Prominent Catholic Writers to Speak at Catholic Writers Conference in New Jersey

Contact: Ann Margaret Lewis, 317-755-2693

SOMERSET, N.J., June 4, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — Several prominent Catholic writers will speak at the fifth annual Catholic Writers’ Conference LIVE taking place August 7-9, 2013, at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, NJ. 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 writers with a prime opportunity to meet and share their faith with editors, publishers, fellow writers, and bookstore owners from across the globe. The theme of this year’s conference is “The Year of Faith.”

Speakers at this year’s conference include authors Patti Armstrong (STORIES FOR THE HOMESCHOOL HEART), Teresa Tomeo (Ave Maria Radio, WRAPPED UP, EXTREME MAKEOVER), Michelle Buckman (RACHEL’S CONTRITION, MY BEAUTIFUL DISASTER), Randy Hain (THE INTEGRATED CATHOLIC LIFE), Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle (EWTN, CATHOLIC PRAYER BOOK FOR MOTHERS), Ellen Gable Hrkach (STEALING JENNY), Regina Doman (RAPUNZEL LET DOWN), author, blogger and podcaster Pat Gohn (BLESSED, BEAUTIFUL, AND BODACIOUS) and many others.

The conference will give authors an opportunity to meet personally with publishing professionals and pitch their writing projects. Some participating publishers are Ignatius Press, Full Quiver Publishing, Ave Maria Press, Christus Publishing, Tuscany Press and Servant Books. In addition, attendees have the opportunity to sign up for critique workshop with award-wining short fiction writer Arthur Powers, and attend a writing workshop with award-winning novelist Michelle Buckman. Information for these events can be found on the conference web site.

“I did not know what to expect at first,” says 2012 attendee Maurice Prater, of Missionaries of the Holy Family. “But, what I gained from attending the Catholic Writers Conference, in terms of personal contacts and what I learned, has proven to be one of the best decisions I have ever made.” Author Ann Frailey, concurs. “I met writers, publishers, artists and a whole host of other people whose mission it is to transmit the message of truth and hope to the world in a living, vibrant manner. It was an exciting adventure!”

The Catholic Writers Guild, a religious non-profit organization affiliated with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, sponsors this conference in August, an online conference in March, and a writers’ retreat in October to further its mission of promoting Catholic literature. “With members all over North America, these events bring our diverse membership together for fellowship and networking to promote our mission of creating a rebirth of Catholic arts and letters,” says CWG President and award-winning novelist Ellen Gable Hrkach.

Registration costs $80 for CWG members, $85 for non-members and $45 for students. There’s also a discounted combined membership. To register or for more information, go to


5 thoughts on “Prominent Catholic Writers to Speak at Catholic Writers Conference in New Jersey

  1. Dear Ellen: I enjoyed reading about the Catholic Writers Guild conference. If only I could attend. My husband died just seven weeks ago, so I am not really up to more than just getting through my days. My job as Associate Editor at the Messenger of the Sacred Heart magazine is keeping me going emotionally; my boss, Father Power is 89 and needs me, and that is great. If you think that someone might be able to act as an agent for my faith book, The Road Home, I am prepared to offer 20% to anyone interested in doing this for me. I have several hundred copies of the book here, and I do understand that bookstores get 40% discount, and am prepared to even do 45% for a larger chain or distributor. I would be happy to send you a couple of sample copies. Let me know if you have an idea or two. I have just returned from a retreat at the Manoir de Beaujeu at Coteau du Lac, an Opus Dei centre and it was of great benefit. Continued success with your work, Joan Levy Earle


  2. Joan, I am so sorry to hear about your husband’s passing…please accept my sympathies. I’ll be praying for you and for the repose of your husband’s soul. I’ll get back to you regarding an agent and/or distribution…

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