New Sessions Added to Portland Schedule!

There were already a lot of great sessions and classes on the Portland schedule, but we’ve gone ahead and added some more! Those last TBDs are filled in, and we’re pretty psyched about how it’s all come together. Some of the new sessions:

  • An interview and Q&A with Ariel Stallings of Offbeat Empire on how she went from personal blogger to running a network of successful lifestyle sites.
  • $$$: Ads, Affiliates, and Stores. Because everyone wants to know their monetizing options, right?
  • Blogging 101 — Planning Ahead. A hands-on workshop to teach you how to set up an editorial calendar, schedule posts for publication, and keep a drafts folder for quick and easy posting when the well runs dry.

There’s more, and you can see it all on the updated Portland schedule.

Portland Press Publish schedule grid

This event is only two weeks away, so get your tickets now!

 

Workshops, Classes, and Clinics — Oh My!

You may have checked out our speakers and sessions before, but check again! We’ve added a track of Blogging U. classes to both the Portland and Phoenix events featuring a variety of formats, but all of these sessions are hands-on, not lectures. Some classes are the same in both cities, while others will vary based on who’s teaching. Most classes last half an hour, while the more advanced workshops/clinics are an hour long. But enough with the logistics, here are the class descriptions!

Writing 101: Storytelling
Blogging is just another way to tell a story. Join Mike Dang and Mark Armstong, editors of Longreads, for a 30-minute writing class focused on practicing the art of storytelling. A combination of writing, sharing, and providing feedback, this class will get your creative juices flowing. What’s your story?
Portland, 30 minutes

Writing 101: A Daily Practice
In this 30-minute class, we’ll talk about how to build a writing habit, give yourself the space to write, and try different techniques to unlock your mind and tell your story. This session will be led by Cheri Lucas Rowlands, a story wrangler for WordPress.com and Longreads.
Phoenix, 30 minutes

Blogging 101: Planning Ahead
One of the most important things when trying to grow a blog — posting regularly — can also be one of the greatest challenges. What if some days you don’t know what to say? Or don’t have time to write? We’ve got your back! In this class we’ll take a look at some of the programs on WordPress.com aimed at helping you get the creative juices flowing, like Blogging U, Daily Prompts, and weekly Photo Challenges, and we’ll help you set up a posting plan for your blog. We’ll also create a few draft posts and learn to use the post scheduling tool, so that you can put your plan into action! This class will be led by Josepha Haden.
Portland, 30 minutes

Photography 101
Get photography tips, learn how to use the WordPress media editor, and optimize images for the web! Taught by Sheri Bigelow and Ash Rhodes.
Phoenix, 30 minutes

Design 101: Customize
The first thing people notice when they visit your site is how it looks. In this workshop, bring your laptop or tablet and begin the process of making your site feel more like you by using the customizer to update things like taglines, fonts, and theme options. Taught by Kathryn Presner in Portland, and by Kathryn Presner and Erick Hitter in Phoenix.
Portland & Phoenix, 30 minutes

Design 102: Menus and Widgets
Dig deeper into customizing your site. In this session, you’ll use the WP Admin screens to set up custom menus for your site navigation, and widgets to bring more shazam to your sidebars. And yes, you’ll even try out the custom menu widget. Worlds collide! Taught by Kathryn Presner in Portland, and by Kathryn Presner and Erick Hitter in Phoenix.
Portland & Phoenix, 30 minutes

Writing 201: Clinic
For this one-hour session, bring some writing with you (your blog on your laptop or other device counts!) that you think could be better, and participate in a writer’s workshop led by Longreads editors Mike Dang and Mark Armstrong. They’ll guide the group in giving feedback, and will provide their own constructive criticism on how to improve the elements of your writing that you want to improve.
Portland, 1 hour

Writing 201: Clinic
In this open and informal discussion session, WordPress.com editor Cheri Lucas Rowlands will talk a bit about what makes a great post. Be sure to bring your laptops, notebooks, or drafts to work with: you can ask specific questions, learn about others’ techniques, and brainstorm story ideas with the group.
Phoenix, 1 hour

Design 201: CSS Basics
How many times have you heard, “You can change that with custom CSS,” but you didn’t know how to get started? In this half-hour class, learn the basics of working with CSS as our teachers walk you through the process of making some simple CSS changes on your blog. You’ll want your laptop with you for this one! Taught by Kathryn Presner and Michelle Langston in Portland, and by Kathryn Presner and Erick Hitter in Phoenix.
Portland & Phoenix, 30 minutes

Design 202: CSS Clinic
You understand the basics of CSS, like how to change a color or the size of your headlines, but what about the more complicated stuff? In this open clinic session, come prepared with your CSS hopes and dreams, and our teachers will walk through how to make people’s dreams come true in a classroom setting so everyone can learn together. What kind of dreams can be solved by CSS? Move your sidebar to the other side, add a new border around all your photos, hide elements from being displayed — dream big. Led by Kathryn Presner and Michelle Langston in Portland, and by Kathryn Presner and Erick Hitter in Phoenix.
Portland & Phoenix, 30 minutes

The full session schedules are posted on the city event pages for Portland and Phoenix. Don’t forget, your ticket includes a year of the WordPress.com Premium upgrade or the VaultPress backup bundle, so get your ticket today!