@eric_the_leech joins Digital TextWorkshop

Delegates got up-to-speed on digital text-writing for blogs, twitter and on-screen at our first Digital TextWorkshop

Brand-new Twitter personality @eric_the_leech came into being at our first-ever Digital TextWorkshop on 16th June. The brainchild of delegates Peronel Craddock and Jack Shoulder, eric was soon joined by @gneisstherock, @littledorrit2, @brightonbigfish and a number of Einstein-related characters, as tutor Dea Birkett led a session on the advantages of communicating via Twitter.

In a day full of tips and ideas for how to make digital text-writing work for you, delegates noted down the ‘super six’ of digital text-writing from tutor Rebecca Mileham, wrote and polished on-screen text, and took a tour of the shiny Darwin Centre to see how the Natural History Museum is using digital interactives.

Simon Tait of Arts Industry magazine came to share his wisdom on blogging. Delegates said they really appreciated hearing from a regular blogger, and felt he’d given them ‘the secrets of a good blog’. Catch up with Simon here.

Other comments from the day included those who valued the practicality of the ‘top tips’ we’d shared, and enjoyed ‘getting hands-on experience with writing and getting feedback’. For many, this was the first opportunity to really try out Twitter and see its power. Many thanks to the Natural History Museum for making it possible for everyone to have internet access. ‘It was great to be able to call up websites and blogs instantly and use them as examples,’ said a delegate. See further comments in the Latest Feedback section.

We’ve got a TextWorkshop in November and a Trails TextWorkshop in February 2012, but watch out for another Digital TextWorkshop and drop us a line if you’ve new ideas for workshop topics that you’d find useful. We’d love to stay in touch – so do follow us on twitter @TextWorkshop, and we’ll follow you back.

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