Apr 19

Japan Writers Conference: Hans Brinckmann on memoirs

Posted by Tom Baker Longtime Japan resident Hans Brinckmann talked about turning his life into a book in “Making a Memoir from a Journal,” a talk that he gave at the most recent Japan Writers Conference. If you have a Japan memoir inside you, watch his presentation below for inspiration and ideas. You can find […]


Apr 16

Posted by Tom Baker Japan Times columnist Melinda Joe gave a presentation titled “So You Want to be a Food Writer” 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 to give your own […]


Apr 3

Posted by Tom Baker (Chiba-ken, 1989-91) Poet and JET alum Michael Frazier gave a presentation titled “A Poem is a Thing that Moves: Contemporary Lyric Poems” at the most recent Japan Writers Conference.You can watch his presentation below, and find more JWC presentations — including several by former JETs — at the Japan Writers Conference […]


Mar 30

Japan Writers Conference: Michael Dylan Welch on haiku

Posted by Tom Baker Michael Dylan Welch, a leading figure in the English-language haiku world, gave a talk titled “Even in Kyoto: Place Names in Haiku” at the Japan Writers Conference.You can watch his presentation below, and find more JWC presentations — including several by former JETs — at the Japan Writers Conference YouTube Channel.Also, […]


Mar 29

Posted by Tom Baker Novelist and JET alum Percival Constantine gave a talk at the most recent Japan Writers Conference about “Successful Self-Publishing.” You can watch his presentation below, and find more JWC presentations — including several by former JETs — at the Japan Writers Conference YouTube Channel.Also, if you would like to give your […]


Mar 26

Posted by Tom Baker Hollywood screenwriter Steven Wolfson gave a talk on “Cinematic Storytelling” at the Japan Writers Conference.You can watch his presentation below, and find more JWC presentations — including several by former JETs — at the Japan Writers Conference YouTube Channel.Also, if you are a writer who would like to give a presentation […]


Mar 23

Japan Writers Conference: Barry Eisler gave a talk on “How to Write a Killer Opening”

Posted by Tom BakerBest-selling thriller author Barry Eisler, who has lived in Japan and set some of his novels there, gave a talk on “How to Write a Killer Opening” at Japan Writers Conference.You can watch his presentation below, and find more JWC presentations — including several by former JETs — at the Japan Writers […]


Mar 21

Posted by Tom BakerMemoirist, poet, photographer and filmmaker Edward Levinson lives on the Boso Peninsula of Chiba Prefecture, where he draws much inspiration from nature. He shared some insights in a talk, “Simple Nature Attunements,” that he gave at the Japan Writers Conference.You can watch his presentation below, and find more JWC presentations — including […]


Mar 20

Posted by Tom Baker Novelist and JET alum Charles Kowalski gave a psychologically insightful talk at the most recent Japan Writers Conference about “Personality Types and Character Arcs.” You can watch his presentation below, and find more JWC presentations — including several by former JETs — at the Japan Writers Conference YouTube Channel.Also, if you […]


Oct 4

Author Todd Jay Leonard offers publishing tips at Japan Writers Conference

Posted by Tom Baker JET alum Todd Jay Leonard will lead a poetry workshop at the Oct. 15-17 Japan Writers Conference, a free event that is happening online. The official description of his talk appears below. Todd Jay LeonardSo you want to publish a book? 10 Basic Points to Keep in Mind!Short Lecture with Q&A Professor Leonard […]


Oct 4

Joy Jarman-Walsh to teach interviewing at Japan Writers Workshop

Posted by Tom BakerJET alum Joy Jarman-Walsh will give a presentation on how to conduct an interview at the Japan Writers Conference, a free event that is happening online this year. The official description of her talk appears below. Joy Jarman-WalshLive + Engaging Networking via Interviews with Japan InsidersShort Lecture with Q&A Moving beyond words […]


Sep 30

Tom Baker shares tips on writing a pub quiz at Japan Writers Conference

Posted by Tom Baker JET alum and Jeopardy champion Tom Baker will lead offer tips on how to write trivia questions at the Oct. 15-17 Japan Writers Conference, a free event that is happening online. The official description of his talk appears below. Tom BakerTrivia Tips: How to Write a Pub QuizShort Lecture with Q&A “I once […]


Sep 28

Michael Frazier to lead poetry workshop at Japan Writers Conference

Posted by Tom Baker JET poet Michael Frazier will lead a poetry workshop at the Oct. 15-17 Japan Writers Conference, a free event that is happening online. The official description of his talk appears below. Michael FrazierA Poem is a Thing that Moves: Contemporary Lyric PoemsCraft WorkshopPoetryA lyric poem is a thing that moves, through […]


Sep 26

Author Suzanne Kamata to host panel discussion on identity at Japan Writers Conference

Posted by Tom Baker JET alum Suzanne Kamata will lead a panel discussion on “Writing Identity” at the Oct. 15-17 Japan Writers Conference, a free event that is happening online. Suzanne is the author of multiple novels and nonfiction books, which you can read about at www.suzannekamata.com. The official descriptions of her talk appears below. Suzanne Kamatawith […]


Sep 24

Joe Palermo to speak about self-publishing his memoir at Japan Writers Conference

Posted by Tom Baker Joe Palermo, who came to Japan on the pre-JET MEF program in the 1980s, has written a memoir about what life in Japan was like back then. Next month, he will give a presentation at the Japan Writers Conference (a free event that is happening online this year) on how he […]


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