Friday, January 25, 2008

Catholic Writers Guild Conference

I'm happy to share the following great news about the upcoming Catholic Writers Conference being held in May. Along with being a great opportunity, the event is free of charge and packed with great learning opportunities. Whether you're an experienced writer or a rookie like me, this looks like a super conference.

Catholic Writers to Hold Online Conference:

World Wide Web--Writers, editors, agents, and other publishing professionals from around the world are gearing up for the first annual Catholic Writers’ Conference Online, which will be held May 2-9, 2008, and is sponsored by the Catholic Writer’s Guild and Canticle magazine. The conference, which will be conducted entirely through the Internet, is free of charge and open to writers of all levels. It will feature online seminars, chats, and forums throughout the week on a variety of topics. Sample topics and presenters include:

  • Balancing Your Life and Writing, by best-selling author Donna-Marie O’Boyle
  • Can Your Query Pass the Seven-Second Test? by Canticle editor Heidi Hess Saxton. Heidi will also be presenting The Good Writer: Seven Important Habits.
  • Ethics of Memoir Writing, by magazine editor and freelance writer Melanie Rigney
  • Self-Publishing as a First Resort by author and self-publisher Meredith Gould
  • Funds for Writers, by Hope Clark (her website,, has been in Writer’s Digest’s 101 Best Websites seven years running)
  • Marketing Basics, by Carolyn Howard-Johnson (speaker, editor and author of The Frugal Book Promoter and Frugal Editor) and Karina Fabian (award winning writer and editor of Infinite Space, Infinite God)
  • Pitching and Working with Agents, by agent Terry Burns
  • So, You Want to Write a Book? by journalist and NCR correspondent Tim Drake
  • Virtual Book Tours, by CWG Guild President and sci-fi writer Karina Fabian

In addition to attending seminars, aspiring and published authors alike will have outstanding opportunities to attend moderated chats from important industry contacts, including Vinita Hampton Wright (bestselling author and editor of Loyola Press), Ami McConnell (senior fiction editor at Thomas Nelson), Bert Ghezzi (veteran author and acquisitions editor of Word Among Us Press), and Lisa Hendey (founder of and Catholic Moments podcast). Other presenters include Tom Grace and Tim Powers.

Karina Fabian, president of CWG and chair of the event, said the conference gives writers an unprecedented opportunity to learn and network. “Online Conferences are ideal for writers, and especially for those who are shy, have physical disabilities or are on a tight budget. We’re harnessing the power of the Internet to reach people worldwide to support each other in our writing and our faith.”

Early registration is recommended, as some courses will have limited openings that will be filled on a first-come, first serve basis. Donations are accepted; proceeds will go toward future conferences. To register or for more information, go to

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