What will happen prior to the event?
Once you are notified that you’ve been accepted to the program, it’s important for you to check your email regularly. Most of you will already have your email synced to your phone, so this usually isn’t a problem. I will be in contact with you throughout the summer, giving you various information about the topic so that you arrive at Writing Wrongs 2018 armed with knowledge. I’ll also need specific information from you, like if you have any dietary restrictions and that sort of technical stuff. You’ll get a brief questionnaire that’s used to create your bio, and I also need a good photo to go with it. Your bio will be posted on this website as Writing Wrongs 2018 Staff.
I recommend organizing all the materials you receive in a folder or binder. This is for your own purposes, and it doesn’t have to be anything fancy. But you’ll have all the info about Writing Wrongs in one place, and it’ll be all ready to bring with you in September.
You will also need to schedule a phone convo with me, Dawn! Isn’t it exciting? 😀 I know that these days, no one talks on the phone, right? But I’ve found that it helps to make a connection with you and allow you to ask any questions you may have about the program, as well as just getting to know each other a tiny bit better. According to past participants, this initial contact help to ease any anxiety they may have had, and they felt more confident in their abilities and expectations of what was to come. That’s why this is a required part of the program.
When the event itinerary is finalized — usually sometime in August — I’ll provide this to you as well.
What will happen on the day of the event?
If you are selected for the program, you will arrive early on the morning of September 1 by your own transportation. During breakfast and over the next few hours, you will participate in a Writing Wrongs staff meeting and be introduced to your peers and roommates. (Students = Writing Wrongs Staff.) You’ll get lunch and dinner.
You will conduct your interviews, take pictures and videos. Social media staff will be taking pictures and uploading them to Facebook, live tweeting, and generally keeping the Writing Wrongs social media active during the event. There will be other things, too, like speakers who will talk to you about the topic; this is also an opportunity for an article.
You’ll spend Saturday night at the hotel, busy writing, laying out and designing the print book and website. You’ll sleep — how much depends on how late you stay up working. Keep in mind that the goal is to have the print file for the book, video clips, photos, and all other related work finished by Monday. The next morning it starts all over again. You’ll edit and revise your articles, maybe find some new things to write about, eat lunch and dinner. The evening will be spent working on the final details of print and online editions. Again, since this work may last until the early hours of the morning, you will spend Sunday night in the hotel.
Monday morning, any last details will be wrapped up and you will be on your way home before noon.
Where will we stay during the weekend?
Unless you live in the immediate vicinity and do not need lodging, you will stay in a hotel in Reading. Your cars can remain safely parked at the hotel. You will be transported to and from any locations as necessary. We will work in a conference room at the hotel. To save costs, you will share a room with as many as three other people. This is part of the event. You’ll get jostled out of your comfort zone, but at the same time you will meet amazing new people and learn how to interact with strangers. Any anxiety you have quickly dissolves as you become engrossed in the task at hand. Many of the people I met at Will Write For Food 2013, Writing Wrongs 2015, and Writing Wrongs 2016 are now my Facebook friends and Linked In contacts. Sharing an intense experience with other people can create a bond that is not easy to break. You’re not going to be in your room much, anyway, so don’t stress over this part.
Do I need to bring money?
All lodging and meals are paid by Writing Wrongs. The only thing you pay for is your gas or other transportation costs to get to the event and home again. You really don’t need any money, but it’s probably not a bad idea to have some in case you decide you want to buy anything.
What do I need to bring with me?
Besides your clothes and personal toiletries, you’ll need a laptop and any other equipment needed to do your job, like a flash drive, writing paper and pens, your laptop charging cords, etc.
Writers, bring your AP Stylebook if you have one. You should also bring your voice recorder or have an app installed on your phone if you prefer recording during interviews.
Multimedia/video students should plan to bring your own gear or video camera; at the very least, a current model smartphone that takes exceptional videos.
Designers, your laptop should have Adobe InDesign installed, preferably the latest version.
Photographers, you need your own DSLR camera and photo-editing software installed on your laptop.
Social media managers need a smartphone with good picture- and video-taking ability. You should also have good photo and video editing apps on your phone.
You can ask any other questions by emailing me (Dawn!) at email@example.com.