Conference Schedule

The 2018 Conference schedule is under development.

Below is the 2017 schedule, as a preview of the kinds of presentations and events available to attendees.

Tuesday July 18th

12:00pm-1:15pm Retail Luncheon sponsored by Ave Maria Press, Mike Aquilina, speaker (CMN)

3:30pm-10:00pm Option of two pilgrimages:
Marytown or National Shrine of St. Therese (CMN special event registration)

5:15-6:00 pm The Holy Mass (CMN)

Wednesday July 19th

7:00am-7:30am The Holy Rosary (CMN)

7:30am-8:30am The Holy Mass, Fr. Andrew Apostoli, Fr. Michael Gaitley concelebrant (CMN)

8:30-8:45 am Fr. Michael Gaitley - short presentation (CMN)

9:00am-5:00pm Show Floor Open (CMN)

9:00am-9:45am The Catholic Writers Guild: Welcome and Guild Meeting (all welcome): Joe Wetterling,  Nirvana A


  • Ten Tips for Writing Your Bestseller Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle, Nirvana A
  • Dream Big to Be Little - Be Little to Dream Big: Why Write and How - Terri Ong, Nirvana B


  • The Key Components of a Good Story, Ann Lewis, Nirvana A
  • Poetry Workshop, Arthur Powers, Nirvana B

12:00-1:00pm lunch break

1:15pm-1:55pm Keynote, Dr. Barbara Golder - The Catholic Imagination and Evangelization, Nirvana A


  • HowTube: The Whys, Hows, and Be-Not-Afraids of Video in Social Media - Erin McCole Cupp, Nirvana A
  • Ten Tips for Talking About Your Book - Lisa Mladinich, Nirvana B


  • What You Need to Know about 21st Self-Publishing - Ellen Gable Hrkach, Nirvana A
  • Uptown Girl and Backstreet Guy: Where Literary and Genre Fiction Meet  John Desjarlais, Nirvana B


  • Pitch Session Prep (and Pep) Talk - Ann Lewis, Nirvana A
  • Author Newsletters - Your Path to Marketing - Amy Cattapan, Nirvana B

5:30 - 7:30 pm Welcome Reception and Awards (CMN & CWG)

8:30pm-10:00pm CWG - Meet and Hang Out - Hotel Lobby Lounge, outside Gather Bar

Thursday July 20th

7:30am-9:00am Breakfast, sponsored by Ignatius Press, Featured Speaker Dr. Edward Sri (CMN special event registration)

9:00am-5:00pm Trade Show Floor Open

9:15am-10:00am The Baptized Imagination - Joe Wetterling, Nirvana A

10:15am-11:00pm The Power of Parables - Cathy Gilmore, Nirvana A

10:30am-12:00pm Pitch Sessions (pre-registration required), Nirvana B

11:15am-12:00pm All the Write Moves, St. Dominic's 9 Ways of Prayer - Erin McCole Cupp, Nirvana A

12:00-1:00pm lunch break


  • Legal Issues for Writers - Antony Kolenc, Nirvana A
  • Turning Life Into Fiction - Carmela Martino, Nirvana B


  • Reaching Without Preaching: Writing Fiction That Engages Teens and Tweens Carmela Martino, Amy Cattapan, Stephanie Engleman, Nirvana A
  • Critique Sessions (conference attendees only) - Fiction and Non-Fiction - Arthur Powers and Nancy Ward, Nirvana B


  • Lord, Open My Lips: Living and Writing With More Freedom - Lisa Mladinich, Nirvana A
  • Critique Sessions Continued, Nirvana B


  • Virtual Author Visits - Lisa Hendey, Nirvana A
  • Writing, Prayer, & Spiritual Integrity: Being A Deeply Catholic Artist - Arthur Powers

5:15pm-6:30pm The Holy Mass, celebrated by Father Frank Pavone, Priests for Life (CMN)

6:30 pm - 10:00 First Annual Catholic Marketing Network Leadership Reception and Dinner (Extra charge CMN)

Friday July 21st

7:00am-7:30am The Holy Rosary (CMN)

7:30am-8:45am The Holy Mass, celebrant Father Andrew Apostoli, CFR (CMN)

9:00am-1:00pm Show Floor Open (CMN)

9:00am-12pm CWG Conference Attendees visit show floor

10:00am-10:30am CALA Finalists and Winners (past years) - Meet, Greet, Signings at the CWG Booth

10:30am-12:00pm CWG SOA authors meet, greet, signings at CWG Booth

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