How can we write most effectively for social media?
Social media (noun): websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking. (Oxford Languages)
Co-inquiry (noun): Collective inquiry into something (Wiktionary)
Your Invitation: If anything, the Covid-19 pandemic may have accentuated a trend to communicate, publicise and self-publish via social media. You are welcome to join other co-inquirers – ranging from novices to veterans - in an open conversation about what might be involved in writing for social media. No expert or guru positions adopted: all open sharing of experiences, hopes and fears in a spirit of co-inquiry.
Some social media platforms: Platforms include general social media (e.g. Facebook, LinkedIn, Google +), microblogging (e.g. Twitter, Tumblr), photo sharing (e.g. Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest), video sharing (e.g. YouTube, Facebook Live, Periscope, Vimeo) and other forms of interactive media.
Some issues we might explore: What are the commonalities and differences between writing for social media and writing for more ‘traditional’ print-based forms of communicating? What are the pros and cons of writing for social media? Why do we do it? Under what circumstances is it most suitable? What factors do we need to take into consideration? What resources do we need? Where can we seek support? What relevant developments are on or just over the horizon?
Implications for practice? Whilst we’ll be considering the implications of writing for social media for our own respective practices, we’ll also be helping AMED to develop relevant initiatives.
Our process: For our co-inquiry, we’ll adopt a broadly Open Space approach for no more than two hours, with a comfort break somewhere in the middle. (Face-to-face AMED Writer’ Group (AWG) sessions typically run over 3 hours, but we are finding that 2 hours at a time seem to be optimum in sustaining energy for live online sessions.) With your permission, we’ll record the session to aid subsequent reflection and action.
How to book your place:
Please indicate in the RSVP box at the top right-hand side of this AWG Events page by 12 noon on Thursday 20 August (earlier if possible) if you are planning to join us, or send me a brief e-mail. We’ll then send you the Zoom link a few days before 21 August, along with any other relevant information.
We do hope you’ll be able to join in this highly topical, interactive conversation.
Best wishes. Bob firstname.lastname@example.org
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