with Chris Daley
11:00 am to 1:00 pm (Pacific)
May 18 and June 1, 2019
Publishing companies and small presses are increasingly asking authors to do more of their own publicity, and agents often consider platform as part of a query’s appeal. As a result, it is more important than ever for writers to have a well-designed website. However, a professional website by an experienced designer can cost over $1000 and easily much more, leaving the writer without knowledge as to how to update content.
This two-day online seminar will walk you through creating your own Squarespace site from scratch. In the first week, we will cover best practices for author websites, discuss the different considerations that go into choosing a template, and learn the basics of how to navigate Squarespace and create a site. Writers will then spend the next two weeks customizing their own websites. At the second meeting, we will reconvene to provide feedback on the sites and discuss any questions or issues that have come up. The second meeting will also offer a basic introduction to setting up a newsletter and social media, using CSS to code design workarounds, and how to use the Squarespace forum when in doubt.
The class is limited to three students and it will meet online in real time using the Zoom platform. We will contact you with details. Even if you’re not a writer, you’re welcome to come create a website with us.
Enrollment limit: 3 students
$550 for new students; $500 for returning students.
(Payment plans available to returning students.)
Chris Daley is the Director of Writing Workshops Los Angeles and a website designer specializing in Squarespace sites for writers. You can view websites she has designed here. Email Chris at email@example.com.
"Chris was such a pleasure to work with—smart, accommodating, and the finished website looks terrific. She understood exactly what I was trying to achieve (even when I couldn’t clearly articulate it!) and managed to translate my thoughts into a beautiful, intuitive, and easily maintained website. Much recommended!" — Janelle Brown, Watch Me Disappear
"Chris is a miracle worker and a consummate professional. I asked around the Los Angeles writing community for recommendations for a website designer. One name—Chris Daley—kept coming up. Working with Chris has been a pleasure. My new website is visually stunning and easy to navigate. At every point, if I had questions or suggestions, she responded promptly. I recommend Chris with enthusiasm. Engage her services! You will be delighted with the website she designs for you." —Mary Jane Myers, Curious Affairs: Ordinary Women, Peculiar Tales
"Chris designed a stylish and very modern website for our small business. She worked quickly, with great attention to detail, and created a site that we are proud to send our customers to. It was also great knowing that we had a professional writer and editor proofing all our content!" — Patti Denham, Owner, Morgan Insurance Services
"Chris Daley is the ultimate professional when it comes to web design. She marries creativity to content and produces designs that hit on all fronts: dynamic, informative, inspired, and easily navigable. Her ideas were on point and her delivery timely." — Ivy Pochoda, Skid Row Zine