Sneak Peek: Everyone Can Write a Little—my new workshop, coming soon

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So, what's all this hubbub about me and a new class over at I thought you'd never ask!

Introducing "Everyone Can Write a Little: The 2009 MicroBlog Album Workshop". This new class is designed to get you into the habit of writing a little, here and there, using one of two fabulous social media services, Twitter , or Facebook as your virtual notebooks for documenting your own little bits and pieces. I say "little" because for those of you who use either service, you know, you really only can write a little.

Both Twitter and Facebook ask you the same question: What are you doing? In turn, you answer, and document a bit about you and your daily life. This class is going to encourage you to use either (or both) to improve your life observation skills. Then, you'll take that authentic content and create cool little digital pages in Photoshop Elements (or Photoshop). In the process, you'll learn how to work with templates, make good type choices and creatively pair photos you love with your words.


See, the thing is… these social media networks can be used to keep in touch, sure. Or they can be excellent tools for marketing. But for me, Twitter and Facebook have been more of a way to record little snippets of life—thoughts from my brain, little observations, and bits of conversation from people I love and keep me entertained on a daily basis. I spend a lot of time on the computer, and it just seemed like a match made in virtual heaven.

I've been doing Twitter a lot longer than Facebook, and one day, I was all, "I need to save these somewhere, especially the ones I like!" And because I'm a scrapbooker, well… I figured I'd make an album, and encourage others to do the same.


This class is not about the latest and greatest products. You don't have to sink a fortune into getting stuff to make the album. I'm providing templates and downloads and a cool Powerpoint presentation, and other good stuff to inspire you to build your own collection of these little bits of your own authentic writing. You'll need some cardstock, a stack of letter-sized photo paper, a few sheets of patterned paper and an album (detailed supplies are coming very soon!) We'll have video messages, tips on typesetting and step-by-step instruction on how to work with the templates in Photoshop Elements to create cool pages that you'll print out, and place inside your album. And we'll have a rockin' message board and gallery as well.

Go ahead and watch my short but hopefully entertaining video promo, and if you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to post 'em here. Registration, price and dates will be coming very soon and I'll post them as soon as they're nailed down.

In the meantime, if you don't already have one, get yourself a Twitter or Facebook account and start documenting a little here and there. I've got plans for you and your words. And remember: everyone can write a little.


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80 Comments on “Sneak Peek: Everyone Can Write a Little—my new workshop, coming soon”

  1. #1

    This sounds great! I like the “everyone can write a little” idea, because I believe that is true! I’m also thinking about applications for my students…snapshots of their lives, so to speak.

    I’ll be interested in your class, Cathy – thanks for the sneak peek!


  2. #2
    Holly A. Moss

    Sounds pretty interesting, CathyZ. I’ve got a facebook account already & recently started a blog – however, have been a bit shy about posting anything on it . . . I think your class might be just what I need to get me more motivated.

    Thanks for the sneak peek. I look forward to reading about/seeing more details as they become available.


  3. #3
    Sherry Eckblad

    this sounds like a great class and would be perfect for those who don’t want to or aren’t sure how to document just the everyday things.


  4. #6

    Great timing – I’ve been ‘FBing’ for ages and, funnily enough, just signed up on Twitter yesterday! Can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with!

  5. #12

    Such a great class idea. Can’t wait to take it! I’ve been a Twittering fool for a while now and am looking forward to doing something with my snarkiness. 😉

  6. #13

    What a great idea! I use my facebook as a way to remember captions and stories for my pictures rather than writing them in a notebook!

  7. #15

    OK – you’re selling me here. Took a bit, but knew I’d cave in! Thanks for the added info. Frankly, not interested in getting on the Twitter or Facebook rat race. On the computer more than need/should anyhow (remember – need to interact with humans, especially the small ones we brought into the world, right? MAKE the memories? must…remember…get….away…from…the…box….). I’m LIKIN’ what you’re planning on doing with it tho’. And maybe I’ll get less intimidated/frightened about the whole mass of internet thing looking in – I really don’t need that in my life. Not a My Space kinda gal. But I did rejuvenate the blogger journal as I AM on the ‘puter more and the pen/paper hasn’t been happening to accomplish same goal. Maybe I can incorporate those snippets – or just trust you and give Facebook/Twitter a chance. I can always kill the account if it gets too much, right? 😉

    Looking forward!

  8. #17

    I’ve had a Facebook account for a while but don’t really use it a lot! Perhaps this would make me use it more???? I like the page sneek peek though and I’m tempted (very!!). Looking forward to seeing more.

  9. #21

    Sign me up baby! I definitely need help in the journalling of my everyday life. Just the little things! Perfect!

  10. #22
    sue Treiber

    I love that you found a way to make a waste of time into something creative! NO more feeling guilty for time spent on fb!

  11. #23

    Hey – I recently got PSE and don’t know how to use it and I regularly “tweet” – I even follow you Cathy!! 🙂

    I’m in!!

  12. #25
    Jessica Stoops

    Looks cool.. Loved DYL…I always want to learn more about digital stuff ….Looking forward to hearing the details. Jess

  13. #26

    Alright – I’m twittering! Thanks for the added info! Able to make it private – fear of internet creeps satiated. Thanks for showing me the scrapping applicability! Perfect for the “just popping on” time when not enough time for full blogging – got it! 😉 And I can scrap it? Bonus! And you’re going to kick me in the butt to figure out/use PSE? Well, alrighty then!


  14. #27
    Lisa Cohen

    This looks like a great class!! Awesome idea for capturing all the lil’ writings many of us are doing. Looks like I’ll be taking this one!!

  15. #29

    Well, I’m not a fan of the Facebook or twitter thing but as I was watching the promo video, you got me…yes, I have to admit. And because I have a total trust in you, I know it’s going to be a great time for learning, sharing and also a big time of self- discovering. And yes, I also have to admit, I love your videos. Now you got me so excited about that new project that I won’t be able to focus on anything else today….I even have msn my friend about it, and even she has never scrapbooking of her life, she’s going to register too, so we’ll be able to do it together and share those 4 fantastic weeks together. For that, thank you…and for the rest too….I’m definitly IN

  16. #32
    Christine W.

    I love the album you created with your Twitter/Facebook updates! That is just TOO COOL, Cathy. I love your work! You’re so creative. Thanks for coming up with these great ideas and always sharing them!

  17. #34
    Katie Scott

    I’ve often thought we should print this stuff all out. Around 2000-2002 I had a site on set up for my high school class and before the site sort went caput (how do you spell that word?) anyway, I printed the whole thing out & just put it in a regular note book. But add some patterened paper & pictures – sounds really cute! I’m also interested in how I can make my blog into a book – not for the whole world or anything – just a book for myself – do you know how to do that in shutterfly? Or have any suggestions? Maybe you could include that in the class.

  18. #36

    Excellent! I’ve missed your quirky, fun videos and teaching style since DYL ended. Woohoo….a new way to use my FB account.

  19. #37

    It’s all your fault, I just joined the twitter band wagon. Now all I have to do is remember that I have it and learn how to write fun and fascinating bits in 140 words or less – I do tend to run on a bit … 🙂

  20. #39
    Denise Hubbard

    Way cool idea! Can’t wait and will be first on list to sign up! Your classes are the BEST and so inspiring! I’M ALL IN!

  21. #40

    Video promo definitely piqued my interest. But I have a question. My Photoshop skillz are still in the pre-school realm. Will I be abe to do this? I really, really want to, but I don’t want to flunk the course!

  22. #42

    This sounds like something I could use. I have a facebook account, but am intimidated to write much on there.

  23. #43

    Cathy, you simply have the coolest ideas! I love facebook, I love scrapbooking, I love you!

    Okay, this is awkward, but you get it. 😉

  24. #44

    This is a great idea! I’m in!

    I just noticed on your sidebar you’re watching FOTC Season 1. My favourite songs are Foux de Fafa and the Hiphopopotomus vs. Rhymenoceros (There ain’t no party like my Nana’s tea party… hey… ho). Makes me laugh every time. Are you watching Season 2?

  25. #47

    LOVE IT! As a person who just started her Twitter/Facebook journey…I can’t wait to take your class!

  26. #48

    I saw Stacy’s “mistake sneak peek” yesterday and have been so excited! I am doing everything I can to promote this class cause it is going to be the bomb dot com.

  27. #54
    Marta Valdes

    I am both on Twitter and Facebook. I am ready for this class.

    Loved your DYL class and I sure I will enjoy this one as well.

    Thank you for offering a class we could all learn more about Twittering, Facebook, and Photoshop.

  28. #56
    Nancy Nally

    Go Cathy! I wrote an article recently for a genealogy magazine about how one of the downsides of all this fabulous digital data we are creating is that it is so fragile and fleeting, unlike the paper of previous generations that just got shoved in attics and so survived.

    Tweets are a great window on someone’s life and preserving them this way – even a short period of them – will give that window to your great-grandkids someday when they want to know about the family history and what great-grandma was like!

  29. #59
    Jeannette P

    Sounds like a fun & entertaining class. Hope it is available after I finish LOM. Concentrating om that right now. Love the idea of the twitter & facebook documentation. Sometimes I have a hard time remembering or finding something I think is interesting. Bet your class would get those thoughts flowing.

  30. #61

    I love the challenge of writing my thoughts in 140 characters. I’m totally addicted to Twitter! crochetdg (Twitter id) Can’t wait to take your class!!!!!!

  31. #62

    I’m happy to take any class you offer, CathyZ! Where’s the link to sign up? I’m ready to rock n roll.

  32. #64

    I believe that we find things when we need to. I found your site recently as a link to a link to a link (I think?) and it is just what I need…all of it…You are so inspirational and simply put it all out there and I am ready to do the cyber paper combo. I just went digital last year, so it is all about baby steps for me!


  33. #65

    sign me up! i just got the Facebook account but have done nothing with it because 1) I feel intimidated 2) I don’t know what to do with it 3) I’m waiting for your class! LOL

  34. #66
    Deb Zorn

    I took you DYL class and learned a lot. But, because I’m a digital scrapbooker, I think this class will be even better!

  35. #67

    Love the idea! Cuantos dinero?

    Also, I JUST had that tween/”play date” realization yesterday!! Seeing yours made me laugh out loud. 🙂

  36. #68

    I have been in CZ withdrawal since I finished your class last fall. I am glad to know that there is a CZ “fix” coming. Interestingly, I had never twittered until I signed up last week for the first time….must have been ESP about the upcoming class. Can’t wait!!

  37. #70
    KarenK in CA

    Oh sheesh. I cannot believe this. I SWORE that I would NOT sign up for another class since I’ve got a zillion I need to finish. Even your last one. But dangit, you got me. You had me at, “Hi everyone. It’s Cathy Zielske.” Now, I’m going to BPS to sign up. Curse you CZ!! Curse you!!

  38. #71

    What a great idea. I have been thinking the same thing lately. I recently took all my February FB status updates and made them one post on my blog. It’s cool to see them all together. It’s a pretty good representation of my month. I could use some help with writing clever updates, though 😉

  39. #72
    Lisa Soares

    Sounds like perfect timing for me. Lately I’ve been wondering what in the heck Facebook was all about. I am a child of the 60s and I don’t really understand all of this. I started an account and then wondered what I was supposed to do with it and how it worked. I haven’t spent too much time there so maybe there’s info. I’m not seeing. But I don’t know what I’m supposed to do! However, I love the idea of having a space to quickly jot down thoughts, but I’m not sure I’d want everyone else reading them. So maybe you can explain this better to me when I take the class. Looking forward to it!

  40. #73
    Dianne Nelson

    such a GOOD idea! I’m doing a writing prompt through my blog as well, on how there are No Ordinary Stories in our lives. I love this idea though—great for today’s times!


  41. #74

    Great idea! And in a somewhat related topic, I’ve often thought about printing up some emails (esp. ones with lots of news) for the same reason. But I’ve never been sure how to format them on a scrapbook page, so I haven’t done it yet.

  42. #76

    Way cool! I recently did scrapbook pages of all my family on Facebook who did one of those “25 Random Things About Me” posts. Printed out their 25 things, added a few pictures and now I have SUCH a cool section in my Family scrapbook. And the little blurb I posted today made me think, “You know, I need to make a scrapbook page about that!” So I am so on board with the idea.

    My dilema – my husband is actually the photographer, so his PC has Photoshop Elements and he is into all the digital editing. I have been quite content with my iMac and iPhoto and traditional scrapbooking. (I have to touch the stuff, Cathy!!) But I am certainly willing to step out a bit for this project. Will iPhoto cut it, or will I really miss out on way cool stuff without PSE? Thanks!

  43. #77

    If we’re not interested in Twitter or FB (my hubby has issues!), are the “assignments” something we can do on our own blog or even as a guided journal? If nothing else I’d love to get your PSE tips, just wanted to be sure I could apply all the elements of your class! It sounds great!

  44. #79
    Renata Pacheco

    Hi, Cathy. This class sounds interesting. I’m a Twitter user (and I follow you!), but I’ve never thought about transform these little messages in an album! Great idea!

  45. #80

    I’m looking forward to your class. Imet you in Kansas City and I think you are fabulous. Thanks for offering this class. Now I can really justify being on Facebook so much!

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