Registration now OPEN for the 5th HNS North American Conference!

November 14, 2012

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN and we’ve got quite a program lined up! The 5thNorth American Historical Novel Society Conference is going to be bigger and better than ever! See the latest detail at the conference website, and join the conference Facebook page here to ‘meet’ delegates and speakers ahead of the event.

The conference will be held at the Renaissance Vinoy Hotel, St. Petersburg, Florida: June 21-23, 2013.

Special Guests of Honor: Keynote Speakers Anne Perry and Steve Berry, plus Luncheon Speaker C.W. Gortner.

Anne Perry

Details of our program schedule and panelists/speakers will be available in the coming weeks, but here’s a quick preview of some of the topics for sessions:

  • The Art of Doing a Terrific Author Reading
  • Sex in Historical Fiction: How To Make It Hot
  • Historical Fiction Set in the Ancient World
  • At least TWO agent/editor panels plus separate presentations by guest agents and editors
  • Dialect, Slang and Historical Vocabulary
  • The Witchcraft Window: Scrying the Past
  • Creating Book Trailers Using an IPad or PowerPoint/PC
  • Combat and Weaponry Workshop
  • The Search for Research
  • Is “Genre” a Dirty Word? Commercial v. Literary Historical Fiction
  • Depicting Religion in Historical Fiction
  • Making It To Mainstream – And What Comes After
  •  Writing About Women in History
  • “Cold Read” Sessions with two agents or editors before a live audience –”anonymous” but still, not for the thin-skinned! (sign up when you register)
  • Writing the Cinematic Novel
  • Audiobooks and Podcasts
Steve Berry

Steve Berry

BLUE PENCIL CAFÉ is back and better than ever – when you register, you can sign up to either read & critique five pages of someone’s work, or submit your five pages to be critiqued. There will be more about this on this website very soon.

And OF COURSE we have agents and editors available to meet with you to hear your book pitch! You can mark your preferred choices when you register, but check out the Agents & Editors page BEFORE you go to the registration site to see who’ll be there and who your ranked choices will be.

Hotel Vinoy, St Pete's

Hotel Vinoy, St Pete’s


Posted by Richard Lee