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HWA 2018 Conference Will Be Here Before You Know It!

HWA 2018 - Providence RI -Fall 2018 (dates to be announced 6/5/18)


Guest Speaker - Paula Munier

Senior Literary Agent and Content Strategist at Talcott Notch Literary Services, boasts broad experience creating and marketing exceptional content in all formats across all markets for WGBH, Disney, Fidelity, Gannett, Greenspun Media Group, F&W Media, Quayside, and more. She began her career as a journalist, and along the way added editor, acquisitions specialist, digital content manager, and publishing executive to her repertoire. Her specialties include crime fiction, women’s fiction, historical fiction, upmarket fiction, YA/MG, high-concept SFF, and nonfiction. 
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Historical Fiction
Diana Gabaldon
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Historical Nonfiction
Gordon S. Wood

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2018 Presenter Profile: Stuart Horwitz

By Paul Davis
Posted on 4/15/2018 5:48 PM

Rhode Island writing guru Stuart Horwitz didn’t want to write about his life. But when his older daughter left for college, she reminded him, “You said you were going to write your memoir for me.”
Horwitz met her halfway. He wrote a piece about his college days. His friends said it was the best thing he had ever written.

So Horwitz, the author of three popular books on writing, began chronicling the crazy path that led to his 20-year career as a book coach, editor and founder of Book Architecture, a full-service literary company headquartered in a former mill building in Providence.

He got a master’s degree in literary aesthetics from New York University—a good first step for a budding book doctor. But his second degree made less sense: a masters in East Asian Studies from Harvard, with a concentration in Medieval Japanese Buddhism. He thought he would get an advanced degree and become a teacher, “but a variety of things” got in the way, he says.

Instead, he became a wedding planner in Newport, where the gatherings became more and more outlandish and expensive. At some point he thought he might work in a field with more meaning, so he learned how to be a mortician. Then he asked himself, Do I want to bury people for the rest of my life? He took a job as an intern in the publishing industry, where he read and analyzed books for a literary agent. One day he told his wife, a psychiatrist, that he was doing the same work as his boss. Except his boss made ten times more than he did.


New Book, New War Plan

By Paula Munier
Posted on 4/22/2018

Starting a new novel is like planning a war campaign. Strategy is everything, and in those early days of testing characters and settings and plot lines, it’s best to go in quietly, fully armed, surprising the elements of your story into submission. At least until you take the beaches and can move on to solid ground.

As I press forward on Book Two in my mystery series (Book One, A Borrowing of Bones, pubs in Fall 2018), I find myself turning to the same tried-and-true tools that helped me maneuver the first:

The War Room

Well, house might be more accurate. I have a desk in most every room in our cottage, and every workspace has its function: a graceful French kidney desk in the living room (for real work), a Mission-style roll-top desk in my kitchen (for taking notes and answering emails while the pot boils, literally), a lap desk on the daybed in the yoga room (for dreaming my way into the story), a standing desk in the bedroom (for when I need to escape family and friends and visitors).

The War Board

My sweetheart turned two closet doors into cork boards, where I pin index cards listing scenes for the novel, eventually settling on a chronology. This is a visual aid I find critical to the process of creating a scene list. That scene list will eventually become a scene-by-scene outline.

The Battle Plan

For this new book, in which much of the action takes place in the wilderness during a blizzard, I created a battle plan in the form of a map inspired by my son’s D&D game table. I use 25-inch by 30-inch gridded pages from a Post It easel pad to block out the action of the story. I use action figures and game tokens to represent characters.

It’s like a grown-up version of my childhood Barbie & Ken games—with murder!




HWA 3rd Annual Conference
Providence, RI June 7 -10 2018 - Save the date!


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