Catholic Writers Conference Live!

Are you a Catholic writer or do you know someone who is? Then you need to know about the Catholic Writers Conference LIVE!

The third annual Catholic Writers’ Conference LIVE will be held August 3-5, 2011, at the Scanticon Hotel Valley Forge in King of Prussia, PA. Sponsored by the Catholic Writer’s Guild and the Catholic Marketing Network (CMN), and held in conjunction with CMN’s annual retailer trade show, the Catholic Writers Conference LIVE provides Catholic authors with a prime opportunity to meet and share their faith with editors, publishers, fellow writers, and bookstore owners from across the globe.

CWG President Ann Margaret Lewis said this year’s conference will, “focus on marketing and selling one’s written work.” Highlights of the conference include:

· Over 30 sessions taught by professionals in writing, marketing, blogging and publishing

· Pitch Sessions where writers may meet privately with representatives from four publishers

· One-on-one coaching sessions. For $35 an author can have a 30 minute private consultation with a specialist who will review their manuscript and guide them toward publication.

· Rapid-fire readings. Published authors will each have five minutes to read a selection from one of their books. A mass book sale and signing will follow.

Lewis says the conference comes at a modest cost. “Registration for the jam packed three days is only $90 for CWG members or $100 for non-members. And we have a special price of $42 for students. Our conference allows you to connect personally with Catholic publishers and retailers, to show your work, learn the craft and network.”

Priests and religious are invited free of charge, but must register at the email address:

This year’s conference speakers include:

Claudia Volkman of Servant Books/St.Anthony Messenger Press, Regina Doman, acquisitions editor for Sophia Institute Press,Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle, author of “Mother Teresa and Me,” Michelle Buckman, author of the young adult novel “Maggie Come Lately” and the adult drama “Rachel’s Contrition,” Angela Breidenbach, author of “Gems of Wisdom” and Patti Armstrong, co-author of the best-selling Amazing Grace book series and author of “Catholic Truths for Our Children, Stories for the Homeschool Heart.”

I will be presenting a session on “Self-Publishing and Marketing,” participating in one-on-one critique sessions with aspiring authors, doing rapid fire readings and coordinating the Catholic Writers Guild booth.

“Attending this conference has been the best thing I have done for myself professionally,” Carol Bannon, author of the children’s book Handshake from Heaven, said of the 2009 conference. Her fellow writer Melanie Cameron agreed, saying she left the last conference re-energized. “I recommend [this] conference as a resource for any author (or wannabe) at any stage. You will walk away empowered!”

The Catholic Writers Guild, a religious non-profit organization, sponsors both this live conference in August and an online conference in February to further its mission of promoting Catholic literature. “Our conferences are totally focused on encouraging faithful Catholics to share genuine Catholic culture and faith in their writing no matter what genre,” says CWG President Ann Margaret Lewis. “These events are integral to our mission of ‘creating a rebirth of Catholic arts and letters.”

Also at this year’s conference, the CWG will be presenting its first ever Catholic Arts and Letters Awards (called the “Lilies”) for the best in Catholic fiction. This award will recognize one book in the adult market and one in the children’s market for its literary merit.

Attendees of the CMN Trade Show may attend the conference free – simply contact conference coordinator Ann Lewis at

To register online or for more information, go to


3 thoughts on “Catholic Writers Conference Live!

  1. I can’t make it to the conference, but I am a member of Catholic Writers Guild and Catholic Marketing Network. Is there any chance of getting my book displayed at the CMN Conference? It’s my understanding that CWG will have a table there. My book is entitled “Confessions of a Born Again Catholic”. It has the Imprimatur and Nihil Obstat.

    • Hello Dan! Thanks for commenting! If you are a member and your book has an imprimatur, then yes, we can display it. The conference is next week, however, and you’d have to get it to me before then. Please email me privately at info (at) and I’ll give you my address in NJ.

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