Thursday, June 22-Saturday, June 24, 2017
Historical Novel Society Conference at Hilton Portland

A conference put on by the Historical Novel Society, a literary society devoted to promoting the enjoyment of historical fiction. HNS is based in the USA and the UK, but we welcome members (who can be readers or writers) from all round the world. Through our print magazine, conferences, website, social media, and dynamic membership we help bring the excitement of these novels to the widest audience.

Saturday, July 22, 2-3:30 p.m.
Historical Novelist Panel: Taming the Research Dragon

as part of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Conference
at the SeaTac Hilton. Panel in Cascade Rooms 3&4.
Research is the foundation of historical novels. But where can appropriate information be found? How much research is enough? If left unchecked, research will take you hours down the road with no story written. What is the secret of blending facts into a compelling story? What should be included, what left out? Panelists will share experiences taming the research dragon.
Authors: Claire Gebben, Carrie Kwiatkowski, SJ McCormack

International German Genealogy Conference, July 28-30
Marriott Northwest Hotel, 7025 Northland, Drive North, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
The International German Genealogy Partnership has organized this first international conference offering researchers new dimensions in learning from a stellar lineup of speakers, research assistance, information sharing, and connections. For further information, and a registration brochure, click here.

Wednesday, August 23, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
at the Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98332. Admission: $5.
Humanities in the Harbor: “Creating a legacy from family papers and genealogy
” Claire Gebben discovered the untold story of her ancestors when three dozen letters turned up among her family papers. Eventually, these 19th century letters of German immigrant blacksmiths and wagon-makers became the basis for her debut historical novel The Last of the Blacksmiths. Since the book’s publication, readers often come to her with a pressing concern: “I have all these documents, but what can I do with them? Who among my children will ever care or know what they’re about?” A common challenge, but not impossible to overcome. Even trunks full of documents, correspondence, and ephemera can be transformed into a lasting legacy. In this presentation, Claire Gebben shares formats, ideas, organizational tips, and inspiration to ensure the stories of your ancestors, and your own life histories, are not lost.