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Looking for a Unique Conference Experience?

Santa Ana Pueblo, NM 
September 21-24, 2017

Early Bird registration ends June 30th!

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.


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!

Conference Information

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.




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.

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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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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!

How I Faked Becoming an Author

byAmy Rachiele

On my first day in kindergarten, the teacher led me to a green carpet by a chalkboard at the front of the room.  I don't really remember how I felt on that particular day. But I do remember a little girl crying and hugging her mother's leg. The other parents hovered in the background. No one in the room—the mother, the teacher, the other adults—could convince her to join us.

I didn't give it a thought at the time. I just unfolded my crisscrossed legs and got up. Not really worried that I may be breaking the rules, I walked over to the little girl, took her hand, and led her to my spot on the carpet. Our hands intertwined and we sat together waiting for the first day of school to start. 

As I grew older, I became a victim. I found myself trapped in my bedroom. I was addicted to reading and I would try to get my hands on every book by Judy Blume. My mother became worried about my interest in reading but it didn't matter because it didn't stop me. I read everything I could get my hands on: Roald Dahl’s work, The Phantom Tollbooth, and other types of fiction.

What do kindergarten and reading have to do with becoming an author? Even as a child, I was not intimidated by the adults in the room. And reading opened up new worlds for me. These life experiences fostered becoming a writer. 


 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.