Conference Schedule

2017 NSNC Schedule

Friday, June 9, 2017

Radisson Manchester Hotel

8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast

8:30 Opening Remarks by President Lisa Molinari, Conference Chair Mike Morin, and John Clayton, Director of the Manchester Historic Association

9:00 – 9:40 a.m. Leighann Lord, accomplished comedienne and author of Dict Jokes: Why look it up when you can make it up? opens with a keynote about language.

9:45-10:30 a.m. –9:45-10:30 a.m. – The Boston Globe has undergone a massive overhaul.  Brian McGrory, Editor-in-Chief shares what lessons from the restructuring columnists can apply to maintain an advantage and edge with readers. 

10:30  a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Steven Goldstein, founder and CEO of Amplifi Media, is a thought leader in programming, marketing and management.  He shares how-to and advice for on-demand podcasting.

12:00 – 1:45 pm. Lunch at Millyard Museum, Manchester Historic Association

The Dear Abby College Columnists Scholarship

Program continues at The Millyard Museum

2:00 to 2:50 p.m.  – What the Hell Just Happened?: A Political Roundtable”   

Moderator, Scott Spradling, Presidential Debates Moderator for ABC

Jill Lawrence, Commentary Editor, USA Today

Joe McQuaid, Publisher, New Hampshire Union Leader

James Pindell, Political Columnist for The Boston Globe

3:00 – John Clayton, director for the Manchester Historic Association and columnist with the New Hampshire Union Leader, addresses the highlights and the how-to of conveying a sense of place through regional writing.  

Return to Hotel Radisson Manchester

4:00 p.m.  Free time or TBA

6:00 p.m.  Reception, Dinner, The Will Rogers Humanitarian Award

Keynote by Amy Newmark, Publisher and Editor-in Chief, Chicken Soup for the Soul


Saturday, June 10, 2017

8:00 a.m. – Continental Breakfast

8:30 to 9:10 a.m. Keynoter: Gina Barreca, award winning Humorist, and professor of English literature and feminist theory at the University of Connecticut. Her latest book is “If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse?”

9:15 to 10:00 a.m. – KJ Dell’Antonia, writer and contributing editor for the New York Times’ Well Family page (formerly known as Motherlode), will offer insight and expertise regarding online column-writing in today’s market.

10:00 a.m. – Break

10:15 – 11 a.m. Derrick Jackson, Columnist with The Boston Globe and Pulitzer Finalist (2001) is concerned that news reporting will be stifled under the Trump administration.  If so, a columnist’s role is more important than ever.

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Speaker TBA

12 noon –  Lunch:  TBA

2 p.m. – Literary Agents panel: Sam Hiyate, The Rights Factory and others TBA.

In the process of writing a book?  Do you have a manuscript ready to pitch?  A team of literary agents answer questions.

Book Fair: 3:30 to 5:30 book fair and meetings with literary agents

6:00 p.m. Dinner  and the NSNC Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award, MAUREEN DOWD, recipient

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Time and location TBA: NSNC Election of officers and membership meeting

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