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.


Carolyn Astfalk resides with her husband and four children in Hershey, Pennsylvania, where it smells like either chocolate or manure, depending on wind direction. She is the author of the contemporary Catholic romances Stay With MeCome Back to MeOrnamental Graces, and All in Good Time, and the coming-of-age story Rightfully Ours. Carolyn is a member of the Catholic Writers GuildCatholic Teen BooksPennwriters, and is a CatholicMom.com contributor and Gospel Reflections Editor. True to her Pittsburgh roots, she still says “pop” instead of “soda,” although her beverage of choice is tea.

Vice President

Poistion currently vacant.


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

Position currently vacant.

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