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 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.

Our Statement of Faith

  1. We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative, inerrant Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21).
  2. We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:1, Matthew 28:19, John 10:30).
  3. We believe in the deity of Christ (John 10:33),
    His virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:35),
    His sinless life (Hebrews 4: 15, 7:26), His miracles (John 2:11),
    His vicarious and atoning death (1 Corinthians 15:3, Ephesians 1:7, Hebrews 2:9),
    His Resurrection (John 11:25, 1 Corinthians 15:4),
    His Ascension to the right hand of God (Mark 16:19),
    His personal return in power and glory (Acts 1:11, Revelation 19:11).
  4. We believe in the absolute necessity of regeneration by the Holy Spirit for salvation because of the exceeding sinfulness of human nature and that men are justified on the single ground of faith in the shed blood of Christ and that only by God’s grace and through faith alone are we saved (John 3:16–19, 5:24; Romans 3:23, 5:8–9; Ephesians 2:8–10; Titus 3:5).
  5. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of condemnation (John 5:28–29).
  6. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 8:9, 1 Corinthians 2:12–13, Galatians 3:26–28).
  7. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life (Romans 8:13–14; 1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19–20; Ephesians 4:30, 5:18).


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 60 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 SamanthaSBell.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.




Gail Cartee

Gail Cartee is a preK teacher. She holds a degree in Early Childhood from USC-Upstate and a MEd. from SWU. She enjoys teaching a teen Sunday School class and writing. Gail comes from a family of story-tellers which sparked  her interest in writing. She recently self published Tsali: Legendary Hero of the Eastern Band Cherokee, a historical fiction picture book for ages eight and up.  Gail is currently working on picture books about her beloved Appalachia.
Gail welcomes your visits to her weekly blog of family devotions centered around nature and life on “God’s Two Acres” with her husband, children, and grandchildren.  www.gailcartee.blogspot.com.



Brenda Covert

W2I ProfileFreelance author and editor Brenda Covert was first published for pay in 1999 with an article in the May/June issue of Today’s Christian Woman and a Thanksgiving poem in Clubhouse Jr. Since 2002, Brenda has written more than 400 short children’s stories for Union Gospel Press’s Sunday school curriculum. Her stories, most of which are written for the 9-11 age group, entertain as well as offer a lesson on living for our Savior. Brenda has also written for ages 6-8 and 12-18. Additionally, she has written poetry for the Adult Bible Study published by Union Gospel Press. She also published numerous scripts for use in schools, the two most popular being K.C.’s Dream and The Constitutional Convention.

Brenda has been editing since 2002, first for an online company that publishes supplementary educational materials (some of which she also wrote), and then for Ambassador International. Her editing experience goes from short children’s stories to picture books, chapter books—including Johanna’s Journey: Call to Freedom (a finalist for the 2015 Selah Award)—and adult fiction and nonfiction, including inspirational books and Bible studies.

Brenda has two grown children, two blogs that she promises to devote more attention to, and a majestic cat who gets his fair share of attention most days.

You can find Brenda online at http://brendacovert.blogspot.com. If you’re especially fond of Christmas, you’ll enjoy her blog at http://christmaswithbrenda.blogspot.com.


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 conference acting director and the liaison between Write2Ignite! and North Greenville University.


Mary Jane Downs

Mary Jane Downs is a speaker, teacher, and writer of poems, short stories, devotionals and children’s stories. She has been published in Awe Magazine, InspiredMoms.com, Writer’s Advance! Boot Camp blog, Schoolbox.com, The Muffin Blog and has judged the weekly writer’s contests for Faithwriters.com. Mary Jane has been published in two books called Pearls of Promise and Ancient Stones Timeless Encouragement. Mary Jane’s also writes a weekly inspirational blog, “Joy in the Morning”, which can be found at www.maryjanewrites.com. Contact Mary Jane at maryjanewrites@gmail.com.



Haley Gambrell

haley-gambrell-12715511_854695282746_2654838920280893987_nHaley Gambrell serves as an instructor in the English Department at North Greenville University. She received her master’s in English from Gardner-Webb University, where she wrote a thesis on language and religion in British science fiction. Gambrell teaches a variety of courses, including Composition and Rhetoric, British Literature, and Multicultural Literature. She serves as the director of the Writing Center at NGU. She enjoys  Young Adult literature and blogging. She is also an avid baseball fan. You can find her online at https://hcgambrell.wordpress.com/



Darcy Hendrick 

Darcy Hendrick, a native of Dover, New Jersey, spent most of her adult life in the High Desert of California, often wishing she could return to the East Coast, with its scenes of blue skies full of clouds, green meadows, woods, four seasons, and even rainfall! Her wish came true in 2007, when she moved to South Carolina.

Darcy’s creative outlets include painting, home remodeling, crafts, and an Etsy store. She discovered her writer’s voice and love of storytelling as her four sons reached adulthood. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature, currently working on short stories and middle-grade novels featuring spunky protagonists.

In her spare time, Darcy enjoys photographing and sharing beautiful scenes from her back deck and reconnecting with old schoolmates on Facebook.


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!



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 here.  At the Write2Ignite! conference, you’ll find her at the book sales table, and this year her team duties have included W2I’s social media presence also.

Advisory Board



Our Bloggers


W2I! wants to thank our faithful bloggers who have agreed to post once a month to keep our blog active and exciting.

Ava Pennington

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Daily Reflections on the Names of God - lo-resAva Pennington is thoroughly enjoying her second career as an author, teacher, and speaker.

She moved from New York to Florida in 1999, leaving a twenty-year corporate career as a Human Resources executive. But don’t call her retired! She now teaches a weekly, interdenominational Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) class of 300+ women from September through May.

Of course, Ava also writes. She has written for organizations such as Focus on the Family, Christianity Today, and Haven Ministries.  She has been published in 29 anthologies, including 22 Chicken Soup for the Soul books.

Her most recent book, Daily Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional, is published by Revell Books and endorsed by Kay Arthur, founder of Precepts International.

Ava has also co-authored two children’s picture books, Do You Love Me More? and Will I See You Today?

If you’re looking for a speaker, she delights in challenging audiences with relevant, enjoyable presentations.

Ava and her husband, Russ, have been married for 38 years.

For more information, please visit www.AvaWrites.com.


Bonnie Rose Hudson

Bonnie-Rose-Hudson-200x200Bonnie Rose Hudson works as the Executive Editor of SchoolhouseTeachers.com, the curriculum site ofThe Old Schoolhouse® Magazine (TOS). In September, 2014, she became Executive Editor. She continues to create curriculum for the site as well as oversee the addition of new teachers and writers and the scheduling of all content. She has been published extensively by both SchoolhouseTeachers.com and TOS and also serves as a regular columnist for the magazine. She has spoken online and at conferences concerning how to write for the homeschool market.

Bonnie has been writing fiction professionally since 2003. She began writing fiction for children in 2007. She has won multiple awards at conferences for her writing.

Bonnie’s mission is to help children feel the love of God and know how special they are to Him, and to help writers meet the needs of the growing homeschool market.


Carol McAdams Moore

Carol-McAdams-Moore_Author-Photo-681x1024Dare You (small)Carol McAdams Moore writes for children and youth in the Christian and general markets. Her debut tween devos – Dare U 2 Open This Book and Just Sayin’ – will be released by Zonderkidz in September 2014. Additional writing credits include work for David C. Cook; Urban Ministries, Inc.; Christian Education Warehouse; Clubhouse; Clubhouse, Jr.; LifeWay magazines; and The Christian Communicator.

Her desire is that every child will answer Jesus’ call and discover God’s purpose for his or her own life. McAdams Moore prays that they will discover. . . Jesus. more amazing than we can imagine!



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2 thoughts 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