Save the Children have teamed up with author Melvin Burgess to bring the first ever charity-run blogging conference. The event takes place in London on Saturday 26th February, and will be packed with exciting workshops and multi-media training sessions, and a keynote speech by Melvin Burgess, award winning children’s author, about the power of the written word.
Save the Children have launched their biggest ever campaign No Child Born to Die to stop millions of children from dying from preventable illnesses such as diarrhoea and pneumonia.
Save the Children is urging the the public to think of their individual talents or 'what they are born to do', and to use that to help save children’s lives.
The #Borntowrite blogging conference is aimed at inspiring bloggers, the increasingly powerful army of online commentators, to take part in their campaign by doing what they do best, and help spread the word.
Their keynote speaker is Melvin Burgess, one of today’s most controversial children’s authors.
Melvin Burgess, said:
“Of all skills, being able to write well is perhaps the most fundamental today. It is something that has only increased in importance in the digital age. All stories, all reportage, nearly all thought-out communications begin with the written word, and the ability to communicate well. Not just our thoughts but our feelings, beliefs and passions, are the first thing anyone wanting to participate in this society at any level needs to learn.”
Win a masterclass with Melvin Burgess
Melvin Burgess, best selling author of Junk, has recently returned from a trip to the Congo with Save the Children.
Win this fantastic opportunity to learn some top writing tips from one of the UK's best selling authors.
To win a place
To celebrate Save The Children's campaign, No child born to die, write a blog post about what you were born to do and why.
It could be that you think you were born to travel and want to write about a recent trip or holiday experience. Or maybe you were born to blog – in which case you could submit your favourite blog post to date.
It’s very open to interpretation – so flex those creative muscles and get writing
There are eight places on the masterclass to be won and it will be judged by Melvin Burgess.
Limited spaces are available and bloggers are urged to apply online for a free space at the conference. Bloggers from all areas are invited and sessions on the day will include something for everyone.
Register online for a free place and get your twibbon and bloggers’ badge.
To win a place in Melvin’s master class, write a blog post about what you're Born To Do and post your entry here.
WHAT WE CAN ALL DO NOW
- Get a twibbon
- Post a bloggers badge on your blog
- Follow Save the Children on Twitter using the hashtag #bornto
Liz Scarff, Save the Children’s Digital Media Manager said:
"Save the Children recognises that social media is now a vital part of any communication strategy, which is why we are holding this blogging conference to engage and enrage the community. We are looking to build on the phenomenal support from the blogosphere for our recent #Blogladesh campaign. We know that bloggers are inspired by their passion for writing and that’s why we’re thrilled that Melvin Burgess is supporting our No Child Born to Die campaign."
Conference Venue: Save the Children head office,
St Johns Lane, London, EC1M 4AR.
Date: 26th February 2011
Time: 9.30 - 4pm.
Numbers are limited so please register as soon as you can