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BarkWorld/MeowWorld Registration Now Open


Cat Writer’s Association partners with BarkWorld for the first time to create joint conference

WARWICK, R.I. (July 10, 2014) Registration for the BarkWorld/MeowWorld 2014 Conference is now open. For the very first time, Cat Writers’ Association (CWA) is partnering with the BarkWorld Pet Expo and Social Networking Conference to present BarkWorld/MeowWorld from October 30 through November 1, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia at the Westin Buckhead. CWA is presenting the MeowWorld portion of the joint conference and registration provides admission to both conferences.

BarkWorld/MeowWorld gives pet industry professionals a unique chance to network with colleagues and learn from fellow industry experts. This year, attendees will also have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with editors and publishers to pitch ideas or proposals.

Dr. Lorie Huston, certified veterinary journalist and president of CWA, explains how the new partnership with BarkWorld provides benefits for conference attendees.

“CWA members are professional writers, authors, publishers, editors, videographers, and broadcasters,” Huston said. “We bring our experience, expertise, and knowledge of the publishing industry to the table, along with the special insights of our members in regards to the feline species. BarkWorld, on the other hand, focuses on social media, which is increasingly becoming an essential part of a successful platform for any professional, whether that person is a writer, author, editor, or some other type of media professional. And, of course, BarkWorld adds information and events relating to dogs to the mix.”

Highlights of the MeowWorld conference include an awards banquet hosted by CWA in which recipients of the CWA Muse Medallions will be announced and winners of the CWA Special Awards will be recognized, as well as learning sessions led by industry professionals. Sessions include: How to Make Your Editor Love You and Get More Writing Assignments, Video Production 101 for Bloggers and Web Writers, Applying Journalism Ethics to Blogging, Researching and Writing Techniques, Editing and Proofreading, and much more.

In addition, there will be an editor panel featuring tips and suggestions, plus expert panels discussing feline health and feline behavior. Confirmed speakers and panelists include Susan Logan McCracken, editor of Cat Fancy; Vicky Walker, managing editor at Catster.com and Dogster.com and Dr. Drew Weigner, hospital director and founder of The Cat Hospital in Atlanta and the first veterinarian to achieve board certification as a specialist in feline medicine from the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.

BarkWorld/MeowWorld will also feature a pet expo that draws the top companies and organizations in the pet industry. Exhibitors include Purina®, PetSafe®, ASPCA®, AdoptAShelter.com, Good News for Pets™, PetPR.com, Women in the Pet Industry Network and more.

About Cat Writers’ Association
Cat Writers’ Association is a group of professional writers, publishers, and broadcasters dedicated to the feline species. Membership in this elite organization includes many benefits. Whether you write about cats, blog about cats, photograph cats, or celebrate cats in some other form of media, Cat Writers’ Association has a place for you. This international professional writers’ association provides news, information and education to the public on all aspects of cats. For more information, please visit http://catwriters.com.

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Media Contact:
Lorie Huston
401-921-6369
loriehuston@pet-health-care-gazette.com


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Cat Writers and Publishers Vie for Top Honors


Awards rank most prestigious form of recognition in the pet publishing industry, solely devoted to felines

WARWICK, R.I. (June 17, 2014)Cat Writers’ Association, Inc (CWA) is announcing a call for entries for their annual Communications Contest. CWA invites all cat lovers who publish, write or broadcast information about cats to enter their work for consideration.

Qualified entries are evaluated by professional members of the Cat Writers’ Association. Certificates of Excellence are sent to people whose entries receive an average score of 90 or higher by three professional CWA members. The certificate recipient with the highest score is the winner of the Muse Medallion for the category in which it was entered.

In addition to the Muse Medallions, special awards that feature cash prizes for the winner are offered through the generosity of corporate and private sponsors.

Lorie Huston, board-certified veterinarian and president of CWA, explains the importance of this year’s contest collaboration with BarkWorld.

“The biggest event of the year for Cat Writers’ Association is the annual conference, which brings together the best and the brightest in the pet industry. The conference provides an opportunity for attendees to learn and hone their craft,” Dr. Huston said. “That is even truer this year, with a new partnership between the Cat Writers’ Association and BarkWorld, a premier pet expo and social media conference. The conference will culminate in a gala event; an awards banquet during which the winners of the annual Cat Writers’ Association Communications Contest will be announced. It’s an exciting event, not to be missed.”

The Communications Contest is open to both CWA members and non-members and entries must be postmarked by July 1, 2014. There are categories in the contest for almost any cat-related topic. All forms of media are represented, including published writings (both online and in print), artwork, photographs, and radio or television work.

For more information regarding the contest rules, award categories or entering work, please visit the Cat Writers’ Association website. CWA also invites membership applications and encourages all cat lovers to register for the annual CWA conference.

About Cat Writers’ Association
Cat Writers’ Association is a group of professional writers, publishers, and broadcasters dedicated to the feline species. Membership in this elite organization includes many benefits. Whether you write about cats, blog about cats, photograph cats, or celebrate cats in some other form of media, Cat Writers’ Association has a place for you. This international professional writers’ association provides news, information and education to the public on all aspects of cats. For more information, please visit http://catwriters.com.

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Media Contact:
Lorie Huston
401-921-6369
loriehuston@pet-health-care-gazette.com


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Contact: Su Ewing, CWA President
dogwriter@windstream.net
 

Dallas Writing Conference is Cat’s Meow (and a Steal)

(Dallas, TX, 9-1-13) – A star-packed writers’ conference loaded with professional seminars by nationally known speakers will be held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1 – 2, 2013 in Dallas — and it’s a bargain.
Intended for aspiring as well as practicing writers — and presented by pet-loving people– sessions cover writing for (and publishing on) the Web, social media, self publishing, blogging, PR, photography and more (see info link below). Faculty include:

Jeff Crilley, retired TV journalist and founder of the country’s first “all-journalist” PR firm

● Carole Nelson Douglas, author of 60 novels, best known for her Midnight Louie mystery series, told in part by a black cat

● Amy Shojai, nationally known authority on pet care and behavior and author of 26 books, including The First Aid Companion for Dogs and Cats

● Arden Moore, award-winning author and radio show host (her latest book, What Dogs Want: A Visual Guide to Understanding Your Dog’s Every Move, interprets 100 canine postures, expressions, sounds and actions)

For registrations made by Sept. 30, the cost for both days is $150, including three meals on Friday, a Saturday breakfast and the awards banquet. Single-day registration for either Friday or Saturday seminars is $55. The conference is organized by the Cat Writers’ Association (CWA), a nonprofit group.

The program includes a special one-day “rescue track” on Friday aimed at teaching individuals and animal-rescue groups how to raise awareness (and, therefore, funds) in the digital age. Also featured: a SPEED DATING FOR WRITERS, where publishing professionals (writers, editors, illustrators, VO artists, website designers, etc.) can meet, talk to and hire each other. On Friday evening, five singers/actors will perform songs from “Strays, The Musical.” And after dinner on Saturday, CWA will bestow prizes for the year’s best cat-centric writing, broadcasting and graphic arts, a kitty totaling $9,000.

With all these authors in town, CWA is also holding a book signing — just in time for holiday gift-giving. — Saturday, November 1st and Sunday, November 2nd at Books-A-Million, 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine, TX. Authors will appear throughout each day in one-hour shifts.

In addition, the conference features all-day workshops on photographing shelter animals and pet first-aid certification.

“It’s a two-day pep rally for writers,” says Su Ewing, President of the CWA. She explains that the conference is inexpensive because speakers are not paid. “All of them want to share,” she says. “That’s what our organization is all about. The conference is our once-a-year time to get together to learn, network, be recognized, be inspired and celebrate.”

CWA has reserved a block of rooms for conference-goers at the special rate of just $99 plus tax per night. Ask for the Cat Writers’ Association room rate. To reserve, call the hotel directly at (972) 929-8400 rather than using Sheraton’s 800 number or the website.

Founded in 1992, the Cat Writers’ Association, Inc. (CWA), is an organization of professionals who write, publish and broadcast about cats. Members receive a quarterly newsletter plus access to the e-group. Besides the annual conference, CWA runs a mentoring program and a yearly contest.

Conference hotel:

Sheraton DFW Airport Hotel
4440 West John Carpenter Freeway
Irving, TX 75063

Hotel reservations: (972) 929-8400

Free parking.

Conference registration

Conference info

Cat Writers’ Association home page

READ TESTIMONIALS HERE!


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Su Ewing, CWA President
dogwriter@windstream.net

 

Pet Project:

Cat and Dog Authors’ Autograph Party Nov. 2 in Grapevine, TX

(Dallas, TX, 9-1-13) –  The country’s top cat and dog experts will autograph their books for the public — just in time for holiday gift-giving – Saturday, November 2nd at the Sheraton DFW Airport Hotel, 4440 West John Carpenter Freeway, Irving, TX. Authors will appear throughout the day in one-hour shifts. The stellar line-up features Texans with national followings such as:

    ● Carole Nelson Douglas, author of 60 novels, best known for her Midnight Louie mystery series, told in part by a black cat

    ● Amy Shojai, nationally known authority on pet care and behavior and author of 26 books, including her new “dog viewpoint” thriller Lost And Found, and life-saving nonfiction book The First Aid Companion for Dogs and Cats

    ● Dusty Rainbolt, prize-winning author of the paranormal mystery Death Under the Crescent Moon, indispensable how-to volumes Cat Wrangling Made EasyKittens For Dummies and other books

   PLUS writers from other states, including

    ● Susan Logan-McCracken, editor of the high-profile Cat Fancy Magazine and co-author of the popular book, Cat Calls: Wonderful Stories and Practical Advice from a Veteran Cat Sitter

    ● Catherine Holm, author of the cat themed memoir Driving with Cats: Ours for a Short Time and the creator of Ann Catanzaro cat fantasy story gift books 

    ● Patricia Fry, literary consultant, editor, and author of 35 books, including Catscapades, a cache of more than 40 stories of amazing felines

    All these authors (and more) are instructors at the annual conference of the international Cat Writers’ Association (CWA), taking place in Dallas, TX, Thursday, October 31 through Saturday, November 2, 2013, at the Sheraton DFW Airport Hotel, 4440 West John Carpenter Freeway, Irving, TX. The bargain-priced conference ($150 before Sept. 30, most meals included) is open to anyone interested in enhancing a writing career and will feature seminars presented by professional writers and editors. A special “rescue track” of seminars Friday (only $55) will teach individuals and animal-rescue groups how to raise awareness (and, therefore, funds) in the digital age. And on Saturday night CWA will bestow prizes for the year’s best cat-centric writing, broadcasting and graphic arts, a kitty totaling $9,000.

   CWA has reserved a block of rooms for conference-goers at the special rate of just $99 plus tax per night. Ask for the Cat Writers’ Association room rate. To reserve, call the hotel directly at (972) 929-8400 rather than using Sheraton’s 800 number or the website.

   NOTE: Bios, author photos and email addresses are available on request if you wish to set up interviews.

Conference registration

Conference info

Cat Writers’ Association home page

 Hotel reservations: (972) 929-8400

READ TESTIMONIALS HERE!