Seven Quick Takes Friday – Emily’s Hope Ten Years Old

seven-quick-takes-friday-2-1024x727Please join me and other Catholic bloggers at This Ain’t The Lyceum for SQT Friday.

1. Emily’s Hope Ten Years Old!!
It’s hard to believe, but my first book, Emily’s Hope, is now ten years old!
Over at my Facebook author page, as well as the Full Quiver Publishing Facebook page, there will be free giveaways all week!EH Cover email smaller

2. Catholic Writers Conference Live 2015CWCO_live_sm
We’re in the final stages of planning for the Catholic Writers Conference Live in Somerset, New Jersey. If you’re a writer and are thinking of attending, there’s more information here at this link. If you have already decided to attend, you can register at this link.

3. Entertaining and Powerful Post From Erin McCole Cupp
On Why I Stay Catholic With the Aid of the Internet. Entertaining and powerful. Check it out here.

4. Difficult Anniversaries, Decisions and Responsible Parenthood
I recently posted an updated article about the difficulties my husband and I faced in discerning whether or not we should have more children. Check it out here.

image copyright Ellen Gable Hrkach

image copyright Ellen Gable Hrkach

5. Catholic Life Support
Thank you, Ann Frailey, for mentioning so many great Catholic books in your post a few days ago! (Stealing Jenny was included!)

6. Reading Shelf
Specter by John Desjarlais

7. Hotel Cartoon
We’re getting close to vacation time. This is one of our most popular cartoons!

image copyright James and Ellen Hrkach (please do not use without permission)

image copyright James and Ellen Hrkach (please do not use without permission)

Copyright 2015 Ellen Gable Hrkach

Catholic Writers to Speak at Catholic Writers Conference

live_logo_transparency CWGContact: Ann Lewis, Catholic Writers Guild, 317-755-2693

SOMERSET, N.J., June 1, 2015 /Christian Newswire/Several prominent Catholic writers will speak at the seventh annual Catholic Writers Conference LIVE taking place July 22-24 at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, NJ. Sponsored by the Catholic Writers 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 “Perseverance.”

Speakers include keynote speaker Pat Gohn (BLESSED, BEAUTIFUL AND BODACIOUS), authors Gary Zimak (FROM FEAR TO FAITH), Regina Doman (RAPUNZEL LET DOWN), Margaret Rose Realy (A CATHOLIC GARDENER’S SPIRITUAL ALMANAC), Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle (THE MIRACULOUS MEDAL: STORIES, PRAYERS AND DEVOTIONS), Ellen Gable Hrkach (STEALING JENNY) 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, Ave Maria Press, and Servant Books. In addition, attendees have the opportunity to sign up for a fiction critique workshop with award-wining short fiction writer Arthur Powers (A HERO FOR THE PEOPLE), a non-fiction critique group with Nancy Ward (joyalive.net) and attend writing workshops with novelists John Desjarlais (SPECTER) and Michelle Buckman (RACHEL’S CONTRITION). Information for these events can be found on the conference website.

The Catholic Writers Guild, a religious non-profit organization affiliated with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, sponsors this conference in July, an online conference in March, and a writers’ retreat in October to further its mission of promoting Catholic literature. “With members all over the world, 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 $40 for students. There’s also a discounted combined membership. To register or for more information, go to www.catholicwritersconference.com.