Eagle Crest Resort, Redmond OR

22nd annual conference
October 13 - 16, 2016

"Enduring Spirits Untold Stories"

Drury Plaza Hotel

Santa Fe, NM

Enduring Spirits Untold Stories




Join Lesley Poling-Kempes on a pre-conference walking tour of historic Ghost Ranch on Thursday October 13, 9:30-11:30. Participants will drive their own vehicles to Ghost Ranch Conference Center, Abiquiu – an hour and fifteen minute drive from the Drury Hotel in Santa Fe – and meet Lesley for a two hour tour of the ranch and landscape that Georgia O’Keeffe fell in love with in the 1930s. There will also be visits to the Ghost Ranch anthropology and paleontology museums (included). Fee: $10 per person.
Lunch at the Ghost Ranch dining hall (approximately $12) is optional and preferably with an advance reservation with Ghost Ranch (call 505.685.4333). Tour participants may also chose to return for lunch in Abiquiu at the Abiquiu Inn or at Bode’s General Store.

Those wishing to tour the O’Keeffe House in Abiquiu please allow approx. 2 hours in the afternoon. This is not included in the morning tour and is on-your-own. Advance reservations required (OFTEN 6 MONTHS ADVANCE RESERVATIONS NEEDED.Please make your own arrangements with the O’Keeffe Museum. See details: www.okeeffemuseum.org/tickets-and-tours/.

Lesley has made her home in Abiquiu since the 1970s and written extensively about Ghost Ranch and environs. Her new book LADIES OF THE CANYONS includes the story of Ghost Ranch founder Carol Bishop Stanley. The tour will include a visit to the historic homestead where Stanley lived in 1931 while she built Ghost Ranch.”

Meet at Abiquiu Inn (transportation from Santa Fe on your own—carpooling is encouraged) at 9:15 a.m. Tour ends at 11:30. Have lunch on your own at the ranch, return to Santa Fe for educational sessions, or spend the afternoon exploring Abiquiu. Price includes Ghost Ranch tour and museum.


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"The New Frontier: Writing for an Ever-changing Movie and Television Landscape."
Author David Morrell joins us for a session on how to navigate from a career of writing fiction, memoir, biography, and narrative non-fiction to television and film.

David MorrellDavid Morrell is the author of First Blood, the award-winning novel in which Rambo was created. He has a Ph. D. in literature from Penn State and was a professor in the English department at the University of Iowa. His numerous New York Times bestsellers include the classic spy novel, The Brotherhood of the Rose, the basis for the only television mini-series to be broadcast after a Super Bowl. An Edgar and Anthony finalist, a Macavity and Nero winner, Morrell is a recipient of three Bram Stoker awards and the prestigious Thriller Master award from International Thriller Writers. Bouchercon gave him its Lifetime Achievement Award. He also received an RT Book Reviews “Thriller Pioneer” award and a Comic-Con Inkpot award for “outstanding achievement in action/adventure.” With eighteen million copies in print, his work has been translated into thirty languages. His latest novels are the acclaimed Victorian mystery/thrillers, Murder as a Fine Art and Inspector of the Dead. His writing book The Successful Novelist summarizes what he has learned in his 44 years as a published author. Please visit him at www.davidmorrell.net.


La PosadaJulia Staab"La Posada Ghost Tour"—Meet at La Posada, a small boutique hotel on Palace Avenue, just across from the Drury for an hour-long tour of the hotel and the story of Julia Staab, who lived there during the late 1800s and is said to haunt her former home.


“Roundtable Advance Critique”--Join one of our guest editors or agents for a group critique session. Submit your first ten manuscript pages in advance and receive critique comments from other participants and the editor/agent. You will be contacted to select the editor/agent best suited to your genre and given instructions for submitting your pages. Requires advance submission and reading and critiquing others’ pages. Intended for those comfortable with and open to receiving critique. Editors and agents participating: Tiffany Schofield and Elizabeth Trupin-Pulli, and Jennifer Urban-Brown.

Please note: As of August 8, The Thursday Roundtable Advance Critique sessions are full and registration is closed.


Participating Editor TIFFANY SCHOFIELD

Tiffany SchofieldTiffany joined Five Star Publishing in 1999. She is Senior Editor for Five Star Publishing, Thorndike Press and Wheeler Publishing, which are all imprints of Gale/Cengage Learning, overseeing the acquisition of forty-eight unpublished Western and Frontier Fiction manuscripts annually for Five Star, as well as acquiring the large-print reprint rights for eighty Western novels and forty-eight crime/thriller novels. She enjoys working with writers, agents and other industry professionals in her pursuit to discover exciting new voices in fiction publishing for the library market. Under Tiffany’s editorial leadership, several Five Star Publishing novels have been selected as award finalists and winners. In 2013, Five Star Publishing was awarded the Western Writers of America® Lariat Award, which is given to companies and/or individuals who have achieved distinction in their support of Western Writers of America and the literature of the West. Five Star has also received the honor of being named Best Western History Book Publisher (2015) by True West Magazine. Five Star Publishing is looking for traditional Western stories as well as various Frontier Fiction subgenres that are set in the pre-1920s American West (examples: frontier thriller, historical fiction, frontier romance, pioneering, fictionalized biographies, etc.). Also of interest are coming-of-age stories with strong YA crossover potential.

Elizabeth Trupin-PulliParticipating Agent Elizabeth Trupin-Pulli has been involved in publishing for forty-five years, beginning in the contracts department of New American Library. That was followed by a brief stint as an editor at Fawcett’s school division, Premier Books. In 1975, she and then-husband Jim Trupin founded JET Literary Associates, Inc. in New York. As of 2002, their offices have relocated to Santa Fe, New Mexico and Vienna, Austria. JET has had great success with mystery writers, including Edgar-award-winning Robert Campbell, Harry Whittington, Charles Willeford and RWA award-winners for romantic suspense, Beverly Bird and Gennita Low. In addition to suspense, Liz is looking for historical and literary fiction as well as strong narrative non-fiction. She does not handle sci-fi/fantasy, poetry, how-to books or material for the children’s or YA markets. Most recent bestseller: ROCK WITH WINGS by Anne Hillerman.

Jennifer Urban-BrownJennifer Urban-Brown is an editor at Shambhala Publications, an independent publisher of books on Buddhism, psychology, and self-help. On the Shambhala side of the list, Jennifer primarily acquires books that focus on creativity, including art therapy and creative writing, as well as literary memoirs that provide insights into universal experiences. Her main role is to acquire titles under the Roost Books imprint, a lifestyle imprint that features uplifting books that point to ways we can live our lives more positively and with greater intention. The books on the Roost list represent cookbooks and food writing, crafts and creativity, home and garden, parenting and family activities, and nature writing—each title offering activities and ideas for deepening our lives by engaging with the natural world, making things with our hands, and connecting with ourselves, our families, and community. Shambhala just moved back to Boulder after spending the last thirty years in Boston. We are delighted to be joining the community of Western writers and publishing professionals.


Kick off the conference with our WILLA Finalists and Winners during a gala evening of music and readings from their works. The evening begins with a social hour—mingle with WILLA honorees, special guest authors, and dignitaries from the Santa Fe area. Enjoy live music from the New Mexico School for the Arts String Quartet, hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar, then relax and listen as our authors shine!