We’d like to invite our readers to join us at the combined Catholic Writers Conference, Catholic Marketing Network trade show, and Catholic New Media Conference at the end of this month in Arlington (Dallas), Texas. It is not too late to register!
About the Events
The Catholic Writers Guild is hosting a conference for writers. There will be workshops, pitch sessions (where you propose your book idea to publishers), and opportunities to have your work-in-progress critiqued by the professionals. You can see the whole schedule here. The guild offers a discounted registration for students, and I highly recommend this event for young and aspiring writers. There are very few writing conferences that offer the amount of personal attention as the CWG, in an environment that is clean-cut and faith-friendly. The Catholic Writers Guild supports all Catholic writers, from the hobbyist to most accomplished authors, and the conference schedule reflects that commitment.
When you hear the name “Catholic Marketing Network”, it sounds maybe a little bit vague . . . but it’s code for the Largest Trade Organization of Catholic Bookstores in North America. In other words: Reader’s Paradise. This is where the bookstores come to shop. Dallas-area readers, check out the schedule of evening events, which are alone worth the price of admission.
If you register for EITHER the Catholic Writers Guild conference OR the Catholic Marketing Network trade show, you get into the other event for free. And the schedules are coordinated enough that yes, you can choose your events to hit your favorites from either one.
The Catholic New Media Conference is the third event being hosted at the Arlington Conference Center. Registration is separate, but if you register first for the trade show or writer’s conference, you’ll get a discount code to use on your New Media registration. There are several tracks for the New Media event, depending on whether you want the full plate of technical workshops, or just the blogger’s track on Friday morning.
–> When registering for the New Media Conference (live or the virtual track) use the promo code: AMAZING to help support the Amazing Catechist ministry. Thanks!
Where to find your favorite Amazing Catechist writers?
A few of us will be milling around as plain old attendees — just keep your eyes peeled and say hello! (Look for me at the registration table for the Catholic Writer’s Guild.) If you’ve been wanting to thumb through a book or two before you buy, check out the Catholic Writer’s Guild table, which will feature, among others, Sarah Reinhard’s latest, and Christian LeBlanc’s newly-minted The Bible Tells Me So.
Speaking this year from the AC team, look for:
- Ellen Gable Hrkach, who writes, “I’ll be speaking about Marketing (and my success on Amazon Kindle) at the Catholic Writers Conference Live on Wednesday, August 29 11:00 am. I’m doing a book signing at noon on August 29th (signing copies of all my books but in particular my newest novel, Stealing Jenny). And I’ll be speaking on Fiction and the New Evangelization at 2:00 p.m. Thursday August 30.” She’s also one of the facilitators for the Friday morning critique sessions — ready to help you take your writing to the next level.
- Dorian Speed. She reminds us to look for her on at the Catholic New Media conference, where she says, “I’ll be speaking on Friday afternoon in the highly sought-after ‘right after lunch, opposite Sarah Reinhard’ slot.” Dorian lives in Texas, so this is a great chance for locals to meet up and hatch plots for future events.
- Sarah Reinhard. She will will not only be speaking on Friday in the coveted opposite-Dorian-Speed slot at New Media, but she’ll also be teaching Blogging 101 at the Catholic Writers Conference on Thursday. And be about everywhere else, too.
- And Pat Gohn, who directs you look for her primarily at the New Media conference. She says, “I will be helping with the CNMC so I’ll be over there mostly. I will have some time on Thursday to swing by the CMN-CWG booth & say hello.” On Thursday afternoon she’ll be at the Ave Maria booth, where you can learn about her upcoming book, Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious: Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood.
See you in Texas!