What is Wordharvest?

Founded by Anne Hillerman and Jean Schaumberg in 2002, 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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Thanks to everyone who made the 2014 Tony Hillerman Writers Conference such a success.


2014 marked the 10th anniversary of the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference! We celebrate author Tony Hillerman’s enduring influence with a program that features a great mix of presenters who have joined us for past conferences and seasoned authors we are eager to work with. We are blessed to have met so many talented writers over the past decade, and thrilled that many of our attendees are now published! Their success is the frosting on our anniversary cake.

The 2014 program included:

Thursday hands-on workshops”The Art of the Rewrite” (Susan Cummins Miller) and “Designing Compelling Stories: What Writers Can Learn from the Movies” (Sandi Ault). Following the workshops, we invited our attendees to join us for a Gala Opening Celebration featuring Melinda Snograss, Kirk Ellis and David Morrell about their experience with movies.

Fridays sessions, focused on the craft of writing, included “Writing a Series” (mystery writer Steve Havill), “Tricks from the Screen Trade” (award-winning screenwriter Melinda Snodgrass), and “To Outline or Not to Outline” (panel presentation with NYT best-selling mystery writer Anne Hillerman and others). That evening, we enjoyed the popular interactive session “Writing with the Stars.”

Saturday sessions, focused on the business of writing, included a keynote conversation with internationally-known best-selling authors David Morrell and John Sandford. Other highlights: “Contracts and Copyrights for Writers” (author and law professor Sherri Burr), “The Writer’s Business Plan” (author and columnist Susan Guyette) and announcement of the next winner of the Tony Hillerman Prize for a first mystery.

Optional First Chapter Critiques  and a chance for authors to promote their new books at the New Book/New Author breakfast were also on the agenda.

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Video Introduction to the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference

Click here to view a short You Tube video presentation about the conference.