David teaches at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD and in the Science Writing certificate program at Johns Hopkins University. In his workshops, participants explore how people with a scientific background can begin writing for broad audiences and how non-scientists can weave scientific thought into their writing. Read about his documentary film workshop in the Post Express. Check The Writer’s Center for upcoming workshops and Johns Hopkins for course offerings.
David also participates in the PEN/Faulkner Foundation’s Writers in Schools program with D.C. Public Schools. Check out the program and its teaching materials for Soul of a People and Success: Stories, and request a visit on the program’s website.
Book Clubs interested in exploring 1930s America and writers can use Q&As and materials developed by the Davidson College online book club for discussing Soul of a People. Check out video clips on their site and have a look at a comprehensive Resource Guide developed for the discussion here.
See the Books pages for more aids for group discussions. To request David for a speaking engagement, send a tweet to @dataylor1.
Testimonial from workshop participant:
“Your class helped so much … Because of your class, I was awarded a fellowship to travel to Japan and will be making a small documentary …”
- December 12, 2017 – Screening of Soul of a People: Writing America’s Story, with discussion afterward, at the Hill Center DC, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20003. In conjunction with the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Details and registration here.
Some Past Events:
- February 10, 2017 – Join the Johns Hopkins MA in Writing, Science Writing, and Teaching Writing programs for a reception and reading featuring Michelle Brafman, Sue Eisenfeld, Rion Amilcar Scott, and David A. Taylor. Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC, 20036. Affiliated with the 2017 Association of Writing Programs conference.
- October 27, 2015 – Discussion of Soul of a People and the WPA writers, at the Center for Inspired Teaching, Cardozo Senior High School, DC Public Schools – sponsored by PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools.
- July 19, 2015 – Writing the Southern Appalachians: Authors Speak About Writing, Publishing, and the History and Mountains That Inspired Them. Panel at Appalachian Trail Conservancy Biennial conference, with Sue Eisenfeld, Katrina Powell and T.J. Forrester. Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA.
- May 28, 2015 – Margaret Walker Centenary panel at the Poetry By The Sea Conference. Mercy Center, 147 Neck Rd., Madison, CT.
- May 5, 2015 – Success: Stories ebook launch with other Washington Writers’ Publishing House award winners. Busboys & Poets – Brookland, 625 Monroe St., NE, Washington, DC 20017. Summary here.
- September 26, 2014 – U.S. Botanic Garden talk: True Tales from the Ginseng Trade. Ginseng is a plant of legend and fact. Popular interest in American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) has soared with several popular reality TV series where a few mountaineers steal ginseng from their neighbors, and others poach plants on government land. This talk set the record straight with true tales from the research behind Ginseng, the Divine Root. U.S. Botanic Garden, 245 First St., SW, Washington, DC 20024.
- May 15, 2014 – Books & Beyond program at the Library of Congress, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the publication of These Are Our Lives, the 1939 book of life histories gathered by the Federal Writers’ Project. Hosted by the Center for the Book, in the Pickford Theater, Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave., SE, Washington, DC 20540. Noon – 1:00 pm. See a Q&A about Commemorating the Federal Writers’ Project on the Library of Congress blog and watch a webcast of this event.
- May 2, 2014 – Theatre Lab’s Intergenerational Life Stories Project, at Theatre J. The Theatre Lab presents its Life Stories Intergenerational Project, featuring stories of area seniors told through the voices and actions of local middle school students. The students will dramatize stories told to them by the seniors about their own adolescence. Sponsored by the Humanities Council of Washington, this program includes a post-show discussion with David Taylor, who will explore the role of storytelling in understanding adolescence through the generations. 1529 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036.
- January 30-31, 2014 – Discussion of Soul of a People and the WPA writers, at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, DC Public Schools – sponsored by PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools.
- October 19, 2013 – Putting the Pieces Together: Researching and Writing Local History. 1-session workshop. Sandy Spring Museum, in association with The Writer’s Center. 17901 Bentley Rd., Sandy Spring, MD 20860. 10:00 am – 12:30 pm.
- September 25, 2013 – Putting the Pieces Together: Researching and Writing Local History. 1-session workshop. The Hill Center DC, in association with The Writer’s Center. 1921 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, Washington, DC 20003. 7:00 – 10:00 pm. Details here.
- September 18, 2013 – Montpelier Mansion Fall History Lecture – The War of 1812. Montpelier Mansion/Historic Site, 9650 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, MD 20708. 7:30 pm.
- July 16, 2013 – PEN/Faulkner’s Summer Supper & Book Club with DC Public Schools, The Hill Center DC, Washington, DC. Read about the discussion on the Writers In Schools blog here.
- April 27, 2013 – War of 1812 Heritage Talks, Fort La Présentation, Ogdensburg, NY. Details here.
- April 13, 2013 – “Does Size Matter? Big Presses and Small Presses” panel at Conversations & Connections – writers’ conference at Johns Hopkins University, 1717 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20036. 2:15 – 3:15 pm. Details here.
- March 23, 2013 – Virginia Festival of the Book session, “Publishing Day: Promoting the Smart Way,” 235 W. Main St., Charlottesville, VA, Noon. Details here.
- March 21, 2013 – Virginia Festival of the Book session, “Bacon’s Rebellion and the War of 1812: What Changes They Wrought,” Charlottesville City Council Chambers, 605 E. Main St., Charlottesville, VA, Noon. Details here.
- February 20, 2013 – The War of 1812 and the Rise of the U.S. Navy, talk and book signing at the University of Missouri, Columbia, MO. 3:00 pm. Details here.
- January 9, 2013 – My People, stage reading in the WGA Screenplay Reading Series, performed by a stellar cast at the Players Club, directed by Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo. 25-minute selection followed by Q&A. 16 Gramercy Park, New York, NY. 7:00 pm.
- January 5, 2013 – The War of 1812 and the Rise of the U.S. Navy, gallery talk and book signing at the National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F Streets, NW, Washington, DC. Noon. Details here.
- October 27, 2012 – The War of 1812 and the Rise of the U.S. Navy, discussion and book signing at the Louisiana Book Festival, Baton Rouge, LA. 10:00 – 10:45 am. Also screening selections from Soul of a People: Writing America’s Story at 12:45 pm. Details here.
- October 25, 2012 – Screening of Soul of a People: Writing America’s Story at the Lakeshore Library, 1000 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, LA 70005, ahead of the Louisiana Book Festival. 6:00 pm. Details here.
- October 17, 2012 – The War of 1812 and the Rise of the U.S. Navy, discussion and book signing at the Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC. 7:00 pm. Details here.
- October 6, 2012 – The War of 1812 and the Rise of the U.S. Navy, talk on “Three Profiles: The Navy at the Start of the War of 1812,” at the Maryland Historical Society, 16th Annual National War of 1812 Symposium, Baltimore, MD. 10:00 am.
- September 27, 2012 – Success: Stories and reflections on the craft of short stories, a panel with David Ebenbach and Andrew Wingfield titled “Washington Writers’ Publishing House Short Story Winners,” at Fall for the Book, George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 6:00 – 7:30 pm. Details here.
- June 22, 2012 – The War of 1812 and the Rise of the U.S. Navy, discussion and book signing at the Mathews Memorial Library. Mathews Memorial Library, 251 Main St., Mathews, VA 23109 11:00 am. Details here.
- June 17, 2012 – Freedom’s Journey: George W. Crawford and his Legacy. Part of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, at 106 Goffe St., New Haven, CT 06511 2:30 pm. Details here.
- June 12, 2012 – The War of 1812 and the Rise of the U.S. Navy, discussion at Baltimore’s Pratt Library on the eve of the city’s commemoration events with tall ships. Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore, MD 21201 6:30 pm. Listen to the podcast here.