CWCO Workshops and Schedule

Workshops Planned

Author Strategies: Employing Strategic Focus to Meet Your Publishing Goals. It’s time to stop feeling overwhelmed by the countless available marketing tactics, and begin filtering everything through the lens of STRATEGY. With a clear purpose, you can choose methods aligned with your unique goals. Writers will walk away from this session with clarity, focus and a number of helpful tools and techniques to think about, plan, and execute an effective Author Strategy. Presenter: Ryan Levesque

Building a Social Media Platform.  Staying positive, discovering which platform works best for your writing, and how to build an audience. Presenter: Allison Gingras

Catholic Literary Archetypes. You've heard of the Christ-figure in fiction but what about the Marian?
or the St Joseph? The Literature course they should've taught you in highschool. Learn from the
greats and amass strategies for using your writing to explore and deepen your faith. Presenter: A.R.K. Watson

Creating a StoryBoard - a  PowerPoint presentation on making a story board to guide and aid in writing books for both adults and children. It is a powerful guide for both fiction and non-fiction, which not only organizes the authors thoughts but is also a lot of fun! Presenter: Karen Kelly Boyce

Finding God in your Words - a PowerPoint presentation that teaches how to discern and follow God’s Will for your work. The teaching includes Scripture, Christian Contemplation exercises, and music to help the attendees find the right genre and direction of God’s desired use of their talents. Presenter: Karen Kelly Boyce

God Still Speaks Today-- God still has a prophetic voice in the world today. One means he uses is the gift of writing. Are you following your calling?  Presenter: Julieanne M. Bartlett

Great Beginnings: How to Hook Readers and Keep Them Turning the Pages. There’s a great deal riding on the opening paragraphs of any piece of writing, whether it’s a novel, short story, or nonfiction work. In this workshop, author and writing teacher Carmela Martino will explain the concept of the “implicit promise” and why it’s so important to hooking readers. Using examples from fiction and non-fiction, she’ll also discuss the four key elements of intriguing openings. Presenter: Carmela Martino

How an Editor Can Be Your Best Friend. An editor can help a book land on the best seller list or doom it to swiftly going out of print. This talk answers questions such as what is an editor’s role, when do I need an editor, how do I find an editor, how do I work with an editor, and what do editors charge. The presentation is enlivened with accounts of personal experiences, both sad and humorous. Presenter: Sr. Mary Kathleen Glavich

Make Your Writing Sparkle! This session uses a jeweler's metaphor for quality diamonds -- cut, color, clarity, and carat -- to improve liveliness and style with practical exercises. [I presented this topic at an earlier CWG Live! Conference and used it every semester in my college composition courses. Presenter: John Desjarlais

Show Me! Don’t Tell Me. I have learned in working with young people that details are an important part of the story. Being so important the writer needs a way to show the reader to ignite their imagination. Show don't Tell and Active-vs-Passive are two concepts authors struggle with. Hopefully this presentation will help to clear the muddied waters. Presenter: Christina Weigand

So You Want to Be an Author? Your Guide to Getting Published! – In this session, we’ll cover all the basic information you need to know to become a published Catholic author. We’ll cover the three main ways to get published—without getting scammed! We’ll also talk about the difference between cover letters and query letters and what a book proposal is and how to know if you need one. We’ll also talk about whether you need a literary agent or a literary lawyer. We’ll also discuss how to get yourself noticed in the world of Catholic publishing so that the book publishers start asking you to write a book instead of you begging them to publish your manuscript. Presenter: A.J. Cattapan

Tension and Conflict -- As a fiction editor, the #1 mistake I see from authors is a lack of understanding about what dramatic tension is, why it's necessary, and how to develop it. Through examples from both film and books, I will help fiction authors understand why conflict is essential and how to make sure your readers are drawn into breathless anticipation in every scene. Presenter: Karen Ullo

The Pleasures and Perils of Writing Historical Fiction. Historical people and events can be great sources for story ideas but bringing such stories to life is often challenging. In this presentation, author and writing teacher Carmela Martino will discuss the process she went through researching and writing Playing by Heart, an award-winning novel inspired by the lives of two extraordinary 18th-century sisters who lived in Milan, Italy—one a mathematician, the other a composer. Martino will also share some common pitfalls when writing historical fiction and how to avoid them. Presenter: Carmela Martino

Trends & Tastes in the Catholic Reader. an analysis of 4 years of statistics from Catholic Reads in
order to identify submarkets within the Catholic readership and highlight trends that align with
other Christian book markets and trends that diverge from other Christian book markets. This will
help authors decide if they should market their book to the Catholic Reader and what terms they
should use to do so. Presenter: A.R.K. Watson

We Have Ways to Make You Talk: Elements of Effective Dialogue. This session examines three must-have qualities of fictional talking: it characterizes the speaker, builds conflict, and advances the story. Basic techniques will be illustrated and common pitfalls and problems will be addressed. Presenter: John Desjarlais

Why Catholic Fiction Matters – In this session, I’ll share what I learned through my dissertation about the importance of culturally relevant literature, and as we all know, religion is an important part of our culture. I’ll share not only why we need it as readers, but also why we need to share Catholic fiction in our schools, parishes, and youth groups so that we can inspire the next generation of Catholic artists. Presenter: A.J. Cattapan

Worldbuilding 101. What does it take to make a convincing world and how do you present it without sounding like a wiki entry. Presenter: Karina Fabian

Friday, Feb 19


8:30-9:00 a.m. Prayer
9:00-10:00 a.m. Finding God in Your Words
10:30-11:30 a.m. How an Editor Can Be Your Best Friend
12:00-1:00 p.m. Creating a Storyboard
1:30-2:30 p.m. Panel Discussion (TBD)
3:00-4:00 p.m. The Pleasures and Perils of Writing Historical Fiction
4:30-5:30 p.m. Make Your Writing Sparkle
6:00-7:00 p.m. Why Catholic Fiction Matters
7:30-8:30 p.m. Trends and Tastes in the Catholic Reader
9:00-9:30 p.m. Prayer
9:35-11:00 p.m. Pitch Practice

Saturday, Feb 20


8:30-9:00 a.m. Prayer
9:00-10:00 a.m. Catholic Literary Archetypes
10:30-11:30 a.m. Tension and Conflict
12:00-1:00 p.m. Author Strategies: Employing Strategic Focus
1:30-2:30 p.m. Panel Discussion (TBD)
3:00-4:00 p.m. Great Beginnings: How to Hook Readers
4:30-5:30 p.m. Show Me! Don’t Tell Me
6:00-7:00 p.m. So You Want to be an Author? Your Guide to Getting Published
7:30-8:30 p.m. Networking
9:00-9:30 p.m. Prayer
9:35-11:00 p.m. Pitch Practice

Sunday, Feb 21


12:00-1:00 p.m. Building a Social Media Platform
1:30-2:30 p.m. Panel Discussion (TBD)
3:00-4:00 p.m. Worldbuilding 101
4:30-5:30 p.m. God Still Speaks Today
6:00-7:00 p.m. Accounting Talk  (TBD)
7:30-8:30 p.m. We Have Ways to Make You Talk
9:00 p.m. Prayer

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