Workshop shows writers how to attract fans
Writers need readers to succeed. At the April 15 meeting of Willamette Writers’ coast branch, Jennie Komp of Myth Machine will discuss how to build and nurture a loyal fan base. The free workshop takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Newport Library.
Published writers and those still wrestling with their stories will learn the steps successful authors use to cultivate those first thousand fans who will read everything they write. Says Komp, “It’s so much more fun than you think! Come as you are or get even more out of this by coming with a list of the most tangible parts of your stories (symbols, maps, clothing descriptions, notable trinkets, or anything else that’s memorable). We will break down the social media tools the experts use and you’ll see current, live examples. We will map out a plan you can implement immediately.”
Participants should come prepared to do some writing exercises.
Jennie Komp has been taking apart stories to see what makes them connect with people for over 20 years. Her extensive background in live theater productions and start-ups came together at her first writing conference, where she saw the industry disconnect between authors and their fans. Her company Myth Machine is the next evolution of a publishing and book promotion concept she’s been developing for the past four years. As a development editor and writer in her own right, Komp bridges the gap between art and business, between writers and readers.
Willamette Writers is the largest writers’ organization in Oregon and one of the largest writers’ organizations in the United States. The organization’s goal is to provide and encourage a creative environment and support system for current and aspiring writers.
Since its beginning in 1965, Willamette Writers has provided meeting places for the exchange of ideas and information and has initiated programs designed to help writers increase skills related to the craft of writing.
For more information, visit http://willamettewriters.com/coast or Willamette Writers Coast Chapter’s Facebook page.
Willamette Writers thanks the Anchor Pier Lodge, Sylvia Beach Hotel, Hallmark Hotel, and the Inn at Nye Beach for donating lodging for their authors and the Newport Public Library for providing a monthly meeting space.
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