Professional writers and pet lovers can register now for the international Cat Writers’ Association, Inc. (CWA) annual writers’ conference in Houston, Texas, November 21-23, 2003 which features two full days of networking events and professional seminars with nationally known speakers on writing topics including how to self-publish, write book proposals, nonfiction article leads, and radio interviews. Pre-registration until Sept.10 is $100 for non-members. For information, see the CWA web site: http://www.catwriters.org.
Heloise, the internationally-syndicated columnist, author and radio commentator, will speak on Friday evening, November, 21. “Hints from Heloise”, a 7-days-a-week feature, appears in more than 500 newspapers in the U.S. and in twenty countries, with one column a week dedicated to animal issues. Author of seven books, Heloise is a contributing editor and columnist for Good Housekeeping Magazine. She also appears on television and radio, and makes frequent guest appearances on NBC’s The Today Show.
Hilary Helmrich, president of the Winn Feline Foundation, will be the keynote speaker at on Saturday at the CWA Writing Awards Banquet. She has bred pedigreed cats since the mid-1970’s. In 1983 she became a board member of the Winn Feline Foundation which funds research for cat health, and has been president since 1997. Employed in the pharmaceutical industry, Helmrich has published many articles on the Foundation and feline health issues.
CWA events, being held at the downtown Crowne Plaza Hotel, are in conjunction with the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) International Cat Show, the largest cat show held in the Western Hemisphere. The CFA show at the George R. Brown Convention Center presents the championship cats from around the world, as well as vendor booths with cat-related products, demonstrations and autograph signings by CWA authors. The CWA writing seminars are co-sponsored by the Dog Writers’ Association of America. Events may be purchased individually.
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 newspaper and magazine writers, photographers, novelists, editors and broadcasters.