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Screen Share: digital skills training

Wednesday 14 July 2021, 10:00 amThursday 15 July 2021, 2:00 pm


Screen Share: digital skills training for those working in literature

With the support of Arts Council England, The Poetry Society is pleased to host Screen Share: two days of training sessions to develop digital skills. If you work for a literature organisation, you’re a poetry publisher, or you’re an individual wanting to develop any sort of literature audience or readership using digital tools, you are warmly welcome to get involved.

A huge and sometimes overwhelming range of digital tools is available for those working in literature to help promote their work, but learning how to use these tools effectively can sometimes be a bit hit and miss.

Screen Share sessions will focus on online event planning and accessibility, digital book launches, building social media audience, crowdfunding and subscription schemes, podcasting, livestreaming and digital archiving – with panellists, experts and speakers from across all branches of the literature sector.

The Poetry Society asked literature organisations and previous exhibitors from the Free Verse Poetry Book and Magazine Fair which digital skills they wanted to explore, and these suggestions guided the choice of sessions and panellists. Sessions are designed to balance practical advice with inspiration from organisations and individuals who are already finding their audiences through digital means. Some sessions are pitched at an introductory level, some are for those with existing experience. Screen Share is a free-to-attend forum for all of us to share our questions, ideas and expertise.

* Please note: the Zoom links for this event were sent to all attendees registered before 2.30pmBST on Tuesday 13 July. If you have not received your links, please check your junk folders or email [email protected] before 8amBST on Wednesday 14 July.

Day 1: Wednesday 14 July, 9.45am to 2pm BST

9.45 Welcome. The equivalent of the conference registration table. Come into the Zoom, get yourselves settled with a cup of coffee, say hello.

10-10.50: Zoom in the Room: the technicalities of managing online and live / online hybrid events with Paula Varjack (digital spoken word theatre maker), George Palmer (Arvon), Danny Pandolfini (LyraFest) and Helen Eastman (Live Canon)

11-11.50: Online Accessibility: making your events and activities open to all with Julie Farrell (Inklusion) and Elspeth Wilson (poet)

12-12.30: Podcasting techniques and approaches with Arji Manuelpillai (Arji’s Poetry Pickle Jar) and Peter deGraft-Johnson (Lunar Poetry Podcasts) and National Writers’ Centre

12.40-1.10: Crowdfunding: raising money through Kickstarter, Kofi and Patreon with The Henningham Family Press (poetry publishers), Dan Simpson (poet) and Parul Bavishi (London Writers’ Salon)

1.20-1.50: Ask the Experts. Have a burning question about any aspect of digital literature production or promotion? Full of particular expertise on any aspect of digital literature production or promotion? Submit your details here, and we’ll put you together in search of answers. (So far, we’ve had questions submitted about Otter captions, WordPress blogging, FB & Google Ads, BookTok and online listings sites.)

1.50-2.00: Close

Day 2: Thursday 15 July, 9.45am to 2pm BST

9.45 Welcome

10-10.50: Digital Book Launches: events, promotion and sales with Jazmine Linklater from Carcanet Press, Naush Sabah (Poetry Brum) and Kimberley Nyamhondera from flipped eye.

11-11.50: Feed Me: building online profile through social media, blogs and bulletins with Pema Monaghan (The Emma Press), Angela Hicken (Nine Arches Press), Chris McCabe (National Poetry Library) and Nick Makoha (Obsidian Foundation)

12-12.30: A Link to the Past: Digital Archives with speakers from British Library, Bloodaxe and the Poetry Archive

12.40-1.10 – Flick Book: Using recorded video to promote books and events, with vlogger Jen Campbell and speakers from Penned in the Margins and Speaking Volumes.

1.20-1.50 – Livestreaming: Using Instagram and other platforms to live-stream events, with speakers from Out-Spoken, Aesthetica and Nymphs & Thugs

1.50-2.00: Close


How it works

One Zoom link for each day will be sent out nearer the time. Drop in to the sessions which interest you – as many or few as you like. You can have your camera on or off, and audience questions and responses will be gathered through the chat function. 50 minute sessions will have speakers, a chaired speaker Q&A and an audience Q&A. 30 minute sessions will have speakers and an audience Q&A. Speakers will present a mixture of live talks, films and PowerPoints.

Follow along on Twitter via @poetrysociety and #ScreenShare21

All sessions will be AI captioned and relevant documents screen-shared whenever possible. As many sessions as possible will be BSL interpreted. A selection of edited notes, transcripts, subtitled videos and presentations will be freely available afterwards.

Once you’ve registered, you will be sent a short registration form asking you a bit more about yourself and your digital skills needs so the sessions are as relevant as possible.

This schedule is subject to change – check back for more confirmations as they happen.