Principles of Good Website Design for Writers

A hand writing "Web Design" on a clear wallAt the end of this workshop you will have a better understanding of what goes into making your author website more appealing and inviting to a visitor and thus more effective for promoting you and your work.

This two-week workshop will cover the golden ratio of layout design, web fonts and web-safe colors, using white space, user interface considerations and website organization, web graphics for the artistically challenged, and the importance of testing websites with multiple operating systems and browser applications.

This workshop is aimed at writers who have websites already and want to make them better, or writers who are planning to set up a website and want to know more about how the content should be arranged, either because they plan to do it themselves, or they want to be more informed when hiring a professional designer.
 
This workshop is the perfect follow-up to any class you’ve taken on HTML or creating a web presence. When you know HTML or a piece of web software, you know how to make a basic web page. The “Principles of Good Website Design for Writers” workshop guides you through the NEXT STEP in the website development process by showing you how to take that basic page and make it a GOOD web page. One that invites visitors to stick around and read what you have to say.

The workshop will include exercises designed to strengthen the concepts discussed. Students do not need to have an active website to participate, but may find the lessons more “hands-on” if they do. The instructor will offer feedback on any student’s website during the workshop if the URL is offered during the class.

See the main Workshops page for upcoming dates for this class.