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Catholic Writers Conference Online - March 11-13, 2016

CWCO The Catholic Writers Conference Online is happening in 2016!

The CWCO is a go for March 11-13, 2016. This will be an intense, one-weekend-only conference with authors and editors representing the gamut of writing and Catholicism. We'll also have pitch sessions for your chance to meet with editors and pitch your book. We have big changes this year, so please read on.

Tell Us What You Want – Survey Through August
During August, we are conducting a survey to find out the most desired topics so we can tailor the conference to your needs. If you’ve not filled it out, please follow this link. You’ll help make this experience better for everyone.

In September, we will open up registration. Follow this link, and we’ll let you know when it opens.

All new, easier format!

Instead of the chats and forums of the past, we are entering the 21st century with webinar software. We think this will be a terrific asset because not only will you be able to listen to our awesome speakers, you will get to see slideshow presentations, examples, even video as our presenters plan. The chat feature will be separate, so it’s not distracting from the presentation, and there will be set Q&A. Karina Fabian has been attending webinars for a couple of years now and presents herself and says this the experience will enhance everyone’s learning.

You won’t need to download anything, just register and click on the links. You’ll even get periodic reminders. We’re super-excited to be able to bring back this amazing conference in a format that will be easier and richer for everyone.

One Weekend Only – No Forums
Over the past few years, we’ve experimented with different scheduling, and have found the more we spread it out, the less participation we get. Forums the past two conferences were sparsely attended. Since our presenters are busy people, too, we’ve decided to concentrate on live presentations as opposed to homework-based forum classes and to compress everything into 3 days. So get those freezer meals ready and buy a good cushion for your chair because we’re going to have an intense weekend!

Nominal Registration Fee
This year, we will be charging a small fee. There are several reasons for this. First, we need to pay for the webinar software. Second, we’d like to give our coordinators and presenters a stipend. Finally, we have had hundreds of people register each conference, yet only a dozen show up for chats and even fewer for the forums, which isn’t fair for the presenters who put a lot of time into their lessons.

Most conferences run hundreds of dollars just for attendance. Single webinars can run $25 -$100. We’re thinking of charging $10 - $50 for the entire conference, but we want your opinion. What would you pay or can pay for a full writing conference by leaders in the Catholic writing world? Fill out the survey and let us know what you believe is a reasonable price.

Posted by KarinaFabian on Sunday, August 16, 2015 (21:54:11) (13 reads)
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CWCO 2014 Chat Schedule

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2014 CWCO Chat Schedule

DATE/TIME

PRESENTER

TITLE

Monday 3/10

8:30 a.m.

CWCO Staff

Morning Prayer

9:00 a.m.

Michelle Buckman

Being a Catholic Writer

10:00 a.m.

Erin McCole Cupp

A Writer Prepares...

12:00 p.m.

Joan Edwards

7 Ways to Trim, Correct, Enhance Your Manuscript

1:00 p.m.

Mark Shea

Blogging v. Real Writing

7:00 p.m.

Melanie Rigney

Sweet Devotion

8:00 p.m.

Michelle Buckman

Q&A Chat

9:00 p.m.

Lynn Goodwin

Journalling: Gateway to Creativity

Tuesday 3/11

8:30 a.m.

CWCO Staff

Morning Prayer

9:00 a.m.

Susan K. Stewart

Introduction to ePublishing

10:00 a.m.

CWCO Staff

Open Chat/ Q&A

11:00 a.m.

Joan Edwards

3 Steps to Write a Selling Pitch for Fiction

12:00 p.m.

Joan Edwards

Be a Pub Subber

7:00 p.m.

Ellen Gable Hrkach

Increase the Odds of Self-Publishing Success

8:00 p.m.

Angela Breidenbach

Passive to Active

9:00 p.m.

Karina Fabian

Keeping Motivated from Idea to Completion

Wednesday 3/12

8:30 a.m.

CWCO Staff

Morning Prayer

9:00 a.m.

Ann Lewis

The Business of Writing

1:00 p.m.

Erin McCole Cupp

Joyful Hope...

7:00 p.m.

Ellen Gable Hrkach

Successful Kindle Marketing for the 21st Century Author

8:00 p.m.

Dennis P. McGeehan

Writing for Magazines

9:00 p.m.

Karina Fabian

Time Management for Busy Writers

Thursday 3/13

8:30 a.m.

CWCO Staff

Morning Prayer

9:00 a.m.

Susan K. Stewart

Breaking into the Homeschool Market

7:00 p.m.

Nancy Ward

Editing Workshop

8:00 p.m.

Karina Fabian

Worldbuilding

Friday 3/14

8:30 a.m.

CWCO Staff

Morning Prayer

9:00 a.m.

Susan K. Stewart

The Art & Science of Self-Publishing

2:00 p.m.

David Craig

Poetry Chat

Posted by karinafabian on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 (05:29:55) (132 reads)
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Catholic Writers Conference Online 2014 Orientation

CWCO We are set and excfited for the 2014 Catholic Writers Conference Online! March 10 will be coming up soon, but here are some important notes:

1. Conference Registration is Closed. If you didn't register in time, we're sorry. Registration will open again March 20 for 2015.

2. We are taking registration for pitches. If you are a registered attendee and want to pitch a book to one of our publishers, please check out the Guidelines to make sure your book is a good fit. Then register by March 10. We will have some practice sessions before pitch days.

3. If you want to join Arthur Power's short story critique group, the deadline is March 1. Please contact Karina and Arthur to register.

The Orientation letter has gone out. If you did not get it, you can view it here.

Posted by karinafabian on Sunday, February 23, 2014 (23:44:11) (640 reads)
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We're seeking Presenters!

CWCO If you'd like to be a presenter at this years' CWCO, please fill out the survey. We are especially hoping to expand our topics into magazines, non-fiction, and evangelization, but are always looking for great new workshops on all aspects of writing and marketing. Presenters can do a one-hour chat or a forum-based workshop, or both. We'll send you instructions and get you trained up. It's a great way to promote yourself and your work.

Posted by karinafabian on Thursday, September 26, 2013 (00:14:53) (106 reads)
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Catholic Writers Conference Online March 10-21, 2014

CWCO Get ready! The Catholic Writers Conference Online is a go!

Once again, we'll be offering presentations in chat, workshops via forums, and pitch sessions in closed chat rooms. As always, we'll cover the gamut of writing and faith topics, from idea to marketing, practical tips to discussions on faith, fiction and nonfiction. We're hoping to have regular prayer times, publishers from the Catholic and secular realms, and time for fun.

Remember: this is totally free and completely online. Come as it fits your schedule.

Calendar:
March 10-16 Chats
March 16: 8 pm-11 pm Eastern: St. Patty's Day chat party!
March 15-21 Forums
March 17-21 Pitch Sessions (at publisher's discretion)


First Time? Register here.

Coming back for more? Fill out this survey.

What Folks Say about the CWCO:

Thank you to the Guild and to all the organizers and contributors. It was such a helpful workshop, and I gleaned so many new links, ideas, and helpful information. Thanks, and double thanks! --Iris D

Thank you so much for this conference. I have learned so much. I am so grateful for you, your organizers, the presenters, and all those in the chat rooms. An amazing feat well accomplished!!!! Glory to God!!! --Gloria Winn

This was my first Online Conference and I wish I'd had time to participate in almost everything. As it was, I did four classes (and read through the content of 2 more without posting). I also was able to tune in for a few of the chats. This was amazing! I received a wealth of information and ideas, and best of all, I feel connected to a Catholic writing community! I am eager to stay connected with the other writers--I guess it's time to head over to the guild's site and try to connect there. Thanks again for everything! And blessings on all the participants and presenters--you'll be in my prayers. --Sr. Marie Paul

Posted by KarinaFabian on Friday, August 16, 2013 (00:09:45) (358 reads)
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