Skip to main content
Add Me To Your Mailing List
HWA logo


Santa Ana Pueblo, NM
September 21-24, 2017

Early Bird registration will open February 15, 2017 and will run until May 31, 2017. 

Conference Information


If you are interested in being a presenter, please submit here

Call for Presenters


Numerous times we have been asked if we offer scholarships for the conference. Crunching some numbers, we came up with a minimum amount ($5,000) that would be needed to start a scholarship program. If you are interested in seeing a program set up to help those that need help paying registration fees, please donate. If you would like to join the scholarship committee, send an email to

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

Read All About It!


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!)

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

Read All About It!



My bride’s the best reader I have ever met and she skips details in novels and nonfiction. Often. And she skips my details often. It’s bothersome to me: I spend a year or three working on a book and here she is, skimming. This perennial problem plagues writers and history teachers and lecturers alike and it’s a problem you can find hiding in any break room. Eyes glaze over, people check out, they lean back in their chair rather than lean in and eventually you lose them entirely. They go back to work or lunch. We have a couple of family members like this: they’ll get caught up bickering with one another over tiny details in the story, bickering over the minutia of a street name or the precise number of inches of the length of a given largemouth bass and then, once everyone has checked out, they’ll catch themselves and say, “Well that doesn’t matter, the point is…”

Well yeah. We only tuned in to find out what the point is in the first place. WHAT’S THE POINT?

 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 is at least 50 years in the past, it's considered historical.