Welcome

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 and The BIO Insider. Each month, members of BIO receive two newsletters devoted exclusively to the art and craft of biography. Our time-honored magazine, The Biographer’s Craft, features interviews with biographers and articles about biography, while The Insider brings you a monthly roundup of news, notes and events in the world of biography, complete with prize opportunities, research tips, notification of new biographies and more.

“For most biographers a life story is a love story but courtship can be lonely, conquest illusive, and love—all too frequently—unrequited. So biographers need a support system, a network of like-minded souls, who can advise and direct, suggest and edit, connect and commiserate, and finally, celebrate. BIO does that for each of us.”
—Kitty Kelley, author of Oprah: A Biography, Jackie Oh!, other bestselling biographies, and a BIO member

Read a sample of The Biographer’s Craft »

Read a sample of The Insider »

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.