Social Media Survival for Writers


Tweet like a twit? Facepalm every time you check Facebook? Feel like a pinned bug on Pinterest?

This class will help you untangle the mysteries of social media for authors.



Tweet like a twit? Facepalm every time you check Facebook? Feel like a pinned bug on Pinterest?

What’s an author to do with all of the social media opportunities clambering for our attention?

Confused by controversy? Troubled by trolls? You’ll learn the skills to control your social media presence without losing your mind.

Class includes on-line lessons to help you discover and manage your own unique brand as well as periodic group Zoom sessions. Lisa will make sure you have the tools to tame social media.

What You’ll Learn:

  • how to choose the most effective social media platform for you
  • there are more social media platforms than Facebook and Twitter, many of which you may never have heard of where readers go to hang out together
  • how to have a social media presence and still have time to write
  • how social media can help empower your writing

Who Should Take This Class:

  • authors seeking to up their social media game
  • traditional authors who’ve been told they need to increase their platform
  • indie authors seeking to really connect with their readers in a meaningful way

What you get:

  • A detailed, text-based, comprehensive course that you can navigate at your own pace
  • 24-Hour access to an online forum where you can connect with teachers and other students
  • An invitation to attend periodic Ask Me Anything sessions hosted by the teacher through Zoom

Lesson Plan

Section 1: Introduction to Social Media: What and Why

  • What is Social Media?
  • Why Participate in Social Media?
  • Social Media is NOT…
  • What is your why?

Section 2: Building Your Brand

  • Step 1: Catch (and don’t release)!
  • What is a brand (and how do I find mine?)
  • Finding Your Fish (identify your target audience)
  • Geeky Bits
    • Colors!
    • Graphic design
    • The F in the Room

Section 3: Strategies for Specific Platforms

  • Social Media Demographics
  • Making Sense of Social Media
  • Details for Specific Platforms
  • Research Chosen Platforms

Section 4: Practice!

  • Share experiences regarding specific platforms
  • Discussions on how to target YOUR audience
  • Practical experimentation and feedback

8 reviews for Social Media Survival for Writers

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March 27, 2022

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this class because I consider myself to be pretty tech-savvy (not a hacker or programmer, but I can do quite a few things). But I admit that sometimes I’m not all that flexible when it comes to social media. I’m afraid of it taking hold and not letting me go; afraid of privacy concerns; afraid of trolls, etc. Then there’s all the wondering if I really need it, and why. You know, kind of like being dragged along to do something I don’t necessarily want to do, because I’d rather spend my time writing. But Lisa reminded me that there are a lot of options out there and the main idea is to have FUN and connect with people who will want to read your work, and with whom you will want to connect. I really enjoyed it a lot and it was great to meet my classmates, too. Lisa gave me a kick in the pants to get going with a couple of platforms I had kind of decided weren’t worth it (wrong) and also helped allay some of my fears about privacy, security, and trolls. I highly recommend this course!

Michele Garcia
September 13, 2021

Lisa is brilliant. Kind, knowledgeable, helpful to a fault. Let’s just get that out of the way first. Now: social media is not my favorite thing. I’m just not wired that way. But because it was Lisa teaching, I was willing to follow her into the tangle in case I might pick up a few tips. Am I ever glad I did.

Before taking the class, I kept falling into endless virtual rabbit holes and losing hours of productive time on the internet. There’s simply too much of everything out there. I lurked, feeling overwhelmed. Why post when all I’d be doing was adding to the noise? Some people seemed to have it figured out, but how? It was a mystery to me. How does one even social media?

Lisa’s class made me take a big step back. Who am I writing for (besides myself)? What do I have to offer? How can I be helpful? And how do I connect with MY perfect reader? Lisa encouraged us to adopt a pinpoint, personalized focus instead of wading in everywhere and shouting louder. She made us dig deep for our motives and our audience. That was an eye-opener in itself. She helped us figure out how to be mindful and selective about our chosen platforms. She made me completely rethink how social media works, and how I can be successful out there.

I will probably never “love” it, but Lisa’s class gave me the tools to engage in a meaningful way. In the interest of full disclosure: I still go down rabbit holes. But I try to be aware of what I’m doing, and more importantly, why. If you struggle with any of this, give Lisa’s class a try.

Sabine Sloley
September 6, 2021

I HATED social media. I still long for the days when self-correcting typewriters were a big improvement. Facebook at first was like angels dropping down from heaven to bestow feathers of connection from old friends I thought I’d lost forever. (Then it became more like the Kathy Bates character in Misery.)

I wasn’t able to get the full benefit of this class because life interfered, and I’m eager to take it again because even without a full tank of information and enthusiasm, I’m feeling energized and hopeful. I realize that I’ve turned social media into a boogeyman even though it’s just a little critter that wants to be friends and probably not nearly as scary as I’m making it out to be.

Because of this class, I have enough courage to find out.

Babette de Jongh
May 31, 2021

The class lesson list above barely scratches the surface of all we learned. Lisa provided a lot of information about the world of social media, then encouraged us to explore ourselves as authors, then specific ideas on where to go and how to connect with readers. Her lesson on the specific platforms was especially helpful.

I can see this class being of benefit to repeat after a period of time ‘in the field.’

Vicki B
May 22, 2021

Lisa provides a wealth of information on how to approach social media in this workshop. The lecture material is current. Lisa had updated the material and added to it during the workshop with helpful information. The one on one sessions were great for addressing any questions I had. Overall, this is an excellent class. Lisa is very responsive and happy to answer questions.

Cynthia Capley

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