do great ones, right? Find out how.

How to use Blogging Prompts.
Blogging prompts are a fantastic way to generate content. Here are some tips about where to find them and how to put them to best use.

Effective Business Writing, with Paula Gregorowicz.
Writing about (or for!) business is its own special thing. Protips from BlogHer's Career Section Editor.

Grammar Clinic: How to Identify and Avoid Common Errors, with Jennifer Barbour.
Their are so many ways to make errors! Its so easy! And your going to love these tips about how not to! ;)

Copyediting Clinic: How to Tighten Your Prose, with Nancy Baggett.
Flabby prose obscures your meaning and dulls your impact. Tightened prose: BAM! Bring questions and, if you like, your own prose for tightening.

Style Clinic: The Voice of the Memoirist.
For many, our blogs are continuously published, open-ended memoirs. At the core is our voice, and this session helps you identify and focus it.

• Breakout Two: 11:00am - 12:15pm

Effective Opinion & Commentary.
Writing (and successfully placing) effective opinion and commentary pieces takes more than just being opinionated. Come get tips on sharpening yours, so you can make your voice heard farther and wider.

Credible, Well-Cited News and Political Writing, with Julie Ross Godar.
Want to write like a pro journalist? Come find out what goes into a properly-cited, polished news piece from BlogHer.com's Executive Editor.

How to Give Your Day-in-the-Life Stories Universal Appeal, with Heather Clisby.
One of the most natural features of a personal narrative blog is the anecdotal account, conveyed in rich (sometimes humorous) detail and duly reflected upon. You want your day-in-the-life story to be true to you, and speak to the reader, whoever she may be. Come find out how.

Grammar Clinic: How to Identify and Avoid Common Errors.
Their are so many ways to make errors! Its so easy! And your going to love these tips about how not to!  ;)

Copyediting Clinic: How to Tighten Your Prose, with Ann Imig.
Flabby prose obscures your meaning and dulls your impact. Tightened prose: BAM! Bring questions and, if you like, your own prose for tightening.

Style Clinic: The Voice of the Reporter.
How do reporters do it, anyway? What is that stuff about inverted triangles and the who-what-where-huh? in the first paragraph? Bring your Lois Lane notepad and get ready to polish your reporter's voice.

• Breakout Three: 3:15 - 4:30pm

How to Pitch Original & Syndicated Content to BlogHer.com, with Rita Arens.
BlogHer.com publishes a ton of both original and syndicated content. Find out what works best, and why.

Effective Sex & Erotica, with AV Flox.
Writing and pitching erotica -- whether fiction or nonfiction -- takes, well, finesse. Learn how to make your work fifty shades more effective.

How to Fact-Check Your Posts, with Emma Waverman.
Unless you back up your words with facts, they remain unsubstantiated, and therefore measurably less powerful. Learn some key tips about when, where, and how to fact-check your posts.

Grammar Clinic: How to Identify and Avoid Common Errors, with Jane Collins.
Their are so many ways to make errors! Its so easy! And your going to love these tips about how not to!  ;)

Copyediting Clinic: Tighten Your Prose.
Flabby prose obscures your meaning and dulls your impact. Tightened prose: BAM! Bring questions and, if you like, your own prose for tightening.

Style Clinic: The Voice of the Essayist, with Polly Pagenhart.
Many of us consider our blog posts essays, whether long or short. But what distinguishes an essay? And how do you improve your effectiveness as an essayist? Let's answer these questions together.

Sign up now on Eventbrite! These workshops are part of our BlogHer '12 programming. As such, you must be registered for BlogHer '12 to attend a workshop. Not registered for the conference held in New York City next month just yet? Go ahead and register now!

 

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