Our History

The Catholic Writers Guild began in 2007 with about 30 members: writers that came together in an online forum to help each other with writing, marketing, and support. In August 2009, we ran the first Catholic Writers Conference Live in Somerset, NJ as well as the first Catholic Writers Conference Online.

That first online conference took place through an online forum and chat room, and it included 47 presentations--more than the number of members just 2 years before!

Now, a decade later, our online conference has moved to video conferencing and our live program continues going strong. We have hundreds of members, including both laypeople and religious. Our members are writers, illustrators, teachers, editors, publishers.. and just fans of great writing. And while we're mostly USA-based, we also have members in Canada, Mexico, Trinidad, UK, Germany, Hong Kong, and Australia.
 

President

Joe Wetterling is a professional educator, homeschooling dad, and writer. He's appeared at national conferences, both secular and religious, speaking on education, technology, and philosophy. Joe writes online for New Evangelizers, as well as his own blogs. He's taught in Holy Apostles MOOC program and currently teaches Natural Theology at the new Dominican Institute.
 
Joe holds a Catechetical Diploma, Masters degree in Instruction & Performance, and is certified by the Catholic Distance Learning Network. He's a member of the Militia Immaculata and current President of the Catholic Writers Guild. Find him online at JoeWetterling.com and on Twitter @JoeWetterling.

Vice President

Arthur Powers was baptized into the Church when he was 29.  He and his wife, Brenda, had previously served as Peace Corps Volunteers in Brazil, and they subsequently returned to Brazil, where they worked for seven years in the Amazon as Franciscan/Maryknoll lay missioners, doing pastoral work and organizing subsistence farmers in a region of violent land conflicts.  Arthur subsequently directed Catholic Relief Services in Brazil.  Currently Brenda and Arthur live in Raleigh, North Carolina, where Arthur is Vice President & General Counsel of a small, high tech communications company; he is active in his parish, a candidate for the permanent diaconate, and an active father and grandfather. Arthur has published The Book of Jotham (winner of the 2012 Tuscany Novella Prize), A Hero for the People (winner of the 2014 Catholic Arts & Letters Award), and Edgewater, as well as short stories, poems, and essays in over a hundred magazines and anthologies.
 
He received a Fellowship in Fiction from the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, three annual prizes for short fiction from the Catholic Press Association, and many other writing honors. He is a co-founder and Vice President of CWG, served (2014-16) as Judge for Winning Writer's Tom Howard short story contest, and is an advisor to Dappled Things, The Justice Theater Project, and The Raleigh Review.

Treasurer

Cesar Chacon is a fifteen year resident of Yorkville, IL where he lives with his wife and three kids. They're  very active in their local parish, and he has finished the first draft of a Science Fiction novel. Lastly, after having worked in the finance industry for almost 15 years, Cesar has recently changed careers to work with his beloved wife of 18 years in the Accounting profession.

Committee Coordinator

Nancy Ward, author, editor and speaker, inspires and equips Catholics to evangelize through their personal testimony. Her DVD, Sharing YOUR Faith Story, a three-part seminar for evangelization, not only gives the basics of the talks and workshops she presents to Catholic parishes, groups and conferences but also her conversion story. She writes from Texas on conversion, Catholicism and Christian community on JoyAlive.net, where she hosts the Joy Alive Network of spiritual support. She contributed to the award-winning The Catholic Mom's Prayer Companion: A Book of Daily Reflections. Nancy is a Catholic convert with 40 years of experience in writing and editing. She earned a journalism degree, staffed the diocesan newspaper, the Archbishop Sheen Center for Evangelization and started a successful writing and editing service. Find her published in seven magazines and on the award-winning CatholicMom.com, SpiritualDirection.com, Zenit.com, CatholicSpiritualityBlogs, CatholicWritersGuild, GodsDelight.org, ConvertJournal.com, AssociationOfCatholicWomenBloggers, and NewEvangelizers.com. She facilitates the D/FW Catholic Writers and the Catholic Writers Guild Non-Fiction Critique Group. Her speaker-author website is NancyHCWard.com.

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