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|2013 Catholic Writers Conference--LIVE
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 (17:49:10)
Registration is now open for the 2013 Catholic Writers Conference LIVE!
We're heading back East. This year, we return to the place of our first conference, Somerset, New Jersey, and back to a familiar time--the first week of August.
Mark your calendars! The conference runs August 7-9, in conjunction with the Catholic Marketing Network International Trade Show. As before, membership in CWCL provides you with entry to the trade show; however, there are special events that require tickets. We should have full pricing on those special items soon.
This year we are hosting:
•workshops on marketing and writing
•presentations on marketing and selling your work
•in-person pitch sessions
•group critique sessions
•national CWG Members meeting (guests welcome, of course)
We're still firming up our speaker list - so stay tuned!
To register or to get more information click the link below:
Many thanks to the Anne Spychala Family Charitable Foundation. They have given us a very generous donation. That means coffee and donuts! It means a reception! (Karina Fabian says, "We're Catholics--social food is a longstanding part of our heritage!") We'll also be able to help volunteers and presenters defray their costs of travel. So fill out the form so we can contact you when we're ready to register.
|YOUR WORD IS MY DELIGHT: A Catholic Writers' Retreat
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 (01:13:05)
It's Coming! Our second writing retreat!|
YOUR WORD IS MY DELIGHT, Catholic Writers' Retreat, will take place Oct 13-17 at the St. Francis Retreat Center in Lansing, MI. Michelle Buckman is the key presenter, will do a series of workshops on "God is in the Details." In addition, Catholic broadcaster Al Kresta will speak on knowing and sharing Jesus, David Krajewski will discuss answering God's call to write, and Father David Rosenberg will present a workshop on collaborative writing. In addition, there will be daily Mass, time for devotion, meditation, and (of course) writing. What more could you ask for? How about a pitch session with FAITH Catholic?
The retreat cost of $450 covers accommodations and meals. Online registration will be going up soon, along with schedule details, at http://stfrancis.ws. In the meantime, mark those calendars!
|CWG Authors on EWTN Bookmark
Thursday, December 06, 2012 (23:45:58)
CWG Member Authors will appear on the EWTN Bookmark show: |
Sunday, Dec. 9, 9:30 AM & 11:30 PM; Monday, Dec. 10, 5 AM; Wednesday, Dec. 12, 5:30 PM
To see the authors featured and their books click here!
|CWG Honors EWTN's Doug Keck, with Catholic Arts and Letters Award
Monday, September 24, 2012 (12:53:34)
September 24, 2012, Indianapolis, IN—The Catholic Writers Guild (CWG), an organization founded to promote and nurture Catholic writers and their work, recently recognized Doug Keck, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of EWTN, for his support and contribution to the world of Catholic literature through EWTN Global Catholic Network’s “Bookmark” series.
The Catholic Arts and Letters Award (CALA) for Excellence in Achievement is awarded to individuals who have spent a good portion of their lives using their God-given talents to foster the creation and dissemination of great Catholic literature, or who have helped evangelize the culture through the life-long use of good Catholic writing. Honorees are presented with a lifetime membership in the CWG.
The CWG chose to honor Mr. Keck for developing and hosting “EWTN Bookmark,” a series spotlighting Catholic books and authors. The show, which has been running for fourteen years has been a showcase of Catholic literature, highlighting the creation of new, great works of Catholic writing that inspire and encourage the faithful. The producer of “EWTN Bookmark,” Lee South, was also recognized by the CWG for her contribution to Doug’s commitment to promoting Catholic literature and authors. The Eternal World Television Global Catholic Network (EWTN) is the largest religious media network in the world and is available in over 200 million television households in more than 140 countries and territories.
“I appreciate all the great Catholic authors that are here,” said Doug Keck, upon receiving the award. “They make us look good at EWTN. They give us material we can really talk about. It’s a great joy for all of us at ETWN, led by Mother Angelica, that our mission can be fulfilled through ETWN’s ‘Bookmark’ series.”
In 2010, the CWG awarded the first CALA Award for Excellence, and in 2011 it presented the first CALAs for Fiction. While the Award for Excellence is selected by the CWG’s leadership, there are three submission categories for the 2013 CALA for Fiction: children’s, young adult, and adult. Submission deadlines are typically at the end of April of each year. Authors can learn more at www.catholicwritersguild.com.
The CWG was founded in 2007 by a core group of five Catholic authors who saw a need for a Catholic professional writers’ organization. “The Catholic Writers Guild’s mission is to lift up Catholic writers,” says CWG President Ann Margaret Lewis. “It hopes to encourage them and embolden them to create great art and compete in the world of ideas. By promoting the work of Catholic authors, Mr. Keck has, for fourteen years, furthered the mission of our organization.”
The organization currently has more than 250 members and hosts two conferences for Catholic writers each year. The Catholic Writers Conference LIVE! is held in conjunction with the Catholic Marketing Network Trade Show, and an on-line conference takes place each Spring at http://catholicwritersconference.com. These conferences offer Catholic writers opportunities to meet and share their faith with fellow writers from across the globe. Both events include “pitch sessions,” which provide authors an opportunity to meet one-on-one with publishing professionals and pitch their writing projects, as well as educational workshops on the art of writing, book promotion, and the business side of writing.
For more information about the CWG, their conferences, the CALA Award winners and submission guidelines, visit www.catholicwritersguild.com.
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