Sep
12
to Sep 15

2019 MWSA General Membership Conference & Awards Banquet

  • Hotel Albuquerque, New Mexico (map)
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Payment Options and Sign-up

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Registration Closed

Notes:


See you in Albuquerque!

Rooms have been set aside at the Hotel Albuquerque on September 11, 2019 to September 15, 2019 at the rate of $139.00 plus taxes per night (single/double occupancy).

Hotel Albuquerque. Click image for hotel website.

Hotel Albuquerque.
Click image for hotel website.

https://www.hotelabq.com/

To make your own reservations, contact the hotel by calling 866-505-7829 and ask to be connected to reservations.

To receive the group rate, guests must state that they would like to be placed within the “MWSA General Membership Conference” block of rooms, or they may refer to the Block Code 1909MWSA.

The following link will work if you prefer to do your own online bookings – the Block Code comes up automatically.

https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?Hotel=63151&Chain=17123&arrive=9/12/2019&depart=9/15/2019&adult=1&child=0&group=1909MWSA

Please note, the link will only work over the actual room block dates and the date of arrival and departure should be selected.

Important Note: Amenities Fee

Hotel Albuquerque has as of 1 June 2019 instituted an additional $20 + tax per day amenities fee which will not affect conference attendees who stay at the hotel. The notice of this fee will appear on all confirmation emails sent. The hotel cannot change their software to stop automatically generating this notice when you make a reservation. We were just notified of this on 19 June 2019 but our room rates were guaranteed by a contract that was signed last year. We are grandfathered in with the rates seen on this page. Please ignore the confirmation notification. The fee will appear on your room bill but then be removed at checkout. Bottom line is you will not pay this fee. If anyone has any problem with this at the time of checkout, contact Jim Tritten [cell (505) 453-6795] who will be staying at the hotel through noon on Sunday. If you are staying beyond Sunday and have a problem after Jim has departed, the Regional Director of Sales is Jacob Quintana who can straighten things out at the front desk. He can be reached at (505) 222-8744 or Cell (505) 501-0940. Jacob’s office is directly behind the front desk

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Overview

The Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) and SouthWest Writers (SWW) will co-host a joint writing conference at the Hotel Albuquerque, Albuquerque, New Mexico, from Thursday September 12th through Sunday September 15th 2019. Program details are still being developed but the concept will be to share the strengths of both organizations in a series of classes and workshops designed to help writers learn from specialists they would not normally encounter.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, is known for the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, chile [red or green is the state question], Native Americans living in close proximity, Breaking Bad, and its extraordinary Spanish culture. New Mexico is known officially as the “Land of Enchantment,” but locals refer to the state as the “Land of Entrapment” – many who come to visit stay. Here are some links to what to do while in Albuquerque.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g60933-Activities-Albuquerque_New_Mexico.html

https://www.visitalbuquerque.org/things-to-do/

https://www.thecrazytourist.com/top-25-things-to-do-in-albuquerque-nm/

MWSA is a nation-wide association of some 279 authors, poets, and artists, drawn together by the common bond of military service. Most of its members are active duty military, retirees, or military veterans. A few are lifelong civilians who have chosen to honor our military through their writings or their art. Others have only a tangential relationship to the military. MWSA will take the lead on teaching a free day-long writing class at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque on Thursday, September 12th, 2019.

SWW brings a wealth of expertise to the conference. This would include memoir, southwest setting, mystery/thriller, poetry, short stories, romance, sci-fi, westerns, non-fiction, fantasy, action, history, humor, etc. SWW is devoted to helping both published and unpublished writers improve their craft and further their careers. SWW serves its 329 members and all writers of all skill levels in every fiction and nonfiction genre.

SWW knows a bit about MWSA. Last year, nine SWW members were finalists in the annual published book contest and were then awarded medals in Charleston, SC. In the past, the MWSA director of education, Jack Woodville London, spoke and taught classes at SWW. Similarly, members of SWW have spoken and taught classes at MWSA conferences. Jim Tritten, Larry Greenly, Jack London, Joe Badal, Brinn Colenda, Pat Walkow, and Tom Neiman are all members of both organizations and have volunteered their services to develop a program that is sure to inspire everyone.

This year’s joint conference in Albuquerque will also include an awards ceremony where both organizations will recognize highly talented authors who have published a book.

Anyone with specific recommendations for the program are welcome to contact the Conference Coordinator, Jim Tritten, at jimtritten@comcast.net. Of course, Jim welcomes hearing from anyone interested in helping at any level.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Looking for more to do while in Albuquerque? Try this website: https://www.newmexico.org/

Larry Greenly has provided a short list of further suggested activities while you’re in the city of Albuquerque. Click here to read Larry’s suggestions (PDF).

Book Sales

Registered attendees for the joint SWW/MWSA writing conference can sell their books during the conference via a routine process for SWW  – a table on which the authors put their books with a price marked, and someone manages the sale of those books – in this case SWW will manage the sales at tables that will be provided. For those who want SWW to manage all sales, there will be a 10% cost to defray credit card charges to SWW for the transaction. There will also be a separate table where authors can simply display their books. If another attendee wishes to buy a book from that table, the author is free to work out the sale with the purchaser. 

NOTE: SWW is a pass through entity, therefore we will not collect nor pay any tax on the sale of the books. We are a service which will sell the book for the amount the author wants us to sell it for.  We will collect 10% to cover our expenses only.  Knowing this, the author must decide how much they want SWW to sell the book for.   The author should handle any sales tax according to the laws of the state they live in as they would for any sale.

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Agenda

Please check back often, as we makes changes and updates to our agenda.

Conference Presenters & Mentors

Courtesy of SWW’s website. Click the link below for the most current information.

Click here for short bios of all presenters (opens SWW website in new window).

Click here to see more details about our mentoring program (opens a PDF document in a new window).

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Thursday 9/12

Reception

  • Green Chile Quesadillas

  • Mini Beef Wellington

  • Jalapeno Chicken skewers

  • Tomato Basil Bruschetta


 Friday 9/13

PM Break

  • Red Chile Roasted Nuts

  • Chocolate Popcorn

  • Assorted Sodas

AM break

  • Bagels

  • Coffee

  • Tea

Lunch

  • The New Mexican Buffet


  Saturday 9/14

Plated Dinner [Awards Banquet]

  • Salad

    • Farmer's Market Salad 

  • Entree Selections

    • Herb Crusted Chicken Breast 

    • Kyzer Farm Pork Chop

    • Seared Atlantic Salmon, Ginger Lime Butter

    • Vegetarian option 

  • Dessert:

    • Salted Caramel Mousse with Candied Pecans

    • Dark Chocolate Mousse & Strawberries 

AM break

  • Bagels

  • Coffee

  • Tea

 Lunch

  • The NY Deli Buffet

PM Break

  • Cheese board

  • Hand-crafted trail mix

  • Soda

 



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Aug
11
9:00 PM21:00

Announcement of 2019 MWSA Book Award Finalists--Sunday 8/11 @ 9PM Eastern

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Due to an earlier-than-expected wrap-up of the review process for all 2019 season books, we’ve decided to push up our announcement of finalists to tomorrow (Sunday, August 11) at 9PM Eastern.

As a reminder, being designated as a finalist means that the book has scored high enough to win an MWSA medal (Gold, Silver, or Bronze).

We plan to announce our finalists via video on YouTube and Facebook. Also—technology permitting—we’re going to try to do a live “Watch Party” from our MWSA Public Page on Facebook. That way, you’ll be able to make comments or ask questions as the video is playing.

Here’s the link to our Facebook Watch Party: https://www.facebook.com/MWSA.MembersPublic (scroll down and look for the “Watch Party” notification)

To watch the video anytime after 9PM Eastern on Sunday (or in case we have problems with our live “Watch Party”), you can watch the YouTube version here: https://youtu.be/7OhEt8kF3B8

All finalists—books and authors—will appear on our 2019 Season page shortly after the video announcement ends. We will also email all authors who’ve submitted books this season to let them know whether or not they were selected as finalists.

Good luck!

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Jun
15
12:00 AM00:00

2019 Awards Season: Submission Window Closes

Click image to go to the 2019 Season page

Click image to go to the 2019 Season page

Authors may submit their books for review and award consideration between January 15th and June 15th each year.

Basic Timeline

  • Jan 15: Submission window opens

  • Jun 15: Submission window closes

  • ~ Jun 30: All books assigned to MWSA reviewers

  • ~ Aug 15: Award Finalists Announcement

    • A Finalist has won either Gold, Silver or Bronze medal

  • 10 Nov: Award winners announced at awards banquet

    • Held in conjunction with our annual general membership conference

 

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Apr
1
to Apr 2

Quarterly Deadline for Dispatches Magazine Submissions

Click to visit our  Dispatches  page

Click to visit our Dispatches page

From the MWSA Dispatches editorial staff

MWSA Dispatches is looking for member submissions.

We have many opportunities available for you as a member in good standing, from Author Interviews, to Poetry submissions, to Book Profiles (three books—first come-first served—will be showcased in the Dispatches every quarter).*

If you’d like to write a feature article or have further questions, please email Sandi Linhart or Pat McGrath Avery.

* Members may also submit one book per year for a listing in our online library. This member benefit is free of charge. Starting in January 2019, your online listing will enjoy expanded distribution, as we’ll also post to our social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. Click here for details and to submit your book—for the website and Dispatches magazine.

Deadlines for each issue occur on the first day of January, April, July, and October.

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Jan
15
12:00 AM00:00

2019 Awards Season: Submission Window Opens

Click image to go to the 2019 Season page

Click image to go to the 2019 Season page

Authors may submit their books for review and award consideration between January 15th and June 15th each year.

Basic Timeline

  • Jan 15: Submission window opens

  • Jun 15: Submission window closes

  • ~ Jun 30: All books assigned to MWSA reviewers

  • ~ Aug 15: Award Finalists Announcement

    • A Finalist has won either Gold, Silver or Bronze medal

  • 10 Nov: Award winners announced at awards banquet

    • Held in conjunction with our annual general membership conference

 

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Nov
8
to Nov 11

2018 MWSA General Membership Conference & Awards Banquet

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Charleston, South Carolina
8-11 November 2018

Photos | Hotel | Overview | Agenda | Presentations

Conference Critique & Suggestions

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Hotel

Hilton Garden Inn.  Click image for hotel website.

Hilton Garden Inn.
Click image for hotel website.

Hotel
Hilton Garden Inn
300 Wingo Way
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

The hotel cost will be $125 per night. Call the hotel at 843-606-4600 and mention you are with the Military Society of America when you make your reservation.

Hotel Website

 

Overview

USS Yorktown

USS Yorktown

All members of MWSA should try to attend this year’s conference. It’s a great opportunity to network, learn from others, and be involved with the future of the Society. We have decided to hold the conference at the Hilton Garden Inn in Mount Pleasant, SC, and as with last year’s conference, we have kept costs low without taking away from the quality of the location or the presentations. In fact, this year we hope to have a couple of key players in the publishing industry talk to us.

Charleston is an exciting town. The hotel is just across the Cooper River and a stone's throw from Patriot's Point and the USS Yorktown. Here is also home to the Viet Nam Experience museum and the museum of the Medal of Honor. One of the earliest victors of revolution took place on nearby Sullivan Island and the civil war started at Fort Sumter.

The Awards Banquet will be held the evening of November 10. Your conference fee will cover your attendance at the Banquet. Guests are welcome, but please note if you bring a guest there will be an additional charge.

Fort Sumter

Fort Sumter

There will be no increase in conference fees over last year with an early bird special of $195. After June first, the fees will be $215. The hotel cost will be $125 per night. Call the hotel at 843-606-4600 and mention you are with the Military Society of America when you make your reservation..

We plan on putting on a free, one day writing course at the VA clinic in Charleston on the 8th . Any members in the area on the 8th are invited to attend. Additional specifics will be made available in the future.

As a reminder, we will honor cancellation refund requests until the last minute possible; however, once we have to lock in meals, etc. with the hotel, refunds will not be possible. This usually happens around a week before the start of the conference.

If you want to participate in a panel or would like to make a presentation, please let Bob Doerr know. You can use our Event Contact Form or email him directly at rddoerr@cs.com

Agenda

Please check back often, as our conference agenda is still evolving/changing over time.

Presentations

Conference Critique

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Nov
8
9:45 AM09:45

Veterans Writing Workshop 2018

  • Johnson VA Center; Charleston, SC (map)
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The Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) is conducting a "Writing Your Story Workshop" to assist veterans and their families by helping them write their stories. The event will be held at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Robert H. Johnson VA Medical Center, 109 Bee St., Charleston, SC, on Nov. 8, 2018 (9:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. Lunch will be provided). The workshop is geared to storytelling whether the student may be working on a novel, a memoir, a short story, or an article, both fiction and nonfiction.

MWSA Vice President Bob Doerr will be leading this workshop assisted by MWSA member Valerie Ormond. Karl Warner will also provide information on the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) Programs. MWSA welcomes all veterans, military, and family members at all levels of writing from beginners to seasoned writers. The VA Medical Center will determine final onsite class location closer to the venue. Information will be posted to this website or by calling (843) 789-7488.


Information & Agenda

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Sep
15
8:00 PM20:00

2018 Awards Finalists Announcement

Click on the image to go to the 2018 Season page

Click on the image to go to the 2018 Season page

The tentative date for the announcement of MWSA's Award Finalists has been moved from August 15th to September 15th.  The change was due to allow more time for our volunteer reviewers to read and evaluate all books received this season.

Like last year, we plan on making a live video presentation to announce this year's finalists.  We'll also publish the list on our website on that date (or shortly afterwards).

Being designated as an Awards Finalist means that the book has scored high enough to win a Gold, Silver, or Bronze medal. 

The actual medals won will be announced during the awards banquet in Charleston, SC on Saturday, November 10th, 2018.

Stay tuned for updates and details.

 

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Jan
15
to Jun 15

2018 Awards Season: Submission Window Open

Authors may submit their books for review and award consideration between January 15th and June 15th each year.

Basic Timeline

  • Jan 15: Submission window opens

  • Jun 15: Submission window closes

  • ~ Jun 30: All books assigned to MWSA reviewers

  • ~ Aug 15: Award Finalists Announcement

    • A Finalist has won either Gold, Silver or Bronze medal

  • 10 Nov: Award winners announced at awards banquet

    • Held in conjunction with our annual general membership conference

 

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Sep
7
to Sep 10

MWSA General Membership Meeting & Awards Banquet

  • Menger Hotel; San Antonio, TX (map)
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Date:  September 7-10, 2017
Location: Menger Hotel, San Antonio,TX

Overview & Agenda
All members of MWSA are encouraged to attend our annual conferences.  In addition to a general membership meeting that will enable you to learn more about what’s going on in MWSA and you'll have the opportunity to voice your suggestions for the future of MWSA.  The agenda included seminars to improve your skills as a writer and presentations that will entertain and educate you on the military history of San Antonio.  For more details, see our conference agenda below.

The Menger Hotel is the oldest, continuously operating hotel west of the Mississippi.  Teddy Roosevelt recruited his Rough Riders here in the bar that looks much the same today as it did way back then.  The Alamo is across the street, the River Walk is two blocks away, and a large shopping mall is a five minute walk from the hotel.  
Check out the hotel’s website:  http://www.mengerhotel.com.  

San Antonio is rated as one of the top places to visit in the country.  If you’ve never been here, plan on spending an extra day or two.  Some of you may have gone through Basic Training here with the Air Force, or maybe you spent time at Fort Sam Houston.   If so, come see how the city has changed since the “old days.”  
Click here for a short article on San Antonio's military history.


Photos

Many thanks to Sarah Koller and Sandi Linhart for taking so many wonderful photos!


Agenda

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MWSA Pulaski County, MO History Crawl
Sep
30
to Oct 2

MWSA Pulaski County, MO History Crawl

September 30 - October 2, 2016

FEES INCLUDE A PRIVATE FACEBOOK PAGE WITH STORIES, INFORMATION, LIST OF PUBLICATIONS OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS, TWO NIGHTS STAY AT HAMPTON INN, TWO BREAKFASTS, SPEAKERS AND TOURS IN THE HALF-DAY TRACK OF YOUR CHOICE OR A 30 PLUS MILE ROUTE 66 TOUR WITH TERRY PRIMAS, AND ONE DINNER

MWSA members - $360 Non Members $380

Limited spaces. $100 deposit will hold your room. The remaining fee will be due on September 1, 2016. Contact Pat Avery at patavery@gmail.com and she will invoice you.

  • Enjoy Laura Huffman's story weaving session -- historical human interest stories.

  • Learn about the Civil War west of the Mississippi.

  • Tour the Stagecoach Stop

  • Explore the Pulaski County Museum with Denise Seevers.

  • Learn about crime fighting cases from former Pulaski County sheriff, JB King.

  • Don't miss Terry Primas's day-long exploration of Route 66 in Missouri

  • Enjoy Cellar 66 and Hoppers.

  • Learn about the Trail of Tears with author Kitty Sutton and Waynesville Mayor Luge Hardman.

  • Look for the Quilt Trail.

  • Explore four museums and the library at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

  • Enjoy lunch and wild yarns at the Elbow Inn.

  • Rescue a story at the Poor Farm.

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MWSA'S Gettysburg Writers Retreat
May
24
to May 26

MWSA'S Gettysburg Writers Retreat

Open to historians, researchers, authors, journalists, bloggers, photographers, artists, and educators. Opportunity to submit resulting articles, photographs, and essays for Military Writers Society of America publications.

Choose from more than forty topics to research while in Gettysburg or focus on your own topic if you are currently working on a private project. Includes a substantial reading list in preparation for the event as well as maps and expert contacts.

Contact MWSAPresident@gmail.com to register!

  • MWSA and AAA Member - share a room and save - $575

  • MWSA Members alone or with spouse - single room - $650

  • Non-members - $675

Limited to 30 participants! Only 1 suite left. Reserve your place now with $100 deposit. Final payment due April 1, 2016.

Price includes two nights' accomodation at the Battlefield B&B or the Lightner, lectures by local historians and speakers with special expertise and information about the era, two formal breakfasts, a two-hour bus tour of the Battlefield and a walking tour of the historic town of Gettysburg, individual research adventures in private cars, small group discussions on topics of interest to participants, a reading list, and a dinner at the B&B.

Additional and optional costs will be small group lunches during research and explorations and an introductory brunch at a local restaurant on May 24, 2016.

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2015 MWSA Conference, Phoenix, AZ
Sep
24
to Sep 27

2015 MWSA Conference, Phoenix, AZ

THE OFFICERS/BOARD MEMBERS ARE PROUD TO PRESENT THE MILITARY WRITERS SOCIETY OF AMERICA PHOENIX CONFERENCE

Holiday Inn & Suites Phoenix Airport North

1515 North 44th. Street
Phoenix, AZ 85008

Free Hotel shuttle from Sky Harbor Airport


When You Arrive...

AFTER CHECKING INTO YOUR ROOM, STOP IN SALON C TO REGISTER YOUR ARRIVAL (OPENS AT 10:00AM THURSDAY). WE URGE MEMBERS TO ARRIVE NO LATER THAN NOON ON THURSDAY SO AS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ALL THAT IS BEING OFFERED.


FEE INCLUDES

Thursday: Dinner
Friday: Lunch & Dinner
Saturday: Lunch & Awards Banquet Dinner

Hotel Room Includes Breakfast Buffet. Coffee, tea, water, soda, and cookies will be available in the seminar and registration area. The hotel does hold a small amount against your credit card for and in case of incidental charges.

When You Book Your Room...

Your hotel room price includes all taxes & fees ($107.60)

Be sure to call the hotel reservation desk at:

(888)HOLIDAY OR (888)465-4329

Ask for the Military Writers Society of America block of rooms to get our pricing. The hotel provides a free shuttle service to and from Sky Harbor Airport

All rooms have Microwaves & Refrigerators


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