Fri., November 2
Writing Workshops

Workshop Registration Deadline: September 30, 2018

 

Sat., November 3
Author Festival

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is free.
50 writers sell and sign books for their fans. Panel presentations throughout the day.

 

Writing Contests

Submission Deadline Extended to August 31, 2018

 

The 2018 Author Festival is the third annual event showcasing writing talent from New Mexico. It is a collaboration between the Albuquerque Museum Foundation and the Albuquerque Museum to benefit participating authors and the educational programs at Albuquerque Museum. All events are held at the Albuquerque Museum.

 

For more information, email  abqauthorfest@gmail.com

Friday, November 2
Writing Workshops

The Author Festival includes a day of educational workshops centered on the craft and business of writing.

 

Taught by published authors who are accomplished teachers, the workshops offer writers of all abilities the chance to hone their skills.

Workshops are held at Albuquerque Museum. Register now for the whole day or half the day.

Registration Deadline: September 30

Full Day Registration | $200

Half Day Registration, Morning Session | $125

Half Day Registration, Afternoon Session | $125

 

MORNING SESSION

Sarah Lovett | Characterization in Fiction

8:45 – 10:15 AM

Characters drive stories and bring them to life. Every writer wants to know how to create characters who are uniquely compelling, complex, and capable of ruthlessly pursuing a meaningful goal. In this hands-on workshop Lovett will teach the use of visualization, immersion, and writing exercises to allow fully dimensional characters to emerge. Bring your notebook, your curiosity, and be ready to have fun!

 

Joseph Badal | Editing Makes All the Difference

10:30 AM – 12 PM

Most writers can tell a good story, but many think that's enough to get published or to become a best seller. Effective editing can make the difference between a great story that gains no traction and a great story that attracts readers. Badal will give you the key ways to edit your story to give it the chance for commercial success and real reader satisfaction.

 

AFTERNOON SESSION

Sherri Burr | Contracts & Copyrights: What Every Author Needs to Know

1 – 2:30 PM

This engaging workshop presents an opportunity for writers to learn about protecting their copyrights and negotiating their contracts. Burr will explain the legal requirements of copyrights, walk you through the process of registering them, and review contract terms and negotiation strategies.

 

Dawn Wink | Start to Finish: Following the Narrative Arc

2:45 – 4:15 PM

This engaging workshop travels the narrative arc of fiction and non-fiction from initial idea, through the writing process, to the final piece. Wink will explore specific techniques, important states of mind, and tools for the writing journey.

 

Please note: The Museum has limited wall plugs for electronic devises (cell phones, laptops, tablets, etc.). Please make sure electronic devices brought for use during workshops are fully charged. There is a charging station in the Museum lobby to use during breaks or lunch but it is not conveniently located for use during workshop sessions.

 

Registration pricing does not include lunch. We recommend Slate at the Museum, the cafe inside the Albuquerque Museum. Preregistration is required.

 

Saturday, November 3
Author Festival

10 a.m. | Ana Pacheco | Remnants of Pueblos Past

11 a.m. | Children's Book Panel with Ross Van Dusen, Neecy Twinem, Nasario Garcia, & Lisa Bear Goldman | What it Takes to get a Children’s Book Published

12 p.m. | Melody Groves | The Keys to Writing Western Fiction

1 p.m. | A Conversation with Anne Hillerman and David Morrell | Writing What Floats Your Boat

2 p.m. | Sarah Baker | The Twisted Road to Romance

3 p.m. | Writing Contest Awards Ceremony | The David Morrell Prize for Fiction and the Anne Hillerman Prize for Non-Fiction

2018 Participating Authors

Judith Avila (Non-Fiction) • Joseph Badal (Mystery/Thriller) • Sarah Baker (Romance) • Ashley M. Biggers (Travel) • Irene Blea (Historical Fiction), Joanne Bodin (Fiction) • Sue Boggio & Mare Pearl (Novel) • Johnny Boggs (Western Fiction) • Janet Brennan (Fiction) • Steve Brewer (Mystery) • Don Bullis (Non-Fiction/Western) • Sherri Burr (Non-Fiction) • Brinn Colenda (Fiction) • Corrales Writing Group / Thomas Neiman (Fiction/Non-Fiction) • Louis Christen (History) • Tom Claffey (Fiction) • Rani Divine (Science Fiction/Fantasy) • Margery Ellen (Romance) • Caroline Fraser (Biography) • Nasario Garcia (Children’s/New Mexico) • Monika Ghattas (Non-Fiction) • Lisa Bear Goldman (Children's) • Melody Groves (Western) • Loretta Hall (Space History) • Steve Havill (Southwestern Mystery) • Anne Hillerman (Mystery/Non-Fiction) • Larada Horner (Memoir/Non-Fiction) • Betsy James (Science Fiction/Fantasy) • Scott Archer Jones (Fiction) • Robert Kidera (Mystery/Thriller) • Jane Linskold (Science Fiction/Fantasy) • Sarah Lovett  (Mystery/Thriller) • Rory McClanahan (Science Fiction/Fantasy) • Shirley Melis (Memoir) • Jonathan Miller (Fiction/Legal Mysteries) • Lynn C. Miller (Fiction) • R.J. Mirabal (Fiction) • Donald Morgan (Fiction) • David Morrell (Mystery/Thriller) • David Grant Noble (Non-Fiction) • Ana Pacheco (Non-Fiction) • Paula Paul (Mystery/Literary Fiction) • Sherry Robinson (Non-Fiction) • Phyllis M. Skoy (Memoir) • Margaret Tessler (Mystery/Thriller) • Neecy Twinem (Children’s Books) • Ross Van Dusen (Children’s Books) • Robert E. Vardeman (Sci-Fi/Mystery/Western) • Astrid Winegar (Cook Books) • Dawn Wink (Fiction) • Patricia Smith Wood (Mystery)

WRITING CONTESTS

 

The 2018 Albuquerque Museum Author Festival Writing Contest is open to all New Mexico residents. Fiction and Narrative Non-Fiction works must be unpublished and must not have been submitted to an earlier Albuquerque Museum Author Festival contest.

 

Submission Deadline Extended to
August 31, 2018

Albuquerque Museum Author Festival David Morrell Prize for Fiction

This contest defines the term Fiction as a class of literature comprised of works of imaginative narration in prose form. We are interested in novels and short stories that run the gamut from straight fiction to mysteries and thrillers, science fiction and fantasy.

 

Albuquerque Museum Author Festival Anne Hillerman Prize for Non-Fiction

This contest defines Non-Fiction as “Narrative Non-Fiction,” a genre of non-fiction in which factual matter is presented in a narrative style using literary techniques. We want material told in a personal and richly detailed story.

 

Download 2018 Writing Contest Rules

 

Winners will be announced at the 2018 Albuquerque Museum Author Festival at 3 p.m. on November 3, 2018 at the Albuquerque Museum. Winning entries will be read by David Morrell and Anne Hillerman at this awards ceremony.

 

Writing Workshops

Friday, November 2
Writing Workshops

The Author Festival includes a day of educational workshops centered on the craft and business of writing.

 

Taught by published authors who are accomplished teachers, the workshops offer writers of all abilities the chance to hone their skills.

Workshops are held at Albuquerque Museum. Register now for the whole day or half the day.

Registration Deadline: September 30

Full Day Registration | $200

Half Day Registration, Morning Session | $125

Half Day Registration, Afternoon Session | $125

 

MORNING SESSION

Sarah Lovett | Characterization in Fiction

8:45 – 10:15 AM

Characters drive stories and bring them to life. Every writer wants to know how to create characters who are uniquely compelling, complex, and capable of ruthlessly pursuing a meaningful goal. In this hands-on workshop Lovett will teach the use of visualization, immersion, and writing exercises to allow fully dimensional characters to emerge. Bring your notebook, your curiosity, and be ready to have fun!

 

Joseph Badal | Editing Makes All the Difference

10:30 AM – 12 PM

Most writers can tell a good story, but many think that's enough to get published or to become a best seller. Effective editing can make the difference between a great story that gains no traction and a great story that attracts readers. Badal will give you the key ways to edit your story to give it the chance for commercial success and real reader satisfaction.

 

AFTERNOON SESSION

Sherri Burr | Contracts & Copyrights: What Every Author Needs to Know

1 – 2:30 PM

This engaging workshop presents an opportunity for writers to learn about protecting their copyrights and negotiating their contracts. Burr will explain the legal requirements of copyrights, walk you through the process of registering them, and review contract terms and negotiation strategies.

 

Dawn Wink | Start to Finish: Following the Narrative Arc

2:45 – 4:15 PM

This engaging workshop travels the narrative arc of fiction and non-fiction from initial idea, through the writing process, to the final piece. Wink will explore specific techniques, important states of mind, and tools for the writing journey.

 

Please note: The Museum has limited wall plugs for electronic devises (cell phones, laptops, tablets, etc.). Please make sure electronic devices brought for use during workshops are fully charged. There is a charging station in the Museum lobby to use during breaks or lunch but it is not conveniently located for use during workshop sessions.

 

Registration pricing does not include lunch. We recommend Slate at the Museum, the cafe inside the Albuquerque Museum. Preregistration is required.

 

Author Festival

Saturday, November 3
Author Festival

10 a.m. | Ana Pacheco | Remnants of Pueblos Past

11 a.m. | Children's Book Panel with Ross Van Dusen, Neecy Twinem, Nasario Garcia, & Lisa Bear Goldman | What it Takes to get a Children’s Book Published

12 p.m. | Melody Groves | The Keys to Writing Western Fiction

1 p.m. | A Conversation with Anne Hillerman and David Morrell | Writing What Floats Your Boat

2 p.m. | Sarah Baker | The Twisted Road to Romance

3 p.m. | Writing Contest Awards Ceremony | The David Morrell Prize for Fiction and the Anne Hillerman Prize for Non-Fiction

2018 Participating Authors

Judith Avila (Non-Fiction) • Joseph Badal (Mystery/Thriller) • Sarah Baker (Romance) • Ashley M. Biggers (Travel) • Irene Blea (Historical Fiction), Joanne Bodin (Fiction) • Sue Boggio & Mare Pearl (Novel) • Johnny Boggs (Western Fiction) • Janet Brennan (Fiction) • Steve Brewer (Mystery) • Don Bullis (Non-Fiction/Western) • Sherri Burr (Non-Fiction) • Brinn Colenda (Fiction) • Corrales Writing Group / Thomas Neiman (Fiction/Non-Fiction) • Louis Christen (History) • Tom Claffey (Fiction) • Rani Divine (Science Fiction/Fantasy) • Margery Ellen (Romance) • Caroline Fraser (Biography) • Nasario Garcia (Children’s/New Mexico) • Monika Ghattas (Non-Fiction) • Lisa Bear Goldman (Children's) • Melody Groves (Western) • Loretta Hall (Space History) • Steve Havill (Southwestern Mystery) • Anne Hillerman (Mystery/Non-Fiction) • Larada Horner (Memoir/Non-Fiction) • Betsy James (Science Fiction/Fantasy) • Scott Archer Jones (Fiction) • Robert Kidera (Mystery/Thriller) • Jane Linskold (Science Fiction/Fantasy) • Sarah Lovett  (Mystery/Thriller) • Rory McClanahan (Science Fiction/Fantasy) • Shirley Melis (Memoir) • Jonathan Miller (Fiction/Legal Mysteries) • Lynn C. Miller (Fiction) • R.J. Mirabal (Fiction) • Donald Morgan (Fiction) • David Morrell (Mystery/Thriller) • David Grant Noble (Non-Fiction) • Ana Pacheco (Non-Fiction) • Paula Paul (Mystery/Literary Fiction) • Sherry Robinson (Non-Fiction) • Phyllis M. Skoy (Memoir) • Margaret Tessler (Mystery/Thriller) • Neecy Twinem (Children’s Books) • Ross Van Dusen (Children’s Books) • Robert E. Vardeman (Sci-Fi/Mystery/Western) • Astrid Winegar (Cook Books) • Dawn Wink (Fiction) • Patricia Smith Wood (Mystery)

Writing Contests

WRITING CONTESTS

 

The 2018 Albuquerque Museum Author Festival Writing Contest is open to all New Mexico residents. Fiction and Narrative Non-Fiction works must be unpublished and must not have been submitted to an earlier Albuquerque Museum Author Festival contest.

 

Submission Deadline Extended to
August 31, 2018

Albuquerque Museum Author Festival David Morrell Prize for Fiction

This contest defines the term Fiction as a class of literature comprised of works of imaginative narration in prose form. We are interested in novels and short stories that run the gamut from straight fiction to mysteries and thrillers, science fiction and fantasy.

 

Albuquerque Museum Author Festival Anne Hillerman Prize for Non-Fiction

This contest defines Non-Fiction as “Narrative Non-Fiction,” a genre of non-fiction in which factual matter is presented in a narrative style using literary techniques. We want material told in a personal and richly detailed story.

 

Download 2018 Writing Contest Rules

 

Winners will be announced at the 2018 Albuquerque Museum Author Festival at 3 p.m. on November 3, 2018 at the Albuquerque Museum. Winning entries will be read by David Morrell and Anne Hillerman at this awards ceremony.