Volunteers needed – planning the 2015 US conference

September 23, 2013

The 2013 North American Historical Novel Society Conference was a huge success and loads of fun! If you missed it, if you were there, if you’re hoping to be at the next one—we invite you to step up and become part of the team that will make it happen!

HNS 2015 will take place in a U.S. location soon to be decided. We’ve left a few pages up on the US conference website from the 2013 conference in case you want to get a feel for some of the activities.


We have a Program Chair and a Hotel Liaison in place from the 2013 Board of Directors, but we need to fill the FIVE other Board positions as soon as possible: Conference Chair, Venue Chair, Marketing Chair, Treasurer/Finance Chair, and Secretary/Communications Chair. The chart below shows a brief overview of their responsibilities.

2015 Board Structure Chart

Please note:  The Chair for any position does NOT have to do all the work her/himself! Recruit your friends and colleagues! Have virtual meetings and conference calls to get the work done!

Also note: All Board members must be a member in good standing of the Historical Novel Society.

Volunteer to be Part of a Committee

If you don’t think you can take on a Chairship, think about volunteering for some category of work as listed in the columns in the chart – you could be in charge of the Blue Pencil Café, or the Website, or helping recruit Agents & Editors for the pitch sessions, or manage some Social Media.

The HNS Conference needs your creativity, new ideas, dedication and work! Please take a look at the by-laws and the position descriptions by clicking here. The current Board members will review all responses and appoint new Chair positions – and we’ll let the new Chairs know about all the other volunteers who want to help out in the various categories of activity. Please use the REPLY box on the conference site to let us know if you’d like to volunteer to help put on the next great conference. Thanks!

Posted by Richard Lee