IAP2 USA Write-A-Thon: November 22, 2013
Photo by Rebecca Siegel / CC BY 2.0
The Communications team has identified a number of areas in need of immediate copy writing and editing attention:
- Following the 2013 Conference, the IAP2 USA website could use a bit of restructuring and clean-up.
- Our chapter primer is waiting to be completed.
- There’s a neat FAQ in the making.
Plus a whole bunch of other small ticket items.
We don’t have the bandwidth yet to do all of these things ourselves. And we continue to make an effort to offer our members new, easy and convenient ways to volunteer that don’t require long-term commitments. That’s why we’ve decided to host a write-a-thon, a roughly one day-long community event of collaborative writing, editing and other forms of content making.
Here’s how it works:
The Communications Team will do some basic prep work, such as setting up an environment for collaborative writing, listing the areas that need work and providing the necessary instructions.
The day of the write-a-thon, November 22, we’ll start with a kick-off conference call in the morning. We’ll also schedule brief check-ins throughout the day (like every other hour or so) to make it easy for people who join late catch up quickly. These calls would also help us coordinate tasks among our distributed team and resolve any critical questions or issues.
While the main event will take place over the course of just one day, we will probably have everything ready a couple days prior so volunteers can get a head start if they want. And we’d probably leave it open for contributions over the weekend.
Updating the navigation structure of our website and swapping out content won’t actually take that long. Who knows, the new and improved website might launch before Thanksgiving.
A write-a-thon is a participatory method that has application for public participation work. This is a chance for you to experience this innovative format hands-on while also helping IAP2 USA. Win/win!
Please leave a comment below if you’d like to learn more. Or feel free to complete our volunteer sign-up form to share your ideas and join our team.