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.

The Good, the Bad and the Mediocre of Self-Publishing

Part V in the Write2Ignite Author Interview series on Self-Publishing

Ken Winters, author of the YA novel The Lost Crown of Colonnade, served as a Navy Chaplain; a few years ago, he retired from full-time ministry. After investigating several Christian self-publishing companies, he published this first novel in 2011. He shares here, in the fifth of our Write2Ignite author interviews on self-publishing, what he learned […]

A Case of Grace at W2I!

Kristi Butler and Samantha S. Bell collaborate on Groundhog Day in Amazing Grace Acres

  Author Kristi M. Butler shares how her new books about Groundhog Day and groundhogs emerged from attendance at Write2Ignite Conference, a vacation cabin, and meeting illustrator Samantha S. Bell. Write2Ignite is one of my “happy places”! Perusing the website and blog brings back sweet memories and never fails to bring a smile to my […]

Self-Publishing Series Part IV Author Interviews

Janice D. Green's Self-Publishing Ventures

Author and former Write2Ignite Team member Janice D. Green has a wealth of experience with self-publishing projects. Below, she shares information about the steep learning curve she experienced as she navigated different options, programs, and methods for publishing books herself. What book did you first publish using a self-publishing provider or system? I have self-published several […]