The St. Johns Chapter of the Catholic Writers Guild is an organization of writers, artists, editors, illustrators, and allies dedicated to building a vibrant Catholic literary culture, by providing information and training to assist members in creating artistic works.

We encourage our members’ creativity and foster an environment of sharing, reflecting upon our Catholic values in art, and networking with others within the faith and literary communities.

We strive to work with honesty, integrity, and justice to present the truth without distortion. As Catholics, we uphold the orthodox teachings of our faith — the values, goals, leadership and other established guidelines of the Catholic Writers Guild. To read more about the Catholic Writers Guild, click here for brochure.

Membership and Leadership

The 2015 Board of Directors is made up of the following four persons:

  • Tony Kolenc, Chairperson
  • Paula Babadi, Vice Chairperson
  • Daniel J. Costello, Sr., Treasurer
  • Judith Emami, Secretary

All from the community are welcome to attend our monthly meetings and events at no cost.  We charge no local dues.  Those wishing to become “official” members of our Chapter may join the national Catholic Writers Guild organization.  For more information, visit the national CWG website:

Meeting Location and Times

The Chapter meets monthly on Saturday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to Noon at the Father Felix Varela Center, located at 5110 Lourcey Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257 (formerly the Cuban-American Club).  At each meeting, speakers present talks and workshops on various topics related to the craft of writing and/or art, along with group discussions and opportunities for members to have their individual writings critiqued.  We have free refreshments and book giveaways at every meeting.

Our 2016 schedule of meetings is as follows:

January 9
February 13
March 19
April 9
May 14
June 11
July 9
August 13
September 10
October 8
November 12
December 10

For a full schedule of events, including the topics and talks to be presented each month, please click here.  To access the chapter’s monthly newsletters, please click here.  If you have any questions, please email