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 long-time followers of Write2Ignite Conference as the first director of this group, returns to W2I 2018 as a presenter. Her first workshop (see “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/

Writing in a Wonder-Full World

Guest Post by Karley Conklin

“The world will never starve for want of wonders, but only for want of wonder.” -G.K. Chesterton When you see a mushroom in your yard, do you dismiss it? Or do you tap it with a stick to see it bounce? Do you think of fairies and smile? And when you see the little snail […]

Whether your Christmas celebration is small or large, alone or in a group, with family near or distant, we at Write2Ignite Team send our greetings and wishes. Let us all celebrate the best gift of all, Christ the Savior is born! As you look to the New Year 2018, may your plans be grounded in God’s love and your words (written or unwritten) emanate from hearts and minds controlled by His Spirit.

Pilgrim’s Progress theme Part III

The Learning Curve Becomes the Teachable Moment

Write2Ignite Conference 2018 theme series – by Deborah S. DeCiantis  Following his escape from the Slough of Despond, Christian meets Mr. Worldly-Wiseman, who convinces him that an easier way to get rid of his burden is to turn aside from the path to the Wicket Gate and instead climb the hill to meet Legality and […]

Keynote Speakers for 2018

Plan your agenda for Write2Ignite 2018!

Announcing Write2Ignite Keynote Speakers for September 21-22, 2018!   Jenny L. Cote Jenny L. Cote, author of two award-winning series, The Amazing Tales of Max & Liz, and Epic Order of the Seven, will be the featured keynote speaker at Write2Ignite Conference 2018! Cote specializes in adventure fiction with historical content and has just released the first book of her new trilogy, The […]

Dusty Old Writing

Fresh Ideas to Reach Children and Teens

I remember words of advice from seasoned professionals in the writing industry. Don’t be in a hurry to hit ‘send’ as soon as you finish your manuscript. Put it away for some time. Then, revisit it and send the revised, polished work on to your agent or publisher. I was like many authors I know. […]

Preparing for a Writers’ Conference

It is writers’ conference season! The idea of attending a writing conference might be new and scary to you. It might be an annual event on your calendar, or you may be one of the seasoned professionals who presents at multiple conferences around the country each year. After many conferences, my heart races a bit […]