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For twenty-five years, since 1985, the Santa Fe Writers Conference has brought writers together from across the country to devote time and attention to their art.

In workshops, conferences, readings, panels, craft talks, and informal discussions, accomplished writers share their experience with those learning or refining their writing. A spirit of common enterprise helps shape a conference long-recognized for its intimate yet professional program. Agents, editors and publishers help acquaint new writers with the realities of creating and marketing their work; participants absorb a wealth of new ideas and information, and are able to return to their writing with renewed energy and insight.

Your first evening in Santa Fe includes Registration and a Keynote Speech.

Saturday morning three writers speak on a variety of publishing opportunities and challenges in a new digital age, including Jim Tom Johnson on “Be Your Own Publisher.”

Saturday afternoon features four break-out sessions with expert panels and presentations by local and national media professionals.

1) "Navigating the World with Your Laptop (and Finding Your Way Home)" – this session led by Jim Tom Johnson introduces participants to sophisticated tools for searching and book-marking web sites, saving and managing notes, and backing up your efforts. Tom will demonstrate strategic tools of the Digital Revolution that will enable you to retrace your search route, reduce frustration, and perhaps save your creative life.

2) “Panel with Young Promising Writers” – this panel features several of New Mexico’s most promising young writers with Monitor Patty O’Sullivan from “Envision Your Future.” The panel will speak to the issues and goals of young writers today.

3) “The Harry Potter Phenomena” – this session on Young Adult books led by YA Author Barbara Beasley Murphy answers some common questions about the current Young Adult book phenomena like, “How can one write an exciting young adult book?” “Why are young adult books so popular?” and “How can a writer break into this growing market?”

4) “Publishing in the World Today” – this interactive workshop led by NMBA (New Mexico Book Association) focuses on how to navigate the changes in the publishing world today.

Sunday morning participants will gather for Brunch at Collected Works, Santa Fe’s oldest independent bookstore, and hear three speakers: Dorothy Massey on “The Bookstore”; Kirk Ellis, author of the PBS Series “John Adams,” on “The Process of Writing”; and a farewell by Liesette Paisner, Director of Santa Fe Writers Conference 2010.

When not in sessions, you may write, visit with new friends, or explore the City Different. On your own for lunch, you can pick up a sandwich at a local coffee house or deli and sit in the sun under clear skies on Santa Fe’s Historic Plaza. Your evenings are free to have dinner at one of many renowned Santa Fe restaurants, to attend nightly readings by faculty and visiting writers, to enjoy gallery openings on Canyon Road, a performance at the Lensic, or just a quiet stroll around the Plaza. Your time in Santa Fe can be as relaxed or active as you choose. There is so much to see and do in the City Different that you may want to browse several websites in advance of your visit:


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The Santa Fe Writers Conference is presented by the Southwest Literary Center, a division of Recursos de Santa Fe, a private not-for-profit organization which presents nationally-recognized seminars & conferences in the arts, sciences, letters, & humanities. Funders include the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission and the 1% Lodgers Tax.