Dear BIO Member,

Welcome to the Members-Only section of our website.

Note: If you would like to renew your membership, please do so here

In this area, open only to active BIO members, you will find useful resources including a directory that will enable you to get in touch with other BIO members, sample book proposals, a guide to prizes for biographers, a guide to venues that welcome biographers and more.

You’ll also gain access to all issues of The Biographer’s Craft. Each month, members of BIO receive a newsletter devoted exclusively to the art and craft of biography. The Biographer’s Craft features news about the business, interviews and articles with biographers about techniques, notification of books sold to publishers, new biographies coming into stores, research tips, and more.

“My ‘lonely quotient’ as a biographer has dropped precipitously since subscribing to The Biographers Craft. I’m on the mend because I belong to a community now.”

— Charles J. Shields, And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut: A Life (Henry Holt, 2011)

Read a sample of The Biographer’s Craft »


These member resources, however, are only as good as we collectively make them. Please feel free to send us suggestions and contributions. We’ve created a contribute page (at the bottom of the navigation bar to the right) so that you can send us information on any of the following topics:

  • Places you have spoken that welcome biographers.
  • Prizes for which biographers are eligible.
  • Writers colonies that welcome applications from biographers.
  • Grants for which biographers are eligible.
  • Names of researchers, editors, indexers and publicists that you have used.

Your input is always welcome.