The New Hampshire Writers’ Project Annual 603 Writers’ Conference Explores Telling Better Stories

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Geoffrey C. Ward

Award-winning biographer, editor, historian and screenwriter, Geoffrey C. Ward best known for his collaborations with Ken Burns to join NH Writers’ Project Chair Masheri Chappelle in soulful conversation at morning plenary session

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

Featured presenter, Geoffrey C. Ward, is the principal writer of the television mini-series the Civil War (1990) and has collaborated with the series’ co-producer Ken Burns on most of the documentaries Burns has made including Jazz, Baseball, The War, The Vietnam War and most recently, Hemingway, that premiered in the spring of 2021.

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

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

In addition to the featured conversation, and an afternoon panel discussion between agents, publishers and authors that explores, What Makes a Great Story, conference goers will be able to participate in their selection of masterclasses. The classes focus on necessary elements of how 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 Indie Publishing: How to Survive and Thrive, Make Your Story Great with Revision Techniques, Marketing Your Self-Published Book, What Makes 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

The NHWP is offering the conference virtually through Zoom. To maintain an intimate setting, all virtual workshops are capped at 15 attendees, so that participants can be seen, engage in dialogue, 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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