Technology Workshops

Power On! Technology Tools and Tips for Writers

Workshop Series

Launch the 2011 New Year with new skills!

The Panther Orchard Writers’ Retreat is sponsoring a series of supportive weekend workshops designed to help writers of all genres increase their proficiency and maximize their productivity. The Digital Age has arrived, bringing an astounding array of technology tools and online resources to support the work of writers! Learn new technologies with lots of hands-on practice and strategies for integrating what you learn into your life as a writer.

No need to purchase software. Complimentary evaluation copies of everything used in the workshops will be provided, so you can explore multiple options and find out what works for you. In addition, we will guide you to the best free and low cost alternatives, easily accessible for download or use online.

Each workshop in the Power On! series has a different focus – so you can join us for one or sign up for them all.  The first two are listed below.

January 15 -16, 2011

Generating Ideas and Organizing Information. This weekend workshop will develop knowledge and skill in the use of powerful digital tools for generating ideas and organizing information for a wide range of writing projects. Learn how to:

·            Brainstorm story ideas using a concept-mapping program;

·            Plan a writing project using an electronic outlining program;

·            Synthesize research information with digital information organizers;

·            Store bibliographic information using citation management software;

·            Find, search, and annotate a personal library of digital documents;

·            Collect and annotate relevant websites and other online resources.

January 22 – 23, 2011

Writing and Managing Long and Complex Projects. This weekend workshop will develop knowledge and skill in the use of powerful digital tools for managing writing projects that have multiple components needing to be integrated into a conceptual and physical whole.  Learn how to:

·            Create a comprehensive outline from fragmentary ideas;
·            Storyboard your writing project with electronic notecards;
·            Access and annotate media sources from within the writing environment;
·            Personalize your writing environment to match personal preferences;
·            Tag related sections with keywords and track progress over time;
·            Compare and contrast multiple versions to determine the most effective;
·            Export and print in formats that match industry standards.

Presenter: Workshop coordinator and presenter is Dr. Lynne Anderson, owner of the Panther Orchard Writer’s Retreat. Dr. Anderson is also director of the Center for Advanced Technology in Education and the Oregon Writing Project at the University of Oregon. She is a national expert on technology tools for online reading, writing and research.

Location: This series of weekend workshops is hosted by Panther Orchard Writers’ Retreat in Hopkinton, RI, approximately 45 minutes south of Providence, RI, just a few minutes off I-95.

Registration: $265 per weekend (tuition only)

Lodging: A small number of rooms are available at Panther Orchard Writers’ Retreat. Individuals interested in attending both January weekend workshops can reserve a room at Panther Orchard Retreat for the intervening weekdays at a reduced price. Additional accommodations are available locally in area hotels and B&Bs. A list with recommended lodging options in a variety of price brackets will be provided at the time of registration.

To Register:  To reserve a space in one or more of the weekend workshops in this series, please email or 541-954-7415. for registration materials. For questions or concerns, please contact Lynne Anderson directly at