Dona Munker: Writing a Biography

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


May 5, 2018

Tags: Biographers International

    You can even register on May 19, the day of the conference. For a few reasons why you should, click here.

  Update for 2018 BIO conference attendees: In response to the enthusiasm that greeted the announcement of our well-stocked book table, our partner, Merritt Bookstore of Millbrook, New York, will offer all books at 10% off the retail price as a courtesy to our members. The book table will be open from 10 AM until 5:30 PM on May 19 on the Concourse level at the City University of New York Graduate Center. For a complete list of titles, visit the Merritt Bookstore website.

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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 (more…)


July 19, 2011

Tags: Biographers International, Place, Robert Caro

Robert Caro.

        Speaking of the power of place, no one knows more about that than Robert Caro, who appeared at the 2011 Compleat Biographer Conference luncheon to accept this year's BIO Award for his contributions to the art and craft of biography in his books on (more…)


    June 28, 2011

    Tags: Biographers International, Research

          I'm an avid member of Biographers International Organization, the acronym of which, amazingly enough, is BIO. Anyone with an interest in writing (or reading) biography, narrative nonfiction, or history should join BIO, though it's mostly for practicing long-distance elephant stalkers like me.

          Last month I went down to (more…)

          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.

      Subscribing is easy.

          This couple takes up a lot of time (not to mention a lot of oxygen), and since I don't have a regular posting schedule, the best way to receive updates is to sign up to be notified when I post something new.

           Here's how: On the blog page, click on the RSS button of your browser. (In Firefox: Go to the Bookmarks menu and select "Subscribe to This Page.") You can then check to see if there's been an update in the RSS feed of your browser's toolbar.

      Visit the RESOURCES page and take advantage of a growing list of links, blogs, and books for anyone interested in biography and writing lives.

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