The Historical Novel Society North America is “the place for historical fiction.”

Welcome to the website for the Historical Novel Society North America (HNSNA). Every two years, the HNSNA holds a writers conference that attracts historical novelists from all over North America and beyond. In 2023, the #HNS2023 conference is being held in beautiful San Antonio, TX, from June 8 to 10, with virtual content beginning June 5.

When you register to attend the conference, you can choose either the in-person or the virtual option. Both options provide you with ample opportunity to connect with old friends and make new friends, attend dozens of amazing sessions aimed at helping you be a better writer, meet our special guests (all bestselling authors), and even pitch your novel to an agent.

#HNS2023 is all about community. Join us and get inspired!

Our Full Conference Program includes 90+ hours of programming, much of which will also be available virtually on our conference app so you can enjoy it for a full 90 days following the conference.

Registration closes May 15 for In-Person and June 4 for Virtual

Conference Rates

  • In-Person HNS Member: $589
  • In-Person Non-Member: $639
  • Virtual: $299
  • Student: $350
  • In-Person Guest (meals only): $350

Conference at a Glance

Trying to decide between in-person and virtual? Both our great options! Check out our PDF Guide that shows you exactly what’s included in both options.

Conference Hotel

Are you coming to San Antonio? Book your room at the Marriott Rivercenter at the confererence rate.


Check our Frequently Asked Questions!

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Announcing Our Special Guests at #HNS2023

We’re excited to welcome Lisa Wingate, Jamie Ford, Libbie Grant, and James Scott Bell as our special guests at #HNS2023! Read all about them here.

Announcing Our Agents & Editors at #HNS2023

Polish up your queries and get ready to pitch your novel at #HNS2023. Sign up for pitches and/or query-letter critique sessions when registration opens on February 15, 2023.

Read all about the agents and editors here.

What’s Your Conference Story?

Have you attended an HNS conference? Did you join us for A Taste of HNSNA, our first-ever mini-conference on July 23, 2022? If so, we want to hear from you about your experience at any HNS, HNSNA or HNSA conference. Share whatever takes your fancy—what sessions did you love? Which special guests fired your imagination? Did you make connections with other authors? Anything goes!

Memories of #HNS2021

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