Tony Hillerman Writers                    Conference Presenters:                
John Fortunato                John Fortunato

John Fortunato, recipient of the 2014 Tony Hillerman Prize for best first mystery, joins this year’s conference to share unique insights into his whirlwind year. His prize-winning novel, Dark Reservation, is due in October from St. Martin’s Press.

Friday, November 6, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – “How to Get the Most Out of Your Sources” – John’s fellow panelists include James McGrath Morris, Robert Nott, Mary-Charlotte Domandi, and Hakim Bellamy (esteemed moderator).

Saturday, November 7, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm – a conversation with John Fortunato and St. Martin’s Press editor, Peter Joseph.

John Fortunato was a Captain in the U.S. Army, Military Intelligence, serving at the Pentagon during the early part of the global war on terrorism. He is currently a Special Agent with the FBI and has earned an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. A native of Philadelphia, John lives in Michigan with his wife and three daughters. Visit his website: http://johnfortunatoauthor.com/





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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.

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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.

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.