Nov 20

Posted by Tom Baker When the 2022 Japan Writers Conference took place at Tokai University last month, hosted by novelist and JET alum Charles Kowalski, it was the first time for the event to be held in person since before the pandemic. Even so, there were still a few online sessions. Some of the sessions […]


Nov 12

European Literature Festival in Tokyo

Posted by Tom Baker The sixth annual European Literature Festival in Tokyo will take place Nov. 22-27. It is a multilingual event featuring talks by scholars and writers from Japan and the European Union. Sessions to be presented in English include an appearance at the Aoyama Book Center by Irish poet Paula Meehan and and […]


Oct 1

Posted by Tom Baker JET alum and prolific author and editor of fiction and nonfiction Suzanne Kamata will host a panel discussion on how the pandemic has changed the writing life and the publishing world at this year’s Japan Writers Conference. The conference, which is free, will take place in Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Oct. 15-16, but participants […]


Sep 26

Poet Michael Frazier to address death and hope at Japan Writers Conference

Posted by Tom Baker JET alum and acclaimed poet Michael Frazier, whose work has appeared in the anthology Umoja, will hold a workshop at this year’s Japan Writers Conference. Here’s the official description of his presentation: Michael FrazierO Death, Where is Your Sting?: A Poetics of Hope!Craft WorkshopPoetry Turn on the news and it is inevitable to see […]


Sep 26

Posted by Tom Baker JET alum Jillian Marshall, author of “Japanthem,” will delve into the nature of memoir in a presentation at the Japan Writers Conference. Here’s the official description of her presentation: Jillian MarshallReimagining Memoir: Storytelling as Analytical InquiryShort Lecture with Q&A onlineNonfiction What lies between the traditional boundaries of non-fiction genres? This presentation examines the […]


Sep 19

Posted by Tom Baker JET alum and author Coffee Quills will speak about newly emerging forms of publishing in a presentation at the Japan Writers Conference. Here’s the official description of their presentation: Coffee QuillsSpinning Web Fiction for Fun & ProfitShort Lecture with Q&AFiction, Other GenreGame Writing Quick discussion of what authors and writers want, going into […]


Sep 13

Posted by Tom Baker Sarah Coomber (Yamaguchi, 1994-1996) is the author of “Under the Same Moon,” a memoir in which she describes moving to Japan in search of a reset in life. One month from now, she will share some of her memoir writing tips in a presentation at the Japan Writers Conference. Most of this year’s […]


Sep 11

Posted by Tom Baker Tokai University Professor and JET alum Charles Kowalski will be the host of this year’s Japan Writers Conference, at his university’s Shonan Campus in Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Oct 15-16. He is the author of the Japan-based middle-grade fantasy Simon Grey and the March of a Hundred Ghosts, and the contemporary thrillers Mind Virus and The Devil’s […]


Sep 5

Todd Jay Leonard to speak on textbook publishing at the Japan Writers Conference

Posted by Tom Baker Textbook author Todd Jay is one of the JET alumni writers who will be giving presentations at the 2022 Japan Writers Conference, held on Oct. 15-16 at the Shonan Campus of Tokai University in Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Prefecture. For details, see http://japanwritersconference.org. Here’s the official description of his presentation: Todd Jay LeonardPublishing in the […]


Aug 23

Posted by Tom Baker (Chiba, 1989-91) U.S. President Joe Biden is set to visit Hiroshima next spring, when Japan hosts the Group of Seven summit. All of Biden’s recent predecessors have also visited Japan at some point. Amazingly, the first presidential visit happened way back in 1879, when Ulysses Grant spent the summer in Japan shortly after […]


Aug 21

Gunma Prefecture Pub Quiz

Posted by Tom Baker (Chiba, 1989-91) As many in the JET community know, there is a thriving English-language pub quiz scene in Tokyo. Now a couple of my friends are trying to spread the excitement to Gunma Prefecture, too. The first of what will hopefully be series of Takasaki Pub Quizzes will kick off at […]


May 10

Posted by Tom Baker JET alum Tom Baker, a “Jeopardy!” champion and regular participant in the Tokyo pub quiz scene, gave a talk at the most recent Japan Writers Conference about “How to Write Pub Quiz.” You can watch his presentation below, and find more JWC presentations — including several by former JETs — at […]


May 10

Japan Writers Conference: Karen Hill Anton on memoir

Posted by Tom Baker Longtime Japan resident Karen Hill Anton talked about how to turn an interesting life into a readable book in ” It’s all in the writing – you get no credit for living,” a presentation that she gave at the most recent Japan Writers Conference.If you have a Japan memoir inside you, […]


May 10

Japan Writers Conference: Melinda Taliancich Falgoust on self-publishing

Posted by Tom Baker International award-winning author Melinda Taliancich Falgoust gave a presentation titled “Self-Publishing on a Shoestring: Quality Independent Publishing on a Zero or Low Budget” at the most recent Japan Writers Conference.You can watch her presentation below, and find more JWC presentations at the Japan Writers Conference YouTube Channel.Also, if you would like […]


May 7

Japan Writers Conference: Iain Maloney on “autocomposting”

Posted by Tom Baker Gifu-based Scottish author Iain Maloney says, “My latest book, a novella, was written in two days, but was the result of nearly ten years of thinking and planning.” He describes how he did it in a presentation titled “The Writing Process, Autocomposting and Writer’s Block,” which he gave at the Japan […]


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