Allison Gilbert is an author, Emmy award-winning journalist, grief expert, and founder of Pub Day, a boutique literary consultancy.
Listen, World! The Remarkable Life of American Writer Elsie Robinson
Join author Allison Gilbert as she discusses her groundbreaking book, Listen, World!, the first biography of American writer Elsie Robinson (1883-1956), a single mother who came from nothing and became the highest-paid woman columnist in the entire William Randolph Hearst media empire. The New York Times raves “One does not tire of spending time with Elsie Robinson” and the Wall Street Journal proclaims the book “an important contribution to women’s history.” Allison will offer a visual presentation of Robinson’s remarkable life and how she discovered Robinson’s trailblazing story. Come ready to share your writerly questions!
Resilience After Loss: The Reflection Effect
Join author Allison Gilbert for a stirring presentation that reveals the essential factors that transform the painful loss of loved ones into opportunities that drive happiness, decrease loneliness, and create enduring connections. In this presentation, author Allison Gilbert will include uplifting and imaginative ideas for using technology, repurposing objects and heirlooms, and reframing our stories to promote growth and healing.
Telling Your Story, Part 1: So, You Want to Write a Book?
Author Allison Gilbert will share lessons learned while writing Listen, World!, her critically-acclaimed biography of journalist Elsie Robinson. She will also offer advice on choosing a subject for your book project, ideas that will appeal to literary agents and editors. She will also delineate the pros and cons of academic and mainstream publishing houses. The time together will include an immersive writing exercise that will reveal the secret and essential ingredient to landing a traditional book publishing deal. Come ready to share your writerly questions!
Telling Your Story, Part 2: Navigating the World of Book Publishing
Author Allison Gilbert will discuss how to find the right literary agent for your book project and how best to approach literary agents when you’re ready for representation. The time together will include a second immersive writing exercise that will reveal yet another secret and essential ingredient to landing a traditional book publishing deal. Come ready to share your writerly questions!
Allison Gilbert is an Emmy award-winning journalist and co-author of Listen, World!, the first biography of American writer Elsie Robinson, a newspaper columnist who came from nothing and became the most-read woman in the country and highest-paid woman writer in the Hearst media empire. The New York Times raves “One does not tire of spending time with Elsie Robinson” and the Wall Street Journal proclaims the book “an important contribution to women’s history.” Her other books include Covering Catastrophe: Broadcast Journalists Report September 11, Always Too Soon: Voices of Support for Those Who Have Lost Both Parents, Parentless Parents: How the Loss of Our Mothers and Fathers Impacts the Way We Raise Our Children, and Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive. A regular contributor to the New York Times and other publications, Allison launched Pub Day, a literary consultancy, to help writers best-position their stories for publication. Learn more about Allison here and join her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
“An engaging tale… One does not tire of spending time with Elsie Robinson, nor stop wondering how many other women, with equally compelling tales, have also been lost to history.” – New York Times
“Listen, World! is the rarest of things — a lively piece of unknown history, a marvelous story of a woman’s triumph, and a tremendous read.” – Susan Orlean