Writers' Conference 2009
On June 4, more than 200 expert and aspiring writers attended the Writers' Conference at Marymount Manhattan College. The Memoir panel—which was moderated by Lance Morrow and included panelists Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Conner, Carole Gault, Dani Shapiro, Kenneth Whyte and Bob Morris—drew the largest audience. Panelists included writers Mary Higgins Clark, Colin Harrison, Daphne Merkin, Lance Morrow, Meg Wolitzer, Bruce Jay Friedman, Ben Cheever, Tony Hendra, Jeffrey Deaver, Harry Evans, Christopher Lehmann-Haupt and more. Other keynote speakers included Joseph O'Neill, the author of Netherland, and Christopher Reich, the author of the best-seller Rules of Deception.
(L-R) Panelists Meredith Berlin and Kathryn Livingston join moderator Christopher Lehmann-Haupt in conversation on the Editors Panel.
Bram Hsieh, director of information services at Poets & Writers, and Honor Moore, author of The Bishop's Daughter, contribute to the Poetry Panel.
Clementina Flaherty, author of What Jackie Taught Us and benefactor for the Clementina Santi-Flaherty Irish Voices Series at The Writing Center, and novelist and literary critic Daphne Merkin speak on the Nonfiction Panel.
Sir Harold Evans, the editor-at-large of The Week Magazine, speaks on the importance of every writer having an editor during the Editors Panel.
J. Peter Scoblic, executive editor of The New Republic, speaks about the future of the publishing industry in The Theresa Lang Theatre.
Members from the audience ask J. Peter Scoblic, the keynote editor speaker, questions about tackling copyright issues concerning unauthorized reprints on the Web.
Jamie Malanowski, former managing editor of Playboy; Ben Cheever, author of Selling Ben Cheever; and author, editor and parodist Tony Hendra speak on the Humor Panel.
Moderator Iris Smyles, cartoonist, writer and editor of Smyles and Fish, speaks on the Fiction Panel.
Keynote speaker Christopher Reich, author of the best-seller Rules of Deception, addresses conference attendees during the luncheon in the Great Hall.
Keynote speaker Joseph O'Neill signs copies of his book, Netherland, in the Black and White.
Mary Higgins Clark, author of nine bestselling Regan Reilly mysteries, speaks on the Suspense Panel.
Dani Shapiro, author of Slow Motion and the forthcoming Devotion, addresses a large audience during the Memoir Panel.