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|CWG Chats Presents James Hrkach, Aug 21
Sunday, August 14, 2011 (18:09:29)
James Hrkach is an artist, musician, writer, recording engineer, actor, director and arts educator. He is the owner of Drift Studio for the Arts and co-owner of Full Quiver Publishing. He has designed numerous album and book covers. He is also the illustrator of the Shubert the Firefly books. Currently, he is writing a book on the elements and principles of design. James will be the guest on CWG's Sunday Night Chat on August 21st from nine to eleven p.m. and will be speaking about cover design. |
|CWG Chat February 27, 2011 - 9-11pm EST!
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 (15:51:08)
Karina Fabian and Ann Lewis will chat about the Catholic Writers Conference Online Sunday February 27th in our CWG Chat room from 9-11pm EST. Don't forget to stop by. |
|CWG Chats Presents Wendy Gager
Saturday, November 20, 2010 (04:42:38)
Wendy S. Gager has lived in West Michigan for most of her life except for stints early in her career as a newspaper reporter and editor. She's the author of two mysteries with a humorous twist featuring reporter Mitch Malone: A Case of Infatuation and A Case of Accidental Intersection, both from Oak Tree Press. She teaches English at a local college and is a soccer chauffeur for her children. www.wsgager.com|
CWG Chats are every Sunday night, 9-11 pm Eastern. Visit www.catholicwritersguild.com, click the chat link on the left, type in a username of your choosing, click 'connect' and you're in - no password needed. Non-members and lurkers welcome.
|CWG Chat 10/17 - Guest Deal Hudson!
Sunday, October 17, 2010 (22:47:06)
Please join us for the CWG Chat with guest Deal Hudson starting at 9pm EST Sunday, October 17th. To get there...just click here.|
Deal W. Hudson is a conservative Catholic political activist who is now Director of Operations at InsideCatholic.com as well as director of the Morley Institute for Church & Culture. His latest book is Onward, Christian Soldiers: The Growing Political Power of Catholics and Evangelicals in the United States (Simon & Schuster/Threshold, 2008). Previously a Southern Baptist, he converted to the Catholic Church in 1984 and described his journey in An American Conversion: One Man's Search for Truth and Beauty in a Time of Crisis. His other books include Happiness and the Limits of Satisfaction,The Future of Thomism and Understanding Maritain: Philosopher and Friend. The former publisher of the Catholic journal Crisis, Mr Hudson taught philosophy at Fordham University from 1989 to 1995. He was an adviser to the presidential campaign of George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004. He’s written for the Los Angeles Times, National Review and Slate.
|CWG Chats Present Andrew Jantz
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 (01:00:52)
Consider taking part in the Catholic Writers Guild Sunday Night Chat on Sunday, May 16, for a conversation with our Special Guest, Catholic novelist and poet Andrew Jantz.|
Born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, Jantz resides in a suburb of Boston. He is married and has two teen-aged sons. He was educated at The Catholic University of America, Harvard University, and the Northwestern California University School of Law, and served as a journalist and petty officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve. The author is a past recipient of the prize for Best Translation from the New England Poetry Club, and he has published three collections of poetry. The Lives and Deaths of Matthew St. Clare is his first novel, in which Jantz explores issues of faith, doubt, and mental illness.
The Chat will be conducted at the CWG Chat Room May 16, 9-11 pm Eastern. Visitors can click the link above or the chat link to the left, enter a username of their choice, click ‘connect’ and that’s it. No password needed. You do not need to be a member of the Guild to participate in the chat.
We hope to ‘see’ you there for a lively and encouraging discussion about writing, publishing, and bringing our Faith to bear on our work.
|Meet Jeff Miller, Catholic Blogger Curt Jester
Monday, September 21, 2009 (20:29:49)
On September 27, 9-11 pm EST, the CWG Chat presents Jeff Miller, aka blogger the Curt Jester.|
Jeff Miller, a former atheist who after spending forty years in the wilderness found himself with both astonishment and joy a member of the Catholic Church. His blog "The Curt Jester" found at www.splendoroftruth.com presents his humorous and sometimes serious take on things religious, political, and whatever else crosses his mind. Jeff runs 7 other blogs besides The Curt Jester, which won a variety of Catholic Blog Awards in 2006 including Most Humorous, Most Creative, and Most Bizarre Blog.
At this moderated chat, you can ask questions, and learn about his journey and his blogging mission.
|CWG Chats Present Andrew McNabb
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 (12:13:28)
CWG Chats meet every Sunday, 9 pm to 11 pm Eastern in the CWG Chat Room. About once a month, we have a guest speaker. Here's the current line-up:|
June 7, Andrew McNabb will speak on writing â€œCatholicâ€ fiction. Do you need an agent? Navigating the publishing and promotional environment.
|CWG Chat Presents Worldbuilding--March 22
Wednesday, February 18, 2009 (13:14:30)
On March 22, our own Madame Prez will discuss the principles of developing worlds for fiction--whether the bizarre world of Planet Anweir, fifteenth-century China, or your character's back yard. After a brief "lecture" on areas to consider and how to show not tell, Karina will take questions.|
Karina Fabian is an award-winning science fiction and fantasy author whose Rescue Sisters and DragonEye, PI worlds are well known among Guild members and fans. Her latest novel, Magic, Mensa and Mayhem (Swimming Kangaroo) was lauded by Publisher's Weekly as densely plotted with memorable characters and groan-worthy puns. Her Rescue Sister stories are found in Infinite Space, Infinite God and Leaps of Faith, which she edited with her husband, Rob.
CWG chats run 9-11 EST in the Chat Room. You do not need to be a CWG member to attend.
|CWG Chat Presents Penelope Marzec
Tuesday, February 03, 2009 (13:42:11)
All are invited to come chat with Penelope Marzec on February 22nd, 9-11 EST in the CWG Chatroom.|
Penelope Marzec started reading romances at a young age—even though her mother told her they would ruin her mind. And they did—she became hopelessly hooked on happy endings. A member of the New Jersey Romance Writers, FHL, and EPIC, she has won the EPPIE award twice for inspirational fiction and is now a finalist as well with her latest book, The Keeper's Promise.
She lives with her husband and an assortment of stuff her three daughters left behind when they went to college.
More detailed bio at her website: www.penelopemarzec.com.
|Catholic Writers Guild Presents Genevieve Kineke
Saturday, November 29, 2008 (18:33:51)
December 7 at 9-11 EST, we will be chatting with writer Genevieve Kineke in the CWG Chat Room.|
Genevieve Kineke, born in 1960, converted to the faith as a young adult. She was immediately drawn to the question of how women image God, and founded a quarterly journal in 1992 to discuss the question. Canticle Magazine (nee hearth) focused on the conversation devoted to how to combine the theological realities with the mundane details of everyday life. Serving as editor until 2004, she wrote extensively on the topic of authentic femininity and has given talks around the country. For three years she hosted a weekly television and radio show in Rhode Island, called Women in the Church Today, she hosted a 13-part series on the same topic for Boston Catholic Television, and her column, “The Feminine Genius” is carried in many Catholic papers around the country.
Her thesis of women imaging Holy Mother Church was warmly received by audiences everywhere because of its solid Catholic foundation and its universal appeal. Women had struggled with living holiness and confused their personal shortcomings and family crises with being inadequate Christians. With the Bride as model, they could discern the goal more clearly and gauge their own successes and failures more precisely.
Genevieve has been married for 24 years and is the mother of five children. Raising these diverse personalities has given her an appreciation of human nature, the challenges of living holiness in the present age, and an understanding of human freedom – which likens us most closely with God the Creator. Building a home has shown her how to create the vision of “family as domestic church,” while learning to recognize the difference between essence and accident, and how eternal truths can be filtered through various charisms.
Canticle Magazine was unique in its mission and, sadly, there remains a dearth of information on this subject still – information which must be accessible to the ordinary “woman in the pew,” who is called to live the feminine vocation. Her book and syndicated columns on this topic allow us to unpack the “theology of the body” in a way to be lived by everyday Catholics – for the family is in precarious straits. Women are key to its survival and Catholic women in particular are called to build the culture of life in a unique and essential way.
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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,