Class: Canva Basics for Writers

Instructor: Cat Rambo

Next class date: Sunday, October 1, 9:30-11:30 AM Pacific time.

One of the tools I am always recommending to writers is, which lets you create terrific images for your marketing needs. I use it for every graphic I produce for the school, my books, or just random memes. But where do you begin?

What is Canva? A robust platform for designing your own marketing graphics for social media, your website, advertising, and other venues. And best of all, it’s got a free version that’s pretty darn good for writers who need to make graphics on the fly for their marketing efforts. I’ll show you that but also talk about why I thought it worth paying the cost of a professional account.

We will learn:

  • How to get started and the basic sections of the platform
  • How to upload an image like a book cover or headshot
  • How to create an image sized for Facebook or Twitter
  • How to create an animated ad for Facebook or Twitter
  • How to create a special background for Zoom calls
  • How to share an image via Canva on social media and email

Classes are taught online and require reliable Internet connection, although in the past participants have logged on from coffee shops, cafes, and even an airplane; a webcam is suggested but not required. They are recorded.

Cost is $99 ($79 for former students, which includes classes/workshops with me in other venues, such as conference or convention workshops and mentoring sessions). Patreon supporters receive the discount or free classes, depending on their support level and can also receive the video afterward for $40; otherwise the cost is $50.

To register for this class, send an email with the following details:

  • Which class or classes and the dates you would like to register
  • Whether you would prefer to pay via Paypal, Venmo, or some other means.
  • Whether or not you are a former student or Patreon supporter
  • How you heard about Cat’s classes

You will be invoiced when the class slot is reserved.

Free scholarships: If you cannot afford a class but really want to take one, apply for a Plunkett Scholarship. Each class has three slots reserved for such students, and the sole criteria is only that you can’t currently afford the class. To apply for a Plunkett, which covers the entire cost,mail me and tell me why you want to take the class in 100 words or less. QUILTBAG and PoC candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

The Plunkett Scholarships are named for Edward Plunkett, who wrote as Lord Dunsany. Scholarships are given out on a rolling basis; I suggest getting them in sooner rather than later. You may apply for multiple classes.

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