The Catholic Imagination

NonFiction Panel discussion, CWCLive: Margaret Rose Realy, Nancy Ward, Pat Gohn, Heidi Hess Saxon, Claudia Volkman and Anna-Marie Cooper-O’Boyle (Photo by Deanna Klingel)


Serious about publishing your manuscript?

If you are ready to take your unpublished fiction or nonfiction manuscript to the next level, come to the Catholic Writers Conference where I will be facilitating a critique workshop for the fourth year. You can meet publishers and other authors and immerse yourself in the world of Catholic writing, publishing and networking.

These opportunities happen at the ninth annual Catholic Writers Conference LIVE, which takes place July 18-21 at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center in Schaumburg, Illinois (near Chicago.) 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 “The Catholic Imagination.”

Dr. Barbara Golder, author of The Lady Doc Murders, will give the keynote address. I’m on the Board panel welcoming new and current members at the annual meeting. Authors presenting include Lisa Mladinich, Lisa Hendey, Ellen Gable Hrkach, Amy Cattapan and Erin McCole Cupp. I’m a workshop leader, along with Michelle Buckman, John Desjarlais, and Arthur Powers.

The conference will give authors an opportunity to meet personally with publishing professionals and pitch their writing projects. Some participating publishers are Wiseblood Books, Ignatius Press, Ave Maria Press, and Servant Books.

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. CWG 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. The Catholic Writers Conference Live is a unique opportunity to come together in fellowship and sharpen each other toward our united mission: a rebirth of Catholic arts and letters.”

Registration costs $75 and $45 for students. CWG members receive a 10% discount. There’s also a discounted registration combined with a CWG membership. To register or for more information, go to

Hope to see you there!

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