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HWA Announces 2017 Award Winners


Awards to be presented at the HWA Annual Conference at a special dinner Saturday, September 23rd, 2017.

     


The awardees include novelist Larry McMurtry; Larry’s son, songwriter James McMurtry; fantasy writer George R.R. Martin; nonfiction author Hampton Sides; and U.S. Congressman John Lewis, writer Andrew 
Aydin and illustrator Nate Powell, the creative team behind the three-volume graphic novel, March.

HWA created the award, PastWords, to recognize creators who have produced an outstanding body of work. "The awardees represent some of the best writers and artists in America," said HWA Executive Director Theresa Guzman Stokes. "Style-wise, they couldn't be more different. But they all have one thing in common: they bring the past to life."


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HWA 2107 Speaker Series: Jodi Daynard



There’s an old saying about teaching and writing that goes like this: Those who can, do; those who can't, teach.

Bestselling author Jodi Daynard has done both.

For years she taught creative writing at Harvard University and essay and short story writing at MIT. At Newton South High School, she even started a horror and science fiction class, where students read FrankensteinBeowulf, Ray Bradbury and Flannery O'Connor.

Between classes she wrote stories and reviews for the New York Times Book Review, the Village Voice, the Paris Review, AGNI, FICTION, and the New England Review. She finished a few contemporary novels too—and shelved them. In the 1990s, she convinced a group of well-known authors to write about their favorite places for The Place Within: Portraits of the American Landscape by Twenty Contemporary Writers.


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Looking for a Unique Conference Experience?



Santa Ana Pueblo, NM 
September 21-24, 2017

Early Bird registration extended! (ends this Sunday 7/9/17 at Midnight)


The HWA conference is an annual conference in locations selected with their historical settings in mind. This year we have the exciting opportunity to be located in one of the most interesting and historically rich locations around!

Hyatt Tamaya Resort is located on the Santa Ana Pueblo, just outside of Albuquerque New Mexico. This resort is on a beautiful property with walking trails, stables, and plenty of activities to enrich your imagination.

 
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The conference programming will focus on supporting quality historical writing – fiction and nonfiction, research, the submission process, the road to publication, and the life of a historical writer. There will be a mix of sessions on the craft of writing and era specific knowledge (food, clothing, language) as well as the business side of publishing including self/indie publishing, marketing and publicity and social media techniques.

The multi-day conference will also offer:

  • pre-conference Master Class workshops,
  • keynote lunch and dinner events
  • a book signing event featuring books by conference presenters and participants
  • creative ways for attendees to network and collaborate
  • a vendor exhibit floor combined with the conference bookstore
Join us for an exciting and informative time!


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From Lancelot Schaubert, HWA blogger and author and producer of COLD BREWED and THE JOPLIN UNDERCURRENT come these twenty-six articles on the craft.

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Indie vs Traditional: Thoughts on the Debate


At least once a week I’ll come across an email, article, or blog post debating the merits of being a traditionally published author or an Indie author. It seems everyone has an opinion on which is best; yet it seems it is always all one or the other. Certainly, there are merits for the both sides of the argument, but I can’t help wondering why authors feel there is only one right choice for all their work.
I have four children, and my husband and I did everything we thought best to raise them. Even as babies, it was apparent that they weren’t all alike; each had a different timeline for walking and talking, different interests, and very different personalities. We fed them, clothed them, taught them manners and (hopefully) empathy for others. We saw to their education, and advised them when they had issues with friends, school, jobs, and other life issues. As they grew towards adulthood, they learned differently and have had different career paths. Sometimes those journeys veered away from the intended goal to morph into something totally different. Yet, each has succeeded in their own way and they are all productive adults.
My writing is similar to my children. (There is a reason we call our books our babies!)

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 Historical Genre



Fiction? Nonfiction? Both? HWA is the place for you! Our focus is on the historical writer - in all genres. Check out our Membership Benefits. As a member you  can join our blog and forums for information and discussion on everything on historical writing. No matter your interest -from writing for magazines to historical paranormal. If your setting (or your time-travel!) is at least 50 years in the past, it's considered historical.