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 […]

A New Take on Avoiding Writer’s Block

Max Elliot Anderson's routines and reasons for keeping inspiration fresh

Today’s guest blogger, author Max Elliot Anderson, writes fictional adventure stories for middle-grade readers. When you read his techniques for keeping writer’s block at bay, you’ll get an inkling of the zaniness, action, and humor essential for keeping his young audience, especially boys, engaged! I have to say that writer’s block, or blank-screen-itis, has never […]

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.

Speaker Spotlight: Tony Snipes Applies Corporate Principles to Writing Entrepreneurship

Tony Snipes, originator of Art Lessons from God, combined experience in media, sales, and digital communication with his Christian faith and artistic talent as an illustrator to develop an income-producing model for artists, writers, and others engaged in creating artistic works, media, and events. At W2I 2018, his workshop will help writers (and illustrators) apply what he calls “Corporate America” principles to the necessary business that writers and other creators of art must navigate in publishing and marketing their work.

Tony says, “I believe it’s not a coincidence this year’s Write2Ignite Conference is taking place in September . . . the same time many corporate businesses map out the success of their upcoming year.

“For over a decade I’ve worked within the multimedia Broadcast and News publishing industry, creating, launching and managing roadmaps for the companies’ success.”

He identifies “5 basic strategies” that writers, vocalists, designers, artists, or other creative individuals “can apply to their own project, ministry or business . . . in less than 24 hours.”

Tony Snipes is an illustrator, writer, consultant, and speaker. Drawing on his experiences in media, internet marketing, and sales, he applies his passion for arts to help “Creatives” develop their own business and marketing strategy, nurture their creative inspiration and abilities, and engage the culture.

Connect with Tony at his blog, Art Lessons from God, or on Facebook. You can also find him on Instagram, and you can check out his art at Portsmouth Aeroshipbuilding Co.

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 […]

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/.