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~ Writing a Biography ~ STALKING THE ELEPHANTAbout Writing Biography and Imagining a Life


  Here are a few of the things I love about the Biographers International Annual Conference:

  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 2019 Biographers International Organization Conference, May 17-19 (the conference itself is on Saturday, May 17) 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 "10th Annual BIO Conference" page at the Biographers International Organization website.

Go ahead. Indulge yourself.

PS: BIO partners with the Merritt Bookstore of Millbrook, New York, to make the biographies by our 2019 speakers, panelists, moderators, coaches, and award nominees available to conference attendees. Books by conference participants will be available for purchase throughout the day. You can also order books at Merritt’s website.

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