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

Profile: Susan Carol McCarthy

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.

Author Susan Carol McCarthy grew up in a tiny town in central Florida, a postcard world of yellow grapefruit, red azaleas and sunny days. On Sundays she sang in the Baptist church choir; on hot days she served fresh orange juice to tourists at her family’s roadside fruit stand.

But it was never a paradise, at least not for some.

In 1951—the year McCarthy was born—a group of white men beat, stabbed and shot a young black man on a clay road near her home. The murder of Melvin Womack, 27, was just the beginning. That year, the Ku Klux Klan bombed Catholic churches, a Jewish community center and a black housing project. NAACP activist Harry T. Moore and his wife died in a bomb blast on Christmas night. Newspapers called it “The Florida Terror.”

“Geography aside; when you study the historical records as well as current statistics, Florida is the most southern of the southern states,” McCarthy says.

Troubled by Florida’s small town racism, McCarthy moved on. She studied literature and speech communications at the University of South Florida, wrote advertising copy for Walt Disney World and Coca Cola, moved to Atlanta, lived in San Francisco and finally settled in San Diego with her second husband. Read More

The Future of HWA Conferences Survey

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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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