I recently discovered Skillshare, “a community marketplace for classes.” It’s a website where you can find creative and unique classes being held locally around the country or in a hybrid format. You can also hold your own classes using the Skillshare platform.
I was intrigued and immediately enrolled in the free “How to Teach a Skillshare Class.” The class was held throughout last week and was in the hybrid format, so I could easily collaborate with my teacher and classmates online. By the end of the week, I had a class up on the Skillshare website, a local venue to host my class, and some great feedback from my teacher and classmates.
I’ve been looking to offer some educational workshops on blogging and social media, and I think I finally found a platform I like. While this first class that I will be offering is a local class in Topsham, Maine, I hope to offer it as a hybrid class in the future. Using the hybrid format will allow me to open the class to the world, or at least to people outside of Maine, and it offers a much more collaborative environment than a format like a webinar.
The first class I will be offering is called How to Write, Grow & Sustain an Effective Blog.
This class is going to be held at the Priority Business Center, 2 Main Street, in Topsham, Maine on October 23rd from 5pm – 7pm.
The cost of the class is only $20, since it’s the first time I’ll be holding it. I’m guessing the price will go up in the future. Plus, I’m offering a discount code to my blog readers. You can get $5 off if you use the code AJBL.
Here’s the syllabus to the class:
This class will be interactive and fast-paced. Students are encouraged to bring a laptop and be ready to share their blog with the class. Students should also be ready to brainstorm and write! Topics will include:
- Basic blogging best practices – We’ll go over blogger etiquette and some do’s and don’ts
- The anatomy of a blog post – We’ll discuss how to structure a blog post and make it the most readable for your audience
- Identifying and avoiding common grammar mistakes – A discussion of common mistakes, along with tips and resources for proof reading and looking up grammar rules quickly
- Brainstorming your best categories / topics – A discussion on blog categories + members of the class will come up with a specific list of categories and topics their blogs should cover
- Finding your voice – We’ll talk about the best ways to keep the writing and creativity flowing + members will write/draft a blog post (or more)
- What to do after you publish a blog post – A discussion on the best ways to share your blog post using social media, commenting and other techniques
- Time management tips – We’ll talk about ways to get the content to come to you, developing an editorial calendar, scheduling posts and more
I’m limiting enrollment so that we can have a more fun, collaborative class. So, sign up now if you’re interested!
And if you are not in the Maine area, I’m curious if you might be interested in taking this class if I offer a hybrid format. If so, let me know. You can also put the class on a watchlist on the Skillshare website.