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|Catholic Writers Conference Online is March 17-31
Thursday, February 02, 2012 (20:18:38)
The Catholic Writers Conference Online is March 17-31 at http://catholicwritersconference.com. This is a free online writers conference covering everything from writing to publishing to marketing. We will have the workshop section, where you have a week to work in forum on various topics, from March 17-24. March 24-31 will be devoted to one-hour informational chats. Remember, the conference is here for you--you can attend as much or as little as you wish and your schedule allows. |
If you have attended the conference in the past two years, you are registered, though you might want to be sure you remember your password. If you can't log in at http://catholicwritersconference.com, then e-mail Karina at karina(at)fabianspace.com, and she'll help you.
If you have NOT attended in the past two years, then you need to register before March 1. Registration is easy. Go to http://catholicwritersconference.com and click on Register in the banner area (lower left of the banner, above the menu.) (Please note that being registered with the Catholic Writers Guild does not automatically register you for the conference. They are two different websites.)
We are still looking for presenters. If you teach a workshop or have a topic you can teach for an hour in an online chat, please fill out the survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SXJVLJW before March 1. If you have questions on how it works, e-mail Karina at karina(at)fabianspace.com.
Hope to see you at the conference!
|Online Conference March 21-27th!
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 (15:49:19)
The annual Catholic Writers' Conference Online is scheduled for March 21-27. Why join this conference?|
* It's Free!
* It's Online! All classes are held via live scheduled chats or week-long forums. Work it around your busy schedule. Take as many or as few classes as you wish.
* It's Opportunity! Meet writers, editors, publishers and marketers from around the world! Pitch Sessions with publishers (Catholic and non-Catholic) are available on a limited basis.
* It's a Blessing!
Check out the Catholic Writers Conference Website for more information!
Also - Karina Fabian and Ann Lewis will chat about the conference Sunday February 27th in our CWG Chat room from 9-11pm EST. Don't forget to stop by.
|It's Conference Time!
Monday, August 02, 2010 (00:25:22)
The Catholic Writers' Conference--LIVE is here! Many of us are heading to King of Prussia, PA to meet each other and Catholic publishers and editors, learn from the best in the Catholic publishing field and have a fabulous time!|
Did you want to attend but didn't get a chance to register online? No worries! We're taking registration at the door. All are welcome!
Incidentally, if there's a delay in replies to any requests of officers (like membership requests), that's why. We'll get to it as soon as we can!
|Report on the Catholic Writers Conference Online
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 (02:42:41)
Short report of the Catholic Writers Conference Online.|
First, some general stats:
--49 presenters giving 20 forum workshops, 46 chats
--12 publishers hearing 66 pitches--54 of which were asked to submit more
--seven totally action-packed days (We took Saturday off)
--$460 in donations
--one person signed up for the live conference; several others have asked about volunteering
Monday morning exemplified the spirit of the conference. Our first four presentations were no-shows, for various reasons, but that was not why this event sticks with me. Rather, it was the way other people in the audience jumped in with "I know something about that topic!"and took the place of the scheduled presenter. We were able to still have informative chats. Even better, the presenters made up their chats later, so people who attended both got extra info from several points of view. Through the whole week, this spirit of giving of time and talent infused both chats and forums.
The crit workshops went very well. People got some expert advice, and in some of the groups, also critiqued each other's work as well.
Poets found kindred spirits in Dr. David Craig's crit workshop, and have asked if there's a way to continue their fellowship. I've set them up a forum in the CWG website, but they may decided to do something else instead or as well.
Pitch sessions didn't go as smoothly as last year, perhaps because we had more people and because of the non-Catholic publishers, which I think confused some folks. Next year, we'll have a checklist people must turn in when they want to register to pitch asking specific questions regarding guidelines, directions, and procedures to ensure they read the material and gave it some thought. Also, I am blogging about the sessions and will post them on the CWCO website for people to read in preparation next year.
Again this year, forum workshops got small attendance. Most people said they didn't have time with the chats. Next year, then, we'll extend the conference, but separate the chats and the workshops:
Monday-Friday: workshops (and pitch sessions)
Note that there is overlap on Mon and Tues. This allows presenters who are doing chats and workshops to do both, and keeps people from forgetting the forums when the chats are done.
Presenters and authors giving pitches had trouble with the chat room software if they used a Mac computer. We are working on a how-to document for next year. (This is a Java issue, so changing chat room providers will not help.)
Thanks to all:
Once again, the CWCO was a success, not only in numbers and education, but in the camaraderie and spirit. More than once, I had someone tell me that they'd never known such a group of writers existed, or that they'd felt alone until they discovered this conference, or that the conference has given them much-needed encouragement. That's our goal in the CWCO, and we're so glad that we succeeded.
However, we know we didn't do it alone: presenters, moderators and attendees made this the fabulous experience it is. Thank you!
|Press Release for the Catholic Writers Conference
Tuesday, February 09, 2010 (22:43:08)
In order to get published, writers need several things: knowledge, support and opportunity. The Catholic Writers Conference Online seeks to give writers all of those--for free!|
Writers, editors, agents, and other publishing professionals from around the world are gearing up for the third annual Catholic Writers’ Conference Online, which will be held February 26-March 5, 2010. Sponsored by the Catholic Writer’s Guild, the online conference is free of charge and open to writers of all levels who register before February 15, 2010.
|Registration for CWCO Ends Feb 15
Monday, January 18, 2010 (00:32:45)
Are you a Catholic writer? Looking for an opportunity to learn more about writing and marketing, a chance to meet like-minded authors, and get an opportunity to pitch your work? Want it all for free—and without leaving your home? The Catholic Writers’ Conference Online, which will be held February 26-March 5, 2010, is for you. Hurry, though—registration ends Feb 15.|
The conference is held via chats and forums at http://www.catholicwritersconference.com. Sponsored by the Catholic Writer’s Guild, the online conference is free of charge and open to writers of all levels who register before February 15, 2010.
"Each year, we have about 300 writers and around 50 presenters participate," said organizer Karina Fabian. “This year, we’re thrilled to have added small-group critique sessions with well-established authors and editors, plus more pitch sessions than ever before!”
|CWCO Concentrates on Practical Help, Pitches
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 (03:48:43)
From the Press Release:|
"We've always concentrated on workshops and chats that teach the writer skills or provide information in the areas of crafting, publishing and marketing their works, but this year, we're adding critique workshops and some incredible opportunities to pitch to leading publishers," said organizer Karina Fabian.
This year, publishers hearing pitches include well known Catholic publishers like Pauline, large secular publishers like Thomas Nelson, and smaller presses like White Rose. Thus far, eleven pitch sessions are scheduled, running the gamut from Christian romance to Catholic theology.
In a new program, at least fifty attendees will have the opportunity to have pieces of their work critiqued by successful editors and writers. In addition, there will be forum-based workshops and chat room presentations covering topics from dialogue to freelancing to how Catholic fiction differs from Christian fiction.
View Entire Press Release
|Catholic Writers Conference Online Registration Ends Friday
Wednesday, April 23, 2008 (12:11:57)
Just a reminder that the Catholic Writers Conference Online registration ends FRIDAY! This is a free conference, with speakers from all areas of Catholic publishing--from the writer to the publisher--covering all areas of writing--from idea generation to query to contract and beyond. Sign up at http://conference.catholicwritersguild.org.
Here's a list of presenters and their presentations.
Ami McConnell: Trends In Fiction
Audrey Shaffer: Branding and Your Marketing Platform
Barry Michaels: Feature Article--Ideas and Queries
Bert Ghezzi: Ins and Outs of Publishing
Brian St Paul--Crisis & InsiderCatholic: Meet the Editors of InsiderCatholic
Carolyn Howard-Johnson: 10 Ways to Let Agents Know You are an Amateur
Carolyn Howard-Johnson: Marketing Basics (with Karina)
Colleen Drippe: Driving Writers Crazy--The Editor
Heidi Hess Saxton: The Good Writer
Heidi Hess Saxton: Meet the Editor of Canticle Magazine
Hope Clark: Shy Writer
Hope Clark: Funds for Writers
Karina Fabian: Worldbuilding
Karina Fabian: Marketing Basics (with Carolyn)
Karina Fabian: Virtual Book Tours
Karina, Michelle Buckman, Terry Burns: Contract Essentials
Lea Schizas: Writing the Short Story
Mark Shea: How Faith Connects to Everything
Maya Bohnhoff: Show Me, Don't Tell Me--Character and Dialog
Maya Bohnhoff: Plotting Through Writer's Block
Melenie Rigney: Ethics of Memoir Writing
Melenie Rigney: Book Modeling
Meredith Gould: Self-Publishing as a First Resort
Michelle Buckman: Writing For Teens
Michelle Buckman: The Right Details
Patrice MacArthur: Art of Blogging
Patricia Punt: Writing for the Inspirational Market
Patti Armstrong--Ascension Press: Hooking Your Reader
Pete Vere: Canon Law and the Catholic Writer
Sister Maria Grace-Pauline Books: Pitch Session--Pauline Books
Steve Saffel: Working With a Book Editor
Steve Saffel: Using E-Media to Promote
Sylvia Dohram: Character Development and Dialogue
Terry Burns--agent: Pitching and Working With Agents
Tim Drake: So You Want to Write a Book?
Tim Powers: SFF and Catholicism
Tom Grace: Crafting the Catholic Thriller
Vinita Wright: Making Friends With the Creative/Spiritual Process
Woodenee Koenig Bricker: Writing With Faith But Without Bias |
|CWG Co-Hosts Online Catholic Writer's Conference!
Saturday, September 29, 2007 (23:23:42)
The Catholic Writers' Conference Onlinewill be held May 2-9, 2008 here on its Web site. This will be a week-long conference done via forums and live chats and will cover all areas of writing--from characterization to query letter, magazine articles to marketing your books. We're looking for Catholic writers, editors and publishers and those who support quality writing. |
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