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Looking for a Unique Conference Experience?

Santa Ana Pueblo, NM 
September 21-24, 2017

Early Bird registration now open! 

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


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!

From Historian to Historical Novelist

by Laura Morelli

Have you ever looked back and pinpointed a turning point that changed the course of your life? We all have life experiences that steer us in a new direction. Sometimes they are small; sometimes they only become clear in retrospect.

For me, one of those moments came while I was riding on the back of a slow-moving passenger ferry in the Venetian lagoon. Inhaling diesel fumes and the distinctive scent of hundreds of sweaty international tourists under a July sun, we headed to the island of Murano.

You see, even as a wide-eyed teenager raised on Georgia farm, I knew I was supposed to go home from my trip to Venice with Murano glass, but I had no idea why. All I knew was that I was whisked to the famous “glass island” on an overcrowded, stinky boat.

 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.