Conference Schedule

Register for the Catholic Writers Conference Live! through the appropriate form: Guild members | Non-members

Catholic Marketing Network events are labelled (CMN).

Find your way around the exhibition floor with the interactive Floor Plan or download the CMN App. (Visit us in Booth 105 - and click us in the app to learn more!)

Tuesday July 31st

12:15pm-1:45pm Retailer Luncheon (CMN)
Speaker: Fr. Edward Looney (CMN special event registration)

1:30pm-2:30pm Supplier Workshop (CMN)
"How to Navigate the Show", recommended for first-time CMN attendees


  • Fiction Critique Workshop with Michelle Buckman & Karina Fabian
    Susequehanna Board Room
  • Poetry Critique Workshop with Arthur Powers
    Constitution Board Room
  • Nonfiction Critique Workshop with Nancy Ward
    Federal Conference Room

5:00-6:00pm Holy Sacrifice of the Mass (CMN)


  • Guild Social - Game Night
    Federal Conference Room

Wednesday August 1st

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

7:30am-8:45am Opening Mass (CMN)
Celebrant: Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, Vice Provincial for the Marian Fathers

8:45am-9:00am Procession of the Blessed Sacrament to Chapel (CMN)

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


  • Keynote Address - Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC
    Independence Conference Room


  • Welcome - Rebecca Willen
  • State of the Guild - Joe Wetterling
    Independence Conference Room


  • New Strategies to Maximize Book Distribution - Cathy Gilmore & Mary Ann Hutcherson
    Independence Conference Room
  • Freelance Writing - Dennis McGeehan
    Federal Conference room

11:45am-1:15pm Lunch Break

  • Meals with Mentors - Laura Lowder, What is means to be a Catholic writer
  • Meals with Mentors - Carmela Martino, Turning life into fiction


  • The Good Enough Writer - Colleen Duggan
    Independence Conference Room


  • All Things are Possible to the Writer who Believes! - Gary Zimak
    Independence Conference Room
  • Daydream Believing: Writing for Children - Karen Kelly Boyce
    Federal Conference Room


  • Agent/Editor Panel - Lisa Hendey, Heidi Hess Saxton, Mary Beth Baker
    Independence Conference Room
  • Turning Your Book into an Audiobook with ACX - Ellen Gable Hrkach, Carolyn Astfalk
    Federal Conference Room


  • Hot or Not: Cutting Edge Trends in Indie Book Marketing - Matty Dalrymple, Robin Pratchett, Amy Cattapan, Nicole Loughan
    Independence Conference Room
  • Pitch Session Prep
    Federal Conference Room

5:30pm-7:30pm Welcome Reception, CALA Awards Presentation, Book Signing (CMN/CWG)

Thursday August 2nd

7:30am-9:00am Breakfast, sponsored by TAN/St. Benedict Press (CMN)

Speaker to be announced (CMN special event registration)

9:00am-4:00pm Blessed Sacrament Chapel Open (CMN)

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


  • The Redemptive Kiss of Jesus in the Writing Life - Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle
    Independence Conference Room


  • Catholic Books in a Christian Market - Carolyn Astfalk, Virginia Pillars
    Independence Conference Room
  • Pitch Sessions
    Federal Conference Room


  • Building Creative Coalitions for Christ in a Polarized Culture - Regina Doman
    Independence Conference Room
  • Pitch Sessions, continued
    Federal Conference Room

12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch Break

  • Meals with Mentors - Lisa Mladinich, Unblocked: Moving forward creatively, spiritually, and professionally


  • More Than a Brand - Donna Heckler
    Independence Conference Room


  • Reaching without Preaching: Writing Fiction that Engages Teens and Tweens - Carmela Martino, Amy Cattapan
    Independence Conference Room
  • Peter Piper Produced a Page of Playful Prose (and you should too) - Celeste Behe
    Federal Conference Room


  • How to Win a CALA - Joe Wetterling
    Independence Conference Room
  • The Reality of Self-Publishing - Virginia Lieto
    Federal Conference Room


  • Writers Spirituality Panel - Marge Fenelon, Ellen Gable Hrkach, Lisa Mladinich, Arthur Powers
    Independence Conference Room

5:00pm-5:15pm Rosary (CMN)

5:15pm-6:30pm Holy Sacrifice of the Mass (CMN)

6:30pm-8:30pm A Tribute to Fr. Andrew Apostoli, with hors d'oeuvres (CMN) (CMN special event registration)


Friday August 3rd

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

7:30am-8:30am Holy Sacrifice of the Mass (CMN)


  • Fiction Workshop - Arthur Powers
    Federal Conference Room


  • Blessed Sacrament Chapel Open (CMN)
  • Exhibition Floor Open (CMN)


  • Luke 24:14 Sessions
    Independence Conference Room
    • Classical Rhetoric for Modern Writers - Joe Wetterling
    • Rules? What rules? - Michelle Buckman & Karina Fabian
    • Personal Coaching - Lisa Mladnich
    • Personal Productivity - Joe Wetterling
    • How To Be a Terribly Serious Catholic Writer - Kelly Mantoan


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