Turning Your Idea into a Book...or Something Else

Turning Your Idea into a Book...or Something Else

Here’s a short hand-out that I used at a writing-for-publication workshop last week.

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Washington Writers Conference 2018

Washington Writers Conference 2018

My own panel, and lots more learned (and a shot in the arm) from colleagues.

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They Knew Lincoln

They Knew Lincoln

A conversation at Ford's Theatre on April 16--D.C. Emancipation Day--between historian Kate Masur and journalist Michele Norris about this fascinating book and its original author, John E. Washington

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Harriet Jacobs Alive (sort of)

Harriet Jacobs Alive (sort of)

An evening with Nikki O'Dell, who portrayed Harriet Jacobs in the PBS documentary Slavery and the Making of America.

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Lost Alexandria

Lost Alexandria

Lance Mallamo helped a rapt audience "find" some pieces of lost Alexandria.

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Chicago's Abraham Lincoln Book Shop

Chicago's Abraham Lincoln Book Shop

Watch my conversation with Bjorn Skaptason on Author's Voice at Chicago's Abraham Lincoln Book Shop.

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Sgt. Major Christian Fleetwood: USCT Member, Medal of Honor Recipient, Diary Keeper

Sgt. Major Christian Fleetwood: USCT Member, Medal of Honor Recipient, Diary Keeper

Few first-person accounts by USCT are known, which is why the diary of Sgt. Major Christian Fleetwood caught my interest.

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The Athenaeum in Old Town Alexandria

The Athenaeum in Old Town Alexandria

Meredith Barber on the history of the Athenaeum building in Old Town Alexandria.

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Susan Ireland's Boarding House on Seventh Street

Susan Ireland's Boarding House on Seventh Street

Among Susan Ireland's investments was the building where Clara Barton lived in the 1860s. But how did Ireland get her money, and how could she invest as a woman in that era?

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Mason's Island: or A Bully Little Island in the Potomac*

Mason's Island: or A Bully Little Island in the Potomac*

Notes from a talk about Theodore Roosevelt Island by NPS expert Brad Krueger, who also spurred my visit there last weekend.

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Creating & Testing a "Julia Wilbur in Civil War Alexandria" Walking Tour

Creating & Testing a "Julia Wilbur in Civil War Alexandria" Walking Tour

I created a Julia Wilbur Walking Tour. Here's how. (And I will do it again, now that I have road-tested it!)

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Writers Talk at the Gaithersburg Book Festival

Writers Talk at the Gaithersburg Book Festival

A pearl of wisdom here, a comment there, by authors at the Gaithersburg Book Festival.

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Emancipation: A Step into the Unknown

Emancipation: A Step into the Unknown

About 500,000 left slavery during the Civil War. As Chandra Manning's new book details, they took enormous risks in their search for freedom.

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Finding Clara Barton's Missing Soldiers Office

Finding Clara Barton's Missing Soldiers Office

Clara Barton's Missing Soldiers Office was lost for decades. Here's how it was found.

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How a Paragraph Helped Win the War

How a Paragraph Helped Win the War

Paragraph 6 of the Emancipation Proclamation ushered in a new era. Here's how.

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Silent Sentinel: Then & Now

Silent Sentinel: Then & Now

At Signature Theatre in Arlington, high school students learn how century-old suffrage protests resonate today.

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Sorghum: The Abolitionists' Sweet

Sorghum: The Abolitionists' Sweet

Abolitionists sought to "grab your wallet" through non-slave labor products like sorghum.

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Mathew Brady's Photographs of Civil War Alexandria

Mathew Brady's Photographs of Civil War Alexandria

The story behind 6 Mathew Brady photos of Civil War, Alexandria.

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L'Ouverture Hospital and My 4.5 Minutes of Fame

L'Ouverture Hospital and My 4.5 Minutes of Fame

I took part in a November 19 ceremony to inaugurate a historical marker at the location of L'Ouverture Hospital in Alexandria.

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Walking Tour: Women of Civil War Alexandria

Walking Tour: Women of Civil War Alexandria

I (and Julia Wilbur, in spirit) tagged along on a National Women's History Museum walking tour of Alexandria Civil War women.

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