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Catholic Writers Conference Live 2024

The Catholic Writers Guild will hold its annual live conference Tuesday, May 28 - Thursday, May 30, 2024, in conjunction with the Association of Catholic Publishers meeting at the Holiday Inn O'Hare, 5615 N Cumberland Ave, Chicago, IL 60631. We have a full day of activities scheduled for Thursday at this year's conference, so plan to make Friday your travel day so you can take full advantage of the opportunity to participate in some of ACP's workshop breakout sessions!

Before you register, make sure to make your lunch choice (the menu is at the bottom of this page).

REGISTER NOW! If you've already registered, scroll down below the schedule for hotel reservation info.

The 2024 Conference Schedule is below. Bookmark this page for more information, and be sure to watch our member newsletter and social media updates.

Registration for the conference and info about the hotel room block is now open and is available at the bottom of this section. Registration is made through the Association of Catholic Publishers. (You do not have to join the Association of Catholic Publishers to register; proceed to register as a guest.)

Conference registration closes when we reach our limit of 100 registrants. There will be no registration at the door. 

2024 Conference Schedule:

Tues. 5/28
1-2:15 PM Opening/ice-breaker
2:30-3:45 PM Panel: What Publishers (and Readers) Really Want: Two Editors Share Advice on Reaching your Target Audience (Moderator: Carmela Martino, Panelists: Sr. Maria Grace Dateno and Rebecca Martin)
4:00-5:00 PM KEYNOTE: Consecrating our Writing to Mary (Fr. Edward Looney)
5:15-6:00 PM Crafting Your Story for a Wider Audience (Allison Gingras)
Pitch Prep session at the same time in one of the small conference rooms on the second floor (required for authors who have appointments to pitch books to a publisher during the conference)
8:00 PM Comedy Night in Superior Ballroom (Karina Fabian)

Wed. 5/29

7:30 AM Rosary (Superior Ballroom)
8:00 AM Mass (celebrated by Fr. Edward Looney in Superior Ballroom)

9-9:45 AM Setting SMART Goals for Your Writing (Marge Steinhage Fenelon)
10-11:15 AM Panel: What is Catholic Fiction and Why Do We Need It? (Moderator: Arthur Powers; Panelists: G.M. Baker, Sr. Maria Grace Dateno, Rebecca Martin, Amy Schisler) Can't wait for this? Get your handout before the conference!
11:30 AM-12:15 PM Cover Letter Vs. Query Letter: What’s the Difference, When Do You Need Them, and How Do You Write Them? (Amy Cattapan)

12:45-1:45 PM Meals with Mentors: signups are now open!

2-3 PM KEYNOTE: For Such a Time as This: Three Powerful Lessons I’ve Learned From the Catholic Writing Community (Claire Dwyer)
3:15-4:30 PM Panel: Marketing and Social Media: Strategies for Connecting with Readers (Moderator: Maria Riley; Panelists: Sarah Anne Carter, Antony Barone Kolenc, Amanda Lauer, and Erin McCole Cupp) 
4:45-5:45 Final main session in large conference room: Book raffle, introduction to the Association of Catholic Publishers schedule for Thursday, and more

Thur. 5/30

7:30 AM Rosary (Michigan Room)

8-12 Pitch sessions in two rooms 
In other rooms:

9:00-10:00 Workshop A: Deacon Arthur Powers on Faith and Writing
10:30-11:30 Workshop B: Erin McCole Cupp on Create and Sell Your Own Online Course

Thursday afternoon: Attend ACP's breakout sessions on these topics:

  • Targeting Audiences in Social Media Today
  • Best Practices on Key Words and Metadata
  • Social Media and Influencer Marketing
  • Ethics and Legal Ramifications of AI-Generated Images
  • Design as a Service and Vocation
  • Book Design as Branding Design
  • Non-Fiction Developmental Editing
  • Recruiting Diverse Talent as Authors and Editors
  • What Are the Best Ways to Use Writing and AI
  • Artificial Intelligence, Ethics, and Christian Publishing: Issues & Opportunities
  • How to Shape Our Organizational Culture in the Post-Pandemic World (2 part session)
All talks on Tuesday and Wednesday will be held in the Superior Ballroom except as noted. 
Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday morning and afternoon, and Thursday morning, the Michigan room across the hall from the main ballroom will be open as a Hospitality Room, thanks to the generosity of our sponsor, Catholic Mom. Stop by to grab a little refreshment and chat with your author friends.
PERK FOR CONFERENCE ATTENDEES! Literary Fiction & Poetry: Arthur Powers invites writers who would like feedback on their literary fiction or poetry to meet with him one-on-one at CWG Live. Arthur is the author of The Book of Jotham (winner of the Tuscany Novella Prize), A Hero for the People (winner of the 2014 Catholic Arts & Literature Award), and Padre Raimundo's Army (published by Wiseblood Books), as well as two volumes of poetry. His poetry and fiction have appeared in America, Chicago Tribune Magazine, Critic, Dappled Things, Hiram Poetry Review, Kansas Quarterly, Liguorian, Lydwine, Roanoke Review, Saint Anthony Messenger, Saint Katherine Review, South Carolina Review, Southern Poetry Review, Sou'wester, Windhover, and many other magazines & anthologies. This is free of charge. If you are interested, please contact Arthur directly at [email protected].
To see the floor plan, check out the Conference FAQ.
Don't forget to reserve your room at the hotel: hiohare.com

Room rates are $119.00. Mention that you are with the "Association Catholic Publishers" to get this special rate. The cut-off date for this rate is May 8, 2022.

Call 1-800-HOLIDAY (1-800-465-4329) or 773-693-5800. Please mention the group name ACP at the time of resevation to obtain the discounted rateOr go to hiohare.com and type in the Group code: ACP
Hotel information, including the coupon code to get the special room rate, is on the same page as the registration form and will appear again on the confirmation page when you complete your registration. 
2024 Registration fee (includes boxed lunch on Wednesday. Boxed lunch for Thursday is available for an additional $30 to be paid at registration.):
CWG Members $100
Nonmembers: $140
BOXED LUNCH CHOICES: (each includes side of tortilla chips, salsa dip, cookie, and bottled water)
Cali Club Sandwich (served with applewood smoked bacon, avocado, lettuce, tomato, pepper jack, smoked chicken)
BLT Wrap (smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, guacamole onion, gardiniera aioli on sourdough)
Veggie Wrap (spinach, marinated red and green peppers, onion with garlic aioli)
Chicken Caesar Wrap (made fresh USDA chicken brease, crisp romaine lettuce)
Buffalo Chicken Wrap (crispy chicken with Buffalo sauce and crisp romaine lettuce)
You will need to indicate your boxed lunch choice at the time of registration.

The CWG has been a blessing at both local and national levels. With the encouragement and support from you, I have truly grown as a fledgling writer. I look forward to next year! Paula Babadi

Through all this week's seminars I was so encouraged by such friendly members, and especially the liberty to express our faith throughout the writing process. Colleen Blevins

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