Since launching in July 2014, Out of the Binders has provided community, content, and career development to almost 40,000 women and non-binary writers through its programs:
- BinderCon Los Angeles and New York City conferences
- A private Facebook group of 39,000 members
- The BinderCast podcast
- Email newsletters
BinderCon at a Glance
- 2,500 conference attendees since 2014
- 1,578 pitch meetings with agents, editors, and entertainment industry professionals
- 482 speakers
- 160 scholarships awarded
- 144 panels, workshops, networking sessions, and keynotes
- 18 livestream viewing parties in cities around the world, from Spokane, WA to Missoula, MT to Madrid
BinderCon Success Stories
- After taking Lisa Selin Davis’s personal essay workshop at BinderCon 2014, Julienne Grey wrote and placed an essay about her mother’s death in the New York Times.
- Scholarship recipient Maria Hengeveld met an editor from TheAtlantic.com during speed pitch, and successfully placed her first reported piece.
- Chelsey Drysdale met a Bustle.com editor at breakfast at BinderCon LA and successfully pitched an essay.
- Kirstin Kelley made a contact at BinderCon LA that turned into an internship at Bitch Magazine.
- BinderCon LA helped Amanda Montell move forward with her web series, “The Dirty Word!,” which will be premiering soon on Wifey.TV and After Ellen. She also published an essay in Literary Orphans, after learning of the venue from Anna March and Wendy C. Ortiz’s personal essay workshop.
- Jennifer Pardini met the editor of Modern Loss at BinderCon LA 2015, and successfully placed an essay on the site.
- Osayi Endolyn met her agent Monica Odom, of Bradford Literary Agency, at BinderCon NYC 2015. To read the full story of how they met, what made Osayi’s pitch stand out and more, read the full email feature.
Diversity at BinderCon
- We’re committed to diversity and inclusiveness: we strive to include 50% women of color in our speaker lineup, and routinely feature the voices of queer, trans, and disabled writers. We aim for a multi-faceted representation of diverse voices on our panels.
- BinderCon attendees come from a range of professional backgrounds, experience levels, and age groups. 22% of our LA 2015 attendees were in their twenties, 32% were in their thirties, 22% were in their forties, and 21% were over 50.
BinderCon has attracted an accomplished array of speakers and workshop facilitators. Our keynote speakers have included women who are leaders in the fields of:
- Entertainment: Lisa Kudrow (Friends, The Comeback); Effie Brown (Dear White People, Project Greenlight); Screenwriter/director Gina Prince-Bythewood (Beyond the Lights); Keri Putnam, Executive Director of Sundance Institute; Lizz Winstead (co-creator, The Daily Show)
- Journalism and Media: Anna Quindlen, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and bestselling author; Jill Abramson, the first female executive editor at the New York Times; Anna Holmes, founder of Jezebel; Emily Bell, director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism; OpEd Project founder Katie Orenstein
- Literature: Award-winning poet Claudia Rankine (Citizen); Adrian Nicole Leblanc (Random Family); Leslie Jamison (The Empathy Exams); Suki Kim (Without You, There Is No Us); Elif Batuman (The Possessed), Porochista Khakpour (The Last Illusion), Libba Bray (Gemma Doyle Trilogy); Danielle Paige (Dorothy Must Die series)
Scholarships at BinderCon
- In order to make BinderCon as accessible as possible, we award between 25 and 50 scholarships per conference to a diverse group of women and gender non-conforming writers.
- Our scholarship recipients have come to BinderCon from Alaska, Idaho, New Mexico, Chicago, Hong Kong, and the Bahamas. They include poets, screenwriters, novelists, journalists, teachers, single mothers, farmers, activists, playwrights, students, sex workers, writers living with chronic illness, and older writers looking to start over in their careers.
- In the fall of 2015, a grant from the Esmond Harmsworth Foundation enabled us to provide additional support to trans and gender non-conforming attendees in the form of travel stipends.
- Out of the Binders also provides childcare stipends for scholarship recipients.
Read more about sisters and scholarship recipients Veronica and Valentina here.