Sunday, January 27, 2008

For writers and writer wannabees...

Check out this post at Catholic

Or check out the RBTE Catholic Writer's conference 2008 workshop where authors (including myself) and journalists will be involved. Here's a bit of the information you will find there:

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,, 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 and Catholic Moments podcast). Other moderators include Tom Grace and Tim Powers.

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