I just recently conducted my first-ever workshop on tying wire
into a knot to make a bracelet, and now I feel somewhat readier to
take on more of them. So, my question(s): should I try to manage
the whole thing myself, or should I stick with the same process
that I just went through, letting an organization (in this case it
was the Florida Society of Goldsmiths) run the show and just charge
a combination of flat fee and per-student rider?
One of the things I do in my day job is programming - that's the
code word for putting together all the details involved in setting
up a continuing education session. I’m sure you could do it
yourself, but it does take time and patience, as well as a network
of resources. You need to ask yourself what is the best use of your
You might contact a local university or college (most have an
office for continuing ed) and find out what they charge for the
service. It could work well if they have lab space available for
your class, adequate parking, etc. The office on our campus does
everything from advertising the event and taking registrations, to
making nametags and goodybags.
My advice would be to cooperate with the sponsoring organization at
least one more time, and take notes on what they do and list the
services. You will be in a better position to decide how you want
to proceed. Certainly, you want your workshops to be well-received
in every way so that word of mouth will help fill your classes.
Observing those who do it well will help you, should you decide to
do your own programming.
A distinct advantage of sponsorship by a professional organization
is their ability to advertise to prospective students. If you add
up the cost of postage to send out mailers to 500 people, let alone
developing a mailing list and stuffing envelopes, you begin to
appreciate having someone else do it!
Best of luck and avoid the naughty knots, Judy in Kansas Judy M.
Willingham, R.S. Biological and Agricultural Engineering 237 Seaton
Hall Kansas State University Manhattan KS 66506