Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Catholic Writers to Hold On-Line Conference

Here is a press release regarding a Catholic Writers Conference I am taking part in. It is free to attend and I will be presenting a forum on "The Art of the Blog."

Catholic Writers to Hold Online Conference

World Wide Web--Writers, editors, agents, and other publishing professionals
from around the world are gearing up for the first annual Catholic Writers'
Conference Online, which will be held May 2-9, 2008, and is sponsored by the
Catholic Writer's Guild and Canticle magazine. The conference, which will be
conducted entirely through the Internet, is free of charge and open to
writers of all levels. It will feature online seminars, chats, and forums
throughout the week on a variety of topics. Sample topics and presenters
include:

* Balancing Your Life and Writing, by best-selling author Donna-Marie
O'Boyle
* Can Your Query Pass the Seven-Second Test? by Canticle editor Heidi
Hess Saxton. Heidi will also be presenting The Good Writer: Seven Important
Habits.
* Ethics of Memoir Writing, by magazine editor and freelance writer
Meredith Gould. She will also present Self-Publishing as a First Resort.
* Funds for Writers, by Hope Clark (her website,
www.fundsforwriters.com, has been in
Writer's Digest's 101 Best Websites seven years running)
* Marketing Basics, by Carolyn Howard-Johnson (speaker, editor and
author of The Frugal Book Promoter and Frugal Editor) and Karina Fabian
(award winning writer and editor of Infinite Space, Infinite God)
* Pitching and Working with Agents, by agent Terry Burns
* So, You Want to Write a Book? by journalist and NCR correspondent
Tim Drake
* Virtual Book Tours, by CWG Guild President and sci-fi writer Karina
Fabian

In addition to attending seminars, aspiring and published authors alike will
have outstanding opportunities to attend moderated chats from important
industry contacts, including Vinita Hampton Wright (bestselling author and
editor of Loyola Press), Ami McConnell (senior fiction editor at Thomas
Nelson), Bert Ghezzi (veteran author and acquisitions editor of Word Among
Us Press), and Lisa Hendey (founder of CatholicMom.com and Catholic Moments
podcast). Other moderators include Tom Grace and Tim Powers.

Karina Fabian, president of CWG and chair of the event, said the conference
gives writers an unprecedented opportunity to learn and network. "Online
Conferences are ideal for writers, and especially for those who are shy,
have physical disabilities or are on a tight budget. We're harnessing the
power of the Internet to reach people worldwide to support each other in our
writing and our faith."

Early registration is recommended, as some courses will have limited
openings that will be filled on a first-come, first serve basis. Donations
are accepted; proceeds will go toward future conferences. To register or for
more information, go to http://

www.conference.catholicwritersguild.org.

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