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Professional Development – Social Media for the Overwhelmed

12 May @ 10:00 - 11:30 BST

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Social media can be a fantastic tool, for exposure, for information, for community.  However sometimes it can be overwhelming.  The incessant stream of comments, conversation, notifications, and interaction can make us stressed, anxious and tempted to throw the phone away completely.  This workshop will contain guidance on how to still use social media, without feeling overwhelmed, and practical tips to manage the information you receive.


This event takes part during our Mental Awareness Week of events, which includes:

  • Feel Good Friday – Good Groove


  • Welcome, introductions and housekeeping – Anna Ganley, Head of Staff (5 mins)
  • Presentation by Louise Dillon (45 mins)
  • Comfort break (5 mins)
  • Q&A with audience; chaired by Anna Ganley (20 mins)
  • Summary and closing comments, Louise Dillon (5 mins)


What will this workshop cover?

  • Causes of overwhelm
  • How to take social media gently
  • Practical tips to drown out the noise
  • Ways to keep yourself safe


Who is this workshop for?

This session is for new writers or writers who want to use social media, either personally or professionally, but struggle with the overwhelming onslaught of tasks, information and images.


Send us your questions in advance

If you would like to send questions in advance, email aganley@societyofauthors.org  with ‘Social Media for the Overwhelmed’ 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

Louise Dillon – Founder, Armadillo Social

Louise has been training people to use social media and present themselves online for over 10 years. She’s worked with television companies, publishers, charities, and social enterprises as well as accounts dealing in leadership, divorce, death and how to make great Christmas cards. In her spare time, she is working on her first book.

Website: www.armadillosocial.com | Twitter: @armadillosocial | Instagram: @armadillosocial

Facebook: armadillosocial | Linkedin: louisedillonuk


Need to know

Before the event
  • Once registered, you will be sent a confirmation email with the Zoom link
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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
  • Attendees have the option to turn on the live transcript option
  • 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




Book your place by using the registration below.

All SoA @ Home Festival Professional Development sessions are free to SoA Members but, if you can afford it, we recommend a minimum £5 donation to the Authors’ Contingency Fund to help us support authors facing financial hardship during the health crisis. DONATE HERE


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Since March 2020, the Authors’ Contingency Fund has distributed over £1 million in small grants to authors facing financial hardship due to COVID-19.

With at least 57% of authors facing financial losses during the pandemic, we have helped people struggling financially due to contractual, employment and event cancellations, others who have lost income due to illness, and others prevented from working because of caring responsibilities.

As the health crisis continues, applications for grants continue to come in, and our emergency funds are running low.

So, if you are in a position to help, please donate via the link below. If you are an author facing financial hardship, please click here to see if we can help.


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20% off your first year with discount code SOAFESTIVAL20

The Society of Authors is the UK’s biggest trade union for authors – representing more than 11,300 writers, illustrators, translators and other creative practitioners.

Our standard subscription rate is just £26.25 per quarter (£18.50 for students).

As an SoA member, you’ll get:

  • Access to all our SoA @ Home Festival events for free
  • Unlimited one-to-one professional advice
  • Membership of our online and real-world professional networks
  • A range of member-only discounts, including books, insurance and travel
  • And much more.



12 May
10:00 - 11:30 BST
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