Biographers to Descend on DC

A must-attend annual conference comes to the District in June.

Biographers to Descend on DC

The National Press Club will be site of the Sixth Annual Biographers International Conference on June 6, 2015, with such headliners as Evan Thomas, Douglas Brinkley, Kitty Kelley, Betty Boyd Caroli, Linda Leavell, David Maraniss, and Hampton Sides. The keynote address will be presented during the luncheon by Taylor Branch (Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63), winner of the 2015 BIO Award and a Pulitzer Prize.

Breakout sessions will focus on topics such as research and writing techniques, market trends, book promotion, working with an agent, and short-form biography.

In addition, a wide range of issues will be covered, including “Civil War Women,” “Biography as History,” “Diagnosing Your Subject’s Medical Condition,” “The Rewards and Challenges of Writing Lives of Color,” “Writing About Writers,” “Privacy and the Biographer,” “Does Gender Matter,” and “Writing About Someone You Know.”

A reception at the end of the day will feature book sales and the presentation of the BIO Plutarch Award for the best biography of 2014.

The event is open to the public. Registration, as well as more detailed information on pre-conference research tours at local Washington facilities, participants, and their biographies, the complete agenda, and the breakout sessions can be found here.

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