It’s not too Late…Writer Calendar for 2016!

Click and download your complimentary 2016 calendars for writers, both desktop and a monthly fill-in “to do” version.

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The Center for Faith and Culture at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee invites publishers of Christian fiction to submit titles for the Aquinas Award for fiction.

Any title published since January 1st 2015 qualifies.

Deadline for receipt of all titles is July 1st 2016.

The award will be presented at a conference at Aquinas College on Saturday, September 17, 2015.

Apart from the specially designed plaque, a cash award of $1,000 will be presented to the winning author.

The entries will be judged by a panel of five independent judges appointed by Joseph Pearce, Director of the Center for Faith and Culture. Professor Pearce will not be one of the judges and will have no say in the final decision.

Books should be sent to Joseph Pearce, Director of the Center for Faith and Culture, Aquinas College, 4210 Harding Pike, Nashville, Tennessee 37205.

Read more here! Contest Info.

Your Word is My Delight

Catholic Writers Guild
Hello Catholic Writers Guild members,

I would like to invite you to our popular Your Word is My Delight, a Catholic Writers Retreat.
Do you need time away to finish or start a manuscript? Work on that proposal?
Organize your writing project? Finish work to meet your editor’s deadline?
On October 25-29, 2015 the Catholic Writers Guild, for the third time, is offering
a writers retreat near Lansing, Michigan.
St. Francis Retreat and Conference Center, 703 E. Main Street, DeWitt, MI, is
situated on a 93 acre site of woodlands, meadows, and prayer gardens.
includes a private room with a single share bath, three meals a day (and all
the coffee you can drink!), internet access, breakout spaces, resource library,
three daily presenters, critique sessions, Mass and reconciliation.
The power of the Catholic Writers Guild is why we can keep the cost so low! This
retreat, offered every other year, is popular because it is a true writers retreat
offering you abundant time to work at writing, and time to critique with other
Catholic writers.
You can register online at; click on the
Other Offerings tab. Or call 1-866-669-8321.
Handicap accessible and dietary needs accommodated.
If you fly into Lansing Capital Region International Airport, a shuttle to the retreat

house-only 7 minutes away-is provided. (You must arrange your own transportation for the two hour drive from the Detroit Metropolitan Airport.)

Included at the beginning of the retreat on Sunday night is the Writer’s Meet and Greet. This wine and cheese gathering also includes an opportunity to sell your books, so be sure to bring them along!

It will be a wonderful retreat, and I look forward to seeing you there.

Retreat space is limited so register soon!  October 19th is the registration deadline!

In Christ,

Ellen Gable Hrkach
President, CWG

Are You Ready for a Challenge…Short Story and Essay Contests!

What Single Decision Changed Your Life?

Deadline: September 21, 2015

Would your world now be completely different—even unthinkable—if, at some point in the past, you hadn’t made a seemingly random choice? Tell us about it. Maybe you stayed a few extra minutes at a party—and met your soul mate. Maybe you decided to have lunch with a friend or quit a job or just took the long way home. If you can’t imagine the rest of your life without what happened next, write it down and share it with us.

Enter Real Simple’s eighth annual Life Lessons Essay Contest and you could have your essay published in Real Simple and receive a prize of $3,000.

Writer’s Digest Short Story Competition

Deadline: November 16, 2015

“We’re looking for short stories! Think you can write a winning story in 1,500 words or less? Enter the 16th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition for your chance to win $3,000 in cash, get published in Writer’s Digest magazine, and a paid trip to our ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference! The winning entries will be on display in the 16th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection.”

Breathing Realistic Personality into Your Fictional Characters

On Saturday the 28th of February, almost thirty local Catholic writers attended the CWStL’s two-hour special presentation and workshop: Enliven Your Writing with an Understanding of Clinical and Spiritual Psychology.

The meeting was held at All Saints Catholic Church in St. Peters, Missouri. Author Cathy Gilmore of the CWStL welcomed guest presenter Dr. Richard P. Johnson who invited all attendees to broaden their understanding of “personality.”

With a deep understanding of and a heart for the Catholic Faith, Dr. Johnson explained and illustrated his paradigm of personality (based on years of research, study, and development). Then, he defined with his unique terminology and further elucidated with anecdotes how writers can use this understanding of personality in order to create and develop vivid, believable characters.

“Writing accurately, and especially writing in the light of Jesus and
with the hand of the Holy Spirit, demands that we describe the redemptive process
as it unfolds in the spiritual personality of the characters we create.
For this we need to know what constitutes human personality
and how the Spirit works to bring us closer to God.”
-Dr. Richard P. Johnson

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After a coffee/tea and pastries break, Cathy Gilmore then lead the group in a writing workshop. She asked the writers to take 15 minutes in silence and put pen to paper using their newfound understandings as presented by Dr. Johnson. Attendees sketched scenes, developed characters, and composed poetry; and some even shared their unique results.

It was a spiritually uplifting and intellectually stimulating morning!

To learn more about Dr. Johnson, Ph.D., PCSG, LPC, NCC and his nationally recognized pioneering work in Healing and Medical Behavioral Sciences, visit his website:

Dr. Johnson is an award-winning author of numerous books focused on spiritual growth. He published his first novel, The Nun and The Doctor, in 2004.

Enliven Your Writing 
with an Understanding of 
Clinical and Spiritual Psychology

Catholic Writers of St. Louis

The Catholic Writers Group of All Saints

Invite You to Attend
a Special Presentation and Writing Workshop

“Enliven Your Writing
with an Understanding of
Clinical and Spiritual Psychology”

Richard P. Johnson, Ph.D., PCSG, LPC, NCC

Saturday the 28th of February 2015
8:30 – 11:00 am

(Presentation begins promptly at 9:00)

All Saints Catholic Church
in the Parish Center

7 McMenamy Road
St. Peters, MO

RSVP to Denise Y. Montgomery

The Catholic Writers Conference: July 30 – August 1, 2014

ConferenceIt’s that time of year…time to register and prepare for this year’s Catholic Writers Conference.

The Catholic Writers Conference will be July 30-August 1, 2014,  at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center and Hotel (in conjunction with the Catholic Marketing Network Trade Show.) As far as writers’ conferences go, this event is a deal!

CWG Member Registration     $80.00
Guest Registration -i.e. additional registrants you are paying for (member)     $80.00
Non-member Registration     $85.00
Guest Registration i.e. additional registrants you are paying for(non-member)     $85.00
CWG Membership + registration     $110.00
Deacon, Priest, seminarian, or other religious    No Charge
Deacon – guest registration No charge
Student Registration    $45.00
Volunteer (must have approval from conference staff)     No Charge
Presenter (must have approval from conference staff)     No Charge
CMN Thursday Breakfast (optional) Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC    $16.00

This year’s conference will be focused on “Perseverance.” How do we continue to write our faith through the tough times? How do we run that race as our Lord asks? This conference allows you to connect personally with Catholic publishers and retailers, to learn more about the art, show your work, and network. 

This year the CWG is hosting:
• workshops on marketing and writing
• presentations on marketing and selling your work
• in-person pitch sessions
• group critique sessions
• national CWG Members meeting (guests welcome, of course)