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February 15, 2017

(Please note revisions to the AAFP list of panelists, the R. Hess Synopsis, and the Willett and Robins workshop title.)

We are proud to announce the following conference panels and speakers!

Managing your time, refining your craft, accessing the latest programs, ideas and research about cats are topics that will appeal to all cat writers, from novice to pro. The 2017 conference of the Cat Writers’ Association will be held in conjunction with BlogPaws from May 18-20, 2017 at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel in Myrtle Beach, SC. CWA’s conference offers another opportunity to join fellow cat writers who share the bond of writing and love for cats. This year’s CWA tracks include:

Thursday, May 18:

WINN Feline Foundation panel – “Supporting Cat Health Studies, and Providing a Resource for Cat Writers/Bloggers”
Synopsis: You’ll hear the latest in cat health news including diabetes and new parasite control. You’ll learn how Winn can be a resource for stories you may be working on, or even impetus for developing blog and story ideas.
Panelists: Dr. Vicki Thayer, Shila Nordone, PhD, and moderated by Steve Dale.

American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) panel – “Cat Friendly Practices Begin at Home: How Your Help is Needed to Save Cat Lives”
Synopsis: American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) has new data that demonstrates that Cat Friendly Practices (CFP) are worth the effort, and cats benefit once they’re in the clinic. Dr. Lambrecht will reveal the latest. Steve Dale describes how CFP really begin in the home, so getting them there isn’t half the battle – it’s not a battle at all. Most importantly, your help is needed as cat writer’s and bloggers can play an integral role as cat loving ambassadors to relay factual information about CFP and cat behavior to the general public. Doing so will save cat lives, and that is no exaggeration.
Panelists: Dr. Ken Lambrecht and his cat, Ms. Bug. Moderated by Steve Dale.

Robbi Hess – “Overworked & Overwhelmed? The Four-Step Process for Reinventing Your Writing”
Synopsis: Whether you're writing full time, blogging, in the midst of a multi-book project or just starting out, this session will help you lose the feeling of being overworked and overwhelmed. You'll learn a four-step process to beat procrastination, use time blocking to help you get more done, claim your writing time and bump up your creativity and some in-the-trenches writing tips, hacks and advice. There will be giveaways, handouts and time for questions!
Speaker: Robbi is a CWA member, seasoned public speaker, full-time writer, and manager and story editor for Crimeless Cat of Positively Woof.

Friday, May 19:

Fear Free panel – “Enrichment in the Built Environment”
Synopsis: The panel will discuss all aspects of cat enrichment indoors, especially in owner's homes. Get creative! Great new content for articles and blog posts.
Panelists: Heather Lewis (cat-friendly architecture expert), Elizabeth Bales (creator of “nobowl” cat feeding system), and Kristen Levine (pet lifestyle expert).

Susan Willett and Sandy Robins – “How to create and develop engaging content that attracts readers, followers, sponsors -- and even a book deal!”
Synopsis: The title says it all as these two talented writers team up to help you make the most from your written word.
Speakers: Susan is a CWA member, corporate communications professional and creative force behind http://lifewithdogsandcats.com. Sandy is a CWA member, award-winning author, columnist and pet lifestyle expert.

See you in Myrtle Beach for another stellar conference!

Marci and Sharon
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