A Turn of the Page: From Journalism to Creative Writing

Room 2215C, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level
Friday, February 9, 2024
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


This panel brings together a diverse group of authors who have also worked in some form of journalism: as reporters, producers, writers, reviewers, and columnists. They will discuss how they made their career transitions or developed side gigs as fiction or creative nonfiction writers, and how the practices of journalism and creative writing can inform and enhance each other.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: A_Turn_of_the_Page__Journalism_and_Creative_Writing_(1).pdf



Kahlil Crawford is a poet and prose artist. He has served as coeditor for Synchronized Chaos, music journalist for Unrated Magazine, and tech writer for Hacker Noon. Kahlil is the (co-)author/curator of ØRGΛN C1TY, a metarhythmic treatise on urban futurism and universal subculture.

Nika C. Beamon attended Boston College and is a TV writer/producer in New York City. She is the author of the nonfiction book I Didn't Work This Hard Just To Get Married (Chicago Review Press, 2009) and the critically acclaimed memoir Misdiagnosed: The Search For Dr. House.

Brenda has been a television news anchor and investigative reporter for two decades for the NBC affiliate KPVI in Idaho.She is the author of six mystery/thriller novels. She has been recognized by the Scripps Howard Foundation, the Hearst Journalism Awards, and won first prize at the CIBA mystery awards.

John Byrne Barry is a writer, designer, actor, director, and crossing guard. He is author of three plays and three novels, including When I Killed My Father: An Assisted-Suicide Family Thriller. For more than ten years, he was director of editorial and design for the Sierra Club.

Mugabi Byenkya


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center