The following is from our 2015 conference, to give you an idea of the types of programs presented.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Grand Mesa A Grand Mesa B/C Atrium & Grand Mesa Ballroom
9am—noon  The Architecture of the Historical Novel – Larry Brooks  Broadsword Workshop – David Blixt

Conference Kick-Off Reception

 noon – 1:25 Lunch – on your own Lunch – on your own

and Dinner

 1:30—4:30 Attitude and Altitude of Historical Novel – Larry Brooks   Rapier/Dagger/Smallsword workshop – David Blixt

  Guest of Honor Chris C.C.Humphries

6 – 10 p.m. 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Conference Sessions

Grand Mesa Ballroom & Meeting Rooms – Second Floor

Bookstore Located in Chasm Creek – Open from 8 am – 7 pm

   Grand Mesa D/F Grand Mesa A Grand Mesa B (AV) Grand Mesa C  Grand Mesa E  Grand Mesa Ballroom
8—9am New Paths in Publishing: Erwin, Smith, Makansi, Willis Beyond Google: Using Primary Sources to Bring Your American Characters to Life: Higginbotham Prepping Your Manuscript before Submission: Dietz It’s Been Done Before But Not Like This: Dray, Moran, Carroll, Shecter

Costume & Awards Banquet with Special Guest Speaker Diana Gabaldon

 9:15—10:15am Agents and Editors I Trends in Historical Women’s Fiction: Lyon, Wessell, Quinn, Knight It’s Mysterious and Historical! Clues to Writing an Historical Mystery Series: Burns, Huber, Thomas, Willig, Davis (Re)creating the Past: Historical Fiction Without the Famous: Tod, Williams, Quinlan The Gender Divide: Gortner, Jones, Humphreys, Dray, Blixt

 Mistress of Ceremonies: Gillian Bagwell

10:30—11:30am The Brass Tacks of Self-Publishing: Willis, Hollick, Belfrage, Clouston, Morton Characters in Corsets: How to Write Fashion into Your Fiction: Aulerich-Mahone Elizabeth Peters, Egyptology, and Historical Fiction Today: Hawker, Cherf, Patterson Just the facts, Ma’am (or not?): Transforming Biography into Compelling Historical Fiction: Goodman, Biaggio, Carroll, George, Haeger
11:45 – 1 pm

Luncheon – Guest of Honor Karen Cushman

1:15—2:15pm Selling Historical Fiction: The Good, the Bad, and the Dangerous: Gortner, Webb, Russo Morin The Art of Book Cover Design for Historical Fiction: Sarah Johnson, Quinlan, Waldherr, Victorson, Michels Finding (and Keeping) Critique Partners for Your Historical Fiction: Rodenberg, Brush, Kathryn Johnson Shakespeare and Me: A novelist explores his greatest influence: CC Chris Humphreys
2:30—3:30pm Dancing with the Darcys–Regency Dance Workshop Social Media: A Help or a Hindrance?: Parker, Morrill, Royal Art and Artists in Historical Fiction: The special challenges of writing about art and artists in HF: dos Santos, Cowell, White, Russo Morin, Burns Midwifery: Magic or Medicine? : Thomas, Yarde, Rendfeld, Starkston, Gabaldon Agents and Editors II
3:45—4:45pm Dancing with the Darcys–Regency Dance Workshop The Who, Why, and What Answers to Reader Satisfaction: Williams, Hopkins, Davies, Bruno Primary Sources and “Touch and Try”: The Next-Best Thing to Time Travel: Delamere, Brockmole, Huber, Webb Making It Relevant & Making It Real: Writing historical fiction that speaks to 21st century readers: Bagwell, Gortner, George, Bracewell Diversity in Publishing: Porter, Greg Johnson, La Rue, Langer, Acevedo-Barron
6 p.m. – 12 a.m.


7:00am – 7:45am (Pick Up Your Continental Breakfast Items and Bring Them With You!) Becoming An Outrageously Successful Author:? How to Build Your Audience of Readers, Even Before You’re Published! – Shari Stauch, WhereWritersWin
10:30am – 11:15am What Really Happens During a Historical Romance Cover Photo Shoot? Kim Killion, Killion Group, Inc.
3:45pm – 4:30pm  Book Marketing: Finding and Connecting with your Superfans –  Bill Van Orsdel, Book Fuel

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Bookstore Located in Chasm Creek – Open from 8 am – 11 am

Grand Mesa D/F Grand Mesa A Grand Mesa B
Grand Mesa C Grand Mesa E Thunderpass
7—8am Future HNS Conference
8—9am Out Loud and Proud in Front of a Crowd: Reading Your Work for an Audience: Carroll The Red Pen and Historical Fiction: an Editor’s Perspective: Quinlan, Williams Writing the West: Women who Bucked Tradition: Mailman, Tartarglio, Jorgensen, Wiederanders Cold Reads
9:15—10:15am Speak the speech, I Pray You: How Well Does Your Dialogue Work? : Bagwell, Carroll, CC Humphreys Pressed for Time: Writing and Researching Historical Fiction When Life Gets in the Way: Willig, Thornton, Cowell, Thomas The Past is…Where?: Beaulieu, Green Writing Historicals for Children and Teens: Cushman, Mailman, McMahan Cold Reads
10:30—11:30am Ye Hielands and Ye Lawlands: McDuffie, Allen, Gabaldon Starting a Chapter of the Historical Novel Society: Jefferson, Huber, Palmer  Quiz Damsels to the Rescue: Reviving the Male Protagonist:  Blixt (Moderator) George, Smith, Penman Cold Reads


7:00am – 7:45am (Pick Up Your Continental Breakfast Items and Bring Them With You!) Book Reviews – How to Make Them Work Harder For You – Kiffer Brown, Chanticleer Book Reviews
8:00am – 8:45am indieBRAG – Who We Are and What We Do – Bob Clouston, indieBRAG
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