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.


Learn more about the craft and business of writing from outstanding presenters. David Morrell talks about “Smart Book Promotion.” His latest historical thriller, Inspector of the Dead, is a knockout. Don’t miss a captivating conversation with Hampton Sides, author of the bestselling book, Into the Ice, and James McGrath Morris, author of the insightful new biography of journalist Ethel Payne. Learn all about the “Language of Liars” from Lucinda Schroeder, author and retired federal agent. “Claim It, Rename It, or Throw It Out”, with former journalist, columnist, and mystery writer Steve Brewer.

Video Introduction to the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference

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