The 2014 Tony Hillerman Writers Conference – marking the event’s 10th anniversary – will be held Thursday, Nov. 6 through Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Santa Fe Hilton, 100 Sandoval St., downtown Santa Fe .

Here is the 2014 Conference Schedule

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
First Chapter Reviews, with award-winning author 
Judith Van Gieson, editor and founder of ABQ Press
Please note: A critique session is optional and has a separate fee. See below for submission details and pricing. 

 Thursday, November 6—Pre-Conference Writing Workshop

9—11:45 a.m.: “The Art of the Rewrite,” with Susan Cummins Miller

11:45 a.m.—1:15 p.m. – Lunch on Your Own

1:15—4 p.m.: “Designing Compelling Stories: What Writers Can Learn From the Movies,” with Sandi Ault

 Anniversary Celebration Event A special event to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference. Join us at The Screen to see clips of the PBS movies adapted from the mysteries written by Tony Hillerman, followed by a discussion about the making of the movies with director Chris Eyre, actor Wes Studi, and author Anne Hillerman. Get your tickets early. Seating is limited.

 Friday, November 7—The Craft of Writing

7:30—9 a.m.: New Book/New Author Breakfast, with Dawn Wink (moderator)

9:30—10:30 a.m.: “Writing a Series: Joys & Pitfalls” with Steve Havill

11 a.m.—noon: “Tricks from the Screen Trade,” with Melinda Snodgrass

Noon—1 p.m.: “Saad: Luminous Beads of Wisdom,” with Luci Tapahonso, Poet Laureate Navajo Nation

1:30—2:30 p.m.: Panel Presentation – “To Outline or Not To Outline?,” withSusan Cummins Miller (moderator), Anne Hillerman, John SandfordSara Hoklotubbe and
CB McKenzie

2:45—3:45 p.m.: “On the Same Page: Strategies for Successful Collaboration in Fiction and Non-Fiction Projects,” with Sue Boggio and Mare Pearl

4—5 p.m.: “The Serious Subject of Writing Humor,” with Kris Neri

5—6 p.m.: *Book signing with the day’s presenters and cash bar

7—9 p.m.: Writing with the Stars: Your Words in the Spotlight—flash critiques of selected writing from conference attendees with authors David Morrell andSandi AultLiz Trupin-Pulli (moderator)

Saturday, November 8–The Business of Writing

Breakfast on your own

8—9 a.m.: Registration/Pick up your name tag

9—10 a.m.: Panel Presentation—”The Art of Blogging,” with Dawn Wink (moderator), Joe Badal, Susan Tweit, and Gretchen Reynolds

10:30—11:30 a.m.: “Contracts and Copyrights for Writers,” with Sherri Burr

Noon—1:30 p.m.: Tony Hillerman Prize Luncheon—A conversation with CB McKenzie, winner of the 2013 Hillerman Prize for best first mystery, and St. Martin’s Press editor, Peter Joseph + Announcement of the 2014 Tony Hillerman Prize, by Peter Joseph

2—3:30 p.m.: “The Writer’s Business Plan,” with Susan Guyette

4—5 p.m.: “Basic Advice from an Editor”, with Peter Joseph

6 p.m.: * Reception/Book signing with the day’s presenters + cash bar

7 p.m.: Keynote Dinner—A conversation with best-selling thriller writers David Morrell and John Sandford

(Conference Schedule and Times Subject To Change)

Book signings are for faculty authors and for books purchased at the conference.

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