The international Cat Writers’ Association (CWA) will hold its 12th annual writers’ conference in Foster City, Calif. near San Francisco on November 18-20, 2005. The conference is open to anyone interested in pet writing and will feature two days of professional seminars with nationally known speakers on topics including screenwriting, how to sell children’s books, online writing, humane shelter issues and a magazine editor panel.
In addition, the CWA conference includes social gatherings where attendees can network with authors, editors and agents. The annual CWA Awards Banquet, sponsored by Nestle Purina PetCare Co., features more than 40 MUSE Medallion and 20 corporate-funded writing awards. CWA events are in conjunction with the Cat Fanciers’ Association International Cat Show, the largest cat show held in the Western Hemisphere, scheduled at the nearby San Mateo Expo Center.
Full registration for the writing conference is $100 for non-members prior to August 31, and $125 prior to October 31. Information and registration options will be posted on the CWA web site at www.catwriters.org after May 10.
CWA, founded in 1992, is dedicated to providing news, information, and education on all aspects of cat care and welfare, as well as improving the quality of writing about cats and other companion animals. Its 200 members include published writers, photographers, illustrators, novelists, editors and broadcasters.