Local Book Signings! Legendary Locals of St. Charles by Don and Dianna Graveman

Legendary Locals of St. Charles by Don and Dianna Graveman
Legendary Locals
You are invited to attend upcoming book signings by local authors, Don and Dianna Graveman.


Saturday, March 26th:
2:00 to 4:00 PM
Main Street Books, 103 South Main Street, St. Charles, MO

Saturday, April 2nd:
1:00 to 3:00

Congratulations, author and CWStL Member, Cathy Gilmore!


Mainstream & Independent Titles Score Top Honors in the
12th Annual USA Best Book Awards.

Random House, Tarcher/Penguin, HarperOne, WW Norton, Harper Collins, William Morrow, Crown Business, McGraw-Hill, John Wiley & Sons, American Cancer Society, The White House Historical Association and hundreds of Independent Houses contribute to this year’s
Outstanding Competition!

Among thousands of titles submitted, winners were announced in over 100 categories.

Little Lamb Finds Christmas written by Cathy Gilmore, illustrated by Kim Wilson, and published by Liguori Publications WON the 2015 USA Best Book Award in the Children’s Religious category!

Click on Liguori.org to share this Little Lamb as a gift for someone special this year.


IMG_1232Author, speaker and catechist, Cathy Gilmore, is a native of St. Louis, MO and is a married mother of three. Experience with the Montessori-based children’s Bible study program, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd gives Cathy a unique approach to writing children’s literature. She is the author of the endearing children’s book Little Lamb Finds Christmas in which the LOVE of the Good Shepherd, the MIRACLE of the Peaceable Kingdom and the JOY of Christmas are all tucked into one charming holiday parable. Cathy’s passion is to cultivate each reader’s spiritual imagination through stories that touch the heart with the transforming love of Christ.


New Book: Counting on Faith by CWStL Member Maurice Prater

“Counting on Faith is a scriptural counting book for children. Children will learn to count while learning their Catholic Faith because each number represents an important truth found in Scripture. Written to be enjoyed by the entire family, Counting on Faith will stir the soul and inspire the mind.”

About the author:

Maurice Prater has a Master in Business Administration Degree from Washington University in Saint Louis, and he has worked for the Catholic Church in the ministries of Communications and Development since 1999. Maurice is the Advancement Director for the Missionaries of the Holy Family, a religious order of Catholic priests and brothers. He was the in-house editor of the community’s Holy Family Prayer Book, which is published in English and Spanish by Liguori Publications. A member of the Catholic Writers Guild, Maurice is responsible for production of the Family Moment videos which air on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN).

Counting on Faith
Counting on Faith by Maurice Prater


Members’ Short Fiction on the Tuscany Press Blog

Every year Tuscany Press calls for submissions to The Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction. This contest is a literary prize to “promote writers and great undiscovered stories of Catholic fiction.” To learn more about Tuscany Press, click here.

Excerpts of Denise Y. Montgomery’s short fiction works
“Annie’s Life” and “A Package of SELF”
are featured on the Tuscany Press blog today.

So, drop by and take a peek!

And make a note to head back to Tuscany on August 30th
to read an excerpt from
published author Donna Volkenannt’s short story “Salvage.”


Tuscany Press


Creative Retreat for Writers & Photographers–October 4 – 6, 2013

Join Catholic Writers of St. Louis member Donna Volkenannt this fall at beautiful Bunker Hill! Donna will guide retreat participants through writing exercises and share markets for contests, anthologies, and other opportunities for writers seeking publication.


During this tranquil weekend retreat at Bunker Hill, participants will have the opportunity to learn and to create.

  • Techniques for personal essays and short stories
  • Tips from a publisher, pitch your stories to an editor
  • Explore your passion for photography in the serenity of Bunker Hill

Schedule: (Friday evening through Sunday lunch)
Friday schedule: Gates opens at 1 p.m. Your afternoon is open to check in and enjoy leisure activities. No evening meal on site (restaurants in nearby town).

  • 5-7 p.m., Behrens Hall, optional Make & Take class – Card making with Daphney Partridge. Bring a print of a favorite photo, piece of writing or special quotation and make a keepsake card(s). No other supplies needed.
  • 7 p.m., Behrens Hall, Informal meet and greet, soda/snacks provided.
  • 7:30 p.m., Meet with faculty for overview & assignments.

$215 for members; $250 for non-members. Includes workshop fee and Friday lodging, three meals on Saturday, Saturday lodging, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. Participants may have to share a cabin. A handicapped-accessible cabin might be available at time of registration.

Bring a friend and share a cabin.

To register for the event, please click here. If you experience problems registering, please contact Sarah Kohnle at skohnle@msta.org.

November and December Seminars…it is not too early to sign up!

Research & Writing: Where to Start, What to Do, & When to Stop

Saturday, November 9, 2013 • 9 AM–noon • Instructor: Margo Dill

Almost any book you write or article you query requires some research—from historical facts to police procedure to various breeds of animals. Research is fun, but you have to stop somewhere and write the manuscript. This workshop provides advice and tips on researching a subject, when to stop, and when to get writing. Margo also includes ideas for organization and a reality check about just how much research makes it into a book. The workshop is hands-on with time for short writing prompts and brainstorming on a current work-in-progress. Click here to register online for this seminar.

Business Writing & More: Creating Marketing Materials

Saturday, November 16, 2013 • 1–4 PM • Instructor: Dianna Graveman

Write and build compelling, eye-catching business brochures, newsletters, ads, and infographics—a valuable skill set for solopreneurs/entrepreneurs, marketing professionals, and freelancers. Click here to register online for this seminar.

Writing for Dollars: Earn Income as a Freelancer

Saturday, December 14, 2013 • 1–4 PM • Instructor: Dianna Graveman

You’ve written a short story or have a great idea for a magazine article or personal essay. Now what? Where and how can you get it published and earn money for your work? Find places to publish, choose a market for your story, pitch an article, and more. Come away from this class with a wealth of information about how to start writing for dollars. Click here to register online for this seminar.


September Seminar: Write to Win–Writing Tips from a Contest Judge

Write to Win: Writing Tips from a Contest Judge

Saturday, September 14, 2013 • 1–4 PM  Instructor: Donna Volkenannt

Good writing isn’t always enough to win writing competitions. Often it’s the little things that give winning entries the edge. During this seminar, frequent contest judge and first place winner of the 2012 Erma Bombeck Global Humor Writing Competition, Donna Volkenannt, will share tips and strategies she’s learned over years of judging and entering writing competitions. Click here to register online for this seminar.