Speaker Spotlight: Jean Matthew Hall’s Workshop “Definitions of Children’s Book Genres and Categories”

  Foundational to writing successfully for children is a clear knowledge of children’s literature, including the distinctions among book genres and the different categories of books for children. How is a “picture book” different from an “early reader,” when both include common audience ages and plenty of illustrations? What tips can a writer who has spent her whole professional life introducing children to books bring to an understanding of these definitions?

Jean Matthew Hall, well known to longtime followers of Write2Ignite Conference as the first director of this group, returns to W2I in 2018 as a presenter. Her first workshop (see the “Bonus” early session in the conference schedule) will help writers establish a fuller understanding of how book genres and categories work and why it’s important to get them right for writers creating their stories, describing them, and pitching them to agents or publishers.

Professionally, Jean has taught “almost every grade level kindergarten through high school” and served as a Christian school principal and administrator as well as director of early childhood development. These experiences, which helped her develop connections with “the hearts of teachers, children, and parents,” inform her goal of creating books to” communicate “values and truths about God” and “encourage and edify both children and the caring adults in their lives.”

Jean’s workshop will combine the nuts and bolts facts of definitions with her lifelong experience and development as a writer in this genre she loves so much—plus Q & A time for the audience!

To learn more about Jean, visit her website and blog, https://jeanmatthewhall.com/.

Speaker Spotlight: Vicki Moss Shows Writers How to “Connect the Dots”

Vicki Moss, Contributing Editor for Southern Writers Magazine, has over 18 books in the Moments series (Grace Publishing), and has over 500 articles published nationally and internationally. She is also author of How to Write for Kids’ Magazines and Writing with Voice. Sharing from her own experience, Vicki will challenge writers struggling with writing projects that just aren’t going according to plan.

So you think you want to be a novelist, but God has other plans. He’s opened more doors for you to write nonfiction than fiction, or vice versa. What to do? Connect the dots. What God has in store might be so much better than your own plans. And fiction might be forthcoming to follow behind your nonfiction (or again, vice versa)—the two intertwining to make a beautiful tapestry that allows you to reach more readers. But how to connect the dots?

Join Vicki in this writing workshop to find out how she connected the dots in her personal writing journey. Learn how to connect your own dots to view a bigger picture—perhaps part of God’s road map for your writing destiny.

“A man’s heart plans his way. But the Lord directs his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)

To learn more about Vicki, visit her website at http://livingwaterfiction.com/

Speaker Spotlight: Carol Federlin Baldwin, Teen Track “Fiction Writing”

Carol Baldwin, author of Teaching the Story: Fiction Writing in Grades 4–8, will lead Teen Track participants at Write2Ignite 2018 through exercises including movement activities and writing practice after helping them gather some basic tools to put into their writing toolbox:

  • Muscle Words
  • Show, Don’t Tell
  • The Red Pencil Is Your Best Friend
  • Using Mentor Texts
  • Details Make the Difference (genre fiction)

Carol will show how these writing tools can be used to craft original characters and sensory settings and how a character’s conflicts drive the plot of a story.

You can see what Carol blogs about at https://bit.ly/2H4MNnc.

Speaker Spotlight: Daniel Blackaby presents “The Journey Begins: Step-by-Step Preparation for Beginning the Writer’s Journey”

Daniel Blackaby

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 getting started as a writer.

“You’ve heard that “all is well that ends well,” but if you depart on the adventure without the proper provisions you’re doomed to fail! How you start the writer’s journey will largely determine how you finish it. This session will provide all the tools needed to begin your exciting journey and to ensure that you’re equipped to reach your final destination alive and stronger than ever.”

Daniel published his first novel as a 23-year old college student. Since then, he has published multiple books in both fiction and non-fiction genres. His writing has received several awards and nominations, been featured in major trades such as Publishers Weekly, and 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 ArtsDaniel has a passion for connecting with aspiring writers and artists and helping them to leverage their creative talents for the glory of God.    

To learn more about Daniel Blackaby, visit his website, http://www.danielblackaby.com/

Teen Keynote Preview: Tessa Emily Hall’s “You’re Never Too Young to Begin Your Writing Journey”

Award-winning author and blogger Tessa Emily Hall attended Write2Ignite Conference 2017 as a junior literary agent and connected immediately with Teen Track participants. We’re excited to bring her back to present Teen Track keynotes and workshops at our 2018 conference (September 21–22)! Tessa’s opening Teens-Only keynote, “Teen Writers: You’re Never Too Young to Begin Your Writing Journey,” will encourage teen writers as Tessa shares her experience and insights.

Tessa says, “When I began my writing journey at 15-years-old, I soon discovered that adults had differing opinions about teen writers. While most were supportive, others advised that I stay away from pursuing the writing journey until later in life. In this workshop, I’ll give a brief overview of my writing journey—including how I received a publishing contract at 16-years-old—and discuss the pros and cons of pursuing writing at an early age.”

For more details about Tessa’s career, see her website https://TessaEmilyHall.com/.

“Liberty”: Opening Keynote for the 2018 Write2Ignite Conference!

Scheduling is almost complete for Write2Ignite 2018! Here’s the first of many preview posts describing keynotes and workshop selections you can enjoy. We begin with keynote speaker Jenny L. Cote’s opening keynote, “Liberty.”

How exactly does one become an author, anyway? Are you born with a pen in your hand, or does it take a little more than that? Drawing inspiration from Pilgrim’s Progress and Oswald Chambers, Jenny discusses how writers can discover liberty that will touch others through words. Before God’s message can liberate other people, His liberation must first be real in us. Through the steps of gathering material carefully and then allowing God to “‘set [our] words on fire’ for His glory,” Jenny will use the theme of liberty to set the stage for exploring the life of writing and deadlines, all for God’s glory.

Learn why so many authors fail, and learn the three keys necessary to liberate your writing journey for success. Jenny shares her journey to become a published author, how she developed her marketing platform, and how she created the EPIC brand.