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, Spain, Hong Kong, and Australia.


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 natural theology for the Holy Apostles MOOC program as well as the Dominican Institute (now SignumDei).
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

Carolyn writes contemporary Catholic romances, is a CatholicMom.com contributor, and freelance writer. She lives in Hershey, Pennsylvania with her husband and four children.


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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