BIO welcomes biographers, editors, agents, publishers, and publicity professionals from across the nation and around the world to the Eighth Annual Biographers International Conference, May 19-21, at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. During the conference weekend, biographers have the opportunity to network, compare notes with fellow biographers, and deepen their knowledge of and commitment to the craft of biography.
On Friday, May 19, BIO will offer afternoon tours of two of Boston's top archival sites. The roster of pre-conference events also features brief readings by biographers of new biographical works. The readings and Friday evening’s opening reception will be held at the Massachusetts Historical Society.
On Saturday, May 20, the conference kicks off with a breakfast plenary session featuring Larry Tye and David Nasaw in conversation and continues with lively panels featuring such moderators and panelists as Patricia O'Toole, Kai Bird, Megan Marshall, Ruth Franklin, Patricia Bell-Scott, Charlotte Gordon, James Atlas, and Patricia Bosworth. Sessions will focus on topics such as research and narrative techniques, publishing independently, and book promotion. Panels and workshops include Slice of Life, Whose Lives Matter, and Women in Love. Books by conference participants will be available for purchase throughout the day. You may view a list of panelists and moderators here.
BIO also offers a coaching program featuring half-hour sessions with accomplished biographers, and sessions with agents who will read and discuss one-page proposals.
During lunch, Candice Millard, the winner of the 2017 BIO Award, will give the keynote address.
The conference will conclude with a reception and the presentation of the Plutarch Award for the best biography of 2016.
On Sunday, May 21, BIO is offering four in-depth workshops taught by prominent biographers.
Emerson College dorm rooms, located in the Paramount Center at 555 Washington Street on the Emerson campus in downtown Boston, can be reserved for Friday and Saturday nights, May 19 and 20, at a rate of $60 per person per night. (No other nights will be available.) Emerson has provided 50 newly renovated rooms (with linens included), which are suitable for sharing; late registrants may be asked to share a room with a person of the same gender. (We will let you know in advance if that is the case.) Check-in time: 11 a.m. on Friday morning. Check-out time: 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. Registration for dorm rooms will be closed as of April 27, so register early! For more information on the dorms, go here.
You can find more information on accommodations on the Lodging page of the registration.