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ELT Teacher2Writer webinar notes: How to become an ELT materials writer

09 Mar

Last week (March 5, 2014 to be precise), Sue Kay and Karen Spiller of ELT Teacher2Writer led an hour-long webinar titled “How to Become an ELT Materials Writer.” The event was full of useful insider info on how the whole publishing industry works, the knowledge good writers need, and tips for aspiring authors from both publishers and accomplished writers.

Rather than just write up classic verbal notes with their outlines, bullet points, and line after line of text-text-text like I usually do (which usually ends up stuffed on a shelf somewhere, sadly to rarely be read again), I decided to try something different: sketchnoting. While not all ideas are captured, I tried to get the essentials, sketch them up into something visual and memorable, all the while hoping they would make some sense to someone who didn’t attended the webinar.

I’ll let you decide…

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 p. 5-6 (end)

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Something I didn’t manage to capture here though and that will be appreciated by aspiring ELT writers is the ELT Teacher 2 Writer database. It’s free for writers to add their details to the database and it’s free for publishers to use the database, so it’s a great way for (presently) little-known or new writers to come into contact with publishers. It’s simple to add your name to the database: you fill in the registration form, which includes all the basics plus information about countries you’ve taught in, age groups or levels you’ve taught, and the type of materials you’re interested in writing. That way, when publishers are looking for someone with your profile, they’ll have all your contact information right there!

Hopefully the notes are helpful (and pretty to look at)! If my notes aren’t enough or you just want to watch Kay and Karen in action, you can watch the full webinar here. You’ll also be able to catch the ELT Teacher2Writer team at IATEFL Harrogate 2014. On Friday April 4, 2014 (time TBA), they’ll host a practical workshop demonstrating practical materials from their training modules.

Either way, the webinar helped add a bit of clarity to the whole mysterious process and also made it seem like something accessible to experienced teachers looking to expand their teaching careers beyond the classroom.

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Posted by on March 9, 2014 in Webinar notes

 

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4 responses to “ELT Teacher2Writer webinar notes: How to become an ELT materials writer

  1. Karen White

    March 19, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Christina, on behalf of ELT T2W, we love this! Hope you’re happy for us to share it?
    Looking forward to seeing you in Harrogate. Our session is at 5.25 on Friday 4th, but will also be recorded for IATEFL Online. All the best, Karen, Karen and Sue

     
    • RebuffetBroadus

      March 19, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      Hi Karen and Sue, of course you can share it! I’m glad you like it. I tried my best for the portraits, but I’m no artist 😉

      Glad your session is not on at the same time ours (Jennie Wright and I) is. Ours is early in the afternoon on Friday, so I’ll be able to come to yours and relax!

      See you soon!

       

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