Aspiring Cat Writers: Plan to Attend The CWA Conference

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Got the itch to write about cats, dogs or pets in general? Already doing some writing but want to refine your promotional skills? Need an editor or publicist? This conference is for you. The 16th Annual Cat Writers' Association (CWA) Conference will be held November 19-21, 2009 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, White Plains, New York. This will be the first time that the CWA conference is held in conjunction with the Westchester Cat Show, November 21-22 at the Westchester County Center, Bronx River Parkway, White Plains, New York.

Amy Shojai, one of the founding members of the organization, has returned this year as the current president. "We are thrilled to be hosting the conference for the first time in the New York area this year," said Shojai. "It will allow New York area aspiring and established cat writers and cat lovers to learn more about writing and publishing, network with agents and editors, see a great cat show and lovely cats, and help celebrate the best of the best in cat-writing. I hope many will also consider joining this great organization."

The conference features as its Friday dinner speaker, Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald, a practicing veterinarian, writer, and published author who appears on Animal Planet's Emergency Vets and is also a talented stand-up comedian. The special Saturday lunch speaker, Leslie A. Lyons, PhD is associate professor at the University of California, Davis and will speak about using genetic research to improve pet health. Her recent work has included the analysis of cat breeds and the sites of cat domestication which resulted in a documentary for National Geographic.

The conference will also feature 18 seminars to help writers explore new topics, identify good sources, pitch to editors, learn new social media and interviewing skills and more. Editor/agent appointments will also be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. A Pet Book Autograph Party will take place on Saturday afternoon at the Westchester Cat Show, just in time for holiday gift buying. Finally the conference will include the Annual Awards dinner featuring the prestigious Muse Medallion Winners and more than $10,000 in prizes. Conference registration can be made online at http://www.catwriters.org/annual-info.html .

Hotel reservations can be made online at http://www.crowneplaza.com/whiteplainsny , under the International Cat Writers' Association, or by phone at 914-682-0050 or 800-227-6963. For more information please visit http://www.catwriters.org .

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