Lorraine Murphy aka Raincoaster Talks Power of Social Media for Writers

Click here tol isten to me & Lorraine talk social media writing at the new Irish Heather.

Lorraine Murphy is the woman behind the legendary social media phenomenon called Raincoaster.

She has been writing, blogging and teaching courses on social media for social good for over ten years.  She has directly witnessed the positive affect that blogging and social media engagement have had on the lives of marginalized people in Vancouver’s notorious Downtown East Side.

She is a passionate and outspoken advocate of using social media tools to help writers develop confidence in their writing while simultaneously building an audience and community for their stories.

Lorraine founded the Shebeen Club*, a monthly get together for the local literati that occurs at the Whisk[e]y Bar behind the Irish Heather Pub in Vancouver’s Gastown district.

Lorraine also appeared at Book Camp Vancouver 2009 where she facilitated a session called “Blogging as Writers Practice”.  A fascinating idea and one that we discuss at length in this interview.  She also has worked with the excellent people at the Surrey International Writers Conference.

Blogging as Writer’s Practice will be a a 10-week course taught by Lorraine starting in January 2010.  Stay tuned to the Raincoaster Media site for more details about this course and registration.

I had been wanting to interview Lorraine for many months and I am very pleased to add her to the Books on the Radio roster.

I hope that you enjoy our conversation as much as I did.

*Lorraine has asked me to speak at the January 2010 edition of the Shebeen Club and I have tentatively titled my talk “Don’t Die Just Yet: New Life in New Territories for Book Publishing“.

Sean Cranbury is the Executive Editor of Books on the Radio. He's also Founder and Creative Director of the Real Vancouver Writers' Series. Sean is General Manager at the legendary Storm Crow Tavern and consults with literary arts organizations on digital communications strategies.

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