HNS Conference 2015 NEEDS YOU!

The 2013 North American Historical Novel Society Conference was a huge success and loads of fun! If you missed it, if you were there, if you’re hoping to be at the next one—we invite you to step up and become part of the team that will make it happen!

HNS 2015 will take place in a U.S. location soon to be decided. We’ve left a few pages up on this website from the 2013 conference (see menu above) in case you want to get a feel for some of the activities.


We have a Program Chair and a Hotel Liaison in place from the 2013 Board of Directors, but we need to fill the FIVE other Board positions as soon as possible: Conference Chair, Venue Chair, Marketing Chair, Treasurer/Finance Chair, and Secretary/Communications Chair. The chart below shows a brief overview of their responsibilities.

2015 Board Structure Chart

Please note:  The Chair for any position does NOT have to do all the work her/himself! Recruit your friends and colleagues! Have virtual meetings and conference calls to get the work done!

Also note: All Board members must be a member in good standing of the Historical Novel Society. Please go to to apply
or to check on your current standing.

Volunteer to be Part of a Committee

If you don’t think you can take on a Chairship, think about volunteering for some category of work as listed in the columns in the chart – you could be in charge of the Blue Pencil Café, or the Website, or helping recruit Agents & Editors for the pitch sessions, or manage some Social Media.

The HNS Conference needs your creativity, new ideas, dedication and work! Please take a look at the by-laws and the position descriptions by clicking here. The current Board members will review all responses and appoint new Chair positions – and we’ll let the new Chairs know about all the other volunteers who want to help out in the various categories of activity. Please use the REPLY box below to let us know if you’d like to volunteer to help put on the next great conference. Thanks!


6 thoughts on “HNS Conference 2015 NEEDS YOU!

  1. I have been involved in a number of writers conference over the last few years, but currently am finishing my MLitt in Family and Local History so can’t committ to a chair position at this time. But having attended the last two HNS North American conferences I would be more than willing to help out with the bookseller or editor/agents in some capacity. Looking forward to hearing the location soon so as to make plans now. Any hope that there will be one held next year in the UK or Europe?

  2. I would love to get involved. I am interested in the program, communications, and marketing committees. I used to be an editor of the HNS bi-weekly newsletter so I have some experience with HNS.

  3. Hi all,

    I would be happy to help out as a volunteer – however I don’t think I’m ready for a Chair position. I participated as a panelist at this past conference – HF in Social Media. I have had some experience with conference planning in the past – I have put together the conference program book for the Association of Gerontology in Higher Education 2008 Annual Meeting and participated in the program planning activities. So I would be happy to participate in any of those capacities – either on the Program or Marketing committees. Thanks – look forward to hearing from you.

  4. Like Jane Steen, I’m an HNS newbie, so I’d be happier in an assistant role. Definitely not finance and not local venue, unless you’re coming to Austin, Texas. I will gladly serve in Program, Marketing or Communications. I would love to serve on the Program/Costume committee, since by 2015 I will have full suits of Elizabethan garb, probably including a spare farthingale or two. Costume probably mostly requires effort close to the event, so I could help with something else too, like social media or other mostly online/computer-based tasks.

    This will help make sure I get myself to the conference. Volunteering is a great way to get involved. Thanks for the opportunity.

  5. I would love to help out, but I have very little experience with organizing conferences so I’d need to be a helper rather than a leader. In 2013 I helped at the Registration desk and loved it, so I might be a good fit there, or perhaps working under the Program Chair or Secretary/Communications Chair. I’m better at practical/logistics tasks than creative things like the costume pageant. Best email is janesteen[DOT]mail[AT]gmail[DOT]com if you want to contact me about it. I honestly don’t know where I’d be most useful, but I would like to give it a try.

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