Conference Schedule

Tony Hillerman Writers Conference

Pre-Conference Workshop
Thursday, November 5

lucinda schroeder pic

“The Language of Liars”
Lucinda Schroeder

Imagine if writers knew how the FBI deciphers deceptive body language and verbal statements to catch criminals. Learn how to make your good characters better “lie” catchers and make your bad characters great liars.

Lucinda Schroder, a retired federal agent with 30 years of service, holds a BA in Criminology and is the author of two books on undercover cases she conducted while in the midst of master liars. She has had extensive training and experience in the detection of deception and has taught “The Language of Liars” to other federal agents. In fact, she is the only trained “lie-catcher” offering this topic to writers

A Workshop You Don’t Want to Miss!!


Thursday – November 5 - Pre-Conference Writing Workshop

9:00AM – 11:45AM - “The Anatomy of Engaging Stories: Elements That Make Readers Keep Reading”, with Bill O’Hanlon

11:45AM – 1:15PM – Lunch on Your Own

1:15PM – 4:00PM – “The Language of Liars”, with Lucinda Schroeder

Thursday – November 5 – 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM - Celebrate Tony’s 90th

Friday – November 6The Craft of Writing

Dawn Wink and Jann Arrington Wolcott will be on hand to share MC duties

7:00AM - 7:30AM – Registration/Pick up your name tag

7:30AM – 9:00AM – New Book/New Author Breakfast – Dawn Wink (moderator)

9:30AM – 10:30AM – “Claim It, Rename It, or Throw It Out”, with Steve Brewer

11:00AM – 12:00PM – *Word On!* with Pat Mora

12:00PM – 1:00PM – Lunch and talk – “Plunder of the Ancients”, with Lucinda Schroeder

1:30PM – 2:30PM – “How to Get the Most out of Your Sources” – Mary-Charlotte Domandi, Robert Nott, Hakim Bellamy (moderator), John Fortunato, & James McGrath Morris

2:45PM - 3:45PM – “True Crime in Fiction and Non-Fiction”, with Chuck Greaves

4:00PM – 5:00PM – “Who Are You Writing For?”, with Justin Golding

5:00PM – 6:00PM – *Book signing with the day’s presenters + cash bar


Saturday – November 7– The Business of Writing

Breakfast on Your Own

Dawn Wink and Jann Arrington Wolcott will be on hand to share MC duties

7:00AM - 9:00AM – Registration/Pick up your name tag

7:30AM – 8:45AM – Coffee, Croissants, and Critiques

9:00AM – 10:00AM – “Tips on Writing a Book That Sells”, with Katy Hershberger, Hampton Sides, Anne Hillerman, and Paul Rhetts

10:30AM – 11:30AM – “Smart Book Promotion”, with David Morrell

12:00PM – 1:30PM – Tony Hillerman Luncheon – A conversation with 2014 Tony Hillerman Prize winner John Fortunato and St. Martin’s Press editor, Peter Joseph

Announcement of the 2015 Tony Hillerman Prize, by Peter Joseph

1:45PM – 2:30PM – “What to Expect When You’re Expecting to be Published”, with Liz Trupin-Pulli

2:45PM – 3:45PM – “How to Kill Fewer Trees and Still Get Read: Self-Publishing Print and E-Books for Independent Authors”, with David Rogers

4:00PM – 5:00PM – “How to C.A.R.V.E. Your Platform to Snag Agents, Publishers, and Readers”, with Bill O’Hanlon

6:00PM – * Reception/Book signing with the day’s presenters + cash bar

7:00PM – Dinner        

Keynote – A Conversation with Hampton Sides and James McGrath Morris


† (Conference Schedule and Times Subject To Change)

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