Registration for the Seventh Annual BIO Conference, June 3-5 in Richmond, Virginia, is now open.
Join us this year in Richmond, which was ranked #3 in Travel and Leisure‘s best places to travel in 2016! More information will be posted on our website and included in the newsletter in the coming months.
We look forward to seeing you there!
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!”
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
— David Steele