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HWA 2017 Master Classes
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Posted on 7/05/2017 10:13 AM

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Historical Writers of America Conference 2017 will offer master classes by three of the most sought after writing coaches in the U.S. and Canada: New York literary agent Jeff Kleinman, author and writing coach Larry Brooks and actor and historical novelist Chris Humphreys.

All three will teach day-long classes on Thursday, September 21, as part of HWA's three-day writing conference at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort in Albuquerque.

The master classes will appeal to writers with different interests and at different stages of their careers, said HWA Executive Director Theresa Guzman Stokes. “These are some of the best writing coaches working today. They'll kick off a weekend conference in one of the most historic regions in the Southwest.”


 

Jeff Kleinman is a literary agent, intellectual property attorney, and founding partner of Folio Literary Management, a New York literary agency which works with major U.S. and international publishers.

Poets & Writers recently named Kleinman one of “12 Influential Agents Who Want to Read your Work.” His profile appears in the July/August issue.

Jeff Kleinman is a literary agent, intellectual property attorney, and founding partner of Folio Literary Management, a New York literary agency which works with major U.S. and international publishers.

Poets & Writers recently named Kleinman one of “12 Influential Agents Who Want to Read your Work.” His profile appears in the July/August issue.

Kleinman will teach two master classes at the HWA conference: “Secrets to Nonfiction Proposals” and the can't miss “How to Create Characters So Real You'll be Tempted to Claim Them as Dependents on Your Tax Return.”

His clients include Garth Stein, the New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain; Pulitzer Prize finalist Eowyn Ivey, the author of The Snow Child; and Harper Lee biographer Charles J. Shields.

Check out his profile at foliolit.com/jeff-kleinman.


Larry Brooks is the author of six thrillers and three well-received books on writing: Story Fix, Story Physics and Story Engineering, published by Writer's Digest Books.

He's also the author of Storyfix.com, a popular website for writers. Storyfix was named one of the "Best of the Best" Top 101 websites by Writers Digest in 2015.

The former baseball player—a frequent speaker at writing conferences—breaks down the mechanics of story structure through his model, “The Six Core Competencies of Successful Storytelling.” He’ll be offering a two-part class on structuring the historical novel.

Brooks was a hit at HWA's conference in Colonial Williamsburg, where he recommended writers study screenplays and best-selling novels for inspiration. He's working on a video series called “Core Craft for the Emerging Novelist,” and is breaking down the plot points in Paula Hawkins's hugely popular novel,The Girl on the Train.

Check out his website at storyfix.com.


The Toronto-born Chris Humphreys is the author of ten historical novels—and a Shakespearean actor. He has appeared on stage, in movies and on TV. (His father and grandparents were actors, too.)

Three of his books feature Jack Absolute, a James Bond-like character in the 1770’s. His novel about the real Dracula,Vlad, The Last Confession, was a bestseller in Canada. His trilogy for young adults—The Runestone Saga—features a wild mix of Norse myth, runic magic, time travel and horror. And his first novel, The French Executioner, about the man who killed Anne Boleyn, has been optioned for the screen.

Plague, his novel about a fanatical cult plotting to kill King Charles, won Canada’s Crime Writers’ Association Best Crime Novel Award in 2015. BothPlague and a follow-up novel, Fire, spent weeks on the Globe and Mail Top Ten Bestseller list.

Humphreys was a speaker and lecturer at HWA's first conference.  His classes on how to describe sex and swordplay won over conference goers. He’ll teach a master class called “Write a novel—from first inspiration to final edit—then submission!”

Check out his website at cchumphreys.com.

"Kleinman, Brooks and Humphreys—you couldn't ask for a better way to kick off a conference," Stokes said. "Writers who add these classes to their conference experience will be well-rewarded."


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