"Wordharvest supports authors and encourages great writing."- Anne Hillerman and Jean Schaumberg


Please join us Nov. 6–8, 2014

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Tony Hillerman Writers Conference

2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference.

We are delighted to 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 Location

Conference headquarters will again be the Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza, at 100 Sandoval Street, in Santa Fe, N.M.

The Hilton is an ideal location - just two blocks from the historic Santa Fe Plaza. This Spanish Colonial-style hotel combines comfort with old-world charm. Guest rooms are designed in Southwestern motif capturing our brilliant New Mexico colors. Discover downtown Santa Fe's shops, restaurants, and museum with ease from this AAA Four Diamond hotel.

To reserve a room at the Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza: Call toll free 1–800–HILTONS / (800) 445–8667, or local (505) 988–2811, or through the internet where available. Please ask for the WORDHARVEST/Tony Hillerman Writers Conference room rate. Or visit this site

Rates for November 6 - 8, 2014 for conference attendees
$119 – single or double occupancy, before taxes
Rate for the room block is good until October 5, 2014.

Price includes internet access and use of the hotel’s fitness center, seasonal outdoor pool, and year round hot tub with kiva fireplace. Parking - The Hilton will charge $5.00 per vehicle/per day with in/out privileges


2014 Conference Schedule†

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
First Chapter Reviews, with award-winning author Judith Van Gieson, editor and founder of ABQ Press
Please note: A critique session is optional and has a separate fee. See below for submission details and pricing. 


Thursday, November 6—Pre-Conference Writing Workshop

9—11:45 a.m.: "The Art of the Rewrite," with Susan Cummins Miller

11:45 a.m.—1:15 p.m. – Lunch on Your Own

1:15—4 p.m.: "Designing Compelling Stories: What Writers Can Learn From the Movies," with Sandi Ault


Anniversary Celebration Event
A special event to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference. Join us at The Screen to see clips of the PBS movies adapted from the mysteries written by Tony Hillerman, followed by a discussion about the making of the movies with director Chris Eyre, actor Wes Studi, and author Anne Hillerman. Get your tickets early. Seating is limited.


Friday, November 7—The Craft of Writing

7:30—9 a.m.: New Book/New Author Breakfast, with Dawn Wink (moderator)

9:30—10:30 a.m.: "Writing a Series: Joys & Pitfalls" with Steve Havill

11 a.m.—noon: "Tricks from the Screen Trade," with Melinda Snodgrass

Noon—1 p.m.: "Saad: Luminous Beads of Wisdom," with Luci Tapahonso, Poet Laureate Navajo Nation

1:30—2:30 p.m.: Panel Presentation – "To Outline or Not To Outline?," with Susan Cummins Miller (moderator), Anne Hillerman, John SandfordSara Hoklotubbe and
CB McKenzie

2:45—3:45 p.m.: "On the Same Page: Strategies for Successful Collaboration in Fiction and Non-Fiction Projects," with Sue Boggio and Mare Pearl

4—5 p.m.: "The Serious Subject of Writing Humor," with Kris Neri

5—6 p.m.: *Book signing with the day’s presenters and cash bar

7—9 p.m.: Writing with the Stars: Your Words in the Spotlight—flash critiques of selected writing from conference attendees with authors David Morrell and Sandi AultLiz Trupin-Pulli (moderator)


Saturday, November 8–The Business of Writing

Breakfast on your own

8—9 a.m.: Registration/Pick up your name tag

9—10a.m.: Panel Presentation—"The Art of Blogging," with Dawn Wink (moderator), Joe Badal, Susan Tweit, and Gretchen Reynolds

10:30—11:30 a.m.: "Contracts and Copyrights for Writers," with Sherri Burr

Noon—1:30 p.m.: Tony Hillerman Prize Luncheon—A conversation with CB McKenzie, winner of the 2013 Hillerman Prize for best first mystery, and St. Martin’s Press editor, Peter Joseph + Announcement of the 2014 Tony Hillerman Prize, by Peter Joseph

2—3:30 p.m.: "The Writer’s Business Plan," with Susan Guyette

4—5 p.m.: "Basic Advice from an Editor", with Peter Joseph

6 p.m.: * Reception/Book signing with the day’s presenters + cash bar

7 p.m.: Keynote Dinner—A conversation withbest-selling thriller writers David Morrell and John Sandford


† (Conference Schedule and Times Subject To Change)

* Book signings are for faculty authors and for books purchased at the conference.


Registration Pricing Overview (Prices Valid Through September 22, 2014)

First Chapter Critique with author /publisher Judith Van Gieson
Written critique and 30-minute one-on-one meeting. Email your first chapter of up to 25 double-spaced pages in fiction or non-fiction to wordharvest@wordharvest.com by September 17, 2014. Specify the genre of the work that you are submitting. You are welcome to include a synopsis of your book for Judith’s review. Prior to the conference we will notify you of the day & time of your appointment. 

$165.00 per submission for those registered for at least one day of the conference
$200.00 per submission for those not registered for the conference

Full Registration (3 Days): $695
Thursday Full Day of Pre-Conference Workshops (Includes a complimentary $25.00 ticket to the Opening Evening Event)
Friday Craft of Writing Programs, including New Book/New Author Breakfast, Lunch, and Writing with the Stars
Saturday Business of Writing Programs, Hillerman luncheon and Keynote dinner 

Weekend Registration (2 Days): $475
Craft of Writing Programs, including New Book/New Author Breakfast, Lunch, and Writing with the Stars
Saturday Business of Writing Programs, Hillerman luncheon and Keynote dinner

Thursday (1 Day): $220
Morning Session: $120
Afternoon Session: $120

Thursday Evening Opening Gala: $25
Seating is Limited

Friday Registration (1 Day): $295
Craft of Writing Programs, including New Book/New Author Breakfast, Lunch, and Writing with the Stars 

Saturday Registration (1 Day): $345
Business of Writing Programs, Hillerman luncheon and Keynote dinner