Joint Conference: SWW and MWSA
SouthWest Writers (SWW) and the Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) will co-host a joint writing conference at the Hotel Albuquerque from Thursday, September 12 through Sunday, September 15, 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.
MWSA is a nationwide 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’s only core principle is a love of the men and women who defend this nation, and a deeply personal understanding of their sacrifice and dedication. You do not need to have ever served in the armed forces to be a member of MWSA.
SWW embodies a wealth of members who will bring expertise to the conference in many genres. Among them: memoir, southwest setting, mystery/thriller, poetry, short story, romance, sci-fi, westerns, nonfiction, 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 SWW is devoted to helping both published and unpublished writers improve their craft and further their careers.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 members and all writers of all skill levels in every fiction and nonfiction genre.
We have been privileged in the past to have the MWSA director of education, Jack Woodville London, speak and teach classes at SWW. Similarly, members of SWW have spoken and taught classes at MWSA conferences. Jack London and Joe Badal are members of both organizations and have volunteered their services to develop a program that is sure to be of interest to all. In addition, MWSA will take the lead on teaching a free day-long writing class at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center on Thursday, September 12, 2019.
MWSA holds an annual published book contest which will kick off early in 2019. For 2018, nine SWW members are finalists and will be awarded medals. The 2019 joint conference will also include an awards ceremony where MWSA recognizes highly talented authors who have published a book. SWW or any other writers interested in participating in the annual MWSA contest can do so by applying at MWSAdispatches.com after the first of the year.
Anyone with specific recommendations for the program are welcome to contact the Conference Coordinator, Jim Tritten, at firstname.lastname@example.org. SWW will be the home team host to perhaps some 40-50 out-of-town authors from all parts of the United States. Most of them will have never been to Albuquerque and will need some hand-holding on the amount of green chile to put on their food. Of course, Jim welcomes hearing from anyone interested in helping at any level.