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steve brewer
 Steve Brewer

Steve Brewer is a former journalist and humor columnist. He is the author of two dozen books about crooks,including the Bubba Mabry mysteries and the recent crime novels A Box of Pandoras, Calabama, and LostVegas.  His first Bubba novel, Lonely Street, was made into a 2009 Hollywood comedy starring Robert Patrick, Jay Mohr and Joe Mantegna.  The first of a series of crime stories set in Albuquerque NM and written under Brewers new pen name, Max Austin, premiered in 2014. Duke City Split was published by Alibi/Random House.  The second, Duke City Hit, came out in December 2014.  Steve teaches part-time at the University of New Mexico and he is a frequent speaker at mystery conventions.
Steve will be Master of Ceremonies for the Thursday, November 5th event to honor Tony Hillerman’s 90th year. Register for the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference and join us for the celebration.  We will have a birthday cake. Enjoy a sneak peak at UNM’s Tony Hillerman Portal, set to launch in 2016. Mingle with conference attendees and presenters.

Friday, Nov 6th

Steve Brewer will be presenting from 9:30AM – 10:30AM – “Claim It, Rename It, or Throw It Out”

See full Conference schedule here 

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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 Wordharvest Co-Founder Jean Schaumberg

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.