Hartford Conference Schedule Summary

The Program!

(Oh, the writers you’ll meet*)

37th Annual Conference – June 27-30, 2013
National Society of Newspaper Columnists
Hilton Hartford Hotel — Hartford, Conn.

Lifestyles and the Writing Life

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Thursday, June 27

2 – 6 p.m. — Registration

3 – 4:30 — Board of Directors Meeting

5 – 6:30 — Hospitality Suite open

Evening — Dinner on-your-own, but we do have a group arrangement at the nearby City Steam Brewery Cafe on a prix fixe basis.

Friday, June 28

8 – 8:30 a.m. — Breakfast

8:30 – 9 — Welcome — NSNC President Eric Heyl, Hartford Courant Editor Andrew Julien

9 – 9:30 — Mark Twain authority Steve Courtney — “Hartford: Mark Twain and Other Literary Lights”

9:30 – 10:15 — Dave Lieber — “Your Column Blows Me Away: Secrets of Amazing Storytelling”

10:15 – 10:30 — Break

10:30 – 11:15 — Tracey O’Shaughnessy — “The Lifestyle Section: a Great Place for Your Work”

11:15 – noon — Mike Morin — “The Outstanding Pitch”

12:15 p.m. – 2 — Lunch

  • 12: 15 — Depart from hotel to Billings Forge for scholarship luncheon
  • Roll Call of States, Diane Ketcham, Lifetime Director for Fun
  • Presentation of 2013 Jeff Zaslow College Columnist Award winners — Joel Brinkley
  • Tour of Billings Forge
  • 2 — Buses depart Billings Forge, return to hotel

3:45 — Buses leave hotel for The Mark Twain House & Museum

4 – 6 — Tour, sponsored by The Mark Twain House & Museum

6 – 9 —  Dinner — sponsored by Salute restaurant at The Mark Twain House & Museum (dress: business casual)

  • Will Rogers Humanitarian Award presentation — Josh Rogers Leuty
  • Keynote speaker, Heloise — “Fifty Years of Heloise … and Counting”
  • 9:15 — Buses return to Hartford Hilton

9:15 – really late — Hospitality Suite

Saturday, June 29

8:30 a.m. – 9 — Breakfast

9 – 10 — Rick Horowitz — “Your Choices, Your Voices”

10 – 10:15 — Break

10:15 – 11:15 — Panel: “Family Lifestyles” — Lisa Smith Molinari, Military Mom; Jerry Zezima, Life in a Boomer Generation Household

11:15 – noon — John Avlon — “America’s Greatest Newspaper Columns”

12:15 p.m. – 2:15 — Lunch — Gina Barreca — “A Lesson in Being Funny”

2:30 – 3:15 — Panel: “Breaking into Public Speaking” — Gina Barreca, moderator; Joel Brinkley; Alan Zweibel

3:30 – 4:15 — Panel: “How to Use Social Media to Promote Your Work” — Suzette Martinez Standring, moderator; Tracy Beckerman; W. Bruce Cameron; Merry Clark

4:30 – 5:30 — Book Fair and Scholarship Silent Auction open

6:30 – 9:30 — Reception and Dinner, Hartford Hilton (business dress)

  • Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award — Dave Barry, The Miami Herald
  • Presented by Alan Zweibel
  • Presentation of NSNC Column Writing Awards

10 – really, really late — Hospitality Suite

Sunday, June 30

8:30 a.m. – 9 — Breakfast

9 – 11 — General Membership Meeting, Election of Officers

11 Adjourn (We hope to close by 10:30)

* Here’s that asterisk. While all these incredible speakers are confirmed — one of NSNC’s best line-ups ever — the schedule may change slightly as the conference nears. Updates will be posted here.

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