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                  Hampton Sides

American historian and journalist Hampton Sides is best known for his gripping non-fiction adventure stories set in war or depicting epic expeditions of discovery and exploration.  His most recent book, In the Kingdom of Ice, explores the heroic polar voyage of the U.S.S. Jeannette during the Gilded Age. Sides is editor-at-large forOutside magazine and a frequent contributor to National Geographic and other magazines. His book, Blood and Thunder, about the life and times of Kit Carson,was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2006 by Time Magazine, and is currently in development for the screen. Hellhound on His Trail, the story of the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the international manhunt for assassin James Earl Ray, was the basis for the acclaimed PBS documentary, Roads to Memphis.



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What is Wordharvest?

Founded by Anne Hillerman and Jean Schaumberg in 2001, WORDHARVEST is devoted to the art and craft of writing. From our headquarters in Santa Fe, New Mexico, we celebrate the legacy of iconic mystery author Tony Hillerman with the Tony Hillerman Prize for first mystery novel, and the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference, a  three-day workshop offering how-to advice on writing techniques and the business of writing. Session topics range from publishing e-books to writing fiction and non-fiction. The Conference provides an intimate environment to get feedback and critiques about your writing, network with literary agents and editors, and find writing inspiration.

Looking for information about the Tony Hillerman Prize? Visit our new page or check here.


Thursday Pre-Conference Workshops feature two dynamic presentations:

  • The Anatomy of Engaging Stories: Elements That Make Readers Keep Reading, with Bill O’Hanlon
  • The Language of Liars, with Lucinda Schroeder

New this year is “Coffee, Croissants, and Critiques.” Register and join five other writers and a mentor – a seasoned conference presenter – for a round-table critique session.

Anne Hillerman will be joined by Dawn Wink and Jann Arrington Wolcott as MCs introducing conference presenters.

Special Message From MC Jann Arrington Wolcott

First time presenters include authors Pat Mora, Chuck Greaves, John Fortunato, Justin Golding, Hakim Bellamy, and Robert Nott; author /publisher Annette Chaudet; publishers rep. Katy Hershberger; and  local radio personality Mary-Charlotte Domandi.

We are excited to be working again with this great group of presenters: David Morrell, Hampton Sides, Lucinda Schroeder, Bill O’Hanlon, Steve Brewer, James McGrath Morris, Peter Joseph, and Liz Trupin-Pulli

Video From Our Founders.

Watch founders Anne Hillerman and Jean Schaumberg as they talk about how the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference began, and the new and exciting additions to this years program.