Writing Contests, Deadlines, and Write2Ignite Conference Registration!
Summer break (and summer weather) is here or near, providing a perfect opportunity for you to fine tune your writing plans, check schedules, and finalize writing contest and conference details! Here are events with summer deadlines you won’t want to miss!
- Write2Ignite Conference registration! Early registration saves $30 on adult full tuition and $15 on student (middle school through college) tuition. That’s money you can use for books, travel expenses, and more! Deadline for early registration: September 1, 2018.
- The “Faith and Freedom” writing contest cosponsored by Write2Ignite and EA Books Publishing! (Open only to those attending W2I 2018.) Benefits: there’s no extra fee to enter (conference registration and attendance qualify you), a wide range of genres is accepted, both youth and adults may apply, and winners will be published in an EA Books anthology. See full details here. Deadline for submissions: August 20, 2018.
- In her Encouraging Words newsletter, presenter Jean Matthew Hall reports that agent Cyle Young is having an open submission period, accepting “children’s, MG, YA, and adult audience books for the general and Christian markets, both nonfiction and fiction. . . . Tell them that Jean Hall sent you!” Send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for submissions: June 30, 2018.
2018 Write2Ignite Conference is moving to the fall!
That’s right—those of you who notice changes like the one in the banner on this page—Write2Ignite is changing from a spring to a fall conference in 2018! Several factors led to this decision. Connecting with teens at the beginning rather than the end of their school year is one. Calendar and facilities availability is another. Ultimately, the Team has approached this decision with prayer, and our consensus is to take this step.
Not coincidentally, the theme of Write2Ignite 2018 is “One Step at a Time: Pilgrim’s Progress; Steps in a Writer’s Journey.” And yes, we’re explicitly connecting this theme with John Bunyan’s classic allegory as well as with numerous texts from the Bible, which promises that “the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord” (Ps. 37:23) and cautions that “a man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps” (Prov. 16:9).
How do the steps of our journey as writers coincide with the steps of our Christian faith journey? Join us September 21–22, 2018, as we explore this theme in keynote messages; creative edge workshop sessions; panel discussions; and networking opportunities with literary agents, editors, and writing peers – both novice and experienced.
To prepare yourself for this journey, we recommend that you reread Pilgrim’s Progress (or read it for the first time, if you’ve never experienced it!). It’s Bunyan’s masterwork, one of many books he wrote. You can find a free online text here.
If you have teens (in middle school through high school) who will be enrolling in the Teen Track, this might be a great family read-aloud or homeschooling unit study, and there’s plenty of lead time to make your plan and carry it out!
Great writers need the input of other writers, so building time into our schedules to read today’s great literature as well as texts that have shaped our world is essential.
We’re excited to share this writers’ journey with you. Take the next steps! Mark your calendars now, and start the reading journey with Christian as he seeks release from his burden and embarks on the perilous trek to the Celestial City.
Watch for future blog posts that will further develop this theme. We’ll also discuss adaptations and film versions of The Pilgrim’s Progress, which has been translated into over 200 languages, for children and contemporary readers.
One-Day Writer’s Conference hosted by Lexington Word Weavers!
Lexington Word Weavers (LWW) is a local (Lexington, South Carolina) chapter of Word Weavers International, a Christian writers’ development and critique organization that offers the annual Florida Christian Writers Conference and helps members in various locales to set up their own local critique groups using the WW model and structure.
The LWW chapter, led by Jean Wilund, periodically offers one-day conferences or seminars on specific topics such as blogging and social media, fiction and nonfiction writing, editors’ tips, writing and submitting devotionals, and developing as a writer. Having attended a program offered in January of 2017, I can attest to the warm welcome this group provides as well as the attention to detail and professional quality of its programming.
The next planned conference will feature author Mike Dellosso as speaker, September 16, 2017, at:
Riverbend Community Church
1015 Corley Mill Rd
Lexington, SC 29072
Dellosso is known for his eight novels as well as nonfiction books and various magazine articles. While he describes himself modestly as “not a very interesting person,” his stories of suspense have won acclaim from fans and professional reviewers. He unashamedly identifies himself as a follower of Christ and work in progress. See more about Dellosso, including his blog on writing, faith, and being a cancer survivor, here.
For more information on LWW or this one-day conference, see the event pages at http://lexingtonwordweavers.com/sign-up-today-for-our-next-one-day-event-mike-dellosso-writers-conference or http://www.eventdaddy.net/lexington/word-weavers-1-day-writers-conference or visit the group’s website.
|Date:||September 16, 2017|
|Event:||One-Day Writer's Conference with Mike Dellosso|
|Sponsor:||Lexington Word Weavers|
Riverbend Community Church
|Location:||1015 Corley Mill Road
Lexington, SC 29072
|Registration:||Click here to register.|
|More Info:||Click here for more information.|
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