Don’t forget to register for the Catholic Writers Conference Online


The busiest committee right now is our Catholic Writers Conference Online, lead by Karina Fabian and Laura Lowder. “We’ve had more people assist this year. Promotions have started,” Karina said. But you can help promote the conference by sending out the posting the release below on social media, blogs and bulletin boards.

I’m excited about presenting a session on “How to Get the Most From a Critique Group (even if you have to start one yourself.)” My workshop is on Friday, Feb. 17 at 6:00 pm. CST. I’ll speak from my experience in forming and facilitating our face-to-face Dallas/Ft. Worth Catholic Writers and the online CWG Non-Fiction Critique Group. Bring your questions on critiquing for the Q&A and on how to start a local group.

I’m looking forward to the pitch sessions with book publishers. Practice pitch sessions will be held during the conference, with the publishers scheduled later. Please note that you must be registered for the conference to participate in the pitch sessions.

Please share the official press release:

World Wide Web—The Catholic Writers’ Guild will hold its annual online conference for writers Feb 17-19, 2017. This faith-focused authors conference offers presentations covering all aspects of writing from the faith aspects of 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 10 at

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

“Last year, we had amazing success with presentations in webinar format. It took the learning to a new level,” 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 a wide range of talents, including speakers like Lisa Mladinich, host of the TV talk show WOMAN; Lisa Hendey, author and founder of, horror author Karen Ullo, and attorney Antony Kolenc. In addition, there are practical workshops on indie publishing, Goodreads, characterization and more.

Pitch sessions give authors with finished books a chance to personally interest a publisher. Pitch sessions include well-known Catholic publishers like Our Sunday Visitor and Ave Maria Press, and secular presses like Liberty Island and Vinspire.

“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; $30 for members of the Catholic Writers’ Guild. To register or for more information, go to

So what’s going on with the other committees?

Karina Fabian reports that Facebook is moving steadily along. “Carmela has done an excellent job moving us to a secret group and it’s running much smoother from a membership addition POV. Mike Fraley has the book blasts well in hand, and Stuart will be loading the regular activities to post on schedule.”

Communications/Social Media: Karina notes, “Stuart, Jane and Cassandra are all practiced in Buffer and have split the duties. I’ll take over the conference posts. My goal this year is to have it running well enough to be able to pass the committee to someone else.”

Dawn Witzke posted Catholic Book News, featuring two SoA fiction books this month:
Falling As She Sings, a Science Fiction by CJ Sursum, available on Amazon and a Christian Romance, Twice Stolen by Susanne Timpani, available from Book Depository.

Maureen Smith, our Membership Chair, wants to “boost our membership and to help members be able to navigate and track their own membership.”

Ellen Hrkach, our Seal of Approval chairman, is getting feedback on what changes to make so that more books can be reviewed. If a few more members can read books this year, more authors can be awarded the SoA. Contact Ellen to get trained and receive your assignment.

Dennis McGeehan reports that the Speakers Bureau and the Zenit Committee are functioning well, with a little reorganization at Zenit and a new contact to receive posts from our blog.

CWG COMMITTEE CONTACTS:Writing-Journaling 300 px Dustin Lee (Unsplash)

Blog: Kathryn Cunningham and Dennis McGeehan

CALA (Catholic Arts and Letters Award): Carol Ann Chybowski

CBN (Catholic Book News): Dawn Witzke

CWCL: Ann Lewis, Karina Fabian and Laura Lowder 

CWCO: Ann Lewis, Karina Fabian and Laura Lowder

Communications/Social Media: Karina Fabian

Facebook- Karina Fabian

Membership: Maureen Smith

Newsletter: Cesar Chacon

Retreat: Ann Lewis and Margaret Rose Realy

SOA: Ellen Gable Hrkach

Zenit:  Dennis McGeehan

CWG Fiction Critique Group: Don Mulcare

CWG Non-Fiction Critique Group: Nancy Ward

For other concerns and suggestions about our fabulous committees, contact Nancy Ward, Coordinator of Committees.

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