Speaker Spotlight: Daniel Blackaby’s Workshop on Overcoming Obstacles

Have you reached a roadblock in your writing? Do you feel discouraged and overwhelmed by the challenges in your path? 

Every mighty hero must overcome powerful enemies and overwhelming obstacles to achieve his or her goal. The writer’s journey is no different. From the elusive search for inspiration to overcoming the dreaded writer’s block and navigating the maze of publication options, a writer is faced with opposition at every turn. At Write2Ignite 2018, Daniel Blackaby’s breakout session “Heroic Writing: Overcoming the Obstacles to Find Victory in Your Writing” will equip you with fun and practical advice to reach the end of the journey confident and victorious.

Daniel published his first novel as a 23-year-old college student. Since then, he’s 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: Jenny L. Cote’s Workshop on Plot

Want to improve your stories’ plot lines? Attend this year’s Write2Ignite conference for guidance from a published author!

Jenny L. Cote’s workshop, “‘Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Another Plot Line!’” will cover Jenny’s research for her novel on Patrick Henry—The Voice, the Revolution, and the Key. Go behind the scenes of Patrick Henry’s famous speech that rallied a nation to independence, and discover how it actually all started in Rome. Jenny will share how she’s weaving together one fun plot line for this famous speech across two novels and weaving a second plot line across seven novels.

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: Jean Matthew Hall’s Workshop “Writing from Childhood Memories”

Jean Matthew Hall, an elementary school educator and administrator and former director of Write2Ignite Conference, is represented by Cyle Young of Hartline Literary Agency.

She recently signed with Little Lamb Books to publish a series of four picture books about God’s creation during the four seasons of the year.

Jean’s focus as a writer is “listen[ing] to the hearts of teachers, children, and parents of almost every age” and writing stories that “communicate values and truths about God, His world, and His Word.”

In her workshop “Writing from Childhood Memories,” Jean will explore writing children’s (and young adults’) stories based on childhood memories. She will discuss pluses and minuses and the problems with using memories that are one or two generations removed from children today. This session includes hands-on projects to probe writers’ memories and translate those memories into contemporary stories.  

To learn more about Jean, visit her website and blog at JeanMatthewHall.com.

Speaker Spotlight: Kim Peterson’s Workshop “Devotions That Enlighten and Engage”

Kim Peterson believes that children need to grow in Jesus and that you can help them do so! In her workshop “Devotions That Enlighten and Engage,” Kim will help you discover the tools to create devotionals that impact hearts and keep kids engaged.

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 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 on Facebook and through her blog, Nature Walk with God.

Speaker Spotlight: Tessa Emily Hall’s “Create and Maintain a Blog to Build a Readership”

Headshot of Tessa Emily HallTessa Emily Hall says that aspiring authors should have an online platform before they begin pitching to agents and editors. But how is it possible to build a readership before releasing a book?

In her workshop “Create and Maintain a Blog to Build Readership,” Tessa will help writers of fiction and nonfiction understand the basics of blogging and its multiple benefits. She’ll also share mistakes and lessons she’s learned through 7+ years of writing her award-winning blog, Christ Is Write. By the end of this workshop, you should be ready to create a blog that will establish your brand and target your core readership—both of which will play key roles in building your online platform.

Tessa, an author and literary agent, made her literary debut as a teen novelist and has since built her profile to include numerous articles, school and conference presentations, a blog, and associate agent status with Hartline Literary Agency. At Write2Ignite 2017, she connected with many of our junior writers, and the Team is delighted to bring her back as a keynote speaker and workshop presenter.

You can connect with Tessa on her blogmailing list, social media (@tessaemilyhall), and website: TessaEmilyHall.com.

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.