What is the schedule?

Our speakers are currently giving final approval for this schedule, so it may change slightly as we approach conference weekend. Registration begins at 2 p.m., April 4 at the Boston University School of Management.

Conference weekend is also Red Sox opening weekend so we recommend taking public transportation or carpooling whenever possible.

Parking in the School of Management will be available for $40. That rate goes into effect at 10:30 AM on Friday and Sunday and 5PM on Saturday. To avoid the high Red Sox rates, consider parking in the Agganis Arena lot (925 Commonwealth Avenue) for $12 per day. Metered street parking will also be available around the building.

Friday, April 4

Attendees should enter the School of Management at 1 Silber Way during this session.

2:00-3:00 p.m.Registration
3:00-4:00 p.m.Keynote – Jacqui Banaszynski: "These Three Things Endure: Craft, Courage, and Compassion."
With thanks and apologies to Corinthians, a journalistic believer reflects on daring to care.
4:10-5:20 p.m.Keynote – David Carr: "Storytelling: The Killer App with Ta-Nehisi Coates."
Business models in journalism are morphing, technologies are evolving at a high rate, and practitioners of the craft are adding to their tool belt. (And workload). This talk, a conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates, will explore the ways storytelling persists across and thrives in an evolving landscape.
5:30-6:30 p.m.Breakout Sessions, Band 1
How to Go Deep: Writing intimate stories about people we are just coming to know.
Tips on gaining access, gathering compelling material, and creating engaging characters and stories. (Nell Lake)
Room 306
In Social Justice Coverage, Is There a [Real] Line between Journalism and Advocacy?
Journalistic experts on social issues develop strong feelings about fairness and the unstated motives of opponents. How can you handle this with integrity? (Meghan Irons, Rami Khouri & Cristian Lupsa)
Room 310
How Much (Or Little) Can You Make Up?
Storytellers often select quotes, leave out details, draw faces in a crowd. It’s not fiction, but how precisely can we draw the line? (Josh Neufeld, Mark Kramer & Farah Stockman)
Room 312
The Where: Place-based storytelling in the digital age.
Some places speak to us; how can digital tools help us tell their stories? (Val Wang)
Room 315
Slouching Toward Storytelling: Narrative across borders and boundaries.
It can be tough to convey cultural context when readers and writers don't share language or frame of reference. This panel explores making the foreign familiar and crafting narratives that capture the urgency of unglamorous, slow-burning global issues. (Anne Donohue, Charles Sennott and Elizabeth Mehren)
Room 322
Fascinating, Freaky and Totally For Real: New digital trends That will reshape storytelling.
From the future of anticipatory computing to the fate of the listicle: Amy O'Leary will survey the latest trends in technology, cutting-edge tools and practices that will change the ways you tell stories, and the ways your audience will experience them. (Amy O’Leary)
Room 324
6:30 p.m.Reception
6:45-8:00 p.m.Café Sessions
Beyond Words: Taking narrative online.
This café session will explore the use of text, video, and multimedia in online alumni magazines. These lessons also apply to anyone interested in taking full advantage of a magazine website. (Art Jahnke)
Room 304
Meeting Students Where They Are: Vital practices for teachers of narrative. This informal ideas session will explore best practices for fostering students’ development of page-popping prose, killer characterizations, and a distinctive, powerful narrative voice. Come brainstorm with fellow teachers—veteran to aspiring—as we discuss the how-tos of: workshop organization; cultivating constructive peer feedback; assignments and revisions; teaching the basics of structure, description, pace, and theme; and more.(Jessica DuLong)
Room 306

Saturday, April 5

8:00-9:00 a.m.Continental Breakfast
9:00-10:30 a.m.Keynote – Dan Barry and Adam Hochschild on storytelling, led by Lisa Mullins, from the brevity of a newspaper column to the expansiveness of a book.
10:45-11:50 a.m.Breakout Sessions, Band 2
Memoir Strategies: Ground rules for reporting your own story.
How accurate? How confessional? How purpose-driven? How considerate of unwitting associates? And more. (Adam Hochschild, Dan Barry & David Carr)
From Kibuye to Kabul: Storytelling in a globalized world.
Farah Stockman has reported from Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Dubai and Indonesia. She will discuss the pitfalls and the potential of international narrative journalism, and the shifting prospects for foreign reporting. (Farah Stockman)
Room 306
With Great Power There Must Also Come — Great Responsibility*Stan Lee: Using comics to make journalism.
Comics convey intimacy, immediacy, and drama well, but what about abstract ideas? Subtlety? Cartoonist Josh Neufeld addresses these questions, and also issues of ethics, objectivity, and transparency. (Josh Neufeld)
Room 310
Can Social Media Be Long Form? Harnessing your community's help to build narratives using social media.
How can you use Twitter to tease out a story? We’re not just talking about promoting content you have elsewhere. We’re talking about using social media — and your followers' wit and wisdom and observations — to craft and tell the story. (Kat Chow)
Room 312
Taming Your Notes: How do you manage a year's worth of reporting and a few thousand pages of photos, field notes, and library research?
(Mark Kramer, Paul Kramer, & Nell Lake)
Room 315
The Powerful Force at the Center of Great Short Narratives: Ancient writing secrets revealed.
Is a picture worth a thousand words? Roy Peter Clark, the author of "How to Write Short," proves that a few carefully crafted words can be worth a thousand pictures. He explores territory from Proverbs to Twitter, demonstrating the purposeful craft that results in the most powerful short writing. (Roy Peter Clark)
Room 322
Can Freelancing Pay the Bills?
Advice from the front lines of freelancing, on strong-arming late-paying clients, negotiating your best contracts, and writing winning pitches that get accepted quickly so you can get your rent check in on time. (Noah Rosenberg & Michael Fitzgerald)
Room 324
12:05-1:15 p.m.Breakout Sessions, Band 3
Pitch or Strike Out: Editors and agents react to audience pitches.
Our panelists, whose day jobs are handling pitches from hopeful freelancers, will catch yours and respond, explaining why they accept, ask for more, or reject proposals. Please email pitches by April 1 to jenniwhalen1@gmail.com. We'll select half a dozen. If chosen, you'll have a minute to present. (Jennifer Brandel, Jennifer Bogo, Geri Thoma & Noah Rosenberg)
Biography of a Book in Progress: How do you sound original when there are 15,000 other books on your subject?
Hochschild speaks on choosing characters, events, and point of view in the process of crafting and revising a book he is working on, about Americans involved in the Spanish Civil War. (Adam Hochschild)
Room 306
Reporting Your Own Story: How to write and publish a personal reported narrative.
Is there a common ground between journalism and memoir? Yes – and it's fertile territory for great narrative storytelling. Graduate from writing meandering personal blog posts to incorporating reporting and storytelling into your writing (and making money while you do it). (Dave Blum)
Room 310
“Story Telling One Image at a Time.”
In an era where readers and viewers are bombarded daily with thousands of images, it is our job as professional storytellers to create images worthy of their precious time. The attention of modern readers is coveted. Attention must be earned by creating images worthy of being studied, discussed and remembered. Suarez will discuss providing rich information in just one frame. (Essdras M. Suarez)
Room 312
Voice Lessons.
The right voice connects author and audience (even without using "I" or "me"), and expands the range of facts and emotions in play. (Mark Kramer, Jacqui Banaszynski, Roy Peter Clark & Travis Fox)
Room 315
Time Management: Not how to manage your schedule, but how to braid together scenes from different times and different places.
(David Finkel, Dan Barry & Farah Stockman)
Room 324
1:15-2:40 p.m.Lunch
2:45-4:00 p.m.Keynote – David Finkel: "'That's my toe,' he said: The story of the most difficult sentence Finkel has written in three decades of narrative journalism.”
4:15-5:30 p.m.Breakout Sessions, Band 4
Five Speakers, Five Genres.
Different genres work differently with stories. Why? (Val Wang, Travis Fox, Nicole Tung, Josh Neufeld, Essdras M. Suarez & Roy Peter Clark)
Yes, There's Still a Market for Your Great Manuscript: Crafting book proposals for the digital age.
Do publishers' current interests in authors with “platforms” and new media savvy change how editors and agents think about book projects? (Geri Thoma)
Room 310
Managing Urban Sprawl: How to keep readers engaged while storytelling a city.
Mehta wrote an award-winning profile of Mumbai and is at work on a book about immigrants in contemporary New York. When you have many stories, many concepts, many ideas, and much background, how do you braid it together in ways that sustain interest? (Suketu Mehta)
Room 312
Power to the People: Activating an audience before you’ve written a word.
What would happen if you let strangers decide what you reported on, they came along as you reported, and you showed the public at large your work as you went? Brandel will explain a dynamic plan in which audience is central to storytelling. (Jennifer Brandel)
Room 315
When the Going Gets Tough: Understanding emergencies from close up and far away.
Three nonfiction storytellers who've engaged very differently with world crises clarify methods and goals. (Anne Donohue, Paul Kramer, Rami Khouri & Charles Sennott)
Room 322
How to “Snowfall-ize” Your Story on a Shoestring Budget.
Have a great story that could benefit from the “Snowfall” multimedia treatment online? No budget to hire a programmer and web designer? If you know how to use a Wordpress blog, you, too, can drop jaws with a fancy multimedia presentation. (Michelle Johnson)
Room 324
5:45-7:00 p.m.Reception & Book Signing
6:30-8:00 p.m.Café sessions
Enriching the Story: Researching your narrative.
Need to find the weather the morning your subject killed his wife? Need to snag an interview with a fugitive on the run? Caryn Baird will present a practical working model of narrative research based on her 15 years of experience at the Tampa Bay Times. (Caryn Baird)
Room 304
Crossovers and On-ramps: Balancing narrative verve and scholarly rigor in research-driven writing.
Research scholars have much to say in public, but professional protocols often discourage them from saying it in a public language, leaving that task to journalists. In this session, we'll talk about ways narrative non-fiction offers researchers techniques that can help enliven their prose and reach a broader audience. (Paul Kramer)
Room 306

Sunday, April 6

8:30-9:00 a.m.Continental Breakfast
9:00-10:00 a.m.Breakout Sessions, Band 5
Mixing Media, Audiences, Topics, Sensibilities: Implementing cool digital projects. Three adventurous multimedia storytellers consider the options. (Kat Chow, Jennifer Brandel, & Amy O'Leary)
Meeting the Future of Science Journalism. In today's Internet-driven world, it isn't enough just to present the facts – they're already available to everyone everywhere. But despite the ease of obtaining scientific information, people still don't understand topics like climate change, vaccines and their own cancer risks. That's where the journalist's role is even more crucial than ever. We need to meet readers where they are and make scientific literacy easy and fun for them. These three panel members approach this challenge differently, so you'll get three perspectives. Their goal is the same, though: telling stories compelling enough to keep readers away from cat gifs - at least for a little while. (Douglas Starr, Jennifer Bogo & Karen Weintraub)
Room 315
The Little Things: Fresh approaches to covering the same, old place.
Irons will discuss her own experiences covering Boston's neighborhoods and its people, and the tools she uses to keep the stories interesting, topical, and fresh for Globe audiences. (Meghan Irons)
Room 310
(Re)vision: Beyond cleaning up grammar to reconceiving your work. Thoughtful revision doesn’t just neaten things up. It may change the very architecture of your work. Tales from the front lines. (Mark Kramer, Suketu Mehta & Nell Lake)
Room 312
Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish: How to turn your digital storytelling habit into a socially significant, sexy and sustainable business.
The web has spawned many new publishers, but what really goes into starting your own business so it has a shot at success? Taking you behind the scenes at an innovative storytelling startup, this discussion will critique the feasibility of proposed paths through the digital publishing world. (Noah Rosenberg)
Room 322
Finding your Voice in Video.
As the barriers of film production disintegrate, online video is breaking traditional broadcast forms and becoming more diverse. Fox recounts how influences as disparate as Federico Fellini and W. Eugene Smith helped him create a unique form of video storytelling. He will also offer tips on how journalists can create videos that further expand the boundaries of non-fiction online video. (Travis Fox)
Room 324
10:15-11:15 a.m.Breakout Sessions, Band 6
Why do we do this work?
A reflective curtain call with Amy O'Leary, Travis Fox, David Carr, David Finkel, Dan Barry, Roy Peter Clark, Kat Chow, and others
Evergreen Basics: Description, scene setting & characterization.
Shaping the who, where, and when of what's happened. (David Finkel & Mark Kramer)
Room 310
Narrative and Authority: Finding intimate stories in cultures where people don’t trust each other (or the media).
What can storytellers learn from efforts to bring narrative to countries where this genre is missing? What do readers respond to? What do we need to be reminded of? (Cristian Lupsa)
Room 312
Getting beyond Sunnis and Shiites, Arabs and Israelis: Understanding the world's most volatile and dangerous region.
Seeking seven critical sentiments, which shape the lives and actions of all men and women, makes us better journalists and captivating storytellers, and maybe even more magnanimous human beings. (Rami Khouri)
Room 322
The Art of the Interview: Turning Story Subjects into Storytellers.
Beyond the Q&A to a vibrant dynamic dance of sparkling dialogue, memorable moments, put-me-there scenes and revelatory details. (Jacqui Banaszynski)
Room 324
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.:Keynote – Raney Aronson-Rath: “Long form: To Be or Not to Be?”
People increasingly consume media in short bursts, so why continue with long-form storytelling? After years of making films at FRONTLINE, Aronson-Rath has learned a few enduring truths about telling important stories. Compelling narratives, original journalism, characters that resonate – these aspects of stories still hold an audience’s attention, distracted as they may be. In a multimedia presentation, Aronson-Rath will show that when we find the right story and the right form, time and time again, people stick around to hear the end, often wanting more.