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Workshop: Cultivating the Author

Every author needs a skill set that goes far beyond the ability to write a good book. And yet, many don’t even know where to begin learning how to build a community or market their work.

In this workshop, authors and marketing experts, Andrea Dunlop and Kristina Libby will help you approach your work as an author holistically: from inspiration, to finding an audience, to navigating publishing, to developing both short term and lifelong career goals for your writing and platform.

In this workshop, we’ll guide your through our six pillars of success to develop a long term strategy for your author career that will help you build your audience book by book and reader by reader. We’re not about one size fits all: in this half-day workshop, attendees will develop a focused and individualized plan that will fit with their life, career goals, and the market for which they’re writing.

When: Saturday, January 21st 11am- 4pm

Where: The Queen Anne Writers Studio

Who: Authors who are ready to take their careers to the next level

How much: $169*

*Price includes a lunch catered by Pure Rae Cooking and post-class appetizers and wine


About Your Instructors


Andrea Dunlop is an author and independent social media consultant based out of Seattle, WA with over a decade of experience in book publishing. Dunlop began her career as a publicist with Doubleday where she worked with both bestselling and emerging authors to spread the word about their books. After returning to her hometown of Seattle, she worked as publicity manager for Kim Ricketts Book Events, before going on to to join the team at Girl Friday Productions as their executive director of social media and marketing. In February 2016, Andrea released her debut novel, Losing the Light (Atria), and is currently working on a second novel for the publisher, due out in early2018. In addition to her writing and social media work, Andrea has presented at book and publishing conferences and classes nationwide including The San Francisco Writers Conference, The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Conference, The Pacific Northwest Writers Association Conference, Columbia University and many others.

Kristina Libby is the CEO of S.W.C. a digital marketing and communications consulting firm in Dallas, TX and a professor at the University of Florida. Libby is a serial entrepreneur and storyteller who routinely writes, speaks and teaches on subjects across a wide range of issues including PR, storytelling, writing and side hustles. She recently published her first book You Don't Need Social Media Unless You Are Doing It Right, on helping small businesses simplify social media, and has written for and appeared on publications like Cosmopolitan, Entreprenuer, More, Forbes, the LA Times and others. She also has a forthcoming podcast on side hustles, called The Creative Class.