Meeting: Saturday, January 14, 2012

Catholic Writers of St. Louis
Saturday,  January 14, 2012
St. Charles Coffee House/10:00 AM

* Opening Prayer:
Holy Family, Guide our minds, our hearts, our hands, as we write, speak, illustrate – help our words to live in union with the Word. Teach us discipline and skill to use the talents God gives us. Give us also insight and courage to convey God’s love through our craft, and humility to be open to His divine will, shaping our lives, in loving loyalty to His Church. In Christ’s name, Amen.
(Thanks to CWG for the prayer.)

* CWG Update: (catholicwritersguild.org/ blog.catholicwritersguild.com)
General Info.
If you choose to join (which you do NOT need to do in order to be a part of the Catholic Writers of St. Louis):
Fees: $30 for a year’s membership
Online Conference: March 17-31 (catholicwritersconference.com)
Live Conference: TBD

* Donna Volkenannt: (donnasbookpub.blogspot.com)
“The importance of building relationships with other writers”

* MFA Program at Seattle Pacific University: (spu.edu)
Seattle Pacific University’s Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program.
The low-residency experience allows enrolled writers to keep their current jobs and locations while they study, exchanging work via email with their personal mentor. Twice each year, students and faculty come together for 10-day intensive residencies in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Whidbey Island, Washington, for workshops, literature seminars, and craft lectures. Apply online by February 1st to be considered for August 2012 admission. Email questions to: Tyler McCabe, program coordinator, at mfa@spu.edu.

* Writing Prompt Exercise

* Open Discussion:
Ideas, expectations, and hopes for future meetings

* Next Catholic Writers of St. Louis Meeting:
March 10, 2012/ St. Charles Coffee House/10:00 AM

* Other resources:
NCR article on Catholic writers groups and literary revival
Catholic Book Publishers Association