President’s Message – January 25

photo copyright Ellen Gable Hrkach

Here in Canada, the longest month of the year is January, not only because it has 31 days, but because it’s usually snowy, cold and dreary for most of the month. It hasn’t exactly been dreary, but it has definitely been snowy. To date, we’ve had 83 cms of snow (just under three feet) with no indication that it will slow down.

Strangely, enough – and I’m not sure this is the case for other writers – January is usually my most “fertile” writing month. Ideas come so fast I don’t have enough time to write them all down. Not sure why, but it’s been that way for the past ten years.

On a sad note, we have had to cancel the Catholic Writers Conference Online this year. CWG has been holding an online conference for the past six years. I’ve attended and presented at most of these and have enjoyed them immensely. Karina Fabian, the past coordinator, writes about it here.

We are still holding the Catholic Writers Conference Live in Somerset, New Jersey (August 7-9), as well as our Catholic Writers’ Retreat in October. We’ll be sharing more details about both of those upcoming events in future blog posts and newsletters.

And, for those of you who have difficulties with the Catholic Writers Conference website, a newly revamped, newly designed, more easy to manage website is coming.

I will keep all of you in prayer and hope you will do the same for me.


Ellen Gable Hrkach
President, Catholic Writers Guild

About Ellen Gable Hrkach

Ellen Gable Hrkach is the president of the Catholic Writers Guild. Last year, she published her fifth book, A Subtle Grace (O'Donovan Family), which reached #1 on Amazon Kindle in Religious Historical Fiction, Christian Romance and Victorian Historical Romance in January and February of this year. Her third novel, Stealing Jenny, was an Amazon Kindle #1 Bestseller in Religious Drama (June/July 2012) and has also been #1 in Christian Mystery and Suspense. She is an award-winning author of In Name Only, (O'Donovan Family #1) the 2010 IPPY Gold medal winner in Religious Fiction. Her books have been downloaded over 625,000 times on Kindle. In addition to serving as president of the Guild, Ellen is a busy self-publishing book coach, a publisher, an editor and a speaker. She works part-time for Live the Fast as their marketing director. Her website is She and her husband are the parents of five sons and they live in Pakenham, ON Canada.
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