First Steps: John Bunyan’s Model in Pilgrim’s Progress by Deborah DeCiantis “In media res” – starting “in the middle of things”– is the classic plot opening used in literature from ancient times to today. Bunyan uses both this method plus the biblical model, “in the beginning,” to introduce his protagonist, Christian. Structured as a frame […]
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 Cote specializes in adventure fiction with historical content and has just released the first book of her new trilogy, The […]
It’s been said writers include a bit of themselves in everything they write. If that’s true, how much of your personality appears on the pages of what you write? Teaching on temperament or personality differences has been around for more than 2,000 years. Hippocrates categorized the 4 temperaments as choleric, melancholy, sanguine, and phlegmatic. In […]
Summer Writing Contest!
Theme: Humor with a point
Age range: write story for ages 8-12
Word limit: 500 words, so make ’em count!
Deadline: September 15; winner announced by September 30
Additional guidelines: Write a story as if you were writing for a children’s Christian magazine. We’re looking for humor with a message, but the tone should not be preachy. Problems (if any) should be solved by the children in the story. The maximum word count is 500. If your story is shorter than that, we’ll accept it, but stories longer than 500 words will be disqualified.
Send your story, with $10.00 application fee, to Cathy Biggerstaff, 410 Aydlotte Rd., Rutherfordton, N.C., 28139.
The winning story writer will receive a free Two-for-One critique and 2018 Conference admission!
2018 Write2Ignite Conference is moving to Fall!
That’s right – those of you who notice changes like that in the banner on this page, Write2Ignite is changing from a Spring to a Fall Conference in 2018! Several factors led to this decision. Connecting with teens at the beginning rather than the end of their school year is one. Calendar and facilities availability is another. Ultimately, the Team has approached this decision with prayer, and our consensus is to take this step.
Not coincidentally, the theme of Write2Ignite 2018 is “One Step at a Time: Pilgrim’s Progress: Steps in A Writer’s Journey.” And yes, we are explicitly connecting this theme with John Bunyan’s classic allegory as well as with numerous texts from the Bible, which promises that “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord” (Ps. 37:23) and cautions that “A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps” (Prov. 16:9).
How do the steps of our journey as writers coincide with the steps of our Christian faith journey? Join with us September 21-22, 2018 as we explore this theme in keynote messages, creative edge workshop sessions, panel discussions, and networking opportunities with literary agents, editors, and writing peers – both novice and experienced.
To prepare yourself for this journey, we recommend a re-reading (or first reading, if you’ve never experienced it!) of Bunyan’s master work, one of many books he wrote. You can find a free online text at this link: https://document.desiringgod.org/the-pilgrim-s-progress-en.pdf?1446648353 . If you have teens (middle school through high school) who will be enrolling in the Teen Track, this might be a great family read-aloud or homeschooling unit study, and there’s plenty of lead time to make your plan and carry it out!
Great writers need the input of other writers – so building time into our schedules to read great literature of our own time as well as the texts that have shaped our world is essential. .
We’re excited to share this writers’ journey with you. Take the next steps! Mark your calendars now, and start the reading journey with Christian as he seeks release from his burden and embarks on the perilous trek to the Celestial City.
Watch for future blog posts which will further develop this theme. We’ll also discuss adaptations and film versions of The Pilgrim’s Progress, which has been translated into over 200 languages, for children and contemporary readers.