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In Brisbane? Come to one of my crafty biz workshops or talks in May – first one this Thursday!

{me talking it up at a BrisStyle Creative Info Session}

If you live in or near Brisbane, and you’d like to learn with me in-person, you’ve got oodles of opportunities coming up in May!

Some are free sessions, some are Master Classes with a small cost, and all of them will be jam-packed with info to help you grow your creative business. All these sessions are hosted by BrisStyle – the most excellent craft collective in the world, in my humble opinion.

ALL of them require you to book, and the Master Classes have very limited numbers – so if you see something that you know you need, make sure to book a spot pronto…

Here’s what you’ve got to choose from:

May 2nd – Social Media Master Class

What: This four-hour intensive session will focus solely on Social Media for promoting your small business. It’s for people who already know the basics, but need to get a cohesive marketing plan together. This instructional session will give you hands-on tips you can apply instantly to take your networking to the next level.

  • Learn how to effectively and efficiently use social media as tools to build trust and relationships with your customers.
  • Learn which tools to use to streamline your social media use, as well as create an integrated plan that uses use instagram/twitter/facebook/pinterest and your blog to build your customer base.

If you’ve been floundering on social media, not quite sure how to harness it to steadily grow your business, this session will help you get focussed and make social media work for you.

Where: Chermside Library, 6:30pm.

Cost: $80 – 4 Hours. Small intensive session with very limited numbers. Bring a tablet or laptop!

Booking Info


May 18th – Social Media Unearthed – Blogging, Facebook, twitter, Pinterest.

What: Get the beginner info on blogging, Facebook, twitter, Pinterest and all the latest social media tools to get the word out about your small business.

Where: Kenmore Library, 10am.

Cost: Free – 2 Hours

Booking Info


May 24th – Social Media Snapshot – Facebook + Pinterest

What: I’ll share my top tips for using Facebook and Pinterest to market your craft business. What should you be sharing? How can you build your audience? Learn how to spend time, not money, building your business in this session.

Where: Brisbane Square Library, 6pm.

Cost: Free – 1 1/2 Hours

Booking Info


May 30th – Building a Website & Blog Master Class

What: This four hour intensive session will focus solely on building a website or blog for your small business.

In this hands-on session, I’ll take you through the basic steps of setting up a blog/website as you follow along instantly on your own laptops or iPads etc. This is a session not to be missed – you’ll walk away with all the knowledge you need to run a basic blog/website (including shopping cart!).

We will be using WordPress as the base software for the class – you can choose to use the free version (, OR buy hosting and a domain and set up on your own piece of internet real estate. I’ll also teach you how to set up a shop on your site (using software that is free to start with at a basic level).

Where: Chermside Library, 6:30pm.

Cost: $80 – 4 Hours.  Small intensive session with very limited numbers. Bring a tablet or laptop!

Booking Info


It’s going to be a big month – I hope to see you at one of the sessions. Make sure to introduce yourself and let me know you’re a C&T reader!


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Jess Van Den is the editor of Create & Thrive, and has been a full-time creative entrepreneur since 2010. She makes eco-conscious, contemporary, handmade sterling silver jewellery under the Epheriell label, and blogs about her jewellery and other beautiful things at You can catch her on twitter @JessVanDen.



Wow what a lucky lot those people in Brisbane are. I am very jealous. What great sessions they have coming up.

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