Drury Plaza Hotel

22th annual conference
October 13 - 16, 20165

"Enduring Spirits Untold Stories "

Drury Plaza Hotel

Santa Fe, NM

2016 Conference Information

Enduring Spirits Untold Stories

This year, the Women Writing the West’s conference will meet in Santa Fe for the first time. Celebrating the lives of forgotten women of the past, the enduring spirits of our characters and our members, and the untold possibilities of our futures, we will embrace the community that seized its own possibilities and grew from a small inn to a territorial/state capital and thriving cultural hub. We’ll honor this home of the Harvey Girls and their many stories and salute the city that inspired Willa Cather as she wrote Death Comes for the Archbishop.

WHEN: Oct. 13-16, 2016

WHERE: Drury Inn on the Plaza




  • The New Frontier: Writing for an Ever Changing Movie and Television Landscape with David Morrell. Thursday, October 13, 2 - 5 PM
  • Thursday Evening WILLA Awards Reception and Readings. Thursday October 13, 6 - 8:30 PM
  • The Right to Write with Julia Cameron. Friday, October 14, 8:40 - 9:40 PM

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  • THURSDAY MORNING GHOST RANCH TOUR, home of and inspiration to artist Georgia O’Keeffe Thursday Add-Ons
  • THURSDAY AFTERNOON EDUCATION ADD-ONS,select a three-hour afternoon session with acclaimed author David Morrell, a one-hour tour of the haunted La Posada hotel, or our submit-in-advance critique sessions with guest editors and agents
  • THURSDAY WILLA READINGS RECEPTION A gala social hour will precede the readings with local writers and VIPs joining conference attendees to celebrate the spirit of Santa Fe and our common writing bonds. Then our award winners and finalists will read from their works.
  • OPENING SESSION with JULIA CAMERON Acclaimed author of The Artist’s Way kick starts the conference with "The Right to Write." Ms. Cameron will dismantle the mythology surrounding the writing life in our culture, reveal the secrets of breaking loose from the grip of established thought processes, and show you how to unleash a wave of creativity. Bring writing materials!
  • FRIDAY BUSINESS OF WRITING SESSIONS We’ll hear from a CPA professional about business practices and tax issues; library professionals will share their expertise on how libraries select books for their collections and how to best catch their attention; and cover designers and illustrators will discuss techniques and strategies for use of art to enhance written words.
  • SATURDAY ART OF WRITING BREAKOUT SESSIONS Sessions will focus on “the art, craft, and spirit” of our writing with the day full of breakouts to lift our spirits, improve our craft, and explore the art of others.
  • SUNDAY HISTORIC WALKING TOUR Join Historic Walks of Santa Fe on a customized tour of Old Santa Fe led by a professional guide in costume. Conference attendees are invited to wear their own costumes to make the walk even more spectacular!
  • Awards and KEYNOTERS Recognize and celebrate with winners and finalists in the LAURA Shorty Story contest and the WILLA Literary Awards. Our keynote for the Friday Laura Luncheon will be acclaimed author Denise Chavez. WILLA finalists will be honored at a Saturday luncheon. Colorado poet Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, winner of the Colorado Book Award, will kick off our WILLA banquet and Luci Tapahonso, Navajo Poet Laureate, will provide the keynote address.
  • EDITORS AND AGENTS Confirmed editors include Anna Michaels (Sourcebooks), Tiffany Schofield (Five Star Publishing Frontier Fiction), Jennifer Urban-Brown (Shambhala Publications), and Elise McHugh (UNM Press). Our agent list: Angela Rinaldi (Angela Rinaldi Literary Agency), Kerry D’Agostino (Curtis Brown Ltd.), Samantha (Sam) Bremekamp (Corvisiero Agency), Elizabeth Trupin-Pulli (JET Literary Associates, Inc.), and Shannon Hassan (Marsal Lyon Literary). Joanna Hill of Terra Nova Books marketing department also joins us.
  • PITCH APPOINTMENTS Pitch appointments will be available on Friday. You will be contacted to schedule your appointment with an editor/agent. Contact will be made in the order registrations are received.
  • BOOK-SIGNING EVENT The signing event is scheduled for Saturday, 5-6 p.m. prior to the WILLA Banquet and will be held in the Lamy Room, which opens onto the walkway to the Santa Fe Plaza. There will be a cash bar and we are hoping to attract locals with signage and, possibly, music. Bookstore chair Lucy Moore will contact those who indicate an interest in participating (see registration form).
  • SILENT AUCTION ITEMS Local art and jewelry will be featured as part of our regular silent auction and our traveling quilt will be on display. All proceeds support the WILLA Literary Fund.
  • DRURY INN ON THE PLAZA Drury Plaza, our conference hotel, sits on five beautiful acres adjacent to St. Francis Cathedral, built by Archbishop Jean Baptiste Lamy between 1869 and 1886. The hotel features spacious, light-filled rooms with stupendous views of the Santa Fe skies. The restaurant draws from local ingredients and influences to create a mouthwatering cuisine and the rooftop bar by the pool has breathtaking views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The fully renovated buildings are steeped in history, and surrounded by a pedestrian oasis - all in downtown Santa Fe. Conference rate is $139 per night and includes free full hot breakfasts and free evening receptions with food & cocktails. Reservations: 1-800-325-0720 or www.druryhotels.com. Mention Group Number 2240633.
  • OLD SANTA FE INN. We have also made arrangements with the Old Santa Fe Inn for a special rate. It is located approximately seven from the Drury Inn, four blocks south of the plaza. The Old Santa Fe Inn has achieved an excellent reputation and a host of repeat guests raving about the quality service and the unique atmosphere. Many rooms’ feature kiva-style fireplaces and suites have jetted tubs. See www.oldsantafeinn.com for details. Our special rate (before tax) will be $144.96 for a Traditional Room (Q or K) and $162.46 for a Kiva Traditional Room (Q or K). Rates include a hot buffet breakfast each morning, free parking and free wifi. To make a reservation dial 505-995-0800 and tell the front desk clerk that you want to make reservation for the Women Writing the West group. Rates expire Sept 13, 2016.
  • HOTEL SANTA FE Backup rooms have also been added at the Hotel Santa Fe and Hacienda Spa; see http://hotelsantafe.com/. Rates will be $159 for traditional king/double rooms, possibly some suites with $19 resort fees waived. Rate includes complementary downtown shuttle service (including to and from Drury), wifi, discounts on spa treatments. For reservations call 877-259-3409 and ask for the Women Writing the West group rate. Rates expire 9/13/16.
  • SANTA FE Santa Fe is a city of deep history, rich culture, delicious food, diverse art, and unique charm. Since around 1050, the city has been home to Pueblo (Tewa) Indians, Spanish, Mexicans, and Americans. The oldest European city west of the Mississippi and the site of the oldest public building in America, it was a key station on the Santa Fe Trail and today is recognized as one of the most intriguing cities in the nation. Its historic buildings have been preserved along with its rich cultural heritage. Today, it is the Santa Fe is the home of renowned artists, talented Native American artisans, the Santa Fe Opera, art museums, historic site, and diverse restaurants, all worth extending a stay before or after the conference itself.

Consider bringing your family along to explore the area. Ballooning, river trips, horseback riding, cooking classes, local pueblo tours, historic sites, natural parks, and the pure charm of the city await! See http://santafe.org for more details on this one of a kind city and activities!

Getting to Santa Fe is easy! Located off interstate 25, it is an easy six hour drive from Denver and just 50 minutes from Albuquerque. Shuttle service operates between Albuquerque International Airport and Santa Fe; American Express and United fly directly into Santa Fe Municipal Airport

Please follow the featured links for further details. You can also watch the Women Writing the West listserve or Facebook page for developing details. We even have a dedicated 2016 conference Facebook page (www.facebook.com/WWW2016Conference/) which serves as a place for conference planning updates, program and speaker announcements, local info, roommate finders and more!

Questions? Contact Conference Chair Pamela Nowak: Pam Nowak 2016WWW@outlook.com

Conference registration opens in March. REGISTRATION REFUND DEADLINE: September 15, 2016 (No refunds after this date for any reason. No meal changes after September 15. No guaranteed room rate after September 11, 2016.)