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Every two years, the Historical Novel Society North America holds a writers conference that attracts historical novelists, readers, editors, agents, and presenters from all over North America and beyond.

The next conference will be held in 2025 at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, from June 26 to 28. Join us to Learn, Connect & Grow!

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HNS2023 Conference Memories

In 2023, the Historical Novel Society North America Conference was held in beautiful San Antonio, TX, from June 8 to 10, with virtual content that began June 5. Here’s a few pictures of the good times had by all in San Antonio at HNS2023.

The HNSNA Blog

Read articles submitted by historical novelists! Explore the craft of writing historical fiction, including research tips, plotting techniques, character development, time periods, setting descriptions, and more!

Using ChatGPT to Write Historical Novels

Guest Post by Indrani Ganguly – When I first heard Zager and Evans’ In the Year 2525 in 1969, I […]

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Keeping Your Readers’ Dual Attention Focus

Guest Post by Jeannette de Beauvoir – Life is complex, multi-layered, and ever-changing, and some stories that take us into […]

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Walk the Field; Make the Dress

Guest Post by Sally Bays – Last year, I decided to make a replica historical suit of clothing, using only the […]

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Of Quirks and Necessities: Putting People Before Time

Guest Post by Judy Lynn Ichkhanian – When people I meet discover that I write Historical Romance, they shake their […]

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Five Thoughts on Researching Nineteenth-Century (Western) Demimondes

Guest Post by Amelia Hester – Researching the demimonde requires nuance and a willingness to step back from our biases, […]

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Turning Family History into a Historical Novel: Writing Tips

Guest Post by Pamela Pan – Families mirror the time they inhabit like water droplets reflecting an ocean. Family history, […]

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How to Plot a Dual-Timeline Novel

Guest Post by Meredith Jaeger – Dual-Timeline historical novels continue to sell because they have their own special magic. However, […]

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Historical Fiction: Entertaining, Engaging, or Englightening?

Guest Post by Maryka Biaggio – Since the July 2023 release of the Barbie and Oppenheimer films (AKA Barbenheimer), I’ve been wondering: Can film and […]

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The Goldilocks Question

Guest Post by Ann S. Epstein – How much history is “too little,” “too much,” or “just right” in historical […]

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What Not to Wear (HNSNA Conference Edition)

Conference Memories by Kate Hornstein – As I looked towards my first live HNSNA Conference where I’d pitch my book […]

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The Balancing Act of Historical Fiction

Guest Post by Amanda Cabot – We’ve all seen pictures of Lady Justice ensuring that the scales she holds are […]

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Writing About the Mysterious World of the 12th Century

Guest Post by Patricia Bernstein – In the 12th century in England, there were no carriages, no fireplaces, very few […]

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He Said, She Said: Thoughts on Speech in the Past

Guest Post by N. L. Holmes – Nobody—neither author nor reader—is likely to argue with the idea that historical fiction […]

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Three Musts for Writing World War II Fiction

Guest Post by Marcus Brotherton – World War II is a popular setting for historical fiction. But your manuscript must […]

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Beyond the Headlines: 5 Research Takeaways from Periodicals

Guest Post by Jocelyn Green – Newspapers! Magazines! What treasures they hold for the historical novelist, and looking beyond the […]

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Communicating When Circumscribed: Lessons from the Convent

Guest Post by Gina Buonaguro – While researching my latest novel set in a sixteenth-century Venetian convent, I was struck […]

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My Experience at HNS2022 in Durham, UK

Guest Post by Marie Powell – My first glimpse of Durham was the stark Norman cathedral, outlined against the horizon, […]

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Normal is Just Another Word for Average: Writing Strong Women Who Still Stay True to History

Guest Post by Stephenia H. McGee – I used to teach creative writing at a Christian academy and I will […]

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The Five Senses of Writing Victorian Fiction

Guest Post by Essie Fox – For writers of historical fiction, the background research is an essential starting point. But […]

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Seven Mistakes to Avoid When Writing Native American Characters

Guest Post by Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer – Writing about Native Americans is a hot topic in the author community. On […]

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The Golden Rules of Writing Historical Fiction

Guest Post by Kathryn Heyman – My first historical novel, The Accomplice, was inspired by the 1629 shipwreck of the […]

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Tips for Description that Make Historical Fiction Unforgettable

Guest Post by Cindy K. Sproles – We all want to hear the words, “Your historical fiction was unforgettable.” Nothing […]

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Celebrating Women By Telling Their Stories through Historical Fiction

Guest Post by Janis Robinson Daly – As an effort to support the National Women’s History Alliance’s 2023 theme for […]

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My Experience at #HNS2019 in National Harbor

Guest Post by Linda Ulleseit – In June 2019, I attended the HNS conference in National Harbor, Maryland. As usual, […]

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The Quest for Accuracy

Guest Post by Marlie Parker Wasserman – When writers of historical novels talk about their preparation, they usually focus on […]

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Drinking Ale–An Essential Detail of Historical Fiction Set in Medieval England

Guest Post by Lee Swanson – Ale was the staple drink among the medieval English population, not beer or wine. […]

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Mind Readers: Thoughts on the Historical Imagination

Guest Post by Jeffrey Hantover – Within the broad boundaries of historical reality, writers of historical fiction must create a […]

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Account Books and Budgets as Writing Inspiration

Guest Post by Ann Marti Friedman – “Truth isn’t in accounts, but in account books,” Josephine Tey wrote in The […]

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Why Women Wear Skirts

Guest Post by Jane Stubbs – When you travel in a country where the toilet—if you can find one—consists of […]

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Don’t Go Down the Rabbit Hole! How Not to Get Lost in the Research

Guest Post by Lori Anne Goldstein – Every novel involves research. Whether it’s understanding what happens when someone goes into […]

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Researching Historical Fiction: Sources and Applications

Guest Post by William F. Hager – Researching historical fiction can be a daunting task, one that can cause delay […]

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My Secret Tool for Writing Complex, Believable Characters

Guest Post by Lisa Betz – I’m an introverted, non-emotional, unassertive, analytical thinker, while my heroine is nosy, headstrong, extroverted, […]

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Three Promotional Tools That Worked for Me

Guest Post by Lilianne Milgrom – I spent ten years researching and writing my award-winning historical fiction L’Origine: The Secret […]

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Putting the Color Back into History

Guest Post by Zenobia Neil – We all know that history has been written by the victors. Those who recorded […]

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How a Die-hard Novelist Learned the Surprising Joy of a (Short) Story

Guest Post by Alison Taylor-Brown – Most of us long for a readership. We hope to connect with people who […]

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My First HNSNA Conference in 2013

By Guest Poster Sharman Burson Ramsey – My first experience with the Historical Novel Society was in 2013 when I […]

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How I Found My People at My First Historical Novel Society Conference

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Carol M. Cram – I’m a bit of a late bloomer when it comes to writing historical fiction. My debut […]

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Finding the Real Story in Your Historical Novel

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Guest Post by Sam Osherson – Writing teacher Bonnie Freidman has discussed the problem of writers being “transfixed” by their […]

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How to Get the Press Coverage Your Historical Novel Deserves

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Guest Post by Rebecca Rosenberg – I’ve worked in publicity and advertising since I was twenty and am constantly looking […]

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Jazz, Flappers, and Prohibition: Researching the Roaring Twenties

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Guest Post by Skye Alexander – Writing historical fiction requires doing a lot of research, which may sound tedious to […]

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Hands-on with History: Researching Material Culture

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Guest Post by E. C. Ambrose – An archive, library, or internet equivalent is your usual starting point when developing […]

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The World Needs More Heroines! Use the Heroine’s Journey to Outline Your Next Historical Novel

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Guest Post by Robin Henry – Writers of historical fiction often face criticism for placing “modern” characters in a historical […]

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Historical Fantasy: Fantastic Answers to Historical Questions

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Guest post by Matthew Lucas – One of the pleasures of writing historical fantasy is working within the weave between […]

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Tools of the Trade

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Guest Post by Amanda Cabot – Carpenters need saws and hammers; portrait painters use brushes and palettes; chefs rely on […]

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Major Legislative Changes Affecting Women in the 19th Century

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Guest Post by Brenda W. Clough – In Victorian Britain, women teetered on the verge of a vast change in […]

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Zooming Through Time, Space, and Cultures: What I’ve Gained From HNS Conferences

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Guest Post by Indrani Ganguly – I have enjoyed reading historical novels since I was a child but have only […]

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Bringing Norse Sagas to a Contemporary Audience

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Guest Post by Stuart W. Mirsky – Modern film and streaming services have conditioned us to expect nonstop action in […]

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Historical Fiction in Four Nouns

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Guest Post by Deborah L. Williams – “Well, as you revise, think about food, clothing, wine, and gestures,” said my […]

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Updating Serialization for the 21st Century

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Guest Post by Angeline Walsh –   Before narrative radio dramas and television sitcoms, there was the serial novel. Ever […]

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