One Brave Step Leads to Another: Sally Matheny’s Writing Journey

Author and speaker Sally Matheny shares her progress since attending her first W2I conference

As promised, here’s the full story of Sally Matheny’s writing progress, featured in our “Success Stories” announcement on April 9. I attended my first Write2Ignite conference in March 2012. I remember that my enthusiasm for the adventure barely overrode my terror. At the time, I didn’t have writer friends who wrote for children. Feeling quite […]

Writing Contest and Anthology Publication

EA Books and Write2Ignite Conference co-sponsor a writing contest

WRITING CONTEST! According to author and founder Cheri Cowell, EA Books Publishing will offer a writing contest and publication opportunity open only to those who register for and attend the September 21–22, 2018, Write2Ignite Conference. Participants who attend the conference both Friday and Saturday may submit one entry on the theme of “Faith and Freedom”—fiction, nonfiction, […]

“Christian Overtakes Faithful”: The Allure of Vanity Fair in Children’s Writing (in the Era of the Selfie)

Part V in W2I Conference 2018 theme exploration of Pilgrim’s Progress by Deborah DeCiantis

      Shortly before they enter Vanity Fair, Evangelist meets the pilgrims to give them a prophetic message about the dangers they will face there. Bunyan’s narrator follows this warning with the reminder that Christian and Faithful cannot avoid this test of faith, for “their way to the [Celestial] city lay through this town”; leaving “the […]

Success Stories: Sally Matheny’s Writing Journey from the W2I Conference

A freelance writer and blogger, Sally Matheny has published in numerous online and print publications, including AppleSeeds, Clubhouse Jr., Homeschooling Today, Practical Homeschooling, and The Old Schoolhouse. Sally attributes much of her writing success to her first experience attending a Write2Ignite conference.

She says, “I connected with an editor from Clubhouse Jr. In a fifteen-minute session, I showed her the first picture book manuscript I had written. She offered kind and helpful advice. That particular manuscript still sits in my filing cabinet. However, I later wrote two articles published by Clubhouse Jr. It took roughly a year of edits for each of them before reaching publication. It was a long learning process which grew me as a writer.”

To read Sally’s full account of the series of events after her introduction to W2I, look for her article on our blog, scheduled for April 19, 2018!

You can read more about Sally at her blog, www.sallymatheny.blogspot.com.

Speaker Spotlight: Kim Peterson’s Workshop “Is My Manuscript Ready for an Agent?”

Kim PetersonOne of the biggest mistakes beginning writers make is sending a manuscript before the story is ready. In Kim Peterson’s presentation “Is My Manuscript Ready for an Agent?” you can learn criteria from an agent’s first reader to determine whether your manuscript needs work or is ready to submit.

With her many years of experience as an author, long-time writing instructor and writer-in-residence at Bethel College (IN), freelance writer, frequent conference presenter, 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. She has also been with the Write2Ignite Conference from its beginning and has presented at every year’s conference! You can learn more about Kim at https://www.facebook.com/dovecote and at her blog, Nature Walk with God.

Write2Ignite Conference Celebrates Success Stories!

Conference connections that helped launch authors' careers!

Maria Bostian: author of What Should Daisy Do? and Firefighters’ Busy Day As Write2Ignite Conference 2018 approaches, we want to highlight what we’re calling “Success Stories”: stories of past participants whose attendance at W2I led to specific contacts, published work, and even jobs! We often emphasize the benefits of attending a writing conference—benefits that include […]

Alert: Website under construction! Changes are in the wind!

 Photo by Darcy L. Hendrick

Like this winter’s weather (not to mention unusual early spring weather patterns), the Write2Ignite website will be changing in appearance and content in the coming weeks, for several reasons.

  • First, we lost some key pages and will be restoring them, with improvements. Registration is one of them!
  • Second, we’ll be reorganizing and reformatting some content, adding menu tabs, and moving others.
  • Third, we will continue to add Speaker Spotlights with brief descriptions of workshops on our September 21-22 Conference schedule, complete our faculty bios, and add editors and literary agents as their responses come in.
  • Our overworked Webmaster, Samantha Schweizer Bell, will be getting help from Team members new to WordPress. Please bear with us as we make these changes!