Committees support CWCLive

CWCO_live_smThe excitement in the air grows as we anticipate Catholic Writers Conference Live! CWCLive is set for July 26-July 29, 2016, in Chicago. The work of many committees supports the conference. During the CWG Meeting and Welcome Session – open to all – the officers, led by President Joe Wetterling, will show what the CWG is all about. I’ll speak up during one part of the presentation, giving an overview of committees and how members can participate:

Blog: Read book reviews, inspiration for writers, committee news, president’s message. Volunteer to write or edit articles for the blog. Contact Kathryn Cunningham or Dennis McGeehan at

Catholic Arts and Letters Award: CALA is our awards competition for works of fiction of outstanding merit. A book must have our Seal of Approval to compete. Volunteer to help organize or judge the competition. Contact Carol Ann Chybowski at

Catholic Book News: This monthly mailing to readers, bookstores and others in the publishing industry features two SoA books. Add your local Catholic bookstore to the list. Contact Dawn Witzke,

Conferences: We produce two writers’ conferences per year. Contact Ann Lewis and Karina Fabian

  • The Catholic Writers Conference Online is a webinar conference open to all writers Catholic and non-Catholic. Volunteer to give a presentation or help facilitate speakers and discussions. Contact
  • The Catholic Writers Conference Live is held in conjunction with the Catholic Marketing Network (CMN) Trade Show. Volunteer to help with registration and trade show booths, or introduce and assist presenters. Contact:

Facebook group page: Start up discussions on all aspects of writing, marketing, faith, social action, or just socializing. Contact Karina Fabian at

Membership: Check your membership status or renewal date: Contact Maureen Smith,

Public Relations: Volunteer to help with new media push with regular tweeting, Facebook posts and blogging to promote CWG activities. Contact Nancy Ward,

Retreat: Plan to attend the next one in October 2017 – combining the classic Catholic retreat with a writer’s retreat that encourages us to create on the spot. Contact Ann Lewis or Margaret Rose Realy,

Seal of Approval: SOA is a program for getting your book evaluated and approved for its Catholicity and quality. The Seal of Approval is a signal to Catholic bookstores that they can carry your book without concern about its content or quality. Volunteer to be trained to evaluate books for the Seal of Approval. Contact Ellen Hrkach,

Speakers Bureau/Education – List your credentials as a speaker. Look for opportunities to refer schools, civic and church groups to this resource. Contact Dennis McGeehan,

Website – Get your news on the CWG home page–just send a media release to Ann Lewis,

Zenit selects articles from the CWG Blog and recommends them for publication on Announced on Facebook group page. Contact Dennis McGeehan,

Critique groups: work with others to improve your writing.

  • Fiction: A guild within the Guild where CWG members assist each other in writing and launching their creations. For details or an invitation to join, send a message to Don Mulcare,
  • Non-fiction: We critique each other’s work via email, using mark-up, offering suggestions about rewrites, organization and marketing. For guidelines, contact Nancy Ward at

For more information on committees, contact Nancy Ward,

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