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Transgender Author Earns Standing Ovation at Writers Conference
Boylan Inspires with Speech on Power of Storytelling


from ASJA

Just days after Bruce Jenner's landmark TV interview, best-selling transgender memoirist Jennifer Finney Boylan earned a standing ovation after urging hundreds of independent writers to remember that their work matters and makes a difference.

"What we do as tellers of stories can change the world and change lives," declared Boylan, the keynote speaker at the 44th annual national writers conference of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. "It may not seem that way when you're coming up with a listicle for BuzzFeed ... Sometimes when you're in the weeds of this profession, we can lose track of that ... But when people see or read a story, it becomes real."

The recording of Boylan's speech, with remarks by ASJA President Randy Dotinga, is available for free. more


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