Conference

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Seventh Annual BIO Conference in Richmond, Virginia!

We’re posting video excerpts from the conference here; members can access full videos in the Member Area as they become available.

 

President-elect Will Swift’s inaugural address to BIO members at the 2016 BIO conference in Richmond, Virginia.

Excerpt from the morning plenary session with Pulitzer Prize-winning biographers Annette Gordon-Reed and T.J. Stiles

 

 

 

Of all the programs and services provided to BIO members, Biographers International Organization is proudest of its annual conference. Each year, BIO brings together some of the finest practitioners of the craft of biography to help guide, mentor, encourage, and advise attendees on a wide variety of topics relating to the the writing, researching, and selling of biography.

The conference also offers a unique opportunity to hear some of biography’s best — and best-known — writers share their stories. Each year’s luncheon features a keynote address by the recipient of the BIO Award — past speakers have included Jean Strouse, Robert Caro, Stacy Schiff, and Taylor Branch — as well as special sessions featuring biographers and historians like David Maraniss, Evan Thomas, and Douglas Brinkley.

Members also tell us one of their favorite things about the conference is the opportunity to meet and mingle with their fellow writers. The BIO conference provides many opportunities to socialize and swap stories with fellow biographers, from the Friday night cocktail reception — held at exciting local venues, like the Georgetown home of biographer Kitty Kelley —  to the Saturday evening closing reception where we present the Plutarch Award for the year’s best biography.

But don’t take our word for it. Hear what others have to say:

“I’m so pleased that I was able to attend the 2015 Biographers International Conference luncheon and look forward to future events! Taylor Branch was a profound keynote speaker . . . I am so inspired by Branch’s works, the King Trilogy, Clinton memoir, among his books, and look forward to Branch’s upcoming  film project with The Wire producers. Please extend my thanks to the staff, board and volunteers for assuring that Biographers International Organization is a wonderful resource for all writers!”

— Jacqueline Miller Byrd

Remembering, A. Philip Randolph


“What struck me that stood out at BIO from other writers conferences was the quality of conversation—from the hugely enlightening panelists, the lunchtime talk from Ron Chernow, and especially the questions and discussion from the members.  I’ve never met a group of writers as passionate about their craft.”

 —Ryan Doherty, Senior Editor, Ballantine Books


“I can’t express enough how lucky I feel that I found out about [the BIO Conference] when I did, and that I had a chance to go. It was invaluable, to the point that I think it changed my life, or at least changed the approach I’m making to it, since writing means so much to me.”

— David Steele