Basically, hosting a SWR seminar boils down to three major
parts: obtaining a facility, publicity (putting out the word), and hostessing the seminar itself. I'll delineate
each of these below.
Hostessing a seminar is not a lot of work, and it is, so it's nice to have a few friends help
with various parts if that's possible. It's a great ministry, helps people use this program better, as well as letting people
be aware of SWR.
1. Facility needs
The hostess (or group) would be in charge of obtaining a facility that is adequate for the seminar, and is in a central
location. Usually a fellowship hall is used, since we need tables for everyone to sit at. I need one table at the front to
hold my display books, an the overhead projector, and screen. Four-five tables are needed at the back: one for registration,
and the others for the bookstore.
The attendees will sit at tables, facing forward, and since each table usually holds
3-4 people, so the room needs to hold about 10-20 tables, depending on registration. Frequently we get the facility at no
cost, since it is an educational seminar of service to homeschoolers and teachers. If there is a cost, hopefully it will be
minimal-- no more than $50-$100 total, which I pay. We need it from Thurs. afternoon or evening (to set up) will Sat. about
7 pm ( to allow break-down time.)
My needs: One table is at the front
for my books and screen. A microphone needed if large attendance or if the acoustics are not good. Usually I'm fine without
The SWR seminar is a two-day event, 9 AM - 6 PM (Fri-Sat). We need to get into the room about 8:15 the first day
to start the coffee, set up snacks, etc.
We can set up the books either the night before, or that morning. I prefer
to set up the night before, to make sure everything is in place.
See the SWR page for a sample eflier information:
address, phone, etc.
We need at least some lead time,
so we can "nail down" the facility, and have time to get the fliers and publicity out. I'll put it on the nation-wide SWR
e-group, as well as my website and Wanda's website, and send you an e-flier plus some hard copy fliers. The more you put the
word out, the better! I will be sending to the alumni, and the groups I know. Let me know what groups you send to, so we don't
There is NO cost up at all to the organizing group or person; I just ask that you do your best to "get the
word out" by mailing the fliers to near-by support groups, calling leaders and people you know who might be interested, and
answering questions about the seminar. If you don't use email much, or can't get to the phone often, it may be good to have
a friend listed on the flier who can do those things.
After we have agreed on the date and have confirmed the facility,
I will send you an e-flier. Let me know if you want hard copy fliers.
If you have any costs, such as postage or long-distance,
I just ask that you save your receipts to give me, and I'll be happy to reimburse me.
If people have questions about
the seminar, you can refer them to me, or forward their email to me if you don't know the answer. Communication with my hostesses
if very important!
There is a page on my website if someone is investigating Researching Spell to Write and Read?
And this page is recommendations on from those who've attended my seminars: Endorsements and recommendations
Fliers; I provide, and you send out. Most groups use only e-fliers, but I can send you paper fliers if you want. Each
group is different!
There are several ways to get the word out:
1. Call the leader of the organizations
first before you email or mail the fliers if possible; many leaders get so much spam, they just delete if they don't recognize
the sender. Ask how many fliers they'd like, and if they'd also like the email version.
2. Send the email
flier-- send to as many support groups as you can find. The best way to do this is to do a search through google
for "homeschool support groups, like CHEA, and other Orange County support groups or ISPs. See if you can post it on the State-wide
3. Mail the hard copy fliers (or send e-fliers, whichever they want) to as many groups
as you can, and some individually as people call you for information.
4. Set out fliers in as many
places as people might be interested in this class: public libraries (get permission first; tell them it's an educational
seminar for teaching literacy/reading & spelling), grocery stores, bookstores (& Christian bookstores), plus churches.
5. Post it on the state homeschool website, local and regional sites. See if you can post it on near-by
states, also. Pass the word on!
6. Word of mouth is invaluable! Many people come because YOU'RE excited
about it, and want to help them find a better way for teaching!
Keep track of what groups you talk to, how many fliers
went out to them, etc. I will provide hard copy fliers as well as e-fliers as soon as you have the basic information. We need
the name of the church, address, and directions from all directions.
1) Welcome the people, and take registrations at the door.
the book table during breaks. I'll have everything ready to show you what to do! Sometimes I bring my older children
to help with this.
3) Snacks, coffee, and tea: Some hostesses like to organize some friends to help provide
light refreshments. This is 2 long days, so light refreshments really help people stay awake! Again, keep the receipts, and
I will be happy to reimburse you.
OTHER ITEMS YOU NEED TO KNOW
There is a minimum of 10 new (full-pay) attendees, and there might be scholarships available if we're close to that for
people who have financial need. If you do a good job of getting the word out, it shouldn't be a problem to have 15 attendees!
Usually that isn't hard to do when the publicity is out in enough time.
The hostess will
receive one free admission, plus other incentives, as well as the satisfaction of providing a valuable service for the homeschooling
community. Of course, this may be shared with a friend.
There needs to be at least 10 full- paying registrants, but
after that base is met, you will receive 10% cash or 20% off of the book table of the other registrations! The following will
clarify for you the hostess premium:
A. As the hostess, your registration is waived
B. After the 10 new
attendees foundation base from registrations (to cover my expenses) has been met, the hostess can earn,
1. 20% of
registration money, above the base, in credit at the book table OR
2. 10% of registration money, above the base,
in cash payment.
NOTE: The more you and your team promote the seminar, the more will be earned. In
addition, one first-time attendee registration ($135 value) will be waived for the person of your choice. This can be applied
to a single person's registration or split between two or more people's registrations. I will need to know who will be using
this second scholarship. Please note that this scholarship is only available when we have a minimum of 10 people attending
at the full price (not at scholarship rates).
See the SWR page for a sample flier--
the hard copy will be similar, though formatted on one page.
I appreciate my hostesses, and I know that the attendees
appreciate this ministry! I can't come to an area without their work!
There is a lot to do. Some people love to do
everything themselves, while others get friends or support groups involved. There are 3 times of busyness: finding the facility,
sending out the fliers, and of course, the 3 last days-- the day before the seminar, and the 2 seminar days. I'll help as
much as I can!