By Robert J. Smith I’m saddened to announce the passing of my cat, Gatsby Smith. His passing prompted me to reflect on the bond we shared and the impact he had on my life and work. Gatsby lived to the ripe old age of seventeen and is survived by two cat brothers, a dog brother, […]
Finding Inspiration to Write from the World Around Us
by Andrea Dorn, Cat Writer Writers are often asked by others how they get their ideas for books or articles. Struggling to find ideas of things to write about is common. I know I struggled to find a topic for this blog post, so I procrastinated – my usual reaction to a lack of ideas. […]
FAREWELL, JOE GREY
“…If I would create a tale to grip my heart, I would do well to pay attention to my little cats’ fierce passion and sly delight.” So reads the closing sentence of Shirley Rousseau Murphy’s autobiography. It was with deep sadness I learned that longtime member of the Cat Writers’ Association Shirley Rousseau Murphy passed […]
How and Why to Add Cats to Your Fiction Writing
Cats have been popular in literature for ages. Children’s books often feature them, as do cozy mysteries, and other novels. Why? Because people love cats. They can add humor and humanity to a story. With their unique purr-sonalities and mystical natures, they make purr-fect characters to write about. Before we talk about how and why […]
6 Self-Editing Techniques
Nothing will ever replace a good editor. Nothing. No software program out there today can replace the years of training and education that professional editors go through to be the very best. But sometimes, we need to know how to edit our own work. Whether it’s an important corporate email or proposal, or we are […]
What is the New CWA Blog?
A New Year! Welcome, everyone, to a brand new year! The Cat Writers’ Association has great plans for 2023, including rolling out the newest incarnation of the CWA Blog. In fact, this is the very first post! It’s been a while since CWA had a consistent blog presence, which seems silly when we consider the […]
Please thank our 2022 CWA Conference Sponsors!
Please thank the 2022 CWA Conference Sponsors! The Conference and Awards would not be possible without them! Sponsor list
2022 Muse and Special Award Winners
Please congratulate all our Muse Medallion and Special Award Winners! The complete list for 2022 may be found here.
Members’ Book Directory
We are excited to announce that the new Members’ Book Directory is now live! From the CWA website, click on the menu’s Book List tab to view our members’ cat-themed books! Members: If you’d like to submit your latest cat book, or if you have an update to an item in the directory, please fill […]
Paula A. Gregg, Ph.D., Living and Learning with Purebred Cats Special Award
The Cat Writers’ Association is pleased to announce the 2022 Paula A. Gregg, Ph.D., Living and Learning with Purebred Cats Special Award! This one-time Award, in memory of Paula A. Gregg, Ph.D., will be open for entries from June 1 to July 15, 2022. The Paula A. Gregg, Ph.D., Memorial Living and Learning With Purebred […]