I fear this blog is digressing into writing conference memoranda and book reviews.
I guess it could be worse.
On that note, my summer plans include a visit to South Bend for a Catholic Writer’s Conference:
So it turns out that I’m not just lacking in talent for finding Catholic publishers…there are very few of them out there. And few reviewers. And few “Catholic” writers who claim the title and write with a “Catholic” worldview.
Why the “quotes”? I’ve been doing the suggested reading to prep for the conference (see below), and this is one of the big questions: what does a “Catholic” writer look like and write about in 2017? It’s easy to look back (Flannery O’Connor, Evelyn Waugh, Tolkein, and friends are mentioned constantly) but that’s not particularly helpful when faced with the challenge of how to address our current challenges and a church, as writers, and as readers. So what’s a budding children’s author to do?
Thus the conference…maybe I’ll have some answers afterwards. But if you need some reading (including lists of the American Catholics authors you may or may not have missed in your public high school American lit class), check out the links below, courtesy of Kenneth Garcia, who is hosting the conference.
And seats were still available last I heard…come join me!
Dana Gioia, “The Catholic Writer Today,” Dec. 2013, First Things (https://www.firstthings.com/article/2013/12/the-catholic-writer-today)
Paul Elie, “Has Fiction Lost its Faith?” New York Times, Dec. 19, 2012 (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/23/books/review/has-fiction-lost-its-faith.html)
Kaya Oakes, “Writers Blocked: The State of Catholic Writing Today,” America, April 28, 2014 (http://www.americamagazine.org/issue/writers-blocked)
Randy Boyagoda, “Faith in Fiction,” First Things, August 2013 (https://www.firstthings.com/article/2013/08/faith-in-fiction)
Francis Spufford, “Spiritual Literature for Atheists,” First Things, November 2015 (https://www.firstthings.com/article/2015/11/spiritual-literature-for-atheists)