We ran a poll of existing studio members this week and are trying out some new classes and other offerings (scroll down to the very bottom for a super-cool live teleconference class/Q&A option!). For the initial signup period, they’ll be offered at a lower price than usual. All classes will start 8 September, and Q&As will be scheduled according to participants’ timezones and preferences:
Social media for designers/creative business owners
You know what Twitter, Facebook and other social media ARE, but you don’t know what to DO with them. Learn how to effectively communicate your message without spammyness. This class would be great for non-knitters as well, so I’m offering a special deal: class is $25, but bring 2 friends with you and all three of you get in for $45! To take advantage of this deal, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your PayPal address and your other 2 friends’ email addresses and I’ll bill you.
How to use digital affiliate programs
This class will discuss how to use digital affiliate programs as a designer/creator/seller of downloads and other items…everything from patterns to ebooks. Increase your sales, use the program to advertise your work without paying for advertising, and much more! Detailed directions for implementing one specific affiliate program, but ideas should apply to any similar programs you may want to try. $35.
Color theory: effective color use for designers and knitters
Are you puzzled by color? Do you have a difficult time figuring out how to make your designs “pop,” or in selecting new colorways for an existing project? We’ll discuss the basics of color theory, why colors work together the way they do, and how you can use this information effectively in projects. No prior academic or other prerequisites needed, just a desire to learn how to make color work for you. $40.
Custom class #1 — sweater
I will be designing a sweater pattern specifically for, and with the input of, class members. We’ll discuss the design process along the way, class members will be able to request specific features (sizing, yarns used design-wise, etc), and we’ll make sure everyone has the skills to complete the sweater successfully. If students want, we’ll tackle NEW skills together (such as knitting the sweater in the round and steeking it) and really push everyone’s limits. If we can all agree on a base yarn, I can also dye and sell a custom yarn colorway to students who choose that option (will cost additional). $30 for class, amount for yarn (if class decides to do it) to be determined.
Custom class #2 — hat and scarf
I will be designing matching hat and scarf patterns specifically for, and with the input of, class members. As in the sweater class above, we’ll discuss the design process along the way, class members will be able to request specific features and we’ll make sure everyone has the skills to complete the projects successfully. As with the sweater class, I can also dye and sell a custom yarn colorway to students who choose that option (will cost additional). $30 for class, amount for yarn (if class decides on this option) to be determined.
Everything you need to know about creating, formatting and selling ebooks online. Options will include PDFs, ebook file formats for the Kindle, Nook, iPad and other reader devices, and we’ll discuss what you need to do in order to start selling on the Kindle, the iBookstore, Ravelry and other resources. Fellow students (and Shannon) can help test your sample files in class so you know they’ll work! We’ll also cover online book promotion and marketing once your file creation skills are solid! $40.
The introductory pricing on these classes is only valid through 15 September.
But wait, there’s more! sign up for 3 or more of these classes and get 20% off all of them. (20% will be rebated back to your PayPal or Google Checkout account after purchase).
The Very Best Package
Sign up for ALL of the classes above and get 30% off (that’s $60!) + a handmade, hand-dyed felt scarf by Shannon and a signed copy of The Knitgrrl Guide to Professional Knitwear Design with free shipping thrown in, because it’s a Thursday and I am feeling kicky. The Very Best Package deal is only open to the first 15 people, though, to make sure everyone gets the scarf color he or she wants.
What to expect from class:
Since these are new online classes (although I’ve taught most of them in person at other venues), the pacing and content will be determined by the number of enrolled students, and other factors. Anticipate at least a month’s worth of active discussion time, projects and more. The discounted pricing is based on this first-run-online factor, and prices are subject to go up in future after the first time these classes run.
Classes run online at knitgrrl.ning.com — all you need is a web browser and an internet connection. For the custom classes, we may schedule online chats to discuss features of the sweater and ask live questions, as well as schedule live streaming video to demonstrate techniques.
And one more thing…
I am in the process of setting up teleconferenced teleclasses and some one-on-one consulting options. The first item on offer is…
I’ll be hosting live Q&A sessions for aspiring designers (and knitters who want to learn MORE) on multiple days and times (schedules will be sent out and you can pick the time that works best for you; we will include some times that accommodate European students and Australian ones as well).
Think of it as a chance to pick my brain, live, and receive a MP3 recording after the fact for your records! You’ll also have a chance to submit questions in advance. Cost for this first offering is $10 and includes MP3 file of the call you’re on, as well as a written summary emailed to you with any relevant links or other information you and your fellow participants need to make the most of the information given. Anything goes. All you need is a phone line and a lot of curiosity! Calls will likely be 1 hr in length but will go as long as necessary to make sure everyone’s questions get answered.