Where to Submit Short Stories

by Grace Geide

Last week, we suggested three ways to celebrate Short Story Month. Maybe (we hope!) you’ve started writing your own short stories. Great! Now what? This week, we’d like to help you find places to submit short stories. Contests Whether you’re just starting to write short stories or have a cache of completed manuscripts, there’s a […]

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Speaker Spotlight: Jean Matthew Hall’s Workshop “Writing from Childhood Memories”

Jean Matthew Hall, an elementary school educator and administrator and former director of Write2Ignite Conference, is represented by Cyle Young of Hartline Literary Agency.

She recently signed with Little Lamb Books to publish a series of four picture books about God’s creation during the four seasons of the year.

Jean’s focus as a writer is “listen[ing] to the hearts of teachers, children, and parents of almost every age” and writing stories that “communicate values and truths about God, His world, and His Word.”

In her workshop “Writing from Childhood Memories,” Jean will explore writing children’s (and young adults’) stories based on childhood memories. She will discuss pluses and minuses and the problems with using memories that are one or two generations removed from children today. This session includes hands-on projects to probe writers’ memories and translate those memories into contemporary stories.  

To learn more about Jean, visit her website and blog at JeanMatthewHall.com.

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.

With her many years of experience as an author, longtime writing instructor and former writer-in-residence at Bethel College (IN), freelance writer, and writing coach as a graduate of the Jerry Jenkins Christian Writers Guild, Kim has helped hundreds of writers learn the craft and mentored scores to success as published authors. A frequent conference speaker, Kim has been with Write2Ignite Conference from its beginning and has presented at every year’s conference! She now resides in Tennessee.

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

3 Ways to Celebrate Short Story Month

by Grace Geide

Woman reading an open book on a stone wall by water

“Short stories are tiny windows into other worlds and other minds and other dreams. They are journeys you can make to the far side of the universe and still be back in time for dinner.” ―Neil Gaiman May is here, and that means it’s National Short Story Month! Short stories may be—well—short, but if done […]

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: Daniel Blackaby’s Workshop “Joining the Fellowship: A Fun Brainstorming Session about Your Book”

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 brainstorming ideas with fellow writers.

Daniel’s workshop “Joining the Fellowship: A Fun Brainstorming Session about Your Book” is a fun, interactive, and communal experience. Even the mightiest of heroes need faithful sidekicks and friends. Technical writing tips and tools can be learned from a book, but many valuable lessons can be gained only by walking the journey alongside fellow adventurers. Join the fellowship with other attendees. Learn and inspire each other by spending the workshop brainstorming your story ideas. The writer’s journey is too dangerous to walk alone. Thankfully, you don’t have to!

Daniel published his first novel as a 23-year-old college student. Since then, he has published multiple books in both fiction and nonfiction genres. His writing has received several awards and nominations; has been featured in major trades, such as Publishers Weekly; and has been featured 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 ArtsHe has a passion for connecting with aspiring writers and artists and helping them leverage their creative talents for the glory of God. 

To learn more about Daniel Blackaby, visit his website, DanielBlackaby.com.

Speaker Spotlight: Vicki Moss’s “The Journey Towards Finding Your Writing Voice”

“God’s calling you to write. You’ve heard the gentle whisper and you’ve been told by friends and family you’re a natural born storyteller. You’ve written a rough draft of several stories and articles, but the writing sounds off. The characters sound ‘cardboardish’ and what your manuscript needs is ‘voice.’ But what is it? You begin to have doubts—are you really supposed to be writing for God? Why hasn’t God sent the email with an attached game plan and what is the next step? Do you walk on water or stay in the boat?”

Are you trying to develop your writing voice? The paragraph above is just a taste of what you’ll find in Vicki Moss’s workshop “The Journey Towards Finding Your Writing Voice.” Sharing from her own experience, Vicki will challenge writers struggling with writing projects that just aren’t going according to plan. 

Vicki, contributing editor for Southern Writers Magazine, has over 18 books in the Moments series (Grace Publishing) and over 500 articles published nationally and internationally. She is also author of How to Write for Kids’ Magazines and Writing with Voice.

Join Vicki in her writing workshop to find your writing voice and take the next steps in your writing journey.

To learn more about Vicki, visit her website at LivingWaterFiction.com.