2018 Write2Ignite Conference is moving to the fall!
That’s right – those of you who notice changes like the one in the banner on this page, Write2Ignite is changing from a spring to a fall conference in 2018! Several factors led to this decision. Connecting with teens at the beginning rather than the end of their school year is one. Calendar and facilities availability is another. Ultimately, the Team has approached this decision with prayer, and our consensus is to take this step.
Not coincidentally, the theme of Write2Ignite 2018 is “One Step at a Time: Pilgrim’s Progress: Steps in A Writer’s Journey.” And yes, we are explicitly connecting this theme with John Bunyan’s classic allegory as well as with numerous texts from the Bible, which promises that “the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord” (Ps. 37:23) and cautions that “a man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps” (Prov. 16:9).
How do the steps of our journey as writers coincide with the steps of our Christian faith journey? Join us September 21-22, 2018, as we explore this theme in keynote messages; creative edge workshop sessions; panel discussions; and networking opportunities with literary agents, editors, and writing peers – both novice and experienced.
To prepare yourself for this journey, we recommend that you reread Pilgrim’s Progress (or read it for the first time, if you’ve never experienced it!). It’s Bunyan’s masterwork, one of many books he wrote. You can find a free online text at this link: https://document.desiringgod.org/the-pilgrim-s-progress-en.pdf?1446648353 . If you have teens (in middle school through high school) who will be enrolling in the Teen Track, this might be a great family read-aloud or homeschooling unit study, and there’s plenty of lead time to make your plan and carry it out!
Great writers need the input of other writers, so building time into our schedules to read great literature of our own time as well as texts that have shaped our world is essential. .
We’re excited to share this writers’ journey with you. Take the next steps! Mark your calendars now, and start the reading journey with Christian as he seeks release from his burden and embarks on the perilous trek to the Celestial City.
Watch for future blog posts that will further develop this theme. We’ll also discuss adaptations and film versions of The Pilgrim’s Progress, which has been translated into over 200 languages, for children and contemporary readers.