Protocol for being guest -host 

#WritersWise is a live twitter-driven event which takes place every month, Thursday, 9 pm Irish time, 4 pm ET.

Tweets are welcome from everyone, writers, aspiring writers, journalists, agents, publishers, bloggers, readers and the general public; all perspectives are valuable.

Founded and curated by Dr Liam Farrell @drlfarrell and Sharon Thompson (@sharontwriter)

What we ask of each guest host:

• develop engaging topics with 3-6 main questions for the #Writerswise audience (these may be related to their particular area of expertise or interest, or general interest topics)

• promotion of 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; 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.

Curator duties:

• finding, scheduling and supporting hosts throughout the year.

• promotion on our social media channels of you, your organisation, and the chat topics.

• transcript of the chat podcast of the (optional) blab.

• keeping an eye on times and posing the questions, 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 + blab account of their choice rom 9pm GMT 4pm ET.

• 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.  We use tchat.io.

If stuck, the usual twitter feed will suffice, but it’s a bit clumsier.

Most of all we encourage you to enjoy the hour and ask to guest host again.

Past topics covered (but can be covered again) are;

1.Avoiding Rejection.

2. The Many Roads to Getting Published.

3. Story and Structure.

4. Researching and Finishing that book.

5. Genre, Plot and Publishing.

6. Awkward Questions.

7. Getting to know you. Author/Reader.

8. Writing Events, Workshops and Classes.

9. Unravelling Children’s Fiction.

10. Character Development.

11. Grabbing the reader/agent/publisher’s attention from the start.

12. Folklore in Fiction.

13. Christmas Get together.

14. Plot or Let Writing Happen.

15. Writing for the Stage.

16. Publisher’s Perspective.

17. Writing a regular column.

18. Importance of Literary Festivals.

19. How blogging can help your writing career.

20. Self Publishing. The Pros and Cons.

21. What book bloggers and reviewers do and why.

22. Creative non-fiction.

23. News reporting and features writing.

24  Editing. What editors do and how to find them.

25. Published. How to get there and what it’s like.

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