About Write2Ignite!

Our Purpose

The Write2Ignite! Conference for Christian Writers of Literature for Children and Young Adults is designed specifically for those who write for Children and Young Adult markets from a Christian perspective. Each year, the Write2Ignite! Conference is held on the campus of North Greenville University.

Whether your desire is to be published in the general market or Christian market, by major publishing houses, small publishers, or an array of other publishing options, Write2Ignite! can help you. Our purpose is to educate, encourage and inspire Christian writers while helping them network with publishing professionals.

Our Goal

Our goal is to provide Christians who write for children (and adults!) with training, inspiration and encouragement; and to assist them in networking with each other, and with those who can help them get their works into the hands of  children, parents and caregivers.

Our Vision

We want Write2Ignite! participants to leave our conferences with three things:

  • The knowledge that they heard from God about something specific in their writing and/or personal lives
  • New or improved skills to use in writing and/or publishing
  • New or strengthened connections with other writers, illustrators, teachers, librarians, agents, editors, reviewers, and/or book sellers

We are continuously amazed at the ways God works to accomplish these things for and through Write2Ignite!  We are also amazed at the generous, dedicated volunteers who work selflessly to put God’s plans into place.


Write2Ignite!Leadership Team:


Samantha Bell



Samantha Bell is a homeschooling mom by day and an author and illustrator by night.  She’s written and/or illustrated more than thirty books for children. Her articles, stories, and poems are published in magazines both online and in print, including Boys’ Quest, Hopscotch for Girls, Kid’s Ark, and Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse Jr.  You can find Samantha online at SamanthaBellBooks.com.




Cathy Biggerstaff


Cathy is passionate about children and the God who creates them. He has called her to write for children, both literature and church curriculum. Cathy’s devotions, poems, and articles have been published in print and online. She also shares the Good News of Jesus through “Jewel, the Clown” in her Christian clown ministry, Silly over the Savior. Cathy lives in Western North Carolina with her husband, the love of her life for 45 years. She has three grown children, four grandchildren and one great grand. Cathy’s tweets as @cathybigger and her e-mail is hiskid410@gmail.com . You can learn more about Cathy at her blog, Joyful Journey.



Debbie DeCiantis

Deb HS 12Debbie DeCiantis is Associate Professor of English at North Greenville University, where she has taught English composition and literature courses since 2006. She also enjoys advising the University’s student journal of literature and art, The Mountain Laurel, which has been recognized as a finalist in the Associated Collegiate Press annual Pacemaker Awards. In previous positions, Debbie taught English, French and served as a librarian and yearbook adviser at Christian schools in both South Carolina and Pennsylvania. Debbie enjoys literature on all levels. Debbie’s passion for children’s literature exemplifies the highest standards of language and storytelling appropriate for the subject matter and the age level of the intended audience. Debbie serves as the liaison between Write2Ignite! and North Greenville University.



Janice Green

Janice GreenJanice D. Green retired as an elementary school librarian to write for children. She founded Honeycomb Adventures Press, LLC, and published her first two Bible storybooks, The Creation and The First Christmas. Her books reflect her passion for bringing Bible literacy to young families. Janice enjoys blogging and networking. In addition to her own blogs, she manages the Christian Children’s Authors blog which she started in January 2012, and oversees the Write2Ignite blog. Janice is also enjoying a new hobby with bantam chickens and quail and exploring ways to cook those little eggs. You can connect with Janice at her website  and on Face Book at Janice Ducker Green.



Helen Jimmie

Helen Jimmie


Helen Jimmie is from Ontario, Canada and has enjoyed living in North Carolina for the past four and a half years, while husband, Karl has been enrolled and graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary.  Continuing to homeschool two daughters has been very enriching for all! The Write2Ignite! conference has been a highlight, giving opportunity for Helen Jimmie to work with the Team as a graphic designer for the Resource Manual, while Essie-Marie (15) has been encouraged in writing and Ella (13) with illustrations!




Stephanie Nelson 

Steph Nelson


Stephanie teaches at Cross Creek Christian School, a university-style private school in East Tennessee. Her classes include literature, composition, and communication to seventh through twelfth grade students, and currently direct the drama club. She also writes event and marketing materials, and web and yearbook content for Cross Creek. Stephanie’s focus is the Teen Track at Write2Ignite. She is married to Randy, her college sweetheart, and has five wonderful kids, four of whom are teenagers!




Jan Prahl


As a wife, mother and nana, Jan sees the importance of worthwhile literature for children and the need for sharing our faith through positive stories and stories that actively encourage spiritual growth. Passing our faith to future generations and investing in those who will influence children through written words is why she is involved in Write2Ignite.

From her teen years till now, Jan has served in a local church, holding just about every children’s ministry position possible from working in the Nursery to Children’s Director and everything in-between. To date, her writing has been to encourage others and for personal enjoyment. When she blogs, her thoughts can be found at writingunderthemapleleaves.blogspot.com. At the Write2Ignite! conference, you’ll find her at the book sales table, and this year my team duties have included W2I’s social media presence also.

One thought on “About Write2Ignite!

  1. I have written a series of stories, but only one self published. I love writing but need more knowledge to get published and make a difference. I love writing children’s books and need help on understanding how to get noticed and sell books. I need wisdom and the proper know how to get to where I want to be. I am interested in getting involved more.

    Charlotte Sustar

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