The Historical Novel Society 4th North American conference will take place June 17-19, 2011, at the Holiday Inn on the Bay in San Diego, California. Speaker proposals are being accepted through September 30th, for a specific set of panels, including:
- Naval History
- World War II
- Borrowing Characters from Other Authors
- Spanish Themes
- E-Books and the Web: A Revolution in Publishing
- Self-Publishing Success Stories
- How Germany Won the War and Other Alternate Histories
- Judging A Book By Its Cover (or Not)
- What's a Partlet? Historical Costumes
- Catering to Modern Sensibilities: How Far Should Writers Go?
- Keeping a Series Fresh
- Working with Book Groups
- Making Characters Believable
- Adventures in On-Site Research
- Adult vs YA Historical Fiction: What's the Dividing Line?
- Lighten Up: Humor in Historical Fiction
- Debut Novelists
- Not the Tudors: How to Sell/Promote When You're Not Writing About Anne Boleyn
- Historical Fiction and the Fantastic
- Writing About Art and Music
- Historical Monarchs, The Grit and the Glamour
- Historical vs. Fictional Sleuths
- Writing About Religion
- Writing Biographical Fiction: How Much Fiction, How Much Fact?
- Gay Historical Fiction
- Friday Night Fight Scene Reading (new!)
- Saturday Night Sex Scene Reading (a longtime HNS tradition)
A number of the topics pique my interesting, like “Adventures in On-Site Research” my favorite, “Catering to Modern Sensibilities: How Far Should a Writer Go?”, which is quite difficult when people in the Middle Ages believed the world was flat and we’re a little more clear on that. How do you include arcane ideas without going overboard?
Registration will open in November.
Registration is now open for the Historical Novel Society next UK conference, to be held at the Mechanics Institute in Manchester on 17th October 2010. Speakers include Robert Low, Harry Sidebottom, Jean Fullerton and Douglas Jackson. We are working together with the Manchester Literature Festival and the Manchester Libraries' Pages Ago promotion. Manchester Libraries' Readers day is at the same venue on 16th October, and speakers include Alison Weir, Maria McCann and Sarah Dunant.
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