Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center and Hotel


Ann Lewis 
Catholic Writers Guild 


Tuesday July 26, 2016 at 7:00 PM CDT
Friday July 29, 2016 at 1:00 PM CDT

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Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center and Hotel 
1551 N. Thoreau Drive
Schaumburg, IL 60173

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The conference hotel is now officially sold out. However, we have made arrangements at the SpringHills Suites Marriott at 1550 McConnor Parkway, Schaumburg, IL 60173, which is located very near the Schaumburg Convention Center. The nightly rate is $125, includes breakfast.  Click here and make your room reservation or call 847-995-1500. Tell them you are with the Catholic Marketing Network Room Block. 

One more thing to note: people do often cancel their room reservations in the days immediately proceeding an event. We suggest that even if you book at the overflow hotel, if you want to get into the convention hotel, call them right before you go to see if there are cancellations. CMN assures us this happens with their room block every year. The  Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center and Hotel's number is (847) 303-4100.  Tell them you are with the Catholic Marketin Network. Rooms in that room block (if you get an opening) are $143 a night plus tax and fees.




Catholic Writers Conference LIVE 

Online Registration is currently closed as we prepare for our conference. If you wish to still register, we have plenty of room and you are welcome! Simply download a printable registration form here to fill it out ahead of time and bring it to our registration desk in the convention center - or - you can fill one out on site. We hope to see you there! 

The Catholic Writers Conference will be July 26-July29, 2016  at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center and Hotel, in conjunction with the Catholic Marketing Network Trade Show.

This year's conference them is "Openness to God's Will." How can we know what God wants us to do with our career, how can we follow him best with our talents? Our conference allows you to connect personally with Catholic publishers and retailers, to learn more about the art, show your work, learn the craft and network. 

This year we are hosting:
•workshops on marketing and writing
•presentations on marketing and selling your work
•in-person pitch sessions
•group critique sessions
•national CWG Members meeting (guests welcome, of course)

We'll be announcing our presenters soon - so stay tuned.

Registration     $80.00
CWG Members receive 10% off  for any registration. Email us for the discount code or check promotional emails! 
Guest Registration -i.e. additional registrants you are paying for (member)    
CWG Membership + registration     $115.00 
Deacon, Priest, seminarian, or other religious     No Charge
Deacon - guest registration No charge
Student Registration     $45.00 
Volunteer (must have approval from conference staff)     No Charge 
Presenter (must have approval from conference staff)     No Charge 
CMN Tuesday Retailer luncheon  (tickets available from CMN on Tuesday morning)
Marytown Pilgrimage to St. Maximillian Kolbe Shrine (tickets available from CMN on Tuesday morning)
CMN Thursday Breakfast (optional) (tickets available from CMN on Tuesday and Wednesday)

Extra Events (Details)

We hold our conference in cooperation with the Catholic Marketing Network. This year, they are offering three special events. These special events are open to CWCL attendees, but cost extra. See the schedule and registration page for more details.

Tuesday, July 26, noon:  CMN hosts a lunch with retailers and this year it is being sponsored by Ave Maria Press and will feature Kelly Wahlquist a dynamic speaker, author, and founder of WINE (Women in the New Evangelization).

Tuesday, July 26, 3:30 PM – 10:00 PM Marytown Pilgrimage CMN is offering this unique opportunity to visit Marytown, the National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe and National Center of the Militia Immaculata

Thursday, July 28, 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast and Speaker: Please join us for a hot breakfast buffet with featured speakers, Conor Gallagher, Fr. Jeffrey Kirby, STL and Fr. Don Calloway, MIC sponsored by TAN-St. Benedict Press

Hotels: Booked under Catholic Marketing Network Room Block - $143 per night. All combined with daily Mass, rosary, adoration - how can you go wrong?

A fun, spiritual and inspirational time will be had by all!

If you wish, you can download a printable registration form here to fill it out ahead of time.

Registration is closed