The Power of Narrative 2016 conference, April 1-3, Boston

I'm thinking of going to the Power of Narrative Conference in Boston, April 1-3. Any FC friends want to join? We could do an FC Happy Hour…

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Gay Talese Named Special Guest at 
2016 BU Power of Narrative Conference

Legendary journalist and author Gay Talese will headline the 2016 Power of Narrative Conference on April 1-3 at Boston University, conference organizers announced today.
The gathering of narrative storytellers, with more than 500 attendees expected from around the world, will be among the most ambitious Power of Narrative events since the annual conference was founded nearly two decades ago.
"We're delighted to welcome Gay Talese back to the College of Communication's Power of Narrative Conference and to honor him for his unmatched contributions to this craft," said Tom Fiedler, dean of the BU College of Communication. "No journalist more ably demonstrates the 'Power of Narrative' in telling true stories, and none shares more generously the techniques that will enable others to succeed.  It's our great fortune to honor Gay as the 2016 Thomas R. Schoenenberger Visiting Writer."
In addition to Talese, among the more than 40 confirmed speakers are acclaimed authors Mary Roach, Hampton Sides, Sam Freedman and Meera Subramanian, and award-winning Boston Globe editor Brian McGrory. The Globe has come aboard as conference's "Presenting Sponsor," and will host a cocktail party for all attendees.
"The Moth" is bringing its unique brand of audio storytelling to the Friday night kickoff, and The New York Times is sending journalists Fernanda Santos, Sarah Maslin Nir and Ben Solomon, among others.
Keynote and breakout sessions will range across all platforms of narrative, in keeping with the conference's pledge to keep nonfiction storytellers "savvy, skilled and solvent in journalism's wired era." Registration for the conference opened Dec. 1, and discounted early bird registration runs through Jan. 22. Special rates are also available for college and graduate students and Boston University alumni.
Registration and other information can be found at
Talese is a bestselling author who has written 11 books. He was a tenacious reporter for the New York Times from 1956 to 1965, and since then he has written for the Times, Esquire, The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, and other national publications.
His groundbreaking article "Frank Sinatra Has a Cold" was named the "best story Esquire ever published." He was one of the first journalists to apply fiction techniques to journalism, and was credited by Tom Wolfe with the creation of the innovative form of nonfiction writing called "The New Journalism."
His most recent book, A Writer's Life, was published by Knopf in 2006 and reissued in trade paperback by The Random House Publishing Group in July 2007. A collection of his sportswriting, The Silent Season of a Hero, was published by Walker & Company in September 2010.
Power of Narrative
The Power of Narrative Conference has convened in several places and under several names, since its founding at Boston University in 1998. The Power of Narrative's mission remains constant as storytelling journalism goes digital: helping narrative journalists strengthen their craft, following the highest ethical practices and imparting the down-to-earth humanity that characterizes the genre. Join us at the Power of Narrative Conference at Boston University College of Communication from April 1-3, 2016.
Boston University College of Communication
Established in 1947, the Boston University College of Communication prepares students for careers in Film, Television, Journalism, Mass Communication, Advertising, Public Relations and Media Analytics, and offers advanced studies in Communication Research, including the field of Emerging Media. With more than 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students, the college is among the largest of its kind in the country and offers a broad and deep curriculum rooted in the liberal arts and complemented by professional education.  The faculty is a blend of traditional academicians and widely experienced professionals. Last year COM celebrated its 100-year legacy, commemorating the first classes in advertising and journalism taught at Boston University in 1914.
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