Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Everything You Wanted to Know About Non-Academic Writing but Were Afraid to Ask

Thursday, April 19, 2018

12 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Joukowsky Forum

RSVP to Holly_Case@brown.edu.

Light lunch buffet lunch will be available.

In the last decade there’s been a noticeable increase in the number of academics—both faculty and graduate students—writing for periodicals, from The NationThe Point, and the New York Review of Books to the Los Angeles Review of BooksJacobin, and The New Yorker. We’ve organized a panel discussion for those seeking practical advice on the "why" and "how" of making the leap to general-interest magazines.

All panelists are magazine editors and/or writers with post-graduate degrees who have made the transition from writing for an academic audience to a non-academic one. Panelists include:

John Palattella, moderator: contributing editor, The Point; editor at large, The Nation; former literary editor, The Nation

Jon Baskin, founding editor, The Point; Brown University, BA, 2003 (English and History)

Jesse McCarthy, associate editor, The Point; recent PhD in English, Princeton University

Jana Prikryl, senior editor, New York Review of Books

Elias Muhanna, Manning Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, Brown University; contributing writer, The New Yorker online