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
  • Nonfiction Critique Workshop with Nancy Ward
    Federal Conference Room

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


  • Guild Social - Game Night
    Joe emcee's 21 Questions Wrong, The Catholic Card Game, and Bring Your Own Book. Come join the fun!
    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 - 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


  • Editor Panel - Lisa Hendey, Heidi Hess Saxton, Mary Beth Baker, Chris Sparks
    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 Patchen, Amy Cattapan, Nicole Loughan
    Independence Conference Room
  • Pitch Session Prep
    Federal Conference Room

5:00pm-7:00pm Welcome Reception, CALA Awards Presentation, Book Signing (CMN/CWG)

Thursday Book Signings

All book signings are at the Guild tradeshow booth (#105)
  • 9:15am-9:35am, Secrets YA Anthology, Carolyn Astfalk & Leslea Wahl
  • 10:15am-10:35am, Dying for Revenge, Dr. Barbara Golder 
  • 10:15am-10:55am, Giveaway Grab-bag, Ellen Gable and Various Authors
  • 10:35am-11:15am, Bead By Bead, Meggie Daly
  • 10:55am-11:15am, Amanda Lauer
  • 11:15am-11:55am, Saved by the Alphabet & Counting on Faith, Maurice Prater
  • 1:00pm-1:45pm, CALA Nominees & Award Winners Giveaway & Sale

Thursday August 2nd

7:30am-9:00am Breakfast, sponsored by TAN/St. Benedict Press (CMN) (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
  • Meals with Mentors - Arthur Powers, Literary Fiction & Poetry


  • 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
    • Breakthrough Life Coaching - Lisa Mladnich
    • Personal Productivity - Joe Wetterling
    • How To Be a Terribly Serious Catholic Writer - Kelly Mantoan


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