AWP Chicago IL 2012

Having never before participated in an AWP panel (though I have attended many), I was initiated only from the perspective of an audience member. Knowing that an uninteresting topic coupled with boring presenters may drive the audience to mutiny, I came prepared to be as concise and witty (hopefully) as possible. Overall, I consider my effort a success. Of course, having panelists like Tanya Egan Gibson, Dan Blank, Bethanne Patrick, Christina Katz, and moderator Jane Friedman at the dais made failure near-impossible.

I’ve argued before that and author should openly embrace Social Media; the goal of both online social engagement and book-bound literary endeavors are the same: communicating on a human level. While naysayers abound, the consistent monologue about the form (such as this very AWP panel) seems to slowly be cultivating a more accepting and even more eager mindset.

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Here’s the official description:

The Art and Authenticity of Social Media: Using Online Tools to Grow a Community. (Jane Friedman, Tanya Egan Gibson, Dan Blank, Bethanne Patrick, Christina Katz, Caleb J. Ross)

Social media is easy to disparage as meaningless socializing, undignified shilling, or time better spent writing. Yet sharing information online and having conversations with readers is critical to spreading the word about what you (or your organization) does. Online community building can help develop a long-term readership, plus open up new opportunities.

Caleb J Ross

About Caleb J Ross

Caleb J Ross has written 23 post in this blog.

Being a multi-attendee, Caleb has had many opportunities to embarrass himself in front of important people.Caleb has been published widely. He has edited previous issues of Colored Chalk and is currently a co-editor of the Outsider Writers Collective website. His fiction chapbook, Charactered Pieces (OW Press) was released in 2009. His novels Stranger Will and I Didn’t Mean to Be Kevin are forthcoming in 2011, from Otherworld Publications and Black Coffee Press respectively.

4 Responses so far.

  1. Caleb, this is super, not least because the panelists, yourself included, were just as engaged, focused, and lively as your intro suggests. Thanks for putting this up.

    And if I can help you from TOC next week (http://ow.ly/3RRTj), just holler, I’ll be tweeting the conference sessions from it in New York ( @Porter_Anderson tweeting from #toccon ). That’s the 15th and 16th of February, Tuesday and Wednesday.

    Timely record of a great panel, thanks again, Caleb!

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