My bags and Tatianna books are packed, and I am headed to White Plains, New York to attend the 16th annual Cat Writers’ Association Conference. CWA is an organization of professionals who write, publish and broadcast about cats. Members include writers, editors, publishers, artists, public relations specialists and broadcasters. A couple of the organization’s objectives include “to be a major influence for the good of cats by providing news, information and education on all aspects of cats” and “to improve the quality of writing about cats”.

The conference agenda is chock-full of expert speakers, panel discussions, networking events, agent appointments and awards banquet. Some of the workshops include Animal Assisted Therapy, The Art of Interviewing, Getting Socially Connected, Pet Food Recalls, Essaying Your Opinion and Selling Content in the 21st Century. The keynote speaker one evening is Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald from Animal Planet’s Emergency Vets Program. Another evening the felines don their sequins and rhinestones to attend the awards banquet to honor outstanding cat writers from the past year. A sparkling Swarovski crystal cat brooch will be the purr-fect good luck accent on my evening attire.

Last year I attended for the first time as a “kitten” and purred throughout the whole weekend. This year I return as a “cat” and am really looking forward to reconnecting with felines around the world. Without question, it is the right place for me to be with other authors and artists who adore cats as much as I do.

Bountiful Blessings!