What is #WritersWise and what is a Tweet-chat?
#WritersWise is a live twitter-driven event which takes place regularly, Thursday, 9-10pm Irish time, 4-5pm ET.
Tweets are welcome for the assigned hour under our hashtag (#WritersWise) from writers, aspiring writers, journalists, agents, publishers, bloggers, readers and the general public; all perspectives are valuable.
#WritersWise is founded and curated by Sharon Thompson @sharontwriter and Dr Liam Farrell @drlfarrell.
For full details of past chats, hosts, topics and what’s happening with #Writerswise check out the website www.writerswise1.wordpress.com
Every chat we ask for a guest-host to give their expertise to others. Usually writers are published or working in the industry for quite a while, but if people have an expertise they’d like to share they are welcome to ask to guest-host. Tweet @sharontwriter or @drlfarrell
What we ask each guest-host to do:
• develop engaging topics with 3-6 main questions for the #Writerswise audience to answer as well (these may be related to their particular area of expertise or interest, or general interest topics)
• to promote their role as host of #WritersWise chat through their own media/SoMe channels
• if available, a pre-chat blog is helpful, outlining the issues to be raised; but is not absolutely necessary.
What does the guest host get out of it?
• Increased exposure to a wider audience.
• A chance to lead on a topic that they care about.
• Being part of a community, because many hands make light work.
• Exposure to new concepts and ideas, even on a topic you already know a lot about.
• Help spread reliable, validated information and therefore change the world.
The curators’ duties are;
• finding, scheduling and supporting hosts.
• promotion on our social media channels of you, your organisation, and the chat topics.
• transcript of the chat.
• keeping an eye on times and posing the questions during the hour, so you can concentrate on responses.
• setting out the ground-rules at the start of each chat.
On the evening of the chat, the responsibilities of the guest host include;
• Being online with the Twitter at 9pm GMT 4pm ET for an hour.
• Greeting and chatting with people during the intro session (We’ll help out here).
• Engage via replies and RTs with people as they answer the question at hand.
Most hosts tweet about 20-40 times over the course of the chat hour, and the feedback has been very positive with many people excited to come back and host again.
Tips for being a host:
- Discussion not lecturing: #WritersWise is a place for discussion and engagement; it’s not journal club or a lecture based format. Pick questions that have broader appeal. The #WritersWise chat audience is pretty eclectic, though obviously this may vary depending on the topic.
- Come join as a participant first! If you have not yet chatted at #WritersWise, we encourage you to come to a chat before you host, so that you get to know the people, recognize the friendly culture.
- Use a Twitter Chat App/Website: Make sure you are using a computer and not a phone. A tablet can do in a pinch or if you are an experienced host. Some of the more common ones are Tweetdeck, Hootsuite, Nurph.com, Tweetchat.com, tchat.io. Try one out that you like before the chat and use it.
- If stuck, the usual twitter feed will suffice.
- Most of all we encourage you to enjoy the hour and ask to guest host again.
- We’ve had approx 60 tweet-chats and just some of the past topics covered (but can be covered again) are; Avoiding Rejection, The Many Roads to Getting Published, Story and Structure, Researching and Finishing that book, Genre, Plot and Publishing, Awkward Questions, Getting to know you. Author/Reader, Writing Events, Workshops and Classes, Unravelling Children’s Fiction, Character Development, Grabbing the reader/agent/publisher’s attention from the start, Folklore in Fiction, Plot or Let Writing Happen, Writing for the Stage, Publisher’s Perspective, Writing a regular column etc..
Our next chat is on 4th July with @ladynicci Nicola Cassidy in the publication week of her new novel.
Topic for the hour on 4th July 9-10pm BST 4pm ET on #WritersWise is ‘The Influence of True Crime in our writing.’
Format – Introductions and hullos for first few mins.
Then the questions are popped up by us (@sharontwriter/@drlfarrell) at intervals through the hour.
T1. Do you read/have interest in true crime?
T2 How might true crime influence what you read/write?
T3 What are the advantages of using true crime as basis for fiction?
T4 Disadvantages of same.
T5 Could you please RT + follow @ladynicci on her launch week, thank u.
Next #WritersWise is on Thurs 18th July and will be about ‘Book Reviews.’
Please join us on the chat or get in touch and ask to guest-host. It’s FREE and FUN.
Author of number one bestsellers, The Abandoned & The Healer, Sharon Thompson is the founder of Indulgeinwriting and she co-founded #Writerswise a trending Tweet-chat featuring published authors and guest-hosts. #ThisandThat is her new, live, weekly online radio show on the Canadian based radio station Keltic Radio, and it includes writer interviews and podcasts. #Indulgeinbooks is her list of Irish book releases and she contributes to indulgeme.ie and donegalwoman.ie. Sharon will also writes romance under the pen-name Penny Best. She has published short stories, had plays long listed, all while completing her much anticipated next novel. @sharonwriter sharontwriter.com