Speaker Spotlight: Daniel Blackaby’s Workshop “Joining the Fellowship: A Fun Brainstorming Session about Your Book”

Author and speaker Daniel Blackaby inspired both teen and adult writers at Write2Ignite 2017. He returns with three new workshops for W2I 2018. Featured today is his session on brainstorming ideas with fellow writers.

Daniel’s workshop “Joining the Fellowship: A Fun Brainstorming Session about Your Book” is a fun, interactive, and communal experience. Even the mightiest of heroes need faithful sidekicks and friends. Technical writing tips and tools can be learned from a book, but many valuable lessons can be gained only by walking the journey alongside fellow adventurers. Join the fellowship with other attendees. Learn and inspire each other by spending the workshop brainstorming your story ideas. The writer’s journey is too dangerous to walk alone. Thankfully, you don’t have to!

Daniel published his first novel as a 23-year-old college student. Since then, he has published multiple books in both fiction and nonfiction genres. His writing has received several awards and nominations; has been featured in major trades, such as Publishers Weekly; and has been featured at several major retail conventions (ALA, ICRS). When not working on new writing projects, Daniel is completing a PhD in the field of Christianity and the ArtsHe has a passion for connecting with aspiring writers and artists and helping them leverage their creative talents for the glory of God. 

To learn more about Daniel Blackaby, visit his website, DanielBlackaby.com.

Speaker Spotlight: Vicki Moss’s “The Journey Towards Finding Your Writing Voice”

“God’s calling you to write. You’ve heard the gentle whisper and you’ve been told by friends and family you’re a natural born storyteller. You’ve written a rough draft of several stories and articles, but the writing sounds off. The characters sound ‘cardboardish’ and what your manuscript needs is ‘voice.’ But what is it? You begin to have doubts—are you really supposed to be writing for God? Why hasn’t God sent the email with an attached game plan and what is the next step? Do you walk on water or stay in the boat?”

Are you trying to develop your writing voice? The paragraph above is just a taste of what you’ll find in Vicki Moss’s workshop “The Journey Towards Finding Your Writing Voice.” Sharing from her own experience, Vicki will challenge writers struggling with writing projects that just aren’t going according to plan. 

Vicki, contributing editor for Southern Writers Magazine, has over 18 books in the Moments series (Grace Publishing) and over 500 articles published nationally and internationally. She is also author of How to Write for Kids’ Magazines and Writing with Voice.

Join Vicki in her writing workshop to find your writing voice and take the next steps in your writing journey.

To learn more about Vicki, visit her website at LivingWaterFiction.com.

Speaker Spotlight: Jenny L. Cote’s “Road”

In her keynote address “Road,” Jenny L. Cote will discuss her process to develop a book from beginning to end, from writing to publishing. She’ll use the acronym ROAD as well as the metaphor of following a road to reach a destination. Her acronym ROAD stands for Route (mapping out a story, developing an outline from point A to Point B); Obstacles (writer’s block, research, distractions and dead ends); Attractions (fun things to see along the road for the writer as well as the reader); and Destination (editing, illustrations, typesetting, advance readers, publishing, and distribution for a new book). 

An award-winning author and speaker, Jenny developed an early passion for God, history, and young people and beautifully blends these three passions in her two fantasy fiction series, The Amazing Tales of Max and Liz® and Epic Order of the Seven®. Likened to C. S. Lewis by readers and book reviewers alike, she speaks on creative writing at schools, universities, and conferences around the world.

Jenny has a passion for making history fun for kids of all ages, instilling in them a desire to discover their part in HIStory. Her love for research has taken her to most Revolutionary sites in the U.S.; to London (with unprecedented access to Handel House Museum to write in Handel’s composing room); to Oxford (to stay in the home of C. S. Lewis, “the Kilns,” and interview Lewis’s secretary, Walter Hooper, at the Inklings’ famed Eagle and Child Pub); to Paris; to Normandy; to Rome; to Israel; and to Egypt. She partnered with the National Park Service to produce Epic Patriot Camp, a summer writing camp at Revolutionary parks to excite kids about history, research, and writing.

Jenny’s books are available online and in stores around the world, as well as in multiple e-book formats. Jenny holds two marketing degrees from the University of Georgia and Georgia State University. A Virginia native, Jenny now lives in Roswell, Georgia.

To learn more about Jenny, visit her on Facebook and at EpicOrderoftheSeven.com.

Speaker Spotlight: Kim Peterson’s “The Language of Children’s Picture Books”

Picture books foster language development and stimulate the imagination. In Kim Peterson’s workshop “The Language of Children’s Picture Books,” attendees will learn how to launch a child’s love of books and awaken the joy of discovery by using words, sentence structure, and figures of speech to write picture books children will treasure.

With her many years of experience as an author, longtime writing instructor and former writer-in-residence at Bethel College (IN), freelance writer, and writing coach as a graduate of the Jerry Jenkins Christian Writers Guild, Kim Peterson has helped hundreds of writers learn the craft and mentored scores to success as published authors. A frequent conference speaker, Kim has been with Write2Ignite Conference from its beginning and has presented at every year’s conference! She now resides in Tennessee.

You can learn more about Kim at https://www.facebook.com/dovecote and through her blog, Nature Walk with God.

Speaker Spotlight: Samantha Bell’s Workshop, “Polishing Your Picture Book”

Is your picture book the best it can be? In Samantha Bell’s workshop, “Polishing Your Picture Book,” fearless attendees may submit a picture book manuscript for possible review during the workshop. We’ll look at length, plot, dialogue, word choice, pacing, and more!

Samantha is a homeschooling mom by day and an author and illustrator by night. She’s written or illustrated more than 100 books for children, including picture books and nonfiction for school and library markets. Her articles, stories, and poems appear in magazines both online and in print, including Boys’ Quest, Hopscotch for Girls, and Kids’ Ark, and she is a regular contributor for Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse Jr. 

You can learn more about Samantha at SamanthaSBell.com.

Speaker Spotlight: Brenda Covert’s Workshop, “Writing Poetry with Meter and Rhyme”

Trying to improve your poetry? Brenda Covert’s workshop, “Writing Poetry with Meter and Rhyme,” may be just what you need! Using a metered poem by John Bunyan as a model, Brenda will take participants through the basics of meter and rhyme patterns to develop their own poem based on this classic form.

Freelance 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 and offer lessons on living for our Savior. She also published numerous scripts for use in schools, the two most popular being K.C.’s Dream and The Constitutional Convention. Additionally, she has written poetry for the Adult Bible Study published by Union Gospel Press.

Brenda has been editing since 2002, first in the educational field, then in the Christian/family-friendly market. Her editing experience goes from picture books to chapter books—including Johanna’s Journey: Call to Freedom by Cindy Murray Hamblen (a finalist for the 2015 Selah Award)—to YA novels, as well as adult fiction—including The Reliant by Dr. Patrick Johnston (a finalist for the 2017 Grace Awards) and nonfiction, including inspirational books and Bible studies. 

Brenda has two grown children, a new grandchild, two blogs that she promises to devote more attention to, and more cats than an allergic woman should have! (Want one?)

You can find Brenda online at BrendaCovert.blogspot.com. If you’re especially fond of Christmas, you’ll enjoy her blog at ChristmaswithBrenda.blogspot.com. Follow her on Twitter, where she is @radiantsunset7.

Speaker Spotlight: Carol Baldwin’s “Strangers in a Strange Land”

 What is our calling as Christian writers? Our responsibility? Our privilege? What do we all have in common? How do we honor Christ as writers in the secular publishing world?

There are no easy answers. But together—in Carol Baldwin’s workshop “Strangers in a Strange Land”—we will examine how we are strangers, what this strange land is, what choices are open to us, and ways in which we can integrate our faith into our writing. A worksheet will be provided to stimulate thought and discussion.

Since Carol was a child, she has loved reading and has maintained a journal off and on for more than thirty years. Her book Teaching the Story: Fiction Writing in Grades 4–8 (Maupin House, 2007) reflects these twin passions of reading and writing. As she suggests, “If you want to write, read!” Carol co-publishes the Talking Story newsletter with Joyce Hostetter, and she is a judge for the fiction contests sponsored by the Center for Writing Excellence.

You can learn more about Carol at https://www.facebook.com/authorCarolBaldwin and through her blog at https://carolbaldwinblog.blogspot.com.