Historical writers unite at inaugural conference

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A newly formed national organization for historical writers will host its first conference in Colonial Williamsburg Aug. 19-21.

Theresa Guzman Stokes, founder and executive director of Historical Writers of America, said she noticed a void in trade organizations for the historical genre, as well as all the sub-genres it contains.

"We wanted to create an organization where both fiction and nonfiction (writers) could get together, as well as historical bloggers, journalists – anyone who writes history," Stokes said.

Established last August, Historical Writers of America presents its inaugural annual conference next weekend, with workshops, book signings and keynote speeches from Chris Humphreys and Libby O'Connell, chief historian for the History Channel.

Author of "The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites," O'Connell speak on the intersection of food and history.

Other presenters, on a range of writing-related topics, include novelists Margaret George and Larry Brooks.

But Stokes said the best opportunity at the conference will be interaction with agents and editors. She said each registrant will get 10-minute appointments with various editors and agents to pitch their work.

Main conference events take place in the Williamsburg Lodge.

In terms of location, Colonial Williamsburg made sense – "for adults into history, it's like Disneyland," Stokes said.

Registration for the conference is still open, and Stokes said day passes are also available.

Bridges can be reached by phone at 757-345-2342.

Historical Writers of America Conference

When: Aug. 19-21

Where: Williamsburg Lodge

Fee: $445 for HWA members, $545 for non-members.

To register, visit historicalwritersofamerica.org. For more information, call 401-847-6832.

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