Sneak Peek: Jenny L. Cote’s Presentations for W2I 2018

by Jenny L. Cote

“I did not think To show to all the World my Pen and Ink In such a mode; I only thought to make I knew not what: nor did I undertake Thereby to please my Neighbour; no not I, I did it mine ownself to gratifie.” —From John Bunyan’s “Apology” for Pilgrim’s Progress John Bunyan […]

Speaker Spotlight: Kim Peterson’s Workshop “Devotions That Enlighten and Engage”

Kim Peterson believes that children need to grow in Jesus and that you can help them do so! In her workshop “Devotions That Enlighten and Engage,” Kim will help you discover the tools to create devotionals that impact hearts and keep kids engaged.

Kim mentors aspiring writers. She has taught writing for twenty-five years, working extensively with both published authors and those seeking careers in writing, editing and publishing. Currently, Kim teaches in the online professional writing program of Taylor University (Upland, Indiana). She also leads two productive online writers groups—one for mixed genres and one for writers of children’s books and articles.

Kim, who is a regular conference speaker, previously served on the writing faculty at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana, and mentored writers through the Jerry Jenkins Christian Writers Guild. A long-time professional book reviewer, Kim reviews novels for CBA’s Christian Market magazine. She recently concluded more than eight years as fiction reader for the Les Stobbe Literary Agency until Stobbe’s retirement.

Working as a freelancer for forty years (she started young!), Kim has written for Indiana newspapers and various periodicals and websites, including AppleSeeds, Encounter, Evangel, Vista, and devotional markets. Her work has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Rocking Chair Reader, the Moments series, and other anthologies. She blogs about nature and loves writing for children.

Kim says of her childhood, “My mom made reading a priority. She surrounded me with books. When my morning chores were finished, she let me disappear up our cherry trees with a good book and a thermos of juice. I don’t climb trees to read anymore, but I can still disappear into a great story.”

You can learn more about Kim on Facebook and through her blog, Nature Walk with God.

Speaker Spotlight: Tessa Emily Hall’s “Create and Maintain a Blog to Build a Readership”

Headshot of Tessa Emily HallTessa Emily Hall says that aspiring authors should have an online platform before they begin pitching to agents and editors. But how is it possible to build a readership before releasing a book?

In her workshop “Create and Maintain a Blog to Build Readership,” Tessa will help writers of fiction and nonfiction understand the basics of blogging and its multiple benefits. She’ll also share mistakes and lessons she’s learned through 7+ years of writing her award-winning blog, Christ Is Write. By the end of this workshop, you should be ready to create a blog that will establish your brand and target your core readership—both of which will play key roles in building your online platform.

Tessa, an author and literary agent, made her literary debut as a teen novelist and has since built her profile to include numerous articles, school and conference presentations, a blog, and associate agent status with Hartline Literary Agency. At Write2Ignite 2017, she connected with many of our junior writers, and the Team is delighted to bring her back as a keynote speaker and workshop presenter.

You can connect with Tessa on her blogmailing list, social media (@tessaemilyhall), and website: TessaEmilyHall.com.

Speaker Spotlight: Kim Peterson’s “The Language of Children’s Picture Books”

Picture books foster language development and stimulate the imagination. In Kim Peterson’s workshop “The Language of Children’s Picture Books,” attendees will learn how to launch a child’s love of books and awaken the joy of discovery by using words, sentence structure, and figures of speech to write picture books children will treasure.

Kim mentors aspiring writers. She has taught writing for twenty-five years, working extensively with both published authors and those seeking careers in writing, editing and publishing. Currently, Kim teaches in the online professional writing program of Taylor University (Upland, Indiana). She also leads two productive online writers groups—one for mixed genres and one for writers of children’s books and articles.

Kim, who is a regular conference speaker, previously served on the writing faculty at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana, and mentored writers through the Jerry Jenkins Christian Writers Guild. A long-time professional book reviewer, Kim reviews novels for CBA’s Christian Market magazine. She recently concluded more than eight years as fiction reader for the Les Stobbe Literary Agency until Stobbe’s retirement.

Working as a freelancer for forty years (she started young!), Kim has written for Indiana newspapers and various periodicals and websites, including AppleSeeds, Encounter, Evangel, Vista, and devotional markets. Her work has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Rocking Chair Reader, the Moments series, and other anthologies. She blogs about nature and loves writing for children.

Kim says of her childhood, “My mom made reading a priority. She surrounded me with books. When my morning chores were finished, she let me disappear up our cherry trees with a good book and a thermos of juice. I don’t climb trees to read anymore, but I can still disappear into a great story.”

You can learn more about Kim on Facebook and on her blog, Nature Walk with God.

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

One 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.

Kim mentors aspiring writers. She has taught writing for twenty-five years, working extensively with both published authors and those seeking careers in writing, editing and publishing. Currently, Kim teaches in the online professional writing program of Taylor University (Upland, Indiana). She also leads two productive online writers groups—one for mixed genres and one for writers of children’s books and articles.

Kim, who is a regular conference speaker, previously served on the writing faculty at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana, and mentored writers through the Jerry Jenkins Christian Writers Guild. A long-time professional book reviewer, Kim reviews novels for CBA’s Christian Market magazine. She recently concluded more than eight years as fiction reader for the Les Stobbe Literary Agency until Stobbe’s retirement.

Working as a freelancer for forty years (she started young!), Kim has written for Indiana newspapers and various periodicals and websites, including AppleSeeds, Encounter, Evangel, Vista, and devotional markets. Her work has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Rocking Chair Reader, the Moments series, and other anthologies. She blogs about nature and loves writing for children.

Kim says of her childhood, “My mom made reading a priority. She surrounded me with books. When my morning chores were finished, she let me disappear up our cherry trees with a good book and a thermos of juice. I don’t climb trees to read anymore, but I can still disappear into a great story.”

You can learn more about Kim on Facebook and on 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.

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/.