2021 Annual Conference

Finding the Story: From Investigative Journalism to Nonfiction and Fiction Writing

Given the times in which we live, this year’s Annual Conference will be held online. Take a look at the content-rich program featuring a faculty of accomplished presenters:

Friday, March 12, 2021

  • 2:00 – 2:45 NMPW Board Meeting (Zoom)
  • 3:00 – 3:45 NMPW Annual Meeting (Zoom)
  • 4:00 – 5:00 Panel Discussion on “Finding Stories Across Multiple Genres” (Recorded Webinar) Panelists: Irene Blea (Memoir and Novels), Loretta Hall (Space Exploration & History), Jane Lindskold (Science Fiction) [Moderator: Sherri Burr]
  • 6:00 – 7:00 A Conversation with Bestselling Author Doug Preston

Saturday, March 13, 2021

  • 9:00 – 10:00 Panel on “Investigative Journalism” (Recorded Webinar) Panelists: Mike Gallagher (ABQ Journal), Laura Paskus (KUNM) [Moderator: Megan Kamerick]
  • 10:30 – 11:30 Panel on “Mystery Writing” (Recorded Webinar) Panelists: Anne Hillerman, Kari Bovee, Bob Kidera [Moderator: Patricia Smith Wood]
  • 12:00 – 12:45 Zia Awards and Scholarship Presentation: Patricia Conoway and Jessica Savage (Livestream)
  • 1:30 – 3:00 Workshop on Finding Stories (Patricia Walkow and Loretta Hall)
  • 3:30 – 4:15 Keynote Speech by Susan Holloway Scott, a Brown graduate and author of 50 novels
  • 4:30 – 5:15 Communications Contest Awards and Communicator of Achievement: Carolyn Carlson and Marilyn Ward (Livestream)

Download a pdf Program

Full registration includes all events on Friday and Saturday. Or you may register for only the individual sessions you want to attend. If you are not already a member of New Mexico Press Women, you may pay the $20 dues now and register at the member conference rates. Note that membership in local chapters does not automatically include membership in the state organization. The awards presentations sessions on Saturday will be available to members and nonmembers at no cost.

Here is the fee structure:

  • Full conference: $150 for NMPW members, $175 for nonmembers
  • Individual panels and keynotes: $25 each for NMPW members, $35 each for nonmembers
  • Workshop: $50 for NMPW members, $75 for nonmembers


2020 Conference registrants who applied their registration fee to the 2021 Conference will be reminded by email no later than January 23, 2021.