The HWA exists to promote, support and connect. We do this in a variety of ways designed to appeal to a wide range of members.We provide extra publicity through our ‘featured authors‘ section for our new members and any authors who have recently updated their profile or added details of new books.
Membership is open to historical fiction and non-fiction writers who have work published by a recognised publisher, plus their agents and publishers. Prospective members will be asked to set up an account (email and password) and answer some questions about the type of membership they would like to apply for and their publishing history. These details will be passed to our Membership Secretary, who will then contact applicants separately to complete the process.
FESTIVALS, EVENTS AND LIBRARIES
We have a partnership with Harrogate International Festivals and aim to create the biggest and best historical indoor literary festival in the Harrogate History Festival. Run first in 2013, this has grown year on year, following the model of the highly successful Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime Festival in July.
In addition, we have a presence at the Thames Valley History Festival, the Herstmonceaux mediaeval festival and dozens of other smaller festivals around the country.
During 2014 we organised dozens of events in libraries and book shops for our members, as part of our ambition to become a trusted partner of these essential institutions.
We also run a number of social events for members.
The HWA Goldsboro Debut Crown: the shortlist is announced at our AGM in June, and the winner announced at the Harrogate History Festival in October. Prize winners to date have been: Robert Wilton, M L Stedman, Kate Worsley and Ben Fergusson.
Our new website (launched July 2015) features links to members’ works helping to engage with a wide audience.
We provide extra publicity through our ‘featured authors‘ section for our new members and any authors who have recently updated their profile or added details of new books.
We have our own online magazine, Historia, which aims to promote our authors to the widest possible online audience. Historia is edited by Katherine Clements.