2018 New Mexico Press Women Conference

April 27-28, 2018 at The Lodge at Santa Fe

“Telling Truths Boldly: Harnessing the Narrative Drive”

Friday, April 27 Special Event “Writing Secrets from a Bestselling Author”: An interview with Hampton Sides (this can be registered for separately)

Join us for a little socializing from 5–7 PM in The Lodge’s Hilltop Bar and Grille for a no-host Happy Hour with a pasta or taco bar.  From 7–8PM NMPW’s Sherri Burr will interview author Hampton Sides about “Writing Secrets from a Bestselling Author.” Hampton Sides is best-known for his gripping non-fiction adventure stories set in war or depicting epic expeditions of discovery and exploration. He is the author of the bestselling histories Ghost SoldiersBlood and ThunderHellhound on His Trail, and, most recently, In the Kingdom of Ice, which recounts the heroic polar voyage of the U.S.S. Jeannette during the Gilded Age.

Saturday, April 28

Our morning Keynote Speaker will be Sara Solovitch, executive editor of Searchlight New Mexico, a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization dedicated to investigative reporting and innovative data journalism. Her investigative and long-form stories have appeared in Esquire, Wired, Politico, the Washington Post and other publications.


A panel on “Creating Narratives” will be moderated by Inez Russell Gomez, editorial page editor of the Santa Fe New Mexican. The panelists include:

  • Reporter/editor/PBS television host Lorene Mills, co-producer of the award-winning documentary Ol’ Max Evans—the First Thousand Years
  • DACA Dreamer Cindy Nava, writer for the Huffington Post and President of the American Mexican Association of Young Immigrants
  • Playwright Karen Jones Meadows, whose play about Harriet Tubman has been performed throughout the country

“Revisioning a Local Story for a National Market” A conversation with Simon Romero. A journalist raised in New Mexico, Simon Romero is a national correspondent for The New York Times based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, covering immigration and other issues.

Zia Book Awards Luncheon (this can be registered for separately).

Special Workshop “Telling Your Truth: Memoir Writing” with Lauren Camp (this can be registered for separately). Writer and educator Lauren Camp works in the confluence of sound, psychology and language. She encourages students to leave their inner critic at home, cultivate curiosity and enthusiasm and unleash creativity.

In the evening join us for our Reception and Silent Auction.

Our Awards Banquet will feature keynote speaker Caroline Fraser, author of Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder (this can be registered for separately). Caroline Fraser is the editor of the Library of America edition of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books and the author of three works of nonfiction—God’s Perfect Child: Living and Dying in the Christian Science Church (Metropolitan, 1999), Rewilding the World: Dispatches from the Conservation Revolution (Metropolitan, 2009) and Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder (Metropolitan, 2017). Prairie Fires has been named one of the New York Times’ 10 Best Books of the Year and has been nominated for BIO International’s 2018 Plutarch Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award in biography.

To see a detailed copy of the PROGRAM click HERE


LUNCH & DINNER options click HERE

For RESERVATION INFORMATION for The Lodge at Santa Fe click HERE

To read about our SPEAKERS in more detail click HERE