Decisions, Decisions

Whose workshop will you choose at 10:30 Saturday September 21?

Here’s a sneak peek at conference presenters with descriptions in their own words. We’ll be posting a teaser page each  Monday. You still have time to take advantage of the Early Bird Discount. Visit: https://write2ignite.com/registration-2019/   Kim Peterson – Deepen Your Middle Grade & Young Adult Novels In this hands-on workshop, explore how to make […]

Part II: What Are YOU Looking Forward To?

Our Attendees Share Their Picks!

Last Thursday we shared some of our Write2Ingite staff picks. Here is a sampling of what our attendees are expecting. Tina Hartig I’m looking forward to my first Write2Ignite conference. I’ve heard great things about past conferences and know I will pick up some much-needed tips. I also plan to meet friends I’ve made in […]

You’ll Love These Rise and Shine Workshops AND A GIVEAWAY

There's a Workshop Here for You on Saturday Morning September 21 at 8:15 AM.

Here’s a sneak peek at conference presenters with descriptions in their own words. We’ll be posting a teaser page each  Monday. You still have time to take advantage of the Early Bird Discount. Visit: https://write2ignite.com/registration-2019/ Tessa Emily Hall – How to Sell Your Book to an Agent: What to Do and What to Avoid You’ve […]

Answers to Teen Track History Writing Contest Questions

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Answers to the “10 Questions” in the July 4 post announcing our Teen Track historical fiction writing contest can be found below. Though no qualifying entries have been received, we’re posting answers and the sources used to find them. Teens: If you do not write historical fiction, what genres do you write? Short or long fiction? Poetry? Nonfiction?

Have you registered for the W2I Teen Track September 20-21? Do you know about our Bring-A-Friend discount ($5.00 off additional per person for two teens registering together?). Take a look at our Teen Track and general (open to teens) options [Go to 2019 Conference https://write2ignite.com/category/2019-conference-updates/page/2/, scroll down to “Teen Track”/”General track” section]  in addition to keynotes, consult with parents/teachers/guardians, and save your spot today!

Questions & Answers:

  1. In what year was the Declaration of Independence written and signed? A: 1776
  2. Who wrote the Declaration of Independence? A: Thomas Jefferson, with edits by Benjamin Franklin and John Adams, then submitted to the Continental Congress July 1 for final changes before publication.
  3. Was the original version of the Declaration the one that was signed? Not the famous copy we’ve often seen with John Hancock’s signature in the largest handwriting at the top. An “engrossed” copy made later by Timothy Matlack was the one signed, beginning on August 2, 1776. Not all signers were present to sign on that day. The version first approved by the Continental Congress and sent for printing and immediate distribution was signed only by John Hancock, the President of the Congress, and witnessed by the Secretary, Charles Thomson. “The Engrossed Declaration.” https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/declaration-history
  4. How many men signed the Declaration? A: 56
  5. What was the name of the group/meeting where the Declaration was discussed and signed? In what city did the meeting take place? A: The Second Continental Congress, in Philadelphia, PA
  6. Was this a publicly announced meeting? Why or why not? The colonies had very early established their own laws and representative counsels or other local governing bodies. By the time of the 1770s, it was customary for such groups to convene to discuss issues and laws, and to communicate with the English government when Parliament passed and enforced laws the colonists opposed. The colonists acting as a united group could meet to discuss such issues, but such meetings quickly became illegal once the Declaration of Independence was known by British authorities. Frothingham, Richard (1872). The Rise of the Republic of the United States. Boston, Massachusetts: Little, Brown, and Company. pp. 375–376. https://books.google.com/books?id=ntwoAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false
  7. How many colonies were represented? 12 colonies. New York did not vote until later.
  8. What were their main reasons for wanting independence? What country had authority over the colonies at this time? What was the name of the king? England had imposed many taxes to increase revenue from the colonies, in addition to unpopular regulations and the presence of the British army, which took over colonial buildings and property for its officers and troops. Colonists complained about the fact that Parliament passed many laws regulating their business and other daily life, “without representation” or input by colonial citizens in the legislative process. England was the ruling country; King George III was the monarch.
  9. Name the first battle which preceded the Declaration and the war which resulted from the decision to declare independence. On April 19, 1775, the battle of Lexington and Concord between colonial Patriots and the British army was the first armed conflict of the Revolutionary War. “The Declaration of Independence: A History.” https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/declaration-history
  10. Was the Constitution of the United States, which was not completed and signed until September 17, 1787, the original document governing the newly established country? The Articles of Confederation, written in 1777 and ratified in 1781, was the first document to govern the U.S. However, problems with its provisions resulted in the later writing of a more effective system of governing, which we know at the present Constitution. “Continental Congress.” https://www.history.com/topics/american-revolution/the-continental-congress

Part 1: What are YOU looking forward to at Write2Ignite 2019?

Our Team Reveals Their Picks

With so many great workshops to pick from, I thought we’d share what our team is excited about. But don’t limit your choices to ours, you have many more to consider!     Brenda Covert I’m torn between the workshop about “Connecting with Kids” by editor-in-chief Todd Williams of Union Gospel Press, and the workshop […]

Finally Friday AND TWO GIVEAWAYS!

Let's Get Started on Friday, September 20 at 6:45PM.

Here’s a sneak peek at conference presenters with descriptions in their own words. We’ll be posting a teaser page each  Monday. You still have time to take advantage of the Early Bird Discount. Visit: https://write2ignite.com/registration-2019/ Tony Snipes – 5 MORE Things I Learned in Corporate America   What do you and CBS have in common? You […]

An Inside Look at the Pelican Book Group

An Interview with Nicola Martinez, Editor-in-Chief

I first read about the Pelican Book Group on Kathy Temean’s excellent blog, Writing and Illustrating. I looked them up online and found this description: “Our primary ministry is to publish quality fiction that reflects the salvation and love offered by Jesus Christ. Our titles adhere to mainline Christianity, but are enjoyed by Christians and […]