2019 Registration is about to begin!

 Spread the word: registration for Write2Ignite’s September 20-21, 2019 Conference will open soon, and big discounts are available for early registration!

The Registration page is still under construction, so please watch for future posts on this website and on our social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest). As soon as updates to forms and links are complete, we’ll send a media blast. Faculty, including keynotes, workshop presenters, editors, and agents, will be announced as they accept invitations, with the list completed by February 1, 2019, and updated as needed.

Future blog posts will feature feedback from W2I 2018 presenters, editors, agents, and attendees. If you attended and would like your comments featured, please comment on this post, on our Write2Ignite Conference Facebook page or Write2Ignite group, on Twitter, or drop us a line at info.write2ignite@gmail.com .

Thankfulness and Connection:

 Since attending the Write2Ignite Conference in September, I’m thankful for reminders about the connection between thankful attitudes and desirable outcomes – in relationships, projects, and inward peace.  Sometimes these connections remain stable for many years – they’re comfortable, we enjoy them, and we take them for granted. But sometimes, they change. Change can be good, but changes in important connections can be difficult.

The playground set shown here (incomplete), assembled by my husband for our grandchildren, is no longer in this yard. That’s because we recently sold the house and the new owners didn’t need it. So he took it down and relocated it to the yard of the house where we’re living now. We’re both glad that our grandchildren’s connections to this play equipment will continue for many years, as they associate it with “Grandpa’s house.” Disassembling and reassembling it took a lot of effort. It was neither comfortable, enjoyable, or routine. The payoff comes when the project is coming together, we can see the progress, and the end – a complete play area – is within reach.

Were we always thankful during the process? Yes and no. We were thankful for a pickup truck to move large sections, so the entire set didn’t have to be completely disassembled. We were thankful for a few days of good weather to get it in place. We were thankful for a level spot in the yard to set it up.

We weren’t feeling particularly thankful when the bolts weren’t fitting easily into their holes, the washers were hard to find, and the frame was unstable while those large pieces had to be held together by hand.

“In everything give thanks . . . .” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) This is God’s standard. It’s not second nature to us, but it’s exactly what we need to keep our focus on where we need – and want – to be connected.

As you celebrate Thanksgiving with your family, friends, coworkers, or struggle with a connection that requires relocation or other kinds of uncomfortable change, may God keep you mindful of what He is building into your life with this change.

What changes and connections will your stories show? May we all write from thankful hearts.

Why Do You Write?

by Ava Pennington

People often ask me why I write. I keep hearing that this is the worst possible time to enter the world of publishing. Book sales are at an all-time low, despite the fact that by some estimates, more than two million books are published annually worldwide. I also keep hearing that if you write because […]

Are You a Christian Writer?

by Ava Pennington

How is a Christian writer different from other writers? How is a Christian plumber different from other plumbers? How is a Christian salesperson different from other salespeople? Are you a Christian writer, a writer who writes for the Christian market, a Christian who writes for the Christian market, or a Christian who writes for the […]

Write2Ignite Conference Publishes “Too Big for a Band-Aid”

Devos for times when it hurts

  a service project of Write2Ignite Conference  devotional book with covers In September 2017, the Write2Ignite Team was meeting to plan the 2018 Conference and explore other possible programs. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, shortly followed by Maria, were fresh on everyone’s minds. The subject of a service project came up, and we wondered, what can we do? […]

Resuming the journey: Writers meet, learn, and leave to share their stories

 Three days after #Write2Ignite2018 Conference, Pilgrim continues, resuming his journey toward the Celestial City, while W2I conference participants return to their homes, nourished with new insights, methods, and connections.

FEEDBACK: The Write2Ignite Team is reviewing workshop, keynote, and conference evaluation forms received from those who attended. If you did not turn in forms, or if you have further feedback to offer, please submit comments or watch for future posts inviting comments, questions, or guest posts about specific conference elements.

NEW FEATURES at #Write2Ignite2018 included online editor/agent/presenter appointment signups, a photo “booth”, a Book Signing, a wandering Pilgrim/Christian enactor, a W2I kids’ devotional, and a publisher-sponsored writing and anthology contest. Please share about your favorites!

CHALLENGES: Losing our main tech support guy, Dylan, to a job out of state left a big gap to fill in the areas of projector connections, session recordings, and general tech assistance. With help from Team member April Williams, we worked through most “help” calls, but rest assured, we will making securing tech-savvy staff a key priority for Write2Ignite 2019!

Both Conference Critiques and participant conferences with editors, agents, and presenters were at an all-time high! We’ll be looking at ways to open even more time in future conference schedules to maximize these one-on-one (and possibly, small group) connections which allow individual writers to speak directly with one or more chosen professionals, to get input on specific writing projects, concepts, or marketing and publishing options.

How did #Write2Ignite2018 contribute to your writing journey?  What are major takeaways for you, resuming your writing projects and pursuing publication and marketing pathways? We hope you will share these with us in the coming months, reporting ways that information, challenges, connections, and critiques received at W2I Conference are impacting your writing progress and success.

Helpful Information for Individual Appointments Signup for W2I September 21–22

Please take a look at the information below. Announcements will display on the overhead screen before and after keynote addresses in the Hayes Ministry Center.

We’re excited to unveil our online signup sheets for the 15-minute appointments!

Attendees may sign up, and participating publishers, editors, and agents may check their schedules, by copying and pasting this URL into a search engine:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eo18M4WHiosfZqxK1KXtELnAYy4ENqUiuCGjBGX5KsQ/edit?ts=5b9efdf3

 W2I Appointments

Author, Editor or Agent Appointments Carol Baldwin Wanda Barbella Samantha Bell Daniel Blackaby Session A 8:15am Not Available Not Available 8:30am 8:45am Session B 10:30am Not Available Not Available 10:45am 11:00am Session C 12…

docs.google.com

Conference attendees: To sign up for an appointment, simply scroll down until you see the (1–2) names of people you want to consult. (If you don’t have a way to do that, we’ll have a manned laptop nearby to help you.) Then check the available times, and type your name into an open space. Be sure to show up at the right time!

If editors, presenters, or agents you prefer don’t have any time available, you can still speak to them at the informal reception after Friday evening’s keynote address or visit with them during meal times. (The reception begins at 8:45 pm in the Hayes Ministry Center.) So don’t be shy!

~Brenda Covert, Critique Coordinator