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 […]


May 6

JET alum writers: Joyce Jarman Walsh on interviewing

Posted by Tom Baker JET alum Joyce Jarman Walsh, who runs a livestream talkshow called #SeekingSustainability, gave a presentation titled “Live + Engaging Networking via Interviews with Japan Insiders” at the most recent Japan Writers Conference.You can watch a video of her talk below, and find more JWC presentations — including several by former JETs […]


Apr 28

Posted by Tom Baker JET alum and novelist Joanne Anderton gave a presentation titled “Speculative Fiction Autobiography” at the most recent Japan Writers Conference. You can watch her 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 […]


Apr 21

Posted by Tom Baker Novelist and JET alum Suzanne Kamata hosted a panel discussion on “Writing Identity” at the most recent Japan Writers Conference. Joining her were Tokyo-based writer Clara Kiyoko Kumagai; Kyoto-based fantasy writer and translator Kristin Osani; Indonesian-born Singaporean writer Clarissa Goenawan; and award-winning young adult author Sara Fujimura. You can watch their […]


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 […]


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