New Hampshire Writers’ Project 603 annual conference explores the possibility of telling better stories


Biographer, editor, historian and award-winning screenwriter Geoffrey C. Ward, best known for his collaborations with Ken Burns, will join NH Writers Project Chairman Masheri Chappelle in a moving conversation during the morning plenary session

Concord, NH, March 15, 2022 – The New Hampshire Writers Project (NHWP) is hosting its annual 603 Writers Conference virtually on Saturday, June 4, 2022. The day begins at 8:30 a.m. with an in-depth conversation with special guest Geoffrey C. Ward ; and culminates with NHWP’s Signature Pitch Party which offers attendees the opportunity to pitch their best book to a panel of professional literary agents, editors, publishers and celebrity authors. The Pitch Party is offering a cash prize of $250 to the winner. Previous Pitch Party winner Brinda Charry landed a two-book publishing deal following her win.

Featured presenter Geoffrey C. Ward was the main writer for the television miniseries The Civil War (1990) and collaborated with series co-producer Ken Burns on most of the documentaries Burns made, including Jazz, Baseball , The War, The Vietnam War and more recently, Hemingway, which premiered in the spring of 2021.

Rather than a traditional keynote, Ward will engage in conversation with NHWP President Masheri Chappelle about his illustrious writing career. Participants will also be able to ask questions during the question and answer portion of the morning program. “He has such accomplished work and so much wisdom to share with all writers,” said Masheri Chappelle, NHWP Board Chair. “We are delighted to have him as a special guest for this year’s Conference 603.”

“Many of our members are looking to get their book from page to page, with the growing need for content caused by the explosion of streaming options,” said Ron Stokes, NHWP Program President. “The opportunity to have a conversation with an established, award-winning screenwriter promises to be informative for all involved.”

In addition to the featured conversation and an afternoon panel discussion between agents, editors and authors that explores What Makes a Great Story, conference attendees will be able to participate in their selection of masterclasses. The courses focus on the elements needed to tell a better story, how to get a book (story) published, and how to market a book once it is published. Class titles include Freelance Publishing: How to Survive and Thrive, Make Your Story Interesting with Editing Techniques, Market Your Self-Published Book, What Makes a Great Story: An Agent’s Perspective, and Present Moment, Poetic Moment, to name a few. All class presenters are industry professionals. Class instructors and class descriptions are available at

NHWP is offering the conference virtually via Zoom. To maintain an intimate setting, all virtual workshops are limited to 15 participants, so attendees can be seen, interact and ask questions. More information about the conference, how to access the conference, and registration is available at

Anyone interested in participating in the End of Day Pitch Party can get more information at


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