JWKC - MWCAG Workshops and Conferences
March 13, 2010, Taming Technology
March 13, 2010, Taming Technology
January 2009 Librarian's Panel Discussion
September 2008 Agent's Day
May 2008 KC Litfest
Oct. 2007 - F1rst Pages Workshops
Aug. 2007 Editor's Day
May 2007 KC Litfest
April 2006 Conference
Nov. 2005 - Cover Letters and Queries
June 2004 Conference
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Visit Missouri Writers Guild

Kansas City Public Library
Plaza Branch
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO

Workshop fee $50
Wireless Internet access available during class

or click here to download flyer and registration form


Click on photo for Dianne's Bio.

Featuring guest speaker: Dianne De La Casas

The Workshop:

Google Calendar, Billing Manager, Plaxo, LinkedIn, Facebook, Ping, Toodle-Do, Twitter, Blogs, Podcasting, Smartphones, Ning, Wikipedia, YouTube… It’s a jungle out there! Technology can be so overwhelming but have no fear; your tour guide is here! Go on a safari with tech-savvy award-winning author & storyteller Dianne de Las Casas. Tame technology and harness its power to streamline your creative arts biz. You’ll find out how technology’s tools can catapult your career. 


"At the end of the session, participants will be able to ..."  

Understand the various free tools available on the Internet.

See how the authors can integrate technology to streamline business practices

Create a “Taming Technology” strategic plan to enable them to use 2-3 of the web tools immediately

The Method:

Let’s face it. Traveling through the tangle of technology can be a challenge. But with the right tips and tools, writers can tame the technology jungle. There are so many technological tools available to the artist entrepreneur both inside and outside the worldwide web. This intensive workshop will focus on how, with just a few of the free services available, writers can streamline their business practices, multiply their marketing efforts, and extend  their global reach.

The workshop will be divided into three sections. 

Streamline Business Practices

Writers can manage the day-to-day administrative duties of a small business using the following (mostly) free tools:

Google Calendar – Scheduling management

Plaxo – Address book management

Toodle-Do – To-do list management with multiple user capabilities

Billing Manager – Online invoicing system

EPK – Electronic Press Kit

Booking Request Form – Booking online

Gmail – Web-based email with the best search feature

Smart Phones - call, text, surf the Internet, and send/receive email

Market through Social Media

Writers can increase their visibility with social media marketing through the following sites:



Professional Storyteller



Market through Other Online Methods

Writers can gain a following using other online marketing methods:

Email Newsletter




Skype or Oovoo