Want to know more about The Back Room's unique format?

Here’s what an evening at The Back Room is like.

1. Register for an Event

The doors to the main Zoom room open five minutes before the program’s start time so folks can say hello to one another and to the featured authors. Chat is also turned on.

2. Log in to the event

The doors to the main Zoom room open five minutes before the program’s start time so folks can say hello to one another and to the featured authors. Chat is also turned on.

3. The program begins

As the program begins, attendees’ mics are muted nd the authors are spotlighted. After very brief introductions, the authors play a quick “get to know you” game of 20 questions using our custom-designed Back Room Question Cards. Recordings of these opening sessions are archived backstage at the Back Room. (Breakout sessions are never recorded.)

4. Break out rooms

The opening session finishes with the authors’ book recommendations, and then attendees are divided into 4 breakout rooms, with one author assigned to each room.

Being assigned to a breakout room happens automatically. You don’t have to do anything except click the “join breakout room” invitation that appears

on your screen. Each breakout room will have between 15 and 20 people, so we recommend joining the call from a laptop or a computer instead of a tablet or cell phone and using the gallery view so you can see everyone!

Yes! We believe in making our events available to all who wish to attend.

You will receive a Zoom link at the time of registration. Check your email spam/junk folder for the confirmation email. If you still can’t find it, email [email protected]

Our events take place at 7pm Eastern Standard Time (New York) so ensure that you are logging on at the correct time.

To log into the event, click the Zoom link in your confirmation email. You can also log on using the meeting ID and password. If using this method, make sure that they are both correct.

 If you are still having difficulties, it may be an issue with your internet. Please reach out to [email protected] and we will try to troubleshoot the issue.

Check that your volume is up on your device and that you are properly connected to the internet.

On the bottom left hand side of the Zoom screen, there are icons for your microphone and video. Click them to turn them on/off. You do not need to be on camera if you do not choose to be.

Please note that all participant’s microphones are muted during the introduction. After you are moved into the break out rooms, you will be able to unmute your own microphone in order to participate. 

Visit our Past Events page for a recording of the introduction to the panel and our fun, questions portion. 

Unfortunately, we are not able to record what happens in the break out rooms.

Register for an upcoming event

We can’t wait to see you there!