Catholic Writers to Speak, Network At Conference in Schaumburg in July
June 8, 2017

SCHAUMBURG—Several prominent Catholic writers will speak at the ninth annual Catholic Writers Conference LIVE, July 18-21, at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center, here.

The conference provides Catholic writers with an 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.”

Presenters include keynote speaker Dr. Barbara Golder (The Lady Doc Murders), authors Amy Cattapan (Seven Riddles to Nowhere), Erin McCole Cupp (Unclaimed), Lisa Mladinich (True Radiance), Lisa Hendey (The Grace of Yes), Ellen Gable Hrkach (Stealing Jenny) and many others.

Participants may also meet with publishing professionals and pitch their writing projects. Some participating publishers are Ignatius Press, Ave Maria Press, and Servant Books.

In addition, there will be critique workshops. Award-winning short fiction writer Arthur Powers (A Hero for the People) will lead a fiction group and Nancy Ward (Sharing Your Faith Story) will lead a non-fiction group. Sign up is required to take part.

Seminars are also planned with novelists John Desjarlais (Spector) of Byron and Ann Margaret Lewis (The Watson Chronicles).

Information for all 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.  

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.”

Registration is $75 for adults and $45 for students. CWG Members receive a 10 percent discount. There’s also a discounted registration combined with a CWG membership.

Sponsored by the Catholic Writers Guild and the Catholic Marketing Network, the conference will be held in conjunction with CMN’s annual retailer trade show.