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Professional Development – Canva Workshop

21 February @ 10:00 - 11:30 GMT

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One of the challenges of promoting yourself and your book is the need for strong, eye-catching imagery to use in your marketing. Canva is an excellent tool for creating simple but impactful images without needing to be a professional designer. This session will be a walkthrough of how to use Canva to create images that you can use to promote yourself and your books on social media and other marketing.

Kelly Weekes is not a designer, but she has been using Canva to create her own social media images, and images for her clients, for some time, and will use this session to show you how she does that. It is designed for beginners starting out in using Canva.



  • Welcome, introductions and housekeeping from Lilly Brend-Fish – SoA, Events and Outreach Assistant (3 mins)
  • Presentation by Kelly Weekes (60 mins)
  • Comfort break (5 mins)
  • Q&A with audience – moderated by Lilly Brend-Fish (20 mins)
  • Summary and closing comments (2 mins)


Who is this workshop for?

  • Authors who want to create their own images to use in their marketing, particularly their social media activity
  • Authors who find that a lack of imagery is what is holding them back in their marketing
  • Although Canva can be used to design most types of images, this session will not include how to use Canva to design book covers


What will this workshop cover?

  • What makes a great marketing image
  • An introduction to the key features of Canva
  • A walk through of how to create social media and other marketing images
  • How to upload your own images and create designs incorporating them
  • How to use Canva templates
  • The difference between Canva free version and Canva Pro paid version


Send us your questions in advance

If you would like to send questions in advance, email [email protected] with ‘Canva Workshop’ in the subject header. We will prioritise questions sent in advance and answer as many as we can from the audience on the day.



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The Line -up

Kelly Weekes – Social Media Specialist

Kelly Weekes is a Marketing Mentor and Mindset and Confidence Coach for authors. After working in the marketing departments of some of the biggest trade publishers, she now works directly with authors guiding them to promote themselves more effectively, particularly on social media. She is also an accredited coach and supports authors through mindset challenges such as a fear of judgement, procrastination, overwhelm and self-doubt.

Website: www.kellyweekes.co.uk | Instagram: @kelly_weekes | Twitter: @kelly_weekes



Need to know


  • Attendees will have the option to turn on the live transcript option to watch with subtitles
  • If you require BSL interpretation for this event, please email [email protected]

Before the event

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During the event

  • This online event will take place on Zoom Webinar; you will not be visible on screen but will be able ask questions via the Q&A function or interact via the chat box
  • This event will be recorded but you won’t be on screen
  • This event is 90 minutes

After the event

    • Hashtag for this event: #SoAatHome
    • You’ll be able to catch the recording on our Vimeo channel



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21 February
10:00 - 11:30 GMT
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