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Best known as the author of the New York Times bestseller The Butler: A Witness to History, Wil Haygood is a distinguished writer whose career has spanned decades. He was an associate producer on the film adaptation of his book, The Butler, which was sparked from his Washington Post article. The movie attracted an impressive audience due to the creative writing by Haygood and performances by Academy Award winners Forest Whittaker, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Robin Williams, Vanessa Redgrave and Jane Fonda and Oprah Winfrey. He worked for 30 years at two of the most premier papers in America (The Boston Globe and The Washington Post); during that time, he witnessed Nelson Mandela’s release after 27 years of imprisonment, was taken hostage by Somalian rebels, covered New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina for 33 straight days without a break, traveled with Barack Obama, and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
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The morning workshops will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the afternoon workshops will take place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Below is what we have in store for the day. Event attendees will receive a full program with precise times on the day of the event.