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Sneak Peek at Upcoming Projects from Wordharvest

We have two projects in the works that we are very excited about and want to share with you.

Jean Schaumberg and Anne Hillerman

Webinars – One-hour online classes for writers of fiction and nonfiction on the craft of writing and the business of writing, taught by the masters of the trade. Webinars offer valuable information for everyone from beginning writers to seasoned, published authors.

Literary Tour – Watch for details of a literary tour of historic buildings in the Santa Fe, NM and Las Vegas, NM areas that played a significant part in the new book by Nancy Owen Lewis.

“Chasing the Cure in New Mexico: Tuberculosis and the Quest for Health”   (Museum of New Mexico Press, 2016)

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Literary Stars

 The Life Of Tony Hillerman

2015 Winners of Wordharvest Writing Contests

Tony Hillerman Prize for Best First Mystery Novel

The Homeplace, by Kevin Wolf


Kevin Wolf appreciates 1950’s Western movies, fly-fishing, old Winchesters and living in Colorado. His stories do not have deep inner meaning. They are meant to entertain. He’s not ashamed to admit that those stories blend the tradition of the Old West with themes that go bump in the night. Wolf is a member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and Crested Butte Writers. He hones his work at regular meetings of the Southwest Plaza Critique group. Wolf lives in Littleton, CO with his wife and their two beagles.
The Homeplace will be published by the Minotaur imprint
of St. Martin’s Press in September 2016.

Tony Hillerman Mystery Short Story

A Simple Thing, Rather Elegant, by Robert E. Evans


Robert E. Evans is a native New Mexican who has seen the world. Since the early 1950s his work has taken him to Libya, England, Israel, Abu Dhabi, Iran, Jamaica, Mexico, and Japan. He considers himself retired but takes the occasional call to do something exciting. Evans has been writing most of his adult life - short stories and poetry - only rarely sending anything out.  He is delighted that he took a chance and submitted a short story for the Tony Hillerman Mystery Short Story contest. Evans and his wife live in Santa Fe, NM

A Simple Thing, Rather Elegant, by Robert E. Evans, will be published
in the Thanksgiving issue of the Albuquerque Journal.

 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.

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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.