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 […]

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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/

Speaker Spotlight: Tessa Emily Hall’s Keynote Address “You’re Never Too Young to Begin Your Writing Journey”

Award-winning author and blogger Tessa Emily Hall attended Write2Ignite Conference in 2017 as a junior literary agent and connected immediately with Teen Track participants. We’re excited to bring her back to present workshops and Teen Track keynote addresses at our 2018 conference (September 21–22)!

In her opening teens-only keynote, “Teen Writers: You’re Never Too Young to Begin Your Writing Journey,” Tessa will encourage teens as she 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 [keynote address], 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.”

A YA author, associate agent, and YA acquisitions editor, Tessa writes inspirational yet authentic YA fiction to show teens they’re not alone. The debut novel she penned at 16 years old, Purple Moon (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas), was a Selah 2014 finalist. Her second YA novel, Unwritten Melody, released with Clean Reads in fall of 2016. Her passion for shedding light on clean entertainment and media for teens led her to a career as an associate agent at Hartline Literary Agency, a YA acquisitions editor for Illuminate YA (LPC imprint), and the founder and editor of PursueMagazine.net.

You can learn more about Tessa at TessaEmilyHall.com and on her blog, Christ Is WriteShe’s also on social media at Twitter.com/TessaEmilyHall and on Facebook.