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Ongoing Events with David Taylor

David A. Taylor
David Taylor regularly 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.
Check The Writer’s Center for upcoming workshops
and Johns Hopkins for course offerings.

Also join David for these special appearances:

CORK WARS Reading and Book Signing

FDR Presidential Library and Museum

David will give a slide talk and read from his new book, CORK WARS: INTRIGUE AND INDUSTRY IN WORLD WAR II. A book signing will follow.


BookStory online discussion of Cork Wars


For members of the BackStory podcast's online book club, we'll have a Livestream to talk about the story and intrigue of Cork Wars. We'll also discuss its historical context. Sign up for BookStory and join us on May 30.


Osher at JHU

David will give a talk about Cork Wars and international intrigue during World War II at the Osher Lifelong Learning at JHU fall event.

CORK WARS Talk and Book Signing

Cleveland Park Library 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC

David shares the story and research behind CORK WARS. This talk explores the research process and how you can access these resources yourself. Includes book signing.


Society of American Foresters 2019

Kentucky International Convention Center Louisville, KY

"When Trees Are National Security" - a talk about a tree-planting campaign in World War II at the Society of American Foresters 2019 convention in Louisville, KY.

Cork Wars with the Spy Museum

Cork Wine Bar 1805 14th Street NW, WASHINGTON, DC, United States

Join me and the Spy Museum at the Cork Wine Bar, sipping wine and talking about how the Nazis and the Allies competed for a crucial ingredient for defense. This true tale of espionage unfolds from secret missions in North Africa to undercover agents in the cork industry in Portugal and Spain. Ticket includes wine… Read More »Cork Wars with the Spy Museum

Creativity in Dark Times: Artists and Writers of the New Deal – NEW DATE

Ripley Center, Smithsonian Institution 1100 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, DC, United States

FDR said, “One hundred years from now, my administration will be known for its art, not its relief.” How did that turn out? This talk looks at artists and writers who recorded American life for the New Deal programs. Those artists could stir controversy, and some of their works have been banned by officials and citizens’ committees up to the present. By tracing how these artists and writers cut against the grain of convention, we'll explore art’s power to shift American identities. Copies of my book Soul of a People: The WPA Writers' Project Uncovers Depression America, now in paperback, will be available for sale and signing afterward. Advance registration required:


Documentary Roundtable: Trailer Night

Docs In Progress and Women in Film and Video-DC co-host the Documentary Roundtable via Zoom. This evening organized by Docs In Progress will focus on peer feedback with presentations and review of several directors' 'Trailers.' This evening's will invite feedback on, among others, Melchor Marsa's story. There is a $10 fee for the general public.… Read More »Documentary Roundtable: Trailer Night


Community Stories Film Festival

Docs in Progress

Docs In Progress, with support from the City of Takoma Park, hosts the Community Stories Film Festival via Zoom, November 20-22, 2020. Celebrate 10+ years of stories of people, places, and events, including a screening of my short documentary, Enemy Alien: Italian-American in Baltimore. The film features one of the family stories in my book… Read More »Community Stories Film Festival

Virtual film screening – Soul of a People: Writing America’s Story

Free virtual screening of Soul of a People: Writing America’s Story, with panel discussion afterward. Hosted online by the Los Angeles Public Library. Visit for more information. This screening is a timely reminder of why the 21st-Century Federal Writers’ Project Act (HR 3054) is gathering support from members of congress and their constituents. Los… Read More »Virtual film screening – Soul of a People: Writing America’s Story


Fiction reading – This is What America Looks Like

Sandy Spring Museum

Please join a special night with the editors and writers of the 2021 anthology, This Is What America Looks Like: Poetry and Fiction from DC, Maryland, and Virginia from Washington Writers’ Publishing House. Virtual live readings of original selections from the anthology by poets Laura Shovan, Myra Sklarew, Nancy Naomi Carlson, and Robert Herschbach, and… Read More »Fiction reading – This is What America Looks Like


Soul of a People, Author Talk with David Taylor

As people in publishing and journalism lost their jobs during the Great Depression, the WPA started the Federal Writers’ Project. Their mandate became documenting local histories and creating a series of state guide books that changed how Americans viewed history. FDR Library and Museum Director Emeritus Paul Sparrow talks to David about “Soul of a… Read More »Soul of a People, Author Talk with David Taylor


Film screening – Soul of a People: Writing America’s Story

St. Augustine Free Public Library 1960 N. Ponce De Leon Blvd., St. Augustine, FL, United States

A screening and discussion of Soul of a People: Writing America’s Story will be hosted by the St. Augustine Free Public Library. This program is free and open to the public, and will take place at The Waterworks, 184 San Marco Blvd., which shares a parking lot with the Main Library. Soul of a People… Read More »Film screening – Soul of a People: Writing America’s Story


Story Collider

Join us for an evening of true, personal stories about science. Four storytellers share tales of finding and forming our own version of family through science.


Personal Narratives in Portraying Maryland Life

Ivy Bookshop 5928 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD, United States

Join a discussion of Personal Narratives in Portraying Maryland Life, in partnership with the Baltimore Museum of Industry. From the oral histories of The Baltimore Book to multimedia portraits seen recently in the Enoch Pratt Library, this will be an informal conversation about documenting Maryland in various forms of personal narrative, and why those stories matter. A… Read More »Personal Narratives in Portraying Maryland Life

Narratives of Formerly Enslaved Virginians

In the 1930s, Federal Writers’ Project researchers with the Works Progress Administration interviewed formerly enslaved Virginians to preserve their stories. Library of Congress (LOC) Reference Specialists Dr. Sibyl Moses and Angela McMillian and author David Taylor will discuss the project, its legacy and LOC resources documenting the voices of enslaved African Americans. Read a recent… Read More »Narratives of Formerly Enslaved Virginians


The Legacy of the Federal Writers’ Project in Virginia – A Conversation

Library of Virginia

Join us for a virtual conversation about the pioneers of the Federal Writers' Project who uncovered Virginia history in the 1930s and what their work tells us now. The writers hired in the commonwealth as part of this New Deal effort challenged conventional academic approaches to American history and paved the way for new representations.… Read More »The Legacy of the Federal Writers’ Project in Virginia – A Conversation

Whose Stories? Exploring the Legacy of the Federal Writers’ Project

The Living New Deal hosts a conversation on The People's Recorder podcast, with stories of American life in the 1930s using interviews and recordings made by workers of the Federal Writers’ Project. This webinar intertwines voices from the past with contemporary stories that echo with them, exploring the FWP’s legacy—what it achieved, where it fell… Read More »Whose Stories? Exploring the Legacy of the Federal Writers’ Project