Conversation Rooms

Let’s Get Social!

Conversation Rooms in the Histfic Hub


One of the best things about a conference is meeting like-minded people who share your interests, and this year is no different! Check out the themed Conversation Rooms in our Histfic Hub.

A conversation room is a place for attendees to meet face-to-face (or screen-to screen), accessed via the conference’s EventMobi platform and hosted on Zoom. Each room features a different topic and a host to greet participants, get the conversation started, and keep it flowing. Conversations are scheduled in two-hour blocks, and attendees are welcome to pop in and out of conversation rooms as they please. No RSVP required.

For conversations that are heavily attended and/or cover a broad topic, hosts are enabled to create breakout rooms so attendees can have more focused conversations.

We’ve scheduled conversation rooms at different times to allow for participation across time zones and to avoid conflicting with most regular sessions, though out of necessity more conversations are in the evenings, and all times listed are Central Standard Time (San Antonio).

We all love to talk histfic, and our interests are wide-ranging! We can’t include them all in the limited time we have, but we’ve done our best to choose topics we believe will be of most interest based on our surveys and our observations of the marketplace and social media. But we want to give YOU a chance to chime in too! If you think we’ve missed a hot topic, nominate it for inclusion using THIS FORM by May 15. We’ll ask attendees to vote for their three favorites and add them to the conference program on Monday and Saturday evening and Sunday morning.

And if you’d like to create your own conversation room for you and your friends, we can make that happen too! Look for the REQUEST A ROOM button in the Histfic Hub.

Conversation rooms are live and will NOT be recorded. Our intention is for these to be welcoming spaces for attendees to gather around their favorite topics. Whether you have a lot to say or you just want to sit back and listen, all are welcome. But we do ask that you be respectful. Harassment of any kind will not be tolerated, and hosts are enabled to remove disruptive participants.

Early risers, lunchtime browsers, and night owls are all invited to join the conversation at HNS2021!

Monday, June 21

7:00-9:00am
Morning Meet & Greet: Say hello to fellow attendees, share your interests, and tell us what you’re looking forward to at the conference.
Tudor/Elizabethan Era: Gather in the virtual great hall to talk about one of the world’s most famous dynasties and their impact on historical fiction.
Victorian Era: Industrial Revolution, political reform, and social change—the Victorian era is ripe with history. Chat with fellow enthusiasts about this ever-popular time period for all subgenres of historical fiction.

12:00-2:00pm
Non-Western: Fiction based on non-Western history is growing in popularity. Meet up with other writers and readers interested in fiction outside of the Western world and talk about how to bring new cultures to life on the page.
Dual Timelines: The dual timeline structure is super popular, but it’s also super challenging! Share and learn with fellow authors embarking on a dual writing journey.
Mythological: Chat with fellow enthusiasts about why stories based on the mythological histories of many cultures continue to be popular and how writers can find inspiration in them today.

6:00-8:00pm
Marketing Happy Hour: Meet your fellow authors and exchange what works for you with what works for them. Leave with new friends, a motivational boost, and some fresh inspiration to promote your work. Hosted by literary publicist Stephanie Barko.
Biographical Fiction: Stories about real people can spark readers to dive deep into historical records to learn the real truth. Share and learn with fellow attendees who are writing novels based on real people of the past.
Gilded Age: Chat with fellow attendees about reading and writing stories set during this era of opulent high society, poverty, reform, and industrial growth in the United States.

8:00-10:00pm
American Civil War: Join fellow history enthusiasts to talk about this perennial subject for historical fiction.
Crime/Thriller: Long popular in contemporary fiction, thrillers are catching on with historical novelists too. Chat with fellow attendees about incorporating thrills and chills in historical fiction.
Regency Era: Dukes and viscounts abound, but this was also an era of war and political and social upheavals. Chat with other authors about the Bridgerton effect and writing in this popular era.
Attendees’ Choice: Nominate a topic idea, we’ll ask attendees to vote for their favorites, and one will be scheduled here!


Tuesday, June 22

7:00-9:00am
Morning Meet & Greet: Say hello to fellow attendees, share your interests, and tell us what you’re looking forward to at the conference.
Eastern European: While Western Europe gets most of the attention, Eastern Europe features cultures, traditions, and beliefs that are unique in their own right. Let’s meet, mingle, and share.
French Revolution: No heads will roll in this chat, but we will talk about why the French Revolution continues to fascinate historical novelists.

12:00-2:00pm
Vikings/Scandinavia: The combination of warriors, familial bonds, mythology, and intricate law systems continues to appeal to historical novelists. Let’s discuss the appeal of the Norse in fiction and where writers can turn for inspiration and research.
Medieval Era: Grab a cup of mulled wine and gab with fellow medieval enthusiasts about the wealth of inspiration and insight to be gleaned from this era.
Inspirational: Join fellow attendees to discuss writing an inspirational novel and the nuances of religious elements in mainstream historical fiction.

6:00-8:00pm
17th Century: From the Baroque to the Scientific Revolution to the explosion of world-wide trade, with a little war and civil unrest in between. Mingle with fellow attendees writing novels set in the 17th century. This conversation can utilize breakout rooms to focus on more specific time periods.
18th Century: The 18th century was a time of unrest in varied parts of the world. Chat with fellow attendees about local and global events of the time and writing novels set in the 18th century. This conversation can utilize breakout rooms to focus on more specific time periods.
American West: This time period’s influence continues to be found in many genres, from young adult to science fiction. Join fellow enthusiasts to talk about reading and writing Westerns and Western-influenced historical fiction.

8:00-10:00pm
Early America: From the early European settlers to the American Revolution, the founding of America is both inspirational and controversial. Chat with fellow history lovers about historical fiction set in this time period.
19th Century: The events of the 19th century are simultaneously within our reach and just beyond it. Chat with fellow attendees about reading and writing novels set in the 19th century. This conversation can utilize breakout rooms to focus on more specific time periods.
20th Century: Writing about the recent past offers its own challenges. Chat about this with fellow attendees writing novels set in the 20th century. This conversation can utilize breakout rooms to focus on more specific time periods.
Canadian History: Let’s talk about pivotal eras in Canadian history and the stories they inspire.


Wednesday, June 23

7:00-9:00am
Russian History: Russian history has given us evocative, larger-than-life characters. Chat with other attendees about important eras in Russia’s history and the stories they inspire.
Romance: Whether you’re writing historical romance or romantic historical fiction or just enjoy a good love story, come chat with us about the language of love.
Italian History: Italian history, like Italy itself, is bold, flavorful, and can teach us a lot about our own nature. Join fellow fans in talking about pivotal moments in Italy’s history and the stories they inspire.

12:00-2:00pm
English Civil War: Chat with fellow history lovers about Roundheads and Royalists and how this troubled time in England’s history is full of inspiration for novelists.
Renaissance Era: Art, music, history, philosophy, and of course, love! Let’s talk about why this era is so popular with historical fiction fans.
Mystery: Historical mysteries continue to be popular across all time periods. Whether you’ve been writing them for years, are just starting out, or love reading them, meet your fellow mystery enthusiasts to talk about sleuthing in historical fiction.

6:00-8:00pm
Historical Fashion: Corsets or stays? Breeches or trousers? Researching to get the details right is not only important, it’s fun! If you enjoy fabrics, form, and function, come mingle with other historical fashionistas.
French History: Vive la France! That’s what we say now, but the intricacies of France’s history are more complex. Join fellow enthusiasts in talking about pivotal moments in France’s history and the stories they inspire.
Fantasy & Alternate History: Fantasy, what-ifs, and the supernatural have long had a place in histfic. Chat with fellow writers about infusing the historical with these elements.

8:00-10:00pm
KidLit: If you’re writing for children, middle grade, or young adults, this is the place to be!
Medieval Era: Grab a cup of mulled wine and gab with fellow medieval enthusiasts about the wealth of inspiration and insight to be gleaned from this era.
Gothic & Horror: Got a brooding character, a bleak setting, and supernatural elements? How about elements of a horror story? Join other gothic and horror enthusiasts to see how your interests fit into the larger picture.
Indigenous Peoples: The history of people who lived on land before European settlers arrived needs to be captured, and in an informed way. Talk with fellow attendees about bringing these stories into focus with an emphasis on research and cultural sensitivity.


Thursday, June 24

7:00-9:00am
18th Century: The 18th century was a time of unrest in varied parts of the world. Chat with fellow attendees about local and global events of the time and writing novels set in the 18th century. This conversation can utilize breakout rooms to focus on more specific time periods.
20th Century: Writing about the recent past offers its own challenges. Chat about this with fellow attendees writing novels set in the 20th century. This conversation can utilize breakout rooms to focus on more specific time periods.
Ancient Era: It’s commonly thought there aren’t enough records to write about the ancient era well. Learn about why that’s not true and explore writing stories set in the far-distant past and why they still resonate with us today.

6:00-8:00pm
Asian History: Asia’s a big place full of big stories. Mingle with attendees writing about Asian history, discuss themes and trends, and share tips for resources and inspiration.
LGBTQIA+: Despite being underrepresented in histfic, the LGBTQIA+ community has been around since ancient times. Chat with fellow attendees about how to include this population when writing historical fiction.
Irish & Scottish History: Whisky or whiskey? Meet fellow fans of Irish and Scottish history and talk about reading and writing stories set in these near-mystical lands.

8:00-10:00pm
Independent Publishing: IndiePub has its own benefits and challenges. Join fellow authors to talk about tips and trends and what to know when going indie.
Traditional Publishing: The state of the industry is constantly in flux, and the current times have had an impact. Join traditionally published authors and learn more about what happens after you sell your novel.
Aspiring Authors: Still working on that first novel? Find inspiration and motivation from your fellow first-timers.
Bloggers & Reviewers: Without readers, there would be no authors! Chat with readers about blogs, blog tours, book reviews, social media, and anything else that catches our fancy!


Friday, June 25

7:00-9:00am
17th Century: From the Baroque to the Scientific Revolution to the explosion of world-wide trade, with a little war and civil unrest in between. Mingle with fellow attendees writing novels set in the 17th century. This conversation can utilize breakout rooms to focus on more specific time periods.
19th Century: The events of the 19th century are simultaneously within our reach and just beyond it. Chat with fellow attendees about reading and writing novels set in the 19th century. This conversation can utilize breakout rooms to focus on more specific time periods.
Biographical Fiction: Stories about real people can spark readers to dive deep into historical records to learn the real truth. Share and learn with fellow attendees who are writing novels based on real people of the past.

6:00-8:00pm
Ancient Era: It’s commonly thought there aren’t enough records to write about the ancient era well. Learn about why that’s not true and explore writing stories set in the far-distant past and why they still resonate with us today.
Tudor/Elizabethan: Gather round the virtual great hall to talk about one of the world’s most famous dynasties and their impact on historical fiction.
Renaissance Era: Art, music, history, philosophy, and of course, love! Let’s talk about why this era is so popular with historical fiction fans.

8:00-10:00pm
Dual Timelines: The dual timeline structure is super popular, but it’s also super challenging! Learn and share with fellow authors embarking on a dual writing journey.
Mystery: Historical mysteries continue to be popular across all time periods. Whether you’ve been writing them for years, are just starting out, or love reading them, meet your fellow mystery enthusiasts to talk about sleuthing in historical fiction.
Non-Western: Fiction based on non-Western history is growing in popularity. Meet up with other writers and readers interested in fiction outside of the Western world and talk about how to bring new cultures to life on the page.
Audiobooks: With the popularity of audiobooks soaring, let’s discuss what we do and don’t love about them and learn about the work that goes into producing them.


Saturday, June 26

7:00-9:00am
Independent Publishing: IndiePub has its own benefits and challenges. Join fellow authors to talk about tips and trends and what to know when going indie.
Traditional Publishing: The state of the industry is constantly in flux, and the current times have had an impact. Join traditionally published authors and learn more about what happens after you sell your novel.
Aspiring Authors: Still working on that first novel? Find inspiration and motivation from your fellow first-timers.

6:00-8:00pm
Romance: Whether you’re writing historical romance or romantic historical fiction or just enjoy a good love story, come chat with us about the language of love.
KidLit: If you’re writing for children, middle grade, or young adults, this is the place to be!
Fights & Battles: Let’s talk about our favorite action scenes and what writers can do to bring these pulse-pounding moments to life.

8:00-10:00pm
Multicultural/BIPOC: Historical fiction has been behind other genres in the search for diverse voices that need to be heard. Let’s unpack why and learn how we can do better.
Victorian Era: Industrial Revolution, political reform and social change—the Victorian era is ripe with history. Chat with fellow enthusiasts about this ever-popular time period for all subgenres of historical fiction.
World Wars I & II: Let’s discuss this popular era for fiction and how novelists can find new inspiration.
Attendees’ Choice: Nominate a topic idea, we’ll ask attendees to vote for their favorites, and one will be scheduled here!


Sunday, June 27

7:00-9:00am
Conference Chitchat: On this last day of the conference, let’s chat about our favorite sessions, the moments that stood out to us, and what we’re taking away from HNS2021.
Shaping the Future of Histfic: We’re tapping into the conference theme, Shake it Up! Let’s talk about what we, as readers and writers, can do to shape the future of our genre.
Attendees’ Choice: Nominate a topic idea, we’ll ask attendees to vote for their favorites, and one will be scheduled here!