BIO is the first-ever international organization to represent the everyday interests of practicing biographers: those who’ve published the stories of real lives, and those working on biographies – in every medium, from print to film.
We held our first-ever annual one-day conference this year – the Compleat Biographer Conference – at the University of Massachusetts Boston on May 15, 2010.
We assembled ten workshops, ranging from Marketing Your Biography to Dealing With the Family, as well as holding Speed Dating panels where biographers could pitch their latest proposals to literary agents. We also awarded our first-ever BIO Award for lifetime contribution to biography – given this year to Jean Strouse. And we met each other – in person.
Hosting the event was the Boston Biographers Group – a voluntary organization of biographers in the New England area, who meet monthly in a member’s home to discuss the practical problems – and joys – of real-life storytelling, in a media world that is undergoing momentous change, both in culture and technology.
Next year the Washington Biographers Group will host the event in D.C. Affiliated to BIO, we hope similar groups across the country will establish themselves over the coming years, and help bring biographers together.
BIO owes its genesis to The Biographer’s Craft. Its editor recognized the isolation that most practicing biographers experience, working for months and even years on a single life – in a world that teaches every subject under the sun except biography! BIO is the result: and with your membership and participation, we will make history – for biography!