I am happy to announce the schedule for Writers’ Hangouts in August:
- Wednesday, August 1 — 9 PM EST & 12 AM EST
- Wednesday, August 8 — 9 PM EST
- Wednesday, August 15 — 9 PM EST
- Wednesday, August 22 — 9 PM EST
- Wednesday, August 29 — 9 PM EST
We have decided to do the video chats on Wednesday nights again this summer because it worked out so well last summer, and because it’s a night that works for both Justine and I. The first of August happens to be a Wednesday, so we get to do the big launch on the same day the Camp launches! How fun is that? Because it’s the first night, and because we want to be available for anyone in any time zone, we’re having an initial start time of 9 PM EST, and we’ll have a second Hangout beginning at midnight EST. The other Wednesdays, the log in time will be locked in at 9 PM EST but after the first night it becomes clearer when we do writing times and break times, and as long as you butt in during a break time, I don’t mind if you join later than 9 PM EST. (If you want to join later, be sure to just tweet me and I can let you know when it’s a break time.)
A few things to remember / know about Writers’ Hangout: we use the Google + Hangout feature, which does require a working webcam and microphone. You can opt out of having your webcam on and display a static picture to the group*, but you must be able to voice chat. Because this is a voicechat feature, you must use headphones. We don’t need to hear the echo of everyone out of your speakers. To be included in the invite list for this event, you must add me on Google + AND tell me you’re part of this so that I add you to the correct Google + circle on my end.
The log in time is set to 9 PM EST, and that means the first WRITE session will start promptly at 9:20 PM EST. That gives you twenty minutes to log in and introduce yourself / say hello and prepare for the WRITE session. For now, that’s all you need to know. When you log into the Hangout, Justine and I will brief everyone at the same time on the timed plan for the evening.
I really hope to see so many of you there in August! We’ve had a lot of fun and success with this event in that past, and a few times I think we pushed the limits of how many people can being in a Google + Hangout. I have high hopes that this feature has improved since last summer (and it was great last summer!), so that we’ll be able to do even more writing with everyone!
* I think. It’s been a year since either Justine or I have used a Google + Hangout, and we’re going to be testing it out before this event launches, but before you could freeze frame a static picture instead of using your webcam. Sometimes, web cams freak out for people, so this was a usable option.