Updated Write2Ignite 2018 Master Conference Schedule Details

Friday, September 21, 2018

Please check room schedule updates before proceeding to each event! 

For events marked “Teen Track,” we ask that only teens attend. 


  • HMC. Hayes Ministry Center
  • CH. Craft-Hemphill Christian Worldview Center

New interactive features for 2018:

  • A roving character actor (Tyler Hendrick), who will play John Bunyan and/or Christian from Pilgrim’s Progress
  • A photo booth in HMC—Enjoy taking photos while using our special writers’ props, and don’t forget to share on social media!

2:30–4:00 p.m.

  • Registration and check-in (HMC)
    • Specify dietary restrictions.
    • Sign up, if you desire, for two individual appointments with authors, editors, or agents.
  • Published authors consign books for sale in CH lobby.

3:15–3:55 p.m.

Bonus session options

  • Tentative: Pilgrim’s Progress film viewing samples (CH 101)
  • Teen Track: Tessa Emily Hall “Common Mistakes Newbie Writers Make in Their Manuscripts” (HMC) Agents and editors can spot an amateur writer immediately. Avoid the common newbie writer mistakes that we’ll discuss in this workshop and you’ll be more likely to attract the attention of an agent or editor.
  • Kim Peterson “Is My Manuscript Ready for an Agent?” (CH 109) One of the biggest mistakes beginning writers make is sending a manuscript before the story is ready. Learn from an agent’s first reader about criteria for determining if your manuscript needs work or is ready to submit.
  • Jean Matthew Hall “Children’s Book Categories” (CH 108) This workshop will explain the difference between book genres and book categories, then define the commonly accepted categories of books for children and young adults. Q&A time included.
  • Lori A. Hatcher “The Day I Wanted to Quit: Tackling the Mind Games That Discourage and Defeat Writers” (CH 102) Most writers leave a conference pumped up and empowered. Then they go home. The doubts, fears, and insecurities they left behind begin to whisper in their ears again. Head games—writers play them every day. Is winning the battle in our minds really just a matter of positive thinking, or does God have something to say about it? This workshop offers a mix of sound biblical truth, humor, and common sense to empower the most insecure writer to answer God’s call to write boldly for Him, regardless of his or her ability, experience, or education. Addressing the areas of comparison, insecurity, and competitiveness, we’ll examine the biblical roots of each issue, walk through a three-step personal evaluation, and craft a unique mission statement designed to silence the voices that imprison our writing potential.
  • Book browsing (CH lobby)
  • Appointment sign-ups (HMC)

4:00–5:00 p.m.

Welcome and warm-ups

  • Teen Track keynote address: Tessa Emily Hall “You’re Never Too Young to Begin Your Writing Journey” (HMC) When I began my writing journey at fifteen years old, I soon discovered that adults had differing opinions about teen writers. While most were supportive, others advised that I stay away from pursuing the writing journey until later in life. A brief overview of my writing journey—including how I received a publishing contract at age sixteen—and discussion of the pros and cons of pursuing writing at an early age.
  • Adults: two thirty-minute mini-sessions (CH 110)
    • Editor and agent panel Q&A. Hear editors and agents discuss what makes them take a closer look at a manuscript or put it in the discard pile. Panelists will take audience questions.
    • “Writing to Edify” interactive discussion with authors about how they integrate lessons on character or biblical values in various types of writing projects and markets.

5:00–6:30 p.m.

  • Adults: supper in the Todd Dining Hall. (Use the tickets in your registration packet. Gluten-free options are available; please specify dietary restrictions at registration.)
  • Teen Track: pizza bash (HMC). (Please specify at registration if you require gluten-free pizza.)
  • Dinner hour free time
    • Book browsing (CH lobby). Note: Book sales close for the day at 7:30 p.m.
    • Sign up, if you desire, for editor, agent, and author appointments.

6:45–7:30 p.m. HMC

  • Announcements and devotional
  • Introduction of presenters
  • Praise and worship

7:45–8:45 p.m. HMC

Keynote address: Jenny L. Cote “Liberty” Oswald Chambers wrote, “Allow God to have complete liberty in your life when you speak. Before God’s message can liberate other people, His liberation must first be real in you. Gather your material carefully, and then allow God to ‘set your words on fire’ for His glory.” In Jenny Cote’s keynote address “Liberty,” she’ll set the stage for exploring the life of writing and deadlines, all for God’s glory. Learn why many authors fail, and learn three keys to liberate your writing journey for success. Jenny will share how she became a published author; developed her marketing platform; and created the EPIC brand, which includes books, VBS curriculum, an animated series, a kids’ camp, and more.

8:45–9:30 p.m.

  • Informal coffee and conversation with presenters, editors, and agents (HMC). All are invited!
  • If you signed up for an appointment with an author, editor, or agent, see sign-up sheets for the location of the person you’re consulting.

Saturday, September 22, 2018 

Please check room schedule updates before proceeding to each event!

New interactive features for 2018:

  1. A roving character actor (Tyler Hendrick), who will play John Bunyan and/or Christian from Pilgrim’s Progress
  2. A photo booth in HMC—Enjoy taking photos while using our special writers’ props, and don’t forget to share on social media!

7:45–8:15 a.m. HMC

Late check-in.

  • Please specify dietary restrictions at this time, if you haven’t already done so.
  • Sign up, if you desire, for two individual appointments with authors, editors, or agents.

8:15–9:00 a.m.

Session A: Teens only

  • Brenda Covert “Writing Poetry with Meter and Rhyme” (CH 110) Using a metered poem by John Bunyan as a model, Brenda will take participants through the basics of meter and rhyme patterns to develop their own poem based on this classic form. After that, they’ll learn and write two fun types of poetry!

Session A options: Adults

  • Tony Snipes “5 Things I Learned in Corporate America That Can Jumpstart Your Writing Business in under 24 Hours” (CH 101) I believe it’s not a coincidence that this year’s Write2Ignite conference is taking place in September . . . the same time that many corporate businesses map out the success of their upcoming year. For over a decade, I’ve worked in the multimedia broadcast and news publishing industry, creating, launching, and managing roadmaps for the companies’ success. As a result, I’ve identified five basic strategies that any writer, vocalist, designer, artist, or other Creative can apply to his or her own project, ministry or business.
  • Vicki Moss “The Journey towards Finding Your Writing Voice” (CH 108) God’s calling you to write. You’ve heard the gentle whisper, and you’ve been told by friends and family that 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 an email with an attached game plan, and what’s the next step? Do you walk on water or stay in the boat?
  • Teens or Adults Carol Baldwin “Strangers in a Strange Land” (CH 102) What’s our calling as Christian writers? Our responsibility? Our privilege? What do we all have in common? How do we honor Christ as writers in the secular publishing world? There are no easy answers. But together we’ll examine how we’re strangers, what this strange land is, what choices are open to us, and ways that we can integrate our faith into our writing. A worksheet will be provided to stimulate thought and discussion.
  • Kim Peterson “The Language of Children’s Picture Books” (CH 109) Picture books foster language development and stimulate the imagination. Launch a child’s love of books and awaken the joy of discovery by using words, sentence structure, and figures of speech to write picture books children will treasure.

9:15–10:15 a.m. HMC

  • Welcome
  • Announcements
  • Keynote address: Jenny L. Cote “Road” Where do you want to go with your writing? In Jenny Cote’s keynote address “Road,” she’ll discuss her process to develop a book from beginning to end. She’ll use the acrostic ROAD and the metaphor of following a road to a destination. Her acrostic stands for Route (mapping out a story, developing an outline); Obstacles (writer’s block, research, distractions, and dead ends); Attractions (fun things along the road for writers and readers); and Destination (editing, illustrating, typesetting, advance readers, publishing, and distributing a new book).

10:30–11:15 a.m.

Session B options

  • Tessa Emily Hall “The Balancing Act: Write Powerful Christian Fiction without Preaching” (CH 108) No one wants to hear a sermon when they pick up a Christian fiction novel. So how can writers who long to minister through Christian fiction write a powerful story that points others to Christ? How can Christian authors draw a line between coming across as “too preachy” and watering down the spiritual element? Learn how to write stories that portray authentic characters with real issues while staying true to the Christian fiction genre.
  • Samantha Bell “Polishing Your Picture Book” (CH 102) Is your picture book the best it can be? Fearless attendees may submit their picture book manuscript for possible review during the workshop. We’ll look at length, plot, dialogue, word choice, pacing, and more!
  • Teen Track: Carol Baldwin “Fiction Writing” (CH 110) Using worksheets from my book, Teaching the Story: Fiction Writing in Grades 4-8, as well as movement activities, students will gather some basic tools to put into their writing toolbox:
    • Muscle Words
    • Show Don’t Tell
    • The Red Pencil is Your Best Friend
    • Using Mentor Texts
    • Details Make the Difference (genre fiction)—basics session
  • Kim Peterson “Devotions That Enlighten and Engage” (CH 109) Children need to grow in Jesus, too, and you can help them do so! Discover the tools to create devotionals that impact hearts and keep kids engaged.
  • Teens or Adults Daniel Blackaby “The Journey Begins: Step-by-Step Preparation for Beginning the Writer’s Journey” (CH 101)* You’ve heard that “all’s well that ends well,” but if you depart on an adventure without proper provisions, you’re doomed to fail! How you start the writer’s journey will largely determine how you finish it. This session will provide all the tools you need to begin your exciting journey and ensure that you’re equipped to reach your final destination alive and stronger than ever.

11:15 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Todd Dining Hall

Lunch. (Use the tickets in your registration packet.) Teens return to HMC at 12:20 p.m. for NGU admissions information and a Q&A.

12:45–1:30 p.m.

Session C options

  • Tessa Emily Hall “Create and Maintain a Blog to Build a Readership” (CH 108) These days, 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 this workshop, I will help fiction and non-fiction writers alike understand the basics of blogging and its multiple benefits. I’ll share mistakes and lessons I’ve learned through 7+ years of writing my award-winning blog, ChristIsWrite.blogspot.com. 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.
  • Vicki Moss “Connecting the Dots” (CH 102) “A man’s heart plans his way. But the Lord directs his steps.” (Prov. 16:9). So you think you want to be a novelist but God has other plans. He’s opened doors for you to write more nonfiction than fiction or vice versa. What to do? Connect the dots. What God has in store might be so much better than your own plans. And fiction might be forthcoming to follow behind your nonfiction (or again, vice versa)—the two intertwining to make a beautiful tapestry that allows you to reach more readers. But how to connect the dots? Join Vicki in this writing workshop to find out how she connected the dots in her personal writing journey so you will learn how to connect your own dots to view a bigger picture—perhaps part of God’s road map for your writing destiny.
  • Teens or Adults Daniel Blackaby “Joining the Fellowship: A Fun Brainstorming Session about Your Book ” (CH 110)* 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 only be gain by walking the journey alongside fellow adventurers. Come join the fellowship, as we learn and inspire each other by spending the session brainstorming your story ideas. The writer’s journey is too dangerous to walk along. Thankfully, you don’t have to!
  • Teens or Adults Jenny L. Cote “‘Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Another Plot Line!'” (HMC)* Jenny Cote’s workshop, “Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Another Plot Line!,” covers her research for her seventh novel on Patrick Henry, The Voice, the Revolution, and the Key. You’ll go behind the scenes of Henry’s famous speech that rallied a nation to independence and discover how it all started in ancient Rome. Jenny will share how she wove a plot line for this speech across two novels. She’ll also discuss a second plot line spanning seven novels and a third (initially unplanned) plot line that God inspired and affirmed in unbelievable ways.
  • Kim Peterson “Sour Grapes Aren’t My Cup of Tea” (CH 109) Examine ways to paint word pictures. Play with similes, metaphors, and other writing tools to enhance your ideas.

1:45–2:30 p.m.

  • Book sales (in CH lobby). Note: Book sales close for the day at 2:30 p.m.
  • Book signing (in CH 110)

2:45–3:30 p.m.

Session D options

  • Jean Matthew Hall “Writing from Childhood Memories” (HMC) Explore writing children’s (and young adult) stories based on our own childhood memories. We will discuss the pluses and minuses, and the problems with using memories one or two generations removed from children today. This session includes hands-on projects probing our memories and translating them into contemporary stories.
  • Kim Peterson “POV: It’s a Matter of Perspective” (CH 109) Explore how POV can shape your YA novel or middle grade reader. Dabble with the impact of Deep POV in shaping your characters’ voices.
  • Carol Baldwin “Writing Historical Fiction” (CH 102)* (Bring a favorite historical novel to use as a mentor text. And if you’re working on a project, bring one to two pages of that project.) This hands-on workshop will include the following topics: R—Research. What to read. When have you done enough? E—Experts. How to find experts, what to ask, how to use their stories. A—Arrange. Create a system to keep track of notes, interviews. D—Details and Drafts. What details do you need and when? Moving from rough drafts to honing in on your story.
  • Teens or Adults Daniel Blackaby “Heroic Writing: Overcoming the Obstacles to Find Victory in Your Writing” (CH 101)* Every mighty hero must overcome powerful enemies and overwhelming obstacles to achieve their goal. The writer’s journey is no different. From the elusive search for inspiration, to overcoming the dreaded writer’s block, to navigating the maze publication options, a writer is faced with opposition at every turn. This breakout session will equip you with fun and practical advice to reach the end of the journey confident and victorious.
  • Teen Track keynote address: Tessa Emily Hall “Worshipping Our Creator through Our Creations” (CH 110) We were created to create. Even when writing becomes our career, we can still use it as a means to spend time with our Creator and to glorify Him through the process. He ignited this flame of creativity in us, and we should offer it back to Him in the form of worship.This workshop will inspire you to focus on offering your daily writing sessions as a sacrifice of worship to God and learn how spending time with Him can help you tap into your God-given creativity. As you draw closer to Him during this process, you’ll help your readers to come to know Him as well.

3:45–4:45 p.m. HMC

Closing keynote address: Jenny L. Cote “The Epic Journey” How does one become an author? In Jenny Cote’s keynote address “The Epic Journey,” she’ll share her amazing journey to become an author and the process required to make writing work as a full-time profession in the crazy publishing world. Hers is an EPIC journey of unexpected encounters, international adventures, and nonstop fun. You’ll glimpse her joy as one who discovered her purpose: to serve as “God’s little dictation girl.” And you’ll hear how she live out her passion by never working a day in her life.

4:45–5:00 p.m. HMC

  • Closing announcements and events
  • Writing awards: EABooks Publishing/Write2Ignite “Faith and Freedom” awards
  • Door prizes
  • Silent auction results

Workshops marked “Teens or Adults”  are open to both adults and Teen Track participants.

All of Jenny Cote’s keynotes are open to both teens and adults.