Learn more about the business of writing, meet authors, editors, publishers, and network with fellow writers. The UNMCE Writers Conference is a great way to move your writing from passion to published.
Learn about the market and the craft of writing.
Make contact with editors, agents, and other writers.
Socialize with people who care about the same things
you do in an inspiring and enjoyable environment.
As you prepare for the conference, think of questions
you’d like answered during the 90 minute panel. Write
them down and be prepared to take the microphone
and ask them.
Take advantage of the opportunity to network with
other writers, teachers, agents and editors at breaks
and during lunch. Move around from table to table and
engage in the conversations.
Check out the book table, not only for books written by
the participants, but for additional books on the craft of
writing in your genre, whether it be historical fiction or
poetry or memoir.
Follow-up: Accept business cards and take the time to
jot a note on the back of the card about the person who
gave you the card, in case you decide to follow up with
a new connection.
Most writers are nervous. Remember editors and agents
are human, they have as much invested in finding a
great new writer as you have in being that writer. Be
clear, precise, and prepared. Outline the premise of your
Fiction: Three things will get the agent or editor hooked
on your project: Setting, protagonist, and problem.
Deliver those briefly, and with punch, and you have a
basic pitch. Be brief and focus on the elements that give
your story plausibility, inherent conflict, originality, and
gut emotional appeal.
If your project is nonfiction, talk about the subject, your
unique slant on it, your research, and your qualifications.
Publishing credentials are helpful to include: Prior novel
publication, short stories in recognized magazines,
journalistic experience, professional articles, and writing
all indicate you have professional experience as a writer.
Bring a two-page, single-spaced synopsis and be
prepared to give it to agents, editors, and other
writers as the opportunity presents itself and seems
appropriate. Do not bring your manuscript to the
8:30-9:00 Conference Registration and Check-In
9:00-9:05 Welcome to UNM’s Thirteenth Annual
Marie McGhee, Program Supervisor
9:05-9:15 Let SouthWest Writers Help You
Sarah Baker, President
9:15-9:30 Introduction of Faculty
Sandra Toro, Conference Coordinator
Instructors: Melody Groves, Jeanne
Shannon, Chris Eboch, Sue Boggio and
9:30-10:30 Leila Meacham, New York Times
Best-Selling author of Roses,
Tumbleweeds, Somerset, and Titans
10:45-12:00 Publishing Today: Q & A Panel of Editors
Editors: Maxim Brown, Grace Menary-
Winefield, John Byram
Agents: Elizabeth Trupin-Pulli, Grace
Ross, and Kira Watson
12:00-1:00 Lunch with Editors, Agents and Instructors
1:00-2:00 Featured Speaker: Michael McGarrity,
best-selling author of Western mystery
and adventure novels including the
trilogy Hard Country, Back Lands, and
The Last Ranch. His novels are also
published in Japan, France, Germany,
Croatia, England and Norway.
2:15-3:15 Jeanne Shannon, Poetry
Melody Groves, Magazine Writing
3:15-4:15 Sue Boggio and Mare Pearl, Literary Fiction
Chris Eboch, Young Adult and
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Grace Ross is an agent at Regal Hoffman
& Associates, an agency that represents
quality literary fiction, narrative nonfiction,
biography, journalism, politics and social
history. She is interested in literary fiction
that speaks to the current cultural climate;
historical fiction; international narratives;
and dynamic plots that bridge genres.
Grace is drawn to popular science,
biography, cultural theory and memoir.
Kira Watson is an agent with the Emma
Sweeney Agency in New York. She is
particularly interested in young adult
and middle grade books with a strong
narrative voice, well-crafted storylines,
and memorable characters. Kira is seeking
realistic fiction, speculative fiction, magic
realism, thriller/mystery, horror, fantasy,
and historical fiction. Stories with folklore
elements, complex villains, morally
enigmatic protagonist, medieval literature
influences, and taboo subjects are bound to
catch her attention.
Jeanne Shannon has published three
full-length collections of her poetry and
several chapbooks. Her poetry, short fiction,
and essays have appeared in numerous
publications in the US, Canada, and Japan.
She has conducted poetry workshops for
SouthWest Writers and the New Mexico
State Poetry Society.
Melody Groves, the winner of six first-place
writing awards, is a member of Western
Writers of America,SouthWest Writers
and the New Mexico Press Women. She
is the author of the Colton Family Saga
series, Border Ambush, Sonoran Rage,
Arizona War and Kansas Bleeds. She
teaches workshops on magazine writing for
Sue Boggio and Mare Pearl grew up
together in Iowa and have been writing
together ever since. They have coauthored
two published novels from UNM Press,
Sunlight and Shadows and A Growing
Season. The latter has been honored as a
finalist in the 2013 Zia book awards, the
2013 Willa Award for Contemporary Fiction,
and the 2013 Tony Hillerman Award for Best
Fiction at the New Mexico/Arizona book
Chris Eboch is the author of the Haunted
series for ages 9-12 which includes The
Ghost on the Stairs, The Riverboat Phantom
and The Knight in the Shadows. Her other
books include The Well of Sacrifice,a
middle-grade Mayan adventure used
in many schools. She has also written
biographies of Jesse Owens and Milton
Leila Meacham is a writer and former
teacher who lives in San Antonio, Texas.
She is the author of the best selling Roses,
Tumbleweeds, Somerset, and Titans. Her
books have been translated and sold in
more than twenty countries.
Michael McGarrity is the author of fifteen
Western mystery and adventure novels
including the recently published trilogy
Hard Country, Back Lands, and The Last
Ranch. His books are published in Japan,
France, Germany, Croatia, England, and
Norway. Previous to becoming an author,
he was a Santa Fe County deputy sheriff.
He has received numerous awards in both
of his careers.
Maxim Brown is an editor at Skyhorse
Publishing working with a range of fiction
and literary nonfiction. He is looking for
strong literary or upmarket fiction with a
compelling narrative and vivid characters
whose minds he can get into. His tastes
run toward the literary, but he’s open to
well-written commercial fiction so long as it
offers something new. Narrative nonfiction
in science/technology, history, pop culture
is also welcome.
Grace Menary-Winefield is an Associate
Editor at Source Books Inc. Since moving
to the USA from London’s Little, Brown
Book Group, Grace has worked with
the non-fiction list on quirky gift books,
self-help, and history. She also acquires
commercial fiction, and accessible science
fiction/fantasy. She values diverse voices
from across the community.
John Byram spent the first twelve years
of his publishing career with W.W. Norton
& Company in New York. He joined the
University Press of Florida’s acquisitions
department in 2002, where he was the
press’s associate director and editor-
in-chief for eight years, and eventually
added director of development to his list
of UPF managerial responsibilities. John
has been the director of the UNM Press
since August, 2010, where in addition to
his administrative duties he is a sponsoring
editor for twenty books each year.
Elizabeth Trupin-Pulli, a former editor
at Fawcett’s Premier Books, founded
Jet Literary Associates, Inc. in New York
with her then husband Jim Trupin. Jet
represents adult nonfiction and fiction,
except sci-fi and fantasy. Her office is in
Santa Fe. Her client list includes Anne
Hillerman, Karima Alavi, and Sue Boggio
and Mare Pearl.
Phone it in: Complete the registration form, then phone in
your registration using Visa, MasterCard, American Express,
or Discover to 505-277-0077.
Online: Register online at ce.unm.edu/WritersConference.
Cancellation Policy: No refunds will be given after April 1;
however, registration for the conference may be transferred
to another person.
UNM Tuition Remission Eligible
For more information contact Marie McGhee at 505-277-6320.
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Course #: 14899 SPA Cost: $150
Date: April 8, Saturday Time: 8:30am-4:30pm
Course # and Title 14899 Writing: From Start to Sales
City State Zip
Phone # (Day) (Evening)
The conference will be held at the UNM CE Conference
Center. The Conference Center is located on the North
East corner of Indian School and University Blvd. 1634
University Blvd. NE. Parking is free and available on the
East and West side of the building.
What You Should Know About Publishing Today:
Maxim Brown, Editor with Skyhorse Publishing
Grace Menary-Winefield, Editor with Sourcebooks
John Byram, Director, UNM Press
Elizabeth Trupin-Pulli, agent at Jet Literary Agency
Grace Ross, agent at Regal Hoffman & Associates
Kira Watson, agent at Emma Sweeney Agency
Upscale Women’s Fiction That Really Sells
Leila Meacham, Keynote Speaker, author of four major
best sellers including Roses, Tumbleweeds, Somerset,
and Titans. Leila’s novels are published world-wide
with sales in the tens of millions.
Western Mysteries and Adventures
Michael McGarrity, Featured Speaker is famous for his
novels set primarily in New Mexico which explore the
history of the development of New Mexico, creating
memorable characters of Native Americans, Hispanics,
and Anglos—three groups who make New Mexico the
amazing state it is.
Seven Ways to Build A Poem. Through writing
exercises and prompts, participants will have the
opportunity to explore several—surely more than
seven—ways to jump-start their creativity and
create lively and memorable poems. We will look at
the elements that make the difference between a
memorable poem, a poem that “sings”, and one that is
ho-hum or downright boring.
Writing Kid-Friendly Children’s Literature. Chris will
discuss the basic criteria for writing good children’s
stories, articles, and books for kids and teen agers, as
well as advanced plotting.
Sue Boggio and Mare Pearl:
Using Practical Magic in Fiction Writing. They will
cover the practical nuts and bolts of fiction writing,
but also address the challenge of creating magic on
the page for the reader. This includes tips on how to
access one’s own creative magic via
Melody Groves will cover the pros and cons of
magazine work. Did you know you get paid per word?
That’s right. The word “the” brings in the same amount
that “plethora” does.
We’ll look at choosing the right topic, ways to nail
the magazine’s style, the query letter, and the article
itself. Plus many more tips. With over 9,000 magazines
published annually, there is at least ONE magazine that
fits your article!
Do you know a young writer?
Young people, ages 11-17, are invited to
register for the UNM Young Writer’s
Conference (course 17180), which will run
concurrently with the Writers Conference:
From Start to Sales on April 8.
For more information and a schedule of
activities, visit our website at
Amy Greene at
Attendees who enroll by March 20 will get a FREE one-on-
one ten minute meeting with the editor or agent of their
choice to “pitch” their writing project! YOU MUST CONTACT
SANDRA TORO BY EMAIL TO SCHEDULE THIS PITCH
MEETING. You may only choose one person, but may ask
questions of other speakers throughout the day. These
meetings will take place during concurrent workshops. After
you register, contact Sandra Toro at email@example.com to
sign up for your ten minute pitch.
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