Guilds with a small “g” serve as the organs of The Catholic Writers Guild. Small “g” guilds include critique groups, chapters, committees, conference gatherings, and other community-building entities. They encourage the vocation of writing among the member and sometimes, the members venture into parallel enterprises, for example, the organization known as Catholic Teen Books.
CTB authors—the majority of whom belong to the CWG— write exciting novels for Catholic teens, in the hope of counteracting the anti-God culture that permeates society today and leaves young adults with very few wholesome literary choices. Every book on the CTB site is written by a Catholic, has a Catholic publisher, or contains Catholic characters or a Catholic message. CTB “provides teen readers, parents, catechists, homeschool co-ops, youth ministers, teachers and others with direct links to exciting, well-crafted books that raise the heart and mind to God and reflect the fullness and beauty of the Catholic faith.”
Their website organizes their books by genre, author, and alphabetically. It cites the awards garnered by the authors over the years. The extensive teacher page lists the themes for each book, information on obtaining free teacher copies, and discussion questions. The CTB plans a newsletter and is currently building a mailing list for that purpose.
This powerful, expanding, technically-savvy group is for team players only. For membership consideration, candidate’s books must not only be Catholic in content, but enjoyable, well-written, appealing to teens, and have story lines that both engage and inspire.
I’ve read and reviewed books by six CTB authors. The links connect to their reviews.
Carolyn Astfalk: Rightfully Ours.
Carmela Martino: Rosa Sola
M. Gaouette: The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch.
Leslea Wahl: The Perfect Blindside
Cynthia T. Toney: 10 Steps to Girlfriend Status