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D.C. Conference Hotel Sets Online Reservations

Washington Plaza Hotel

This piece was originally published in November 2013 edition of The Columnist, the members’ newsletter of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. The site of the 2014 conference of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, the Washington Plaza Hotel, has created an Internet reservations link for us. Click on this link to its page to…

Rubles Won’t Be a Problem for Columnists

Washington Plaza Hotel

President’s Message By Eric Heyl President National Society of Newspaper Columnists My concern for your jewelry ultimately made it an easy call. I’m sure that after seeing Russian President Vladimir Putin step one of his Russian presidential toes into the waters of column writing, many of you were wondering: Would he be invited to speak…

What We Learned in Hartford

Mark Twain House, Hartford, Conn.

you, the columnist By Dave Lieber Columnist, The Dallas Morning News Originally published in The Columnist members-only newsletter Two months after one of the best-attended conferences in recent NSNC history, I wondered: what was the main takeaway for attendees? I polled them, and here’s what they told me: Cynthia Stead, Cape Cod Times: “Columnists are…

Hartford Conferees Converse on Hartford

Laptops, smartphones, tablets, ebook readers etc.

A number of those attending the 37th annual conference of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists have reached for our own “low-hanging fruit,” the June 27-30 weekend. Indeed, creating fodder for columns and blog posts is a main purpose of programming each year. (The others include learning the latest about making and selling columns, friendship…

Pitch Your Book Like a Major Leaguer

"The Woman Who Started the Civil War" Teresa Cotsirilos on historian David Reynolds, Salon.com 13 June 2011

‘The Outstanding Pitch’ with Mike Morin No one wants your new book to succeed more than you do. That’s why you need an insider’s expertise on how to make your pitch irresistible to radio, TV and print outlets. It’s free advertising, baby! Mike Morin is not only a columnist and author, but he has spent…

NSNC Conference – It’s Not Too Late

Lunatics by Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel

Don’t miss out! If you haven’t signed up for the annual conference at Hartford, Conn., June 27-30, you missed out on the early bird registration fee. But that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the other good stuff. You don’t have to miss out on meeting two of America’s most talented writers:…

Conference Taps Top Twain Expert

Mark Twain House, Hartford, Conn.

If there’s anything you want to know about Samuel Langhorne Clemens — better known as Mark Twain — author and journalist Steve Courtney can tell you. And he will, if you sign up for the annual conference of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists at Hartford, Conn., June 27-30. As publicist and publications editor at…

Detailed Hartford Conference Schedule

Timetable of Yangon Circular Railway, 2010

Lifestyles and the Writing Life 37th Annual Conference – June 27-30, 2013 National Society of Newspaper Columnists Hilton Hartford Hotel — Hartford, Conn. Click for general information about the conference, including hotel reservations and registration Thursday, June 27, 2013 2 – 6 p.m. — Registration 3 – 4:30 — Board of Directors Meeting 5 –…

2013 NSNC Conference Speakers

Downtown Hartford, Conn.

Lifestyles and the Writing Life 37th Annual Conference – June 27-30, 2013 National Society of Newspaper Columnists Hilton Hartford Hotel, Hartford, Conn. Click for general information about the conference, including hotel reservations and registration Eric Heyl is president of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. As vice president, he succeeded President Larry Cohen when he…

Hartford Conference Schedule Summary

NSNC conference, Macon 2012

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 Click for general information about the conference, including hotel reservations and registration Thursday, June 27 2 – 6 p.m. — Registration 3 – 4:30 —…

Summer Conference Offers Sponsorship Opportunities

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Underwriters of Hartford Convention Receive Substantial Recognition Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the 37th annual conference of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists in Hartford, Conn., June 27-30, 2013. For more information, please complete our Contact Form right away. We invite foundations, trade associations and nonprofits; and corporations, small businesses and individuals to consider…

2013 Conference: Lifestyles and the Writing Life

Billiard room - Mark Twain House, Hartford, Conn.

Hartford hosts columnists, bloggers June 27-30 Updates: Discount extended, now May 1. Speakers: Alan Zweibel and Steve Courtney added. Direct payment buttons added. Want a seminar-packed weekend in a hothouse of fertile creativity? That’s right, Hartford, Conn., home of Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Wallace Stevens, to say nothing of a number of contemporary,…

Circle the Dates

Downtown Hartford, Conn.

President’s Message By Eric Heyl President National Society of Newspaper Columnists Circle the dates. Trust me, it’s OK. The calendar cops won’t appear at your door to arrest you for beginning to arrange next year’s schedule with a full two months of this year still to go. With the nation’s prisons being chronically overcrowded, they…

Conference Moves to Hartford; Astor New Vice President

Downtown Hartford, Conn.

The board of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists voted unanimously at its Sept. 10, 2012, online chatroom meeting to move its 2013 conference from St. Petersburg, Fla., to Hartford, Conn. The weekend for the convention remains the same, June 27-30, and humor columnist Dave Barry still is to be there to accept the year’s…

Mercer’s Collaborative Journalism Gets Times Profile

Center for Collaborative Journalism at Mercer University

A major highlight of this year’s columnists conference, “Macon Whoopee,” was a first-hand accounting of the creation of the Center for Collaborative Journalism at Mercer University in the Georgia city. Word is spreading on how Mercer’s journalism and media studies department now is in the same building cluster on campus as Macon’s daily Telegraph newsroom…

Columns about the Macon Conference

Macon, Georgia

Participants in the 2012 annual conference of the National Society of Newspaper Columnist are publishing columns and blogs about the weekend in Macon, Ga. Here are links to them. Contact us to submit your pieces; we will update this list. Samantha Bennett, Macon Telegraph, “Time to salute?” Bill Campbell’s Emerald Coast, “Her ‘Graciousness’ and some…

The Gifts of Will Rogers

Editor’s note: Mike Masterson published this column on May 5, the day he received the 2012 Will Rogers Humanitarian Award from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. He read this column during his thank-you at the awards banquet of its 36th annual conference, in Macon, Ga. By Mike Masterson Copyright © 2012 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette The late…