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Guest of Honor
George R.R. Martin
for Book Signing & Awards Dinner

A Game of Thrones
author George R.R. Martin will sign books and receive an award at the Historical Writers of America's conference at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort in Santa Ana Pueblo.

Santa Fe author Melinda Snodgrass-—the executive producer on a new Martin TV project called Wild Cards—is the keynote speaker for the awards dinner. She will also teach a class on screenwriting.

Bestselling Texas romance author Parris Afton Bonds and New England historical writer Jodi Daynard will also speak at the Sept. 21-24 event. Bonds helped start the Romance Writers of America. Daynard taught writing at MIT and Harvard.

The conference will offer 40 history and craft classes, plus full-day writing workshops taught by New York book agent Jeff Kleinman, Writer's Digest author Larry Brooks and historical novelist Chris C.C. Humphreys.

Attendees can also pitch their book ideas to eight New York and West Coast agents on Friday and Saturday.

In addition to Martin, HWA will recognize six artists whose work is rooted in the past: novelist Larry McMurtry, songwriter James McMurtry, nonfiction author Hampton Sides, and U.S. Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell—the creative team behind the graphic novel, March.

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HWA 2107 Speaker Series: Melinda Snodgrass

Growing up in New Mexico, TV writer, editor and novelist Melinda Snodgrass tried on a lot of hats: opera singer, history student, corporate lawyer. She quit law after three years. “Ultimately, I realized that while I loved the law I pretty much hated lawyers,” she says. “I also realized that writers were the most interesting people in the world and I wanted to be with them.”

Her instincts paid off. In the 1980s she wrote novels about a future judge in outer space. She wrote an acclaimed script for Star Trek: The Next Generation, and worked on several TV shows, including the NBC crime drama Profiler. She wrote the TV pilot Star Command, which aired on the UPN network. Her latest novel, In Evil Times, is part of a series described by one critic as a “space opera with a social conscience.”

Today, the Santa Fe writer is executive producer of what will likely become television’s Next Big Thing: an alternative universe project created by Snodgrass, A Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin and a bevy of other sci-fi writers. The series, about an alien virus that changes America after World War II, debuted in 1987—ten years before Game of Thrones kicked off Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. To date, some 30 writers—including Snodgrass—have contributed to the Wild Cards universe.




 Speaker Series Interviews

Jodi Daynard
Parris Afton Bonds

Looking for an Agent?

HWA Conference 2017 has EIGHT New York and California Agents

Attendees will have 10 minute appointments with agents to pitch, question, and receive feedback.

In addition, many of the agents are also teaching sessions on everything from How to Write a Nonfiction Proposal to Perfecting Your Pitch.

Find more information on the participating agents here:

Writer's Corner

Can't Get the First Page Right?

Don’t Worry. Agent Paula Munier Has Some Advice.

Pity the poor agent. They see hundreds—even thousands— of manuscripts a year.
The bad news for authors? An agent can spot a bad book in just three minutes, says Paula Munier, senior literary agent at Talcott Notch Literary Services in Milford, Connecticut.
The good news? You can avoid early rejection by following Munier's advice. 

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