Copyright 2019 Karina Fabian for the Catholic Writers Guild
The Catholic Writers Guild has opened registration for its annual Catholic Writers Conference Online, the must-attend online event for Catholic writers.
The conference is scheduled for September 20-22, 2019. Cost is $30 for Guild members and $45 for non-members. Registration is open at the Guild’s website: Member Registration or Non-member Registration.
This faith-focused, professional writing conference is being held completely online through webinars with audio-visual access. Attendees are able to ask questions of the presenters and receive knowledgeable feedback, and there is time between sessions for networking and socializing. The schedule is an immersive two and a half days covering all aspects of writing from idea conception to editing, publishing to marketing. Recordings and reference materials from the presentations will be available free to all conference attendees.
Authors will also be able to meet online with publishing professionals and pitch their finished writing projects. In the past, publishers from large Catholic presses, including Pauline, Ave Maria, and Our Sunday Visitor, as well as secular presses like Anaiah Press and Liberty Island, have participated.
This year’s conference lineup is being developed. In the past, topics have covered the nuts and bolts of self-publishing, the importance of faith in writing, and nonfiction and fiction writing skills from characterization to plot, editing tips, marketing how-to and more.
“Each year, we try to get a mix of practical and philosophical – what it means to be a Catholic writer,” says Karina Fabian, who has organized the online conference since its inception in 2008. “We’re inviting back some of the favorites of our attendees, who always have great advice and a deeper perspective from the year before. In addition, we’re seeking out new presenters in the areas of non-fiction, marketing, and publishing.”
Guild President Joseph Wetterling says, “The Guild exemplifies the Catholic ‘both/and’ with writers from every part of the world, in every genre, and from every walk of life. We’re diverse in personality and style but united in our loyalty and love of the Catholic faith. Our writers’ conferences provide a unique opportunity to come together in fellowship and sharpen each other toward our united mission: a rebirth of Catholic arts and letters.”
“Every year we hear back from authors 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,” says Fabian.
This year’s conference is sponsored by Duotrope and First Draft, who are offering deals to attendees. Duotrope offers an extensive, searchable database of current fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and visual art markets, while Final Draft is the industry standard in screenwriting software. People can learn more about these sponsors and their offerings to conference attendees at CatholicWritersGuild.org/online-conference.
For more information about the Catholic Writers Guild, visit CatholicWritersGuild.org.