Notes from the Catholic Writers’ Conference

From Rebecca Willen:

CatholicWrwiterslogoPart of my summer was spent arguing over whether I was managing the Catholic Writers’ Conference or the Catholic Writers Conference. Punctuation arguments happen when word nerds get together.

Tucked alongside the Catholic Marketing Network (CMN) Tradeshow, an annual assembly of Catholic retailers and manufacturers, is the Catholic Writers Conference Live! (The exclamation point is part of the official title. Don’t ask.) Hosted by the Catholic Writers Guild — no apostrophe — the conference brings together aspiring writers, my-first-book-has-just-been-published-I’m-so-excited writers, slightly jaded still-trying-to-sell-my-novel writers, and experienced big-name writers, in both fiction and non-fiction, not to mention the editors, copy editors, proofreaders, and illustrators.

Thanks to CMN, conference attendees have access to Mass and the sacraments, as well as the tangible presence of major Catholic publishers from around the country. Presentations and workshops form the backbone of the event, but the real moments of grace and fellowship are found in reunions and chance meetings, deep conversations, and shared meals.

It’s a fun few days for everyone who gets the chance to relax and hang out with their compatriots in the Catholic writing world. Join us next year! Late July in Lancaster, PA – see you there!

Rebecca Willen is associate editor for OSV books.

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