Catholic Arts and Letters Awards finalists
- Children's/YA Fiction:Playing by Heart, Carmela Martino
- Adult Fiction: My Brother's Keeper, Bill Kassel
Catholic Writers Conference Live registration is open
Registration is open for the Catholic Writers Conference Live!, running from July 31 - Aug 3 in Lancaster, PA. The latest information (calendar, events, speakers) will be available on the CWCL Conference page.
Members should buy their tickets on the Members Admission form.
You can receive a complimentary admission by volunteering! Go to Volunteer Registration for more information.
Once you have a ticket, you can also purchase tickets to several additional Catholic Marketing Network (CMN) events on the CMN Event Registration page.
From Our Blog
Online Writers Conference to Coach Catholic Writers to Succeed
Contact: Karina Fabian, Catholic Writers Guild, 805-304-4433
Online–September 14-16, 2018, the Catholic Writers Guild will host, via webinar, an online writers conference focused on helping Catholic writers succeed in their craft. The Catholic Writers Conference Online provides Catholic writers with a prime opportunity to meet and share their faith with editors, publishers, and fellow writers from across the globe. Speakers will discuss writing as a calling, literature as evangelization, and even how genre fiction like horror and science fiction can still reflect Catholic values.
Presenters include Joseph Pearce (Further Up & Further In), Michelle Buckman (Turning in Circles), Karen Ullo (Jennifer the Damned) and many others. Recordings and reference materials from all presentations will be available free to all conference attendees.
The webinar conference will also give authors an opportunity to meet with publishing professionals and pitch their writing projects. In the past, publishers from large Catholic presses, including Pauline, Ave Maria, and Our Sunday Visitor, and secular presses like Anaiah Press and Liberty Island, have participated. Of those who pitched at the 2017 online conference, over 10 percent have been offered publishing contracts and several are published, including on finalist for the Catholic Arts and Letters Award, Michelle Buckman.
The Catholic Writers Guild, sponsors the online conference, as well as a live conference in July and a semi-annual writers’ retreat in October. As a religious non-profit organization affiliated with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, the CWG uses these conferences to further its mission of promoting Catholic literature.
CWG President, Joseph Wetterling, says, “The Guild exemplifies the Catholic ‘both/and’ with writers from every part of the world, in every genre, and from every walk of life. We’re diverse in personality and style but united in our loyalty and love of the Catholic faith. The Catholic Writers Conference Live is a unique opportunity to come together in fellowship and sharpen each other toward our united mission: a rebirth of Catholic arts and letters.”
Registration costs $30 for CWG Members and $45 non-members. To register or for more information, go to https://catholicwritersguild.org/online-conference.
The CWG Prayer
Holy Family, guide our minds, our hearts, our hands, as we write, speak, illustrate – help our words to live in union with the Word.
Teach us discipline and skill to use the talents God gives us.
Give us also insight and courage to convey God's love through our craft, and humility to be open to His divine will, shaping our lives, in loving loyalty to His Church.
In Christ's name,