CWA Houston Conference Set for June 7-9; Early Bird Deadline Approaching April 30


(Updated from original posting – April 4, 2018) The Certificate of Excellence Winners have been announced, the session speaker line-up looks meowvelous, the Cat Writers’ Association of America is reminding everyone that the early bird registration deadline ends April 30th. Whether your passion is cats, dogs, historical fiction, or sky diving with umbrellas, the annual CWA Writers Conference welcomes anyone interested in writing and publishing. Many writers publish in a variety of genres beyond kitty-centric topics. Cat writers have even had (shhhhh!) DAWGS attend the event!


Adventure Cats and Cat Training: What Cat Writers Need to Know:

Presented by Janis Garza

Janiss runs a popular blog & FitCat Publishing. Will her therapy cat, Sparkle be at the conference, too? Cat writers need to stay on the cutting edge of cat behavior and training so they can offer information about feline enrichment and human-cat relationships. Now, more than ever, people want their cats to be part of their lives, to travel and go places with them. They love having cats that perform tricks and that are outgoing and confident. While most people think of dogs when it comes to therapy pets, there is actually a great need for therapy cats in hospitals and other facilities. This session will focus on all the new ways people (and potential readers) are thinking about cats, and how writers can approach this growing and colorful topic in their writing. Learn more about FitCat Publishing here.

#Storytelling Methods That Work for Your Brand – Both Online and Off!

Presented by: Lea-Ann Germinder

Storytelling has become a popular method to get a message across in both traditional and digital media channels. In this session, Publisher & Founder Lea-Ann Germinder will give concrete examples of what works and what doesn’t based on both her national campaign work and her own #PowerofPink initiative. Learn the latest trends in both social and traditional media, concrete tips on how to get the most out of traditional media and social media and the best go to resources. Find out more about Lea-Ann’s story here.

Research: First, Last, and Always

Presented by Arden Moore, Amy Shojai and other noted panelists to be announced. 

Research is not a chore; it is fun and inspiring! Research not only gives your work credibility, but it leads writers, like detectives, into finding obscure facts that can lead to new ideas and directions in their fields. This session will focus on how important research is to a writer–whether producing blogs, articles, nonfiction books or novels. Our superstar panel will discuss how they conduct their research and give tips and tricks on how we can incorporate vetted research into everything we write.Professional pet journalist & multi-published nonfiction author, Arden Moore also teaches pet first aid. Amy Shojai is a blogger & multi-published nonfiction & fiction author.

The Hybrid Author: Publishing Print, Ebooks & Audio

Presented by Amy Shojai

Publishing has changed, and there are many paths today to success. Authors no longer need an agent or New York publisher to become successful–but it still takes work! This session covers the options available, with some down-and-dirty insider tips for DIY print books (with illustrations), Ebooks, and audio titles. Learn more about Amy’s publishing work here.

Cat Photography Made Simple

Presented by Rick Reichenbach

Eye-catching images add much to an article or book, but cats are hard to photograph; or so the common wisdom holds. It is a rare cat that will hold a pose while you fetch your camera and fiddle with the settings, and you can’t just tell kitty to turn his head a bit more toward the light or straighten his shoulders. But these challenges do not mean that cats are difficult to photograph. Rather they suggest that you should listen to your cat and photograph him doing something he wants to do. This session will teach participants how to capture engaging images by turning kitty’s routine, habits and natural instincts to their photographic advantage. Learn more about Rick here.

Changing the World Through Fiction: 7 (plus 1) techniques to effectively promote your point of view:

Presented by:  Mollie Hunt

Today, society calls for more from a fiction writer than a fluff-piece. It is our obligation as writers to bring light to the causes and conflicts of our world. This session will cover methods that even the coziest of writers can implement to gently present their values within their story. Find out more about Mollie & her books here.

Brand Yourself! Presenting a Unified Image Online:

Presented by: Lynn Thompson

How’s your online image? This session walks authors and bloggers through building an integrated digital marketing program that incorporates a website, blog, videos, wikis, social media platforms, and email marketing. You will also learn how to optimize your website and drive traffic to your site using social media. So join us for an interactive session and walk out with your very own marketing plan! Learn more about Lynn here.






1 Comment

  1. What a great lineup. Can’t wait to sit in on the sessions and learn and be validated. Some of these things we cozy cat writers do as second nature and some we might not take so seriously yet. I think we’ll all walk away from this conference richer in many ways.

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