18th annual conference
October 19-21, 2012

"Celebrate in Centennial New Mexico"

Hotel Albuquerque

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Schedule | Speakers | View Photos from the 2012 Conference

2012 WWW Conference LogoThe 18th Annual Women Writing the West Conference was held October 18-21 at Hotel Albuquerque on the edge of scenic and historic Old Town. The conference kicked off with a Friday morning field trip to the Albuquerque Museum with a walking tour of Old Town which ended at the central plaza. Participants chose from a selection of restaurants for lunch on their own.

The 2 p.m., the conference kicked off with a welcome from our President Pam Tartaglio, and afternoon sessions from Page Lambert on the “Yearning Factor,” Q. Lindsey Barrett on weaving the past into 21st century fiction, Elise McHugh on poetry, and a TV interviewing panel moderated by Cynthia Leal Massey. See the conference schedule and speaker information for details of all the speakers.

Before the evening networking hour, New Mexico Centennial Author, Don Bullis, entertained on the topic of New Mexico’s road to statehood.

Friday evening featured a New Mexico style buffet, complete with an assortment of desserts including the biscochito, the official New Mexico State Cookie.

After a very moving tribute to all the WWW members whom we lost in the past year, Susan J. Tweit spoke, very appropriately, on “Writing with Heart.”

Saturday morning was filled with the Agents and Publishers panels and some New Mexico style burritos at coffee break. See the detailed schedule and the speakers’ bios.

At the WILLA Finalists Luncheon, Anne Hillerman spoke on, “What I Learned About the West and Women from Tony Hillerman.” Her husband, photojournalist, Don Strel, manned the projector to illustrate her talk with wonderful images of Tony Hillerman’s landscapes.

Saturday afternoon saw workshops from publicist Stephanie Barko about how to use all media to reach your target market, while Dawn Wink and Laurie Wagner Buyer spoke about the frustration of getting a book finished and published. Doris McCraw helped everyone with tips about public speaking made easier. The WILLA Winners did a reading, just before our annual book signing, this year hosted by Bookworks, the major indie bookseller in Albuquerque.

The WILLA Banquet was superb. Virginia Scharff spoke on the topic of “Why Women Matter.”

Sunday morning, we had a workshop from author Betsy James on writing fantasy, followed by the Annual Business Meeting. Then we adjourned and said our good-byes until next time, filled with the joy of the fellowship of old friends and new.”

Linda Jacobs, 2012 Women Writing the West Conference VP