Conference Schedule

2017 NSNC Schedule

Friday, June 9, 2017

Radisson Manchester Hotel

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Thursday, June 8, 2017 – Radisson Manchester Hotel

Registration/Badge Pickup:  At hotel, time and location TBA

Note: No early badge pickup.

2:00 p.m. Location TBA, NSNC Board of Directors’ meeting

Optional for attendees:  The Currier Museum of Art, will give free entrance to all registered NSNC attendees and guests on Thursday, June 8, and on Sunday, June 11.  You can visit on both days if you like. The NSNC will provide a list of all attendees and named guests to the Museum. Visit  


Optional for attendees: Thursday, June 8, 2017 NH Fisher Cats Minor League Baseball Game, 6:30 p.m. Delta Dental Stadium, 3/4 mile walk from the Manchester Radisson.  Excellent seats behind third base dugout. Lots of good stadium eats for dinner on your own.
Fireworks to follow game!
$12 per ticket.  Reserve now, first come, first serve.  (Full refunds if rained out).


Friday, June 9, 2017 – Radisson Manchester Hotel – The Currier Room

Registration:  7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Foyer near The Currier Room

8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 Opening Remarks by President Lisa Smith 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. Brian McGrory, 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 – 11:45 a.m. Steven Goldstein is CEO of Amplifi Media, LLC, an advisor in strategy and content development for media companies and podcasters. Discover podcasting advice and guidance from one of the best leaders in the business.

12:00 – 1:45 p.m.Lunch at The Millyard Museum, Manchester Historic Association Award of The Dear Abby College Columnists Scholarship Contest

Program continues at The Millyard Museum

2:00 – 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 Radisson Hotel Manchester
4:00 p.m. Free time or activities TBA
Ballroom: 6:00 p.m. Reception and 7:00 p.m. Dinner Presentation of The Will Rogers Humanitarian Award recognizing writers for community service. Presenters Robert L. Haught and Jennifer Rogers-Etcheverry, Will Rogers’ great-granddaughter.
Keynote by Amy Newmark, Publisher and Editor-in Chief, Chicken Soup for the Soul
Saturday, June 10, 2017 – Radisson Manchester Hotel – The Currier Room
8:00 a.m. – Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 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 – 10:00 a.m. KJ Dell’Antonia, writer and contributing editor for the New York Times’ “Well Family” page (formerly known as “Motherlode”), will talk about writing neutral, but political columns in highly polarized times: how to be part of the conversation without taking sides.

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 is stifled under the Trump administration.  Now a columnist’s role is more important than ever.
11:15 – 12:30 p.m. Early Lunch Break – On your own
12:45 – 1:15 p.m. “Getting your Books on Bookstore Shelves” Mike Morin and publisher George Geers of Plaidswede Publishing Company in New Hampshire will offer ways to get your books featured in bookstores as well as advice to the self-published.
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Literary Agents/Publishers Panel. A team of accomplished literary agents will share ways to make your books and pitches stand out. Written questions will be collected in advance of the session to be answered by the best in the business:  Jenny Bent of The Bent Agency, Lucy Cleland, Dramatic Rights Manager, Kneerin & Williams, Sam Hiyate, Founder The Rights Factory, Albert LaFarge of The LaFarge Agency, and Lorin Rees of The Rees Agency.  Dave Lieber, Moderator.
2:45 – 3:45 p.m. (Option 1) Explore literary representation – Webster Room:  A limited number of 10-minute slots will be available for a one-on-one meeting with an agent or publisher of your choice.  Free to all registered conference attendees but NSNC MEMBERS will be given priority.  Registered attendees, sign up through Suzette Standring (email with the name of the agent of your choice. First come, first served. You will be notified of your assigned time.
Note:  If you don’t land a slot, the agents and publisher will be available during the NSNC Book Festival for conversation.
2:45 – 3:45 p.m. (Option 2) Son of a Pitch – Currier Room: A panel of experienced columnists, bloggers and authors will help you “find a book” in what you do, and ways to boost your reach through blogging, social media and public speaking. Get your questions answered.  Dave Astor, Dorothy Rosby, and Jerry Zezima.  Rick Horowitz, Moderator.
4:00 – 6:30 p.m. Hotel Lobby, Book Festival.  FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. A collaborative book fair between the NSNC and the New Hampshire Writers Project.  A bookstore will handle sales of traditionally published books.  Cash Bar.
Registered conference attendees are welcome to bring their books for direct sale if they choose but advance signup is required due to limited table space. Email Suzette Standring at to reserve a book festival table space.
6:00 p.m. Ballroom Dinner Awarding of the NSNC Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award celebrates MAUREEN DOWD of The New York Times, and (drum roll!) the NSNC Column Writing Competition awards.  

Sunday, June 11, 2017

8:30 a.m. Radisson Manchester:  General membership meeting 

NSNC election of officers, discussion of 2018 conference location

Optional for attendees:  The Currier Museum of Art, will give free entrance to all registered NSNC attendees and guests on Sunday, June 11.

Adjournment.   See you next year!

Questions?  Email Suzette Standring, Executive Director:

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