Dona Munker: Writing a Biography

      ~ Writing a Biography ~
      About Writing Biography and Imagining a Life


March 11, 2018

Tags: Biographers International

  Here are a few of the things I love about the annual Biographers International annual onference:

  1. It's democratic. There's something for everyone: old hands who've already published six biographies, newbies still in the planning stage (or the thinking-about stage), and everyone in between.

  2. It's an unmatched opportunity (if you can name another, let me know, but I bet you can’t) to learn about biography from people who actually practice it and to meet and mingle with others who love talking about doing that. You get to collect practical tips and ideas, schmooze about craft, and make connections that can lead to—well, like everything else about biography, to just about anything. (Come on, you know you can't do that at your sports club.)

  3. Unlike academic conferences, it's a pressure-free environment. No one is there because they're competing for a job or trying to get tenure. They're there to learn and have fun talking, and hearing other people talk, about biography.

  So register now for the 2018 Biographers International Organization Conference, May 18-20 (the conference itself is on Saturday, May 19) at the City University Graduate Center in New York. Registration is open to non-members, but members get a discount and annual membership isn't expensive. For details, check out the "Conference 2018" section at the Biographers International Organization website.

Go ahead. Indulge yourself.

PS: BIO will be partnering with the Merritt Bookstore of Millbrook, New York, to make the biographies of our 2018 speakers, panelists, moderators, coaches, and award nominees available to conference attendees. The book table will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on the Concourse. Also, through May 9 (orders placed after that are subject to availability), you can order books in advance for immediate pickup, thereby affording yourself extra time to (a) find the author and get it autographed or (b) figure out where your next panel and the restroom are. For a list of titles and to pre-order, visit Merritt’s website.

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    The disciple of a famous sculptor came upon his master carving an elephant from a huge, shapeless chunk of stone. "Master," cried the disciple, "What splendor! What realism! What insight! How do you do it?" "Simple," replied the sculptor. "You just cut away everything that isn't elephant."

    Stalking the Elephant is a blog about creating an elephant from a chunk of stone, a.k.a. writing a biography.

    It's also about the biographer's writing life (well, mine, anyway) and a work in progress, SARA AND ERSKINE, AN AMERICAN ROMANCE. This is an intimate reconstruction of the life of SARA BARD FIELD, a World War One-era minister's wife, suffragist, and poet, and her extraordinary affair with an outspoken attorney, philosophical anarchist, and Renaissance man CHARLES ERSKINE SCOTT WOOD.

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