For this also I believe, —that unless I believed, I should not understand.
We don't meet during the summer. We have "socials" in June and early December. Click on Events for current details.
This is an informal gathering of people who write memoirs or biography, attended by professional and academic writers as well as people writing personal or family memoirs and a few who are working up the courage to do so.
It may not be worth making a special trip to DC for, but if you're going to be here anyway, it is worth scheduling your visit around one of these meetings, if you have a special interest in life story writing.
Area Biography Group is open to all who are seriously interested in reading, writing, or researching biographies. The group was inspired by Marc Pachter, then chief historian of the National Portrait Gallery, who organized an all-day symposium on "Biography: Held December 6,the symposium was attended by people.
Three biographers talked about their work: David McCullough author of Mornings on Horseback: Marc Pachter, Judy Nelson, and others wondered if members of the audience would like to continue meeting, so Marc announced at the end of the day that those interested in meeting to discuss biography writing should send him a postcard and he would schedule a meeting.
In Februaryabout 30 people attended the first meeting, at Chick and Judy Nelson's home. The group continued to meet once a month, first in people's homes, then in independent schools first Maret, and then and now at the wonderful Washington International School.
Now we meet most often in the main building, in the Goodman Room formerly the Terrace Room. The Biographer's Art — guides the discussions, on topics chosen by the group, and provides invaluable insights into what makes biographies work.
At potluck socials held twice a year, in December and in June, where we schmooze and get to know each other, some members read brief selections from their work. In a discussion of editing, one member spoke of "research rapture," apropos the stuff you are so proud you found that you want to put it in even if it doesn't fit.
And Marc Pachter reminded us that as biographers our obligation is not principally to inform but rather to fascinate our readers "If you are fascinated with the subject, your obligation is to make me fascinated. Jean Strouse in her biography of Alice James uses traditional structure to show Alice trapped in a prison of Jamesness.
Everyone agrees, more than half the pleasure of these meetings is Marc's comments. Links immediately below are to sites of members of the WBG. Scroll or jump to the bottom of page for directions to WBG meetings. Browse, as if in a casual old bookstore.Hey Greg - Thanks for update.
Even though it's been almost four decades of distorted accounts associated with Joe's death, this well sourced and documented article serves to set the record straight and allow his family and the special operations community to view Joe's death, as well as Mike, Chuck and Bobby's, as part of a just and noble cause.
Sacred Harp Singing In Western Massachusetts (WMSHC) Sacred Harp, or more correctly shape-note singing, is a truly glorious sound, totally unlike anything else in music. (Book Review) The Elvis Map A Travel Guide: It is always good to see releases from countries not as well associated with Elvis book publishing.
The Elvis Map A Travel Guide is one of two book(let)s released by the Official Elvis Presley Fan Club of Finland.. The book(let) is a neat, slimline release which allows the reader to “walk a mile” in Elvis’ shoes in both his birth town Tupelo. Accuracy, honesty, and truth in narrative nonfiction Who do we trust?
• Can narrative journalism overcome the political divide? (Danny Funt, Chava Gourarie, and Jack Murtha, series In Brands We Trust?, Columbia Journalism Review, ) Traditional magazines no longer have a monopoly over longform journalism.
Accuracy, honesty, and truth in narrative nonfiction Who do we trust? • Can narrative journalism overcome the political divide? (Danny Funt, Chava Gourarie, and Jack Murtha, series In Brands We Trust?, Columbia Journalism Review, ) Traditional magazines no longer have a monopoly over longform journalism.
“Michael Zacchea and Ted Kemp have written a superb account of the efforts to build an Iraqi Army from scratch. This is a book rich in lessons and emotions.