Wallowing or Ministering?

by Ava Pennington

The party was in full swing. I had arrived early and was determined to be the last to leave. That wouldn’t be difficult, since I was the only person there. I can party with the best of them. And I’m especially adept at hosting and attending my own pity parties. It’s easy to feel sorry […]

Write2Ignite Team Videographers!

Check out these videos!

  When this picture was taken of the Write2Ignite team at the 2018 conference, little did they know that within a year many of them would become “experts” at taking and posting videos online. Here’s a sampling of some of the recent videos our team created about writing and the conference. View one or view […]

7 Ways to Write More Effectively for Ministry on the Web

by Deanna Kustas

Please welcome Deanna Kustas, our guest blogger today. How many times have heard the saying, “It’s not just what you say, but how you say it”?  Words matter. Writing a great story  matters. But how you share a story will change depending on where you are telling it and who you are telling it to.  […]

An Inside Look Into A Freelance Editor’s Work

A Q&A with Brenda Covert

Check out these bookshelves!  These are just some of the books which Write2Ignite team member, Brenda Covert, has edited. (She edited all of the books on the second shelf and about half on the top shelf.) Brenda took time out of her busy writing, editing, and grandparenting schedule to answer some questions about what she […]

July 4: A Teen Track Historical Fiction Creative Writing Contest**

Enter by July 25. You may win a W2I Teen Track scholarship!

Photo credit: The National Archives  Teens and Tweens! In honor of the Fourth of July, this post is for you! Whether you’re a history buff or just someone who loves a challenge, here’s a holiday contest that will stump most adults in the U.S.! See entry details and rules after the questions to enter! How […]

Teen Track July 4 Writing Contest Entry/Submission Form

Submit your original poem, short story, or fictional journey entry by July 25, 2019:

  1. Copy and paste to a Word document, fill in, save, and send to info.write2ignite@gmail.com
  2. OR – Request a document attachment sent to your email
  3. OR – Request an entry form sent to you via mail to your post office address (allow extra time for mail delivery to ensure your entry arrives on time to Mrs. Cathy Biggerstaff, 410 Aydlotte Rd., Rutherfordton, NC 28139)

Student’s name __________________________________________________

School grade completed as of June, 2019 ____ (5th gr. or higher) Age _____

School name, city, and state: _______________________________________


 Contact information (may be parent’s contact information for younger students)

Email ________________________________________________________

Address ______________________________________________________

Phone ________________________

Parent’s or guardian’s name (and contact information if different from above):

Email ______________________________________________________________

Address ____________________________________________________________

Phone ____________________________

Complete contest information, “10 Questions,” and rules can be found at  https://write2ignite.com/2019/07/04/july-4-a-teen-track-historical-fiction-creative-writing-contest/#more-6997

Student: Write an original short story, poem, or journal entry/ies (75- 250 words total) with the following elements. Add your creative writing on the next page. Save the file as Your Name + W2I Teen Contest [.doc, .docx, or pdf]

  • You are (or your character is) a young (age 10-17) colonist in _____________________ (city/colony name) in June of 1776. Your (or your character’s) father/uncle/grandfather is away from home because of recent conflicts between British soldiers and American colonists. [Or he took part in events which led to or followed the Declaration of Independence).
  • Describe events, people, experiences, and feelings which you have or your character has or hears of before, during, and/or after the Declaration/Revolutionary War.
  • Your story, poem, or journal entry must include specific information (answers) to at least four of the “10 Questions” in the July 4 blog post on write2ignite.com.

Title of original entry: _____________________________________________

Genre: (check one) __ Poem    __ short story  __ fictional journal entry(ies)

*Sources used to find specific historical facts (answering 4 of the “10 Questions”) 1. 




List sources (author and book, or webpage and website) where you find specific facts about this time in history, including answers to the four questions used in your creative writing entry. [You must use one or more factual historical source. Entries without sources will not be accepted.]

*Sample source listing: “American War Deaths Throughout History.” [This is the webpage.] MilitaryFactory.com [This is the website where that webpage was found.] 2019 (website copyright) https://www.militaryfactory.com/american_war_deaths.asp [url = web address for the page used]

Write2Ignite Staff: # words ____ Sources provided Y/N   Complete entry  Y/N  Date received ________ 
Received via  email/  U.S. mail /  in-person         Typed/Handwritten

Your creative writing piece goes here. 75 to 250 words   You may add extra pages/sheets if needed. Type or hand write.

Name ________________  Title ____________________________________________

Writing, Service, and Witness

2019 Conference Theme- Part II

Biblical witness is relational and demonstrable. John’s gospel (1:6 -7) states that John the Baptist was “sent from God . . . to bear witness of the Light [Jesus], that all through him might believe.” Verses 14-18 name Jesus Christ the primary witness [the “Word became flesh”] who “declared” God, bringing access to “grace and […]