So You Want to Write A Book?

Hear from other journalists who have published books on their beats. Learn the ins and outs of writing, editing and finding a publisher.


Christine Woodside

Freelance reporter Christine Woodside has been writing about people’s clashes with the environment in New England for 25 years. She edits the adventure and science journal Appalachia. She writes about environmental history. Her book on the origins of the Little House pioneer stories (Libertarians on the Prairie) came out in 2016. Her new book (Going Over the Mountain) is coming out in September.

Janine Weisman

Janine L. Weisman is editor-in-chief of Rhode Island Current, an independent, nonpartisan state capital news outlet launched by the national nonprofit States Newsroom on March 15, 2023. She spent 25 years as a reporter and editor for The Newport Daily News and has been an adjunct professor and student newspa[per adviser at Roger Williams University since 2013. She is seeking literary representation for her true crime-memoir about the legacy of a cold case that took place in the town where she grew up.


Law Isn't a Foreign Language Anymore' | RWU LawTim White

WPRI Managing Editor & Adjunct Professor at RWU. Target 12 investigative reporter and managing editor Tim White joined the 12 News team in September 2006. Tim is the recipient of five New England Emmy Awards for investigative reporting. Tim is a co-author of “The Last Good Heist,” the untold story of a daring heist on a secret bank of safe deposit boxes used by members of the New England mob and their associates.


Bill Bleyer (attending virtually)

Bill Bleyer was a prizewinning staff writer for Newsday for 33 years before “retiring” to write six books on Long Island history (so far) and freelance for the newspaper and magazines. The Hofstra University graduate has taught economics and journalism there and history at Webb Institute. The former Press Club of Long Island President and SPJ Region One director has been a recruiter for Newsday and Gannett newspapers.



Jane Primerano

Jane Primerano is a veteran journalist now working as a freelance writer specializing in agriculture and environmental issues. She has covered police, municipal and county politics and education and written feature stories and columns for newspapers and online publications. She is involved in the Society of Professional Journalists, having served as president of the New Jersey Professional Chapter and a member of the national board.

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