Conference Schedule

Tentative schedule - events and speakers subject to change

Make sure you are registered for the Catholic Writers Conference Live! and the CMN MOMENTUM Exhibition.

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)

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, Laura Lowder & Conference Team
  • State of the Guild, Joe Wetterling
  • Keynote Address, Danielle Bean

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 (TBA)
    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
    For pitch session participants only; advanced registration required
    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)

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

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

  • Pitch Session for Ave Maria Press
    Advanced registration required (TBA)
    Federal Conference Room

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

  • Pitch Sessions
    Registration required (TBA)
    Independence Conference Room

9:00am - 9:45am

  • Authentic Marketing, Nancy Ward
    Federal Conference Room

10:00am - 11:30am

11:30am - 1:00pm

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

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

  • volunteers appreciated!
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