Conference Schedule

Tentative schedule - events and speakers subject to change

For your convenience, CMN events are displayed along with Catholic Writers Guild events on this calendar:

  • (CMN) indicates an event hosted by CMN. All registered Guild members may attend.
  • (CMN members) indicates an event only for CMN members.
  • (CMN ticketed event) indicates an event with a separate ticket, purchased during CMN registration.

Tuesday July 30

8:00am - 2:35pm Business as Ministry Seminars (CMN members)

  • 8:00am Continential Breakfast (CMN ticketed event)
  • 12:00pm Luncheon (CMN ticketed event)

9:00am - 2:00pm

  • Tradeshow booth setup - volunteers appreciated

2:00pm - 4:00pm

3:00pm - 6:00pm Mini-pilgrimage to Historic St. Mary's Church (CMN)

  • 5:00pm Mass at St. Mary's Church

7:00pm - 9:00pm CWCL Kickoff

  • Welcome & State of the Guild, Joe Wetterling
  • Keynote Address, Danielle Bean
    both in Independence Conference Room

8:00pm - 10:00pm Momentum Coffee House networking (CMN members)

Wednesday July 31

7:00am - 7:30am Rosary, with Danielle Bean and Lisa Hendey (CMN)

7:30am - 8:30am Mass (CMN)

8:30am - 5:00pm Exhibition Floor Open (CMN)

9:00am - 9:45am

  • A Theology of Imaginative Literature, Joe Wetterling
    Independence Conference Room

10:00am - 10:45am

  • Thematic Grace: Stories Without Sermons, Karen Ullo
    Independence Conference Room
  • I Want to Write for Pay. What Opportunities are There for Me?, Patti Armstrong
    Federal Conference Room

11:00am - 11:45am

  • Characterization: Why It Matters So Much, and How to Create Compelling Characters, Leslie Lynch
    Independence Conference Room
  • Everything I Ever Needed to Know About Writing I Learned in the Bronx, Celeste Behe
    Federal Conference Room

12:00pm - 1:30pm LUNCH BREAK

  • Meals-with-Mentors program
    Limited space - sign-up required at registration booth

1:30pm - 2:15pm

  • Take Your Writing to the Next Level: Focusing on Basic Craft and Revision, Leslie Lynch
    Independence Conference Room
  • Writing Fiction for Kids, Sr. Maria Grace Dateno
    Federal Conference Room

2:30pm - 3:15pm

  • Plotting Your Novel the Screenwriting Way, A.J. Cattapan
    Independence Conference Room
  • Exercising Your Write to Speech, Celeste Behe
    Federal Conference Room

3:30pm - 4:15pm

  • Horror: The Genre of Sacred, Karen Ullo
    Independence Conference Room
  • Pitch Session Practice
    Mandatory for pitch session participants; all attendees welcome
    Federal Conference Room

4:30pm - 5:15pm

  • Legal Issues for Writers, Antony Kolenc
    Independence Conference Room
  • Pitch Session Practice continues
    Federal Conference Room

5:00pm - 7:00pm Momentum Welcome Reception (& Book Signing) (CMN members)

7:30pm - 10:00pm Catholic Movie Screening (CMN)

8:00pm - 10:00pm

  • Game Night social (Bring Your Own Book)
    Independence Conference Room

Thursday August 1

8:00am - 12:00pm Exhibition Floor Open (CMN)

9:00am - 9:45am

  • Marketing God: Inspired Strategies for Authors, Donna Heckler
    Independence Conference Room
  • 7 Unfailing Rituals to Nourish the Writer's Soul to Become Effective and Prolific, Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle
    Federal Conference Room

10:00am - 10:45am

  • 12 Tips for Establishing and Cultivating a Fruitful Relationship with Your Editor, Heidi Hess Saxton
    Independence Conference Room
  • Organization for Writers, Lisa Lawmaster Hess
    Federal Conference Room

11:00am - 11:45am

  • The Merry-Go-Round of Writing Children's Literature, Deanna Klingel
    Independence Conference Room

11:00am - 12:00pm

12:00pm - 1:30pm Momentum Impact Luncheon (CMN ticketed event)

1:30pm - 5:00pm Exhibition Floor Open (CMN)

2:00pm - 2:45pm

  • I've Finished the First Draft of my Novel. Now What?, Carolyn Astfalk
    Independence Conference Room
  • Tips for Getting Published with a Traditional Publisher, Sr. Maria Grace
    Federal Conference Room

3:00pm - 3:45pm

  • Ramp Up Your Impact and Your Income Through Podcasting
    Panel discussion: Danielle Bean, Kimberly Cook, Allison Gringas, Lisa Hendey, Lisa Mladinich, Pete Socks
    Independence Conference Room
  • Reaching without Preaching: Writing Fiction that Engages Teens and Tweens, A.J. Cattapan & Leslea Wahl
    Federal Conference Room

4:00pm - 4:45pm

  • Five Writing Lessons My Editor Taught Me, Antony Kolenc
    Independence Conference Room
  • Navigating Catholic Publishing: Traditional, Hybrid, and Self-Publishing, Patti Armstrong
    Federal Conference Room

5:00pm - 5:30pm "Humble as a Child" Rosary (CMN)

5:30pm - 6:30pm Mass, with Bishop Gainer (CMN)

6:30pm - 8:30pm Momentum Finish Well Event (CMN members)

Friday August 3rd

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

7:30am - 8:30am Mass, with Fr. Pavone (CMN)

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

9:00am - 10:30am

9:00am - 9:45am

  • Authentic Marketing, Nancy Ward
    Federal Conference Room

10:00am - 11:30am

11:30am - 1:00pm

  • Meals-with-Mentors program
    Limited space - sign-up required at registration booth

1:00pm - 4:00pm Guild booth & registration tear-down

  • volunteers appreciated!
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