Thinking of submitting a workshop proposal for the Colorado Gold conference? Here are a few vital tips that might help.
- While you don’t have to have your whole workshop prepared to build your proposal, you should have enough of it envisioned to be able to convey it in outline form. The selection committee needs to know that the workshop will have substance beyond a general descriptive paragraph.
- The committee looks for fresh topics or fresh approaches on familiar topics, so be original.
- The amount of content should fit neatly into the length of time proposed.
- Credentials are important, so be sure to indicate if you have special expertise. The committee looks for good, knowledgeable speakers who involve their audiences.
- If you don’t need a projector, you can increase your odds by using a whiteboard and handouts instead (only a limited number of slots are available with data projection).
- The committee also seeks a balance of levels, lengths, topics, genres, and presentation styles.
Proposals can be submitted online here from now until March 31st. Proposals will be evaluated by a committee, with each member scoring them based on originality, detail, content, knowledge of presenter, presentation skills, variety of style in presentation, and length/content/target level match. Conference co-chairs will then select a balance of workshops from among the highest-scoring ones.
So start brainstorming those workshops. We look forward to hearing your ideas!