#CWA Panels Debut At #BlogPaws 2015


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January 5, 2015 — As the writing world continues to evolve, the Cat Writers’ Association (CWA), is thrilled to announce a new offering in advance of its traditional fall conference. CWA members will share their expertise during two CWA sponsored panels at the upcoming BlogPaws conference in Nashville, TN May 28-30, 2015.

amy shojai

Amy Shojai

“The two panels are designed to help both traditional writers and bloggers improve their writing skills and publishing know-how using the journalistic integrity CWA has been known for, for over 23 years. We look forward to an exciting collaboration,” said Amy Shojai, CWA Program Chair and President Emeritus. 


Bridging the Gap Between Journalistic Excellence and Blogging This publishing panel features Layla Morgan Wilde, Janiss Garza, Alana Grelyak, and Deb Barnes. The session will be a “how to use your blog as a springboard to professional publishing” by learning how to write, research, edit, and design your blog posts in such a manner that they become a portfolio of quality work to help open the door to publishing deals.

Publish Or Perish? This publishing panel features pet book authors and publishers Amy Shojai of CWA, Pam Johnson-Bennett a best selling cat behaviorist and author, Lisa Erspamer a best selling publisher of cat and dog books, and Bob Mayer, a best selling author and publisher. The panel will discuss the current state of publishing from the “traditional” to “indie” paths, how publishing has changed, why bloggers should write a book (or become a publisher), how to choose your publishing path, pitfalls to avoid, and how to leverage social media and blogging to build your author platform.


   #CWA Members Receive A Discount Code

Yvonne DiVita

Yvonne DiVita

“BlogPaws 2015 is delighted to be offering a writing track facilitated by top writing professionals at the Cat Writers’ Association. Our mutual goals bring a focus on writing excellence to all attendees at the conference, be they freelance writers, bloggers, or a combination of both. It’s an honor to be working with such a distinguished organization on our 2015 educational conference,” said Yvonne DiVita, Co-Founder of BlogPaws.



About The Cat Writers’ Association

The Cat Writers Association, Inc. (CWA) is an international journalism organization founded in 1992 to promote the interests of cats; to provide a medium for exchange of ideas, methods and professional courtesies; and to promote a high standard of ethics in the collection, creation, and dissemination of cat information. CWA is a dynamic professional group of passionate cat advocates composed of writers, bloggers, photographers, artists, and broadcasters. The Association promotes mentorship for new writers, provides writing/publishing educational opportunities, and seeks to improve the quality of cat information by recognizing and rewarding outstanding published work in its annual contest. See www.catwriters.com for further information.

About BlogPaws

Founded in 2009 by three dedicated pet lovers and bloggers, BlogPaws helps pet bloggers and enthusiasts connect digitally, build their online presence, enhance their social networks and support animals and shelters/rescues across the world. BlogPaws works year-round to connect bloggers and micro-bloggers to the brands they buy every day. The BlogPaws community site welcomes pet bloggers, pet enthusiasts, pet people on Twitter and Facebook and brands eager to tap into a vibrant, vocal community of serious writers, bloggers, and micro-bloggers. BlogPaws is a Pet360 Inc. brand. For more information, visit http://www.blogpaws.com.

Lea-Ann Germinder
212-367-2170 or 917-334-8682
Carol  Bryant
816-471-3553 or 570-540-3341


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