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Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference


Virtual Event - Denton County

The 2020 Mayborn Conference Goes Virtual!Enjoy the nation’s premier literary nonfiction conference from the safety of your own home.Make plans now for October 16 – 18. Your cost? Just $99.

Our theme for this year couldn’t be timelier: “20/20: Bringing Truth Into Focus.” Journalism and storytelling are facing enormous pressures to remain focused and relevant. At a time when reporters and broadcasters are often referred to as enemies of the people, the importance of staying laser-focused on facts and truth is fundamental to keeping audiences informed and equipped to act.2020 has been a momentous year. With a global pandemic, economic crisis and a movement for social justice and police reform, journalists and writers are working harder than ever before to cut through the clutter to bring truth into focus. You can be a part of it all for only $99.

Livestreaming via the conference website.All keynotes and planned sessions and panels will be livestreamed and archived on the Mayborn Conference website. You’ll receive access codes and instructions upon registration, which will begin in early August. Watch for further Mayborn communications with additional details.A full weekend of awesomeness, just like every year.

As always, this year’s conference will run from Friday evening, October 16, to Sunday morning, October 18. We’ve lined up outstanding keynote speakers for our Friday Southwest Soiree, our Saturday evening Literary Lights awards event, and a Sunday closer.We’ll share updates on our specific schedule and lineup over the coming weeks, but just know that we have a stellar group of speakers and panelists planned for the entire weekend.

Along the way, we’ll have writing workshops for qualified entries to our writing contests, plenty of built-in networking events and quite a few extra surprises.This year’s keynotes? Voices you need to hear.

Friday Evening: Sarah Broom

Saturday Evening: Major Garrett

Sunday: Gene WeingartenExpect a Few Special ExtrasWe also have some special virtual events planned, so you’ll want to follow every hour of this year’s conference. Expect some fun and challenging writing events, a few surprise guests and some valuable networking opportunities.Writing Contest deadlines extended

The deadline for submitting to our Ten Spurs Journal writing contest (Reported Narrative or Personal Essay) or to our Manuscript competition has been moved to August 30 at 11:59 p.m. Submit your best work for the chance to win our $1,500 prize for First Place in each of these categories.Enter your work in our Biography Fellowship contest for a chance to workshop with some of the nation’s best biographers, plus earn $500 and free registration to next year’s Biographers International conference.Registration opening in early August!

The 2020 Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference is one you won’t want to miss – nearly two full days of insights and introspective from some of the foremost journalists and storytellers in the country.Watch for more information as we finalize our always-good lineup of panelists and speakers. Check www.themayborn.com for the latest updates.

Registration for this year’s event is opening soon. And, for only $99, you get the best seat in the house – your own couch or office chair.

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