NM Press Women Annual Conference in Santa Fe

New Mexico Press Women are preparing for the annual conference, scheduled in Santa Fe for the first weekend in May.  The conference schedule is listed below.  If you are interested in attending, please visit the NM Press Women webpage.

Pre-conference Activities


4:40 p.m.  Travel to downtown Santa Fe. Assemble in lobby for shuttle van downtown or travel downtown in your own car.  (Please indicate participation on registration form.)

5-7 p.m.  Gallery Art Walk/New Mexico History Museum/New Mexico Museum of Fine Art/Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Take a stroll to art galleries on Palace and Lincoln avenues.  Free admission to the museums on Friday night.

7-9 p.m.  Dinner with a Local. Groups will meet at their chosen restaurant downtown. Each group will be led by a local member.  (Please indicate participation on registration form.) Participants will pay for dinner that night. Options include San Francisco Bar & Grill, Il Piatto, La Plazuela at La Fonda and Tia’s Cocina.

9:15 p.m. Return to the Hotel. Shuttle van and carpools leave downtown. (Please indicate participation on registration form.)


Conference Day

8-9 a.m. Breakfast Buffet/Registration Desk Opens.

8:30-10 a.m. NMPW Membership Meeting. Participate in the annual state membership meeting of New Mexico Press Women.  Don’t miss the election of new officers.

10:15- 11 a.m.  Narrative Nonfiction: Truth in Storytelling. Acclaimed author James McGrath Morris will share some of his tips. In this centennial year, hear how the author brings history to life in his books.

11:15 a.m.-Noon: Real or Fake: Indian Arts at the Crossroads. With the future of traditional arts at stake, the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) created the Traditional Arts Ambassadors program. Learn why this has become an economically and culturally critical issue for Native artists from the first two appointed ambassadors: Darryl Begay, Navajo/Dine, and Cippy Crazyhorse, Cochiti Pueblo. Bruce Bernstein, SWAIA executive director, will join Begay and Cippyhorse on a panel moderated by long-time journalist Kay Lockridge.

12:15-1:45 p.m. Zia Awards Luncheon. The top three finalists are honored and the winner will be announced. The category is nonfiction. Book lovers will hear from the authors about their works.

2-3:30 p.m.  Social Media: Are You Part of the Conversation?  See examples of some of the latest trends and tips from our presenters: Wendy Forbes, a professional consultant on social media; Todd Lovato, managing editor of the dynamic/interactive website SantaFe.com; and award-winning writer Lisa Abeyta, who is the founder of APPCityLife, Inc., a mobile app development company.

3:45-4:30 p.m. Re-inventing yourself for fun and profit. Learn how to create your own job or prepare for your next career move. Hear from two veteran writers, Lesley S. King and Shirley Raye Redmond, who continue to hone their skills to excel in changing times.

5:30 p.m.  Scholarship Silent Auction Opens/Cocktail Reception.  No host bar. Awards Dinner Registration.

6:30 p.m.  Awards Dinner.  Buffet Opens.

7:00 p.m.  Introduction of Scholarship Winners.

7:30 p.m.  Silent Auction Closes.

7:30-8 p.m. The State of the Free Press and What We Can Learn from History.

Investigative reporter Sally Denton is the author of seven books including her latest, The Plots Against the President: FDR, A Nation in Crisis, and the Rise of the American Right.  Denton has written for numerous newspapers and magazines, including: The Washington Post, The New York Times, Salon, The Chicago Tribune, Columbia Journalism Review and The Toronto Globe and Mail.

8-9:30 p.m.  Communications Contest Awards Ceremony.