Upcoming Conference




for fiction, non-fiction, and everything else!

A SouthWest Writers One-day Conference being held Saturday, October 20, 2018
SouthWest Writers  Offices- 3200 Carlisle Blvd NE, Suite 114   Albuquerque, NM 87110


8:30 am – Registration begins

Conference agenda

9:00 – 9:50 – Getting ready to submit and finding markets for fiction (Sarah Baker)

10:00 – 10:50 – Getting ready to submit and finding markets for non-fiction and everything else (Rob Spiegel)

11:00 – 11:50 – Submission materials and process for fiction (Sarah)

11:50 – 12:30 – LUNCH (box lunch included in conference cost)

12:30 – 1:20 – Submission material and process for non-fiction and everything else (Rob)

1:30 – 2:20 – Working with editors and agents, and promoting fiction (Sarah)

2:30 – 3:20 – Working with editors and agents, and promoting non-fiction and everything else (Rob)

3:30 – 4:30 – Issues around getting and being published; Q&A (Sarah and Rob)


Writing fiction as S. H. Baker, Sarah Storme, and Lydia Parks, Sarah Baker is the author of more than 20 published novels, a dozen novellas, and several short stories. Sarah’s publishers range from Kensington and Harlequin to small presses, one of which she worked for as an acquiring editor. Sarah teaches for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of New Mexico and for UNM’s Continuing Education program, and is currently the President of Southwest Writers. More than anything else, she enjoys sharing her experience with other writers.


Rob Spiegel has been writing for 40 years. He makes his living as a journalist, serving as senior editor for Design News, an international trade magazine. He has published fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama. He’s the author of six books with major publishers such as St. Martin’s Press.

Rob has taught writing at UNM, CNM, Osher, and at writing conferences across the country. His blogging class at Osher is one of his most popular. For 10 years, he owned a magazine (Chile Pepper) and a book publishing company. He blogs on cybersecurity, robotics, spirituality, and theatre. His individual posts have reached as many as 150,000 readers.



$79 for SWW members
$99 for non-members

*Cost covers conference attendance, lunch, and morning and afternoon snacks, as well as handouts.


SWW is experiencing problems with its online payment process.  Please call the SWW office Monday-Thursday 9am to noon to sign up for the conference or you can sign up at the SWW meetings on Saturday, October 6th or Tuesday, October 16.  

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