New England Biography Series

The New England Biography Series is a forum for writers and readers alike to engage in an ongoing discussion about the historical, literary, and methodological questions that make biography a challenging and rewarding undertaking. By providing an opportunity for those interested in the craft of biography to convene and converse, the seminar creates a community that will support biographical works in progress and help inspire future projects.

Leading authors of the genre will offer their insights and inspiration in a setting designed to generate conversation between panelists and the audience. This seminar will feature roundtable discussions rather than focus on pre-circulated papers or formal remarks. Plan to make new acquaintances and continue the conversation by joining us for a reception with light refreshments that follows each program.

We invite you to support this ongoing series as a subscriber. Subscribers help to underwrite the cost of planning and presenting this free series, including the reception that follows each program.

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Upcoming Events

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This is an online event.

What’s a biographer to do when a subject goes rogue? Turns unlikable or unreliable? Or just plain disappoints an admiring writer? Join three…

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This is an in-person event with a reception to follow.

Clover is a full-length play by Laura Rocklyn and Ty Hallmark exploring the life of Clover Adams, wife of…

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This is an online event.

Biographers often have to "fill in the blanks" of their subjects' lives. Telling the stories of women is sometimes even more complicated because…