21
Dec

LA BinderCon Panel: Being a Writer While Having a Life

Wondering what programming we have in store for you at LA BinderCon? We’ll be announcing all week – stay tuned for more (and be sure to buy your tickets while Early Bird level is still available!).

Being a Writer While Having a Life
(Julia Fierro, Claire Bidwell Smith, Natashia Deon, Steph Cha, Caeli Widger)

The writing life requires time, focus, and discipline—in front of the computer screen, and away from it. Crafting and maintaining a “writing life” requires the mastering of an altogether different art form: the balancing act of finding time and energy for your writing, your personal life, and, often, another job (or two). Authors Julia Fierro (Cutting Teeth), Claire Bidwell Smith (Rules of Inheritance and Life After This), Natashia Deon (Grace), Steph Cha (Follow Her Home, Beware Beware & Dead Soon Enough) and Caeli Widger (Real Happy Family) reveal how they successfully juggle writing with day jobs, parenting, teaching, and other life forces, and how they craft a “room of their own” and give themselves “permission” to write–often while managing friends and loved ones who don’t see writing as “real work.”

17
Dec

What BinderCon Means to Laura Shin

Laura Shin

We are so grateful to have Laura Shin on our Board of Advisors. Laura is a full-time freelancer with a prolific portfolio and track record of generously helping and educating other freelancers, so they can achieve financial stability in an ever-changing industry. You may have even taken her “Financially Successful Freelancing” or “Pretty Standard” contracts workshop at one of our events! Here’s why Laura believes in BinderCon:

I’ve long lamented the male-dominated leadership of many of the newsrooms I’ve worked in. I’ve wept at the VIDA literary count breakdowns showing how few women writers get bylines in our mainstream publications and how few female authors books get reviewed. And as a freelancer, I’ve wondered countless times whether my pitches would have had a different reception if I had had a white male name. Going to BinderCon and seeing so many different kinds of women writers pitching, connecting and sharing their knowledge transformed all those feelings of negativity into inspiration, hope and keyboard-pounding motivation. And to top it all off, the speeches, panels and workshops are the most cutting-edge and forward-thinking of any writing conference I’ve attended. We all strive to make our world the place we imagine it should be, but BinderCon does it more smartly than almost any organization around. – Laura Shin


If you believe in the work BinderCon is doing to create an inspirational and intersectional community of writers, join the movement and donate today. There are only 14 days left until our Fund Drive ends!


 

15
Dec

Episode Four: Sara Benincasa, From Agoraphobia to ABC Pilot

The BinderCast is the only podcast exclusively devoted to women and gender non-conforming writers and their careers. In each episode, co-hosts Lux Alptraum and Leigh Stein tackle the essential questions of making it as a writer. Produced by Jennifer Lai.

Making it as a writer means dealing with a lot of rejection – and learning how to persevere through pretty tough times. Novelist and memoirist Sara Benincasa (Agorafabulous, DC Trip) opens up about how her struggles with mental illness gave her the resiliency she needed for a career in writing, and shares the best advice she ever got from Diablo Cody.

Subscribe to The BinderCast on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you find your podcasts.

Further reading:

Agorafabulous!: Dispatches From My Bedroom

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DC Trip

8
Dec

BinderCast Bonus: Morgan Parker Reads In Search of Morgan, Season Three, Episode Twenty-Four

The BinderCast is the only podcast exclusively devoted to women and gender non-conforming writers and their careers. In each episode, co-hosts Lux Alptraum and Leigh Stein tackle the essential questions of making it as a writer. Produced by Jennifer Lai.

A special bonus for BinderCast listeners: here’s poet Morgan Parker reading “In Search of Morgan, Season Three, Episode Twenty-Four.”

Hear our full interview with Morgan in Episode Three of The BinderCast.

Subscribe to The BinderCast on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you find your podcasts.

7
Dec

NYC BinderCon Recap!

It’s been nearly a month since our 3rd BinderCon; our 2nd in NYC! With such a broad range of panels, writers and storytellers, we had the opportunity to learn not only be introspective and learn more about our individual storytelling skills, but also learn more about the stories of the people around us. Here is a round up of blog-posts by BinderCon attendees. We hope to see you at our next conference in LA!

“You Matter. Act Like It.” By Bizzy Coy, culture copywriter

“Learning from Veteran Women Writers” by Aya de Leon, writer

“17 Yoda’isms from BinderCon 2015” by Manju Soni, writer

“Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer” by Erika Dreifus, author

“Hot and Bothered: Writing About Sexuality” by Gila Lyons, writer

1
Dec

Episode Three: How Poet Morgan Parker Balances Her Passion With Her Paycheck

The BinderCast is the only podcast exclusively devoted to women and gender non-conforming writers and their careers. In each episode, co-hosts Lux Alptraum and Leigh Stein tackle the essential questions of making it as a writer. Produced by Jennifer Lai.

How do you balance the writing you’re passionate about with the work that pays your bills? Award winning poet and Little A editor Morgan Parker (Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night) shares how she finds time to write poems about Beyonce and the Real Housewives while making a living as a publishing professional.

Subscribe to The BinderCast on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you find your podcasts.

Further Reading:

“My Dreams of Being a Feminist Housewife”

“Reports from the Field: White People Love Me: Dispatches from the Token”

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