Contact: Su Ewing, CWA President


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.

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