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Calling All Bloggers

Posted By Lynne Kingsley, Friday, January 13, 2012

Especially savvy and opinionated AATE Members are asked to participate in two separate blog initiatives:

Weekly Blog Posts
Each AATE Leader is encouraged write approximately one weekly blog post throughout the year. (See schedule below).

Conference BlogFest
Once a year, AATE will host a BlogFest to coincide with the National Conference. We hope to generate 20 – 30 posts during the four day BlogFest. The idea is to enable AATE members who are not able to physically be at the Conference to experience aspects and learning opportunities Conference provides. AATE leaders are encouraged to write several posts on the identified topics from the Conference, as well as motivate other AATE members to do so.

For the weekly blog, email posts directly to Lynne Kingsley lynne@aate.com by 10:00 AM on Tuesday the week before you are scheduled. For the BlogFest posts, please email posts according to the schedule. (Instructions for BlogFest will be emailed separately.)

Topics

You can utilize your blog assignment to address some of the topical priorities identified at AATE Board Meetings, Network Meetings, work in the field, etc. When your turn for the blog comes around, feel free to blog about any of these topics, or another topic of your choosing. Here are some ideas for topics:

  • Career development for theatre artists and educators – helping students know about careers in the arts and connecting the arts to career-readiness, workforce development, etc.
  • Parent / Community resources for advocacy
  • Connecting creativity, innovation, and the education system
  • Multicultural and diverse artistry in theatre & education, theatre for young audiences and youth theatre
  • National trends in theatre for young audiences, theatre & education, and youth theatre
  • Looking forward – as we look back over the last 25 years, what lies in our future as a field?

Please send suggested additions to this list to lynne@aate.com

Style Guide

  • Remember to keep all posts to 350-600 words.
  • Send posts as Word documents.
  • Be brief. Writing for an online platform requires brevity in both your sentences and your paragraphs.
  • Ask questions to generate dialogue and comments among other bloggers and readers. The more comments you receive the higher in popularity your post will rank.
  • Rather than using hyperlinks, include any links in parentheses next to the word you want to hyperlink. Example: "I am excited for Theatre In Our Schools Month (http://www.aate.com/tios).”
  • Use only one space between sentences.
  • Use a comma before the "and” in a comma series.
  • Please write the following words as one word: nonprofit, afterschool, preconference, and fundraising.
  • Use "theatre” when referring to the discipline and "theater” when referring to the venue, except for proper names.
  • Please spell out numbers less than 10 (i.e. one, two, three). Please use numerals for numbers 10 and above 10 (i.e. 10, 11, 12).
  • One or two photos of the story (if applicable) can be included.

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