2016 Catholic Writers Conference Live

Live ConferenceSeveral prominent Catholic writers will speak at the eighth annual Catholic Writers Conference LIVE taking place July 27-29 at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center in Schaumburg, Illinois (near Chicago.) Sponsored by the Catholic Writers Guild and the Catholic Marketing Network (CMN) and held in conjunction with CMN’s annual retailer trade show, the Catholic Writers Conference LIVE provides Catholic writers with a prime opportunity to meet and share their faith with editors, publishers, fellow writers, and bookstore owners from across the globe. The theme of this year’s conference is “Openness to God’s Will.”


Presenters include keynote speaker Margaret Rose Realy (A CATHOLIC GARDENER’S SPIRITUAL ALMANAC), authors Gary Zimak (FROM FEAR TO FAITH), Karina Fabian (GREATER TREASURES), Lisa Mladinich (TRUE RADIANCE), Lisa Hendey (THE GRACE OF YES), Ellen Gable Hrkach (STEALING JENNY) and many others.


The conference will give authors an opportunity to meet personally with publishing professionals and pitch their writing projects. Some participating publishers are Ignatius Press, Ave Maria Press, and Servant Books. In addition, attendees have the opportunity to sign up for a fiction critique workshop with award-wining short fiction writer Arthur Powers (A HERO FOR THE PEOPLE), a non-fiction critique group with Nancy Ward (joyalive.net) and attend writing workshops with novelists John Desjarlais (SPECTER) and Michelle Buckman (RACHEL'S CONTRITION). Michelle Buckman will also be offering one-on-one critique sessions. Information for all these events can be found on the conference website.


 The Catholic Writers Guild, a religious non-profit organization affiliated with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, sponsors this conference in July, an online conference in March, and a writers’ retreat in October to further its mission of promoting Catholic literature.  CWG President, Joseph Wetterling, says, “The Guild exemplifies the Catholic ‘both/and’ with writers from every part of the world, in every genre, and from every walk of life. We’re diverse in personality and style but united in our loyalty and love of the Catholic faith. The Catholic Writers Conference Live is a unique opportunity to come together in fellowship and sharpen each other toward our united mission: a rebirth of Catholic arts and letters.”

Registration costs $85 with a 10% discount for CWG members. $45 for students. There's also a discounted combined membership. To register or for more information, go to www.catholicwritersconference.com. 

Catholic Writers Conference Online

The Catholic Writers’ Guild will hold its annual online conference for writers March 4-6. 2016.  This faith-focused authors conference offers presentations covering all aspects of writing from finding your calling as a writer to publishing and marketing your books.  There will also be online pitch sessions with noted Catholic publishers and secular publishers.

Attendees must register by Feb 27 at http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=EC51DE87844F3B.


The conference will be held using webinar software, making the experience more personal and immediate.

"We’ve had people asking for webinar formats in the past, but this is the first year we felt comfortable with the technology and the ability of our attendees to stream live presentations," said organizer Karina Fabian. Fabian said the workshops offer terrific opportunities to ask in-depth questions and get feedback from knowledgeable instructors.  


This year’s sessions include an emphasis on the faith aspects of writing no matter what the genre. Speakers like Gary Zimak, author of Faith, Hope and Clarity; Joe Wetterling, President of the Catholic Writer’s Guild, horror author Jonathan Ryan and others will speak on writing as a calling, a literary revolution, and an evangelization. In addition, there are practical workshops including legal issues, techniques for characterization and plotting, how to journal, and time management.

Pitch sessions give authors with finished books a chance to personally interest a publisher.  Pitch sessions include well known Catholic publishers like Servant Books, smaller presses like Liberty Island, and ebook publishers like eTreasures.

"Every year, we hear back from an author who finished a book, started a project, or got a publishing contract thanks to the Catholic Writers’ Conference Online.  Plus people make contacts and good friends.  It’s a terrific opportunity, especially for those who can’t afford to attend a live conference,” Fabian said.


This year’s conference is $40; $25 for members of the Catholic Writers’ Guild. To register or for more information, go to http://www.catholicwritersconference.com.

YOUR WORD IS MY DELIGHT: A Catholic Writers' Retreat

Retreat 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 for four nights and meals. Online registration can be found here.  You can also download a brochure for a mail-in registration.  Hope to see you there!

Catholic Writers Guild on EWTN Bookmark

The following CWG member authors appeared in the “On-Location at the CMN Convention, Part 5” Episode of EWTN Bookmark aired December 9, 2012.

Ruth Apollonia

Author Website: http://ruthapollonia.tateauthor.com/


Annabelle of Anchony: Burdens of the Mind


Synopsis:"When the emerald eyed Annabelle of Anchony is kidnapped and taken to a desolate island at the age of five, she is rescued and raised by a mysterious man named Peter. For thirteen years the island is her home, but when her kidnappers return, she is forced to leave her comfortable inhabitancy and journey back to a family she barely remembers in an unrecognizable, perilous country. Will she ever find her way back to her family? Can Anchony ever truly be her home? Can she continue to believe in God’s unconditional love as she loses those whom mean the most to her and unearths secrets that threaten the stability of the entire nation?


"Set against the backdrop of the High Middle Ages, this thrilling tale of adventure, mystery, and political intrigue is sure to captivate readers."


To order: http://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore/book.php?w=978-1-61346-800-5



A.K. Frailey

Author Website:http://www.akfrailey.com/


The Road Goes Ever On - A Christian Journey Through The Lord of the Rings


Synopsis: Tolkien's story touches the soul in a profound way.Why is that?What makes the heroes so attractive?Can we ever become like them?The power to be strongand valiant is not limited to Middle-earth.We have been given the same tools and gifts that they are offered if we but recognize them.The rings of power in our society tempt us and our children as well.We would be wise if we awakened to that which tries our souls.Take a look at this classic from a Christian perspective, and you might bring Middle-earth a little bit closer to home.




Synopsis: Aram is a man who wants to start his life over but he must deal with his haunting past, a lost wife and son and a discontented clan. He must accept the choice he has made in a new wife and face a mysterious beast which pursues him through a dangerous terrain. While keeping his people safe against all odds he encounters a new land beside a beautiful lake and there he finds his first real sense of security and joy. Unexpectedly, he finds that he is in the midst of a battleground where an innocent clan is about to be annihilated and he must decide if he and his people will become involved. In the greatest battle of his life he must face his haunting past, turn a young pagan from his father's evil ways, and forge a new hope for future generations.



Books available on Amazon Books and Amazon Kindle: http:www.amazon.com/


Ellen Gable

Author Website:http://www.ellengable.com


Stealing Jenny



Synopsis: After three heartbreaking miscarriages, Tom and Jenny Callahan are happily anticipating the birth of their sixth child. A neighbor, however, is secretly hatching a sinister plot which will find Jenny and her unborn baby fighting for their lives.Amazon Kindle # 1 Bestseller Religious Drama, June, July 2012.Featured on LifeSiteNews (June 2012).



To order on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Stealing-Jenny-ebook/dp/B005M4K4S2/ (Kindle)

http://www.amazon.com/Stealing-Jenny-Ellen-Gable/dp/0973673621/ (Paperback)


Ann Margaret Lewis

Author Website: http://www.holmeschurchmysteries.com


Murder in the Vatican The Church Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes


Synopsis: Follow the great Sherlock Holmes as he investigates three baffling cases at the "express desire of his Holiness, the Pope." Stories include "The Death of Cardinal Tosca," "The Vatican Cameos," and "The Second Coptic Patriarch."


You'll encounter baffling crimes, rich, historical settings, and a fateful encounter with Father Brown!


These thrilling tales of murder and intrigue vividly bring to life three of Watson's "untold tales!"



To order on Amazon:




Charlotte Ostermann,

Author Website: http://www.CharlotteOstermann.com


Souls at Rest: An Exploration of the Eucharistic Sabbath


Synopsis: In Souls at Rest Charlotte Ostermann develops a rich picture of Sabbath as God’s provision for the fullest possible formation of the human person.She recalls readers to the cultivation of their own interior freedom, one Sunday at a time. Not a rehash of arguments for and against keeping a Sabbath day, nor a list of prescriptions and proscriptions, but a genuine invitation to a new kind of freedom – the freedom of the well-rested soul.Contemporary readers will welcome Souls at Rest - an antidote to the cultural poisons assailing us all.



First Edition link: http://www.amazon.com/Souls-at-Rest-Charlotte-Ostermann/dp/0578003791/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354811140&sr=8-1&keywords=souls+at+rest

(Souls at Rest will be reissued through Angelico Press in the spring of 2013)



T. M. Wallace

Author Website: http://www.tmwallace.com


Under A Fairy Moon


Synopsis: 2012 Winner of the Gelett Burgess Children's Book Awards (Fantasy) and the 2012 Canadian Christian Writing Awards: Addy Marten sets out to explore her new neighbour's beautiful garden, and especially the rows of mysterious stone statues that she has glimpsed through her bedroom window. Instead of the enticing hideaway she has imagined, however, she finds herself trapped in the Median Realms, and an unwilling pawn in a game of Fairy Chess. As in the garden of Eden, Addy must avoid temptation and rely on her faith and courage to win the game and free herself from malicious fairy creatures and their twisted fairy-tale world.


Available From: www.brownridgepublishing.com, Amazon.com and Ingram


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Holy Family,

Guide our minds, our hearts, our hands,
as we write, speak, illustrate –
help our words to live in union with the Word.

Teach us discipline and skill
to use the talents God gives us.

Give us also insight and courage
to convey God's love through our craft,

and humility to be open
to His divine will, shaping our lives,
in loving loyalty to His Church.

In Christ's name,