Darn, you missed it!

The Historical Writers of America first annual conference was a huge success. The networking, friendships, and invaluable craft knowledge alone made the conference an amazing experience. Intensive workshop speakers, Larry Brooks and Chris (CC) Humphreys, brought a whole new immersive element to craft and process by offering pre-conference sessions. The luncheon keynote speaker, Libby Haight O’Connell, Ph.D. author of The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites had the crowd enamored with the history behind food, and its evolution through time.

In addition to having a vast selection of session options during the day, you could also sit with an editor or literary agent to either pitch your manuscript or just ask some gnawing questions floating around in your brain.

All are encouraged to keep a look out or get on our mailing list for the 2nd Annual Conference. We would love to see you next year. Happy Writing!

Become a member: If you write, scribble, or only dabble in writing, and love history, this organization is for you. Memberships are only $75.00 a year!

 by Amy Rachiele, HWA Board Secretary and author of several novels, including the popular Mobster Series.

Early Risers Amy Rachiele and Cam Molineaux greet registrants before breakfast!

HWA 2016 Presenter Profiles

For the next year, HWA Board Member Paul Davis will feature profiles of the presenters from HWA 2016. Paul, a 30+ year veteran journalist, attended the HWA Conference and is in the midst of planning for the next one.

Profile: T.K. Thorne

Some writers like to work at a desk, in a coffee bar, or at the library. Alabama author T.K. Thorne used to dream up stories in her squad car. In the late 1970s, the Birmingham police officer made up plots and dialogue while looking for broken windows and burglars at night. Nearly forty years later, she still brainstorms on road trips. “That’s when I’m in my creative mode,” says Thorne, who retired from the force in 1999.

Southerners make good storytellers (think Faulkner, Capote and Flannery O’Connor) and Thorne got an early start. “I was telling stories as soon as I could talk,” she says, adding, “I wrote my first story when I was ten.” Her early influences were anything but Deep South. Her father, a civil engineer, grew up in Brooklyn; her mother, a member of the Alabama League of Women Voters, fought for campaign finance reform. And Thorne, who studied social work at the University of Alabama, read Isaac Asimov and Frank Herbert. No one expected her to wear a badge. But Birmingham Police Chief James C. Parsons read one of Thorne’s college papers and asked her to write grants for the department. In 1997 she became the first Jewish female cop on the force. At 5 feet 3 inches tall, her hands were too small to grip her gun. Read More

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New historical paranormal romance novel just released by HWA member Monette Bebow-Reinhard and Solstice Shadows 

 "Adventures in Death & Romance: Vrykolakas Tales" is the result of research on the legend of the Greek vampire and marks the possession of a lifetime.  See more at her website, www.grimmsetc.com and to purchase or get a Kindle sample, go here:  Adventures in Death and Romance: Vrykolakas Tales

Interviews with
HWA Member Weina Dai Randel 

C. P. Lesley posted:

"My interview with Weina Dai Randel is now live at NB Historical Fiction: http://newbooksnetwork.com/weina-dai-randel-the-moon-in-the-palace-sourcebooks-2016/. Lovely two-part series on Empress Wu of China, so do give it a listen!"


In the Wall Street Journal's China Real Time Report:

Writing China: Weina Dai Randel, ‘The Moon in the Palace’ and ‘The Empress of Bright Moon’

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 is at least 50 years in the past, it's considered historical.


Looking for Forum Moderators and Writing Advice articles.

We are creating a new area for members only - and we need you! Do you have a particular area of expertise in historical writing? On the craft of writing? Or maybe you are interested in discussing the writing life. Whatever your interest or area of expertise, we could use your help. 

If you would like to submit articles or become a forum moderator, please email director@historicalwritersofamerica.org.

Historical Writers of America (HWA) is a nonprofit trade association whose mission is to advance the professional interests of career-focused historical writers, both fiction and nonfiction, through networking and education. Writers in the English language from around the world are welcome to join.

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