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

 

O Pilgrim, Where Art Thou?

O Pilgrim, where art thou? A better question might be, Where can we find Pilgrim tomorrow?

The way to his longed-for destination, the Celestial City, passes through many places, some welcome and some not. Fortunately, he expects a blessing when the path enters North Greenville University, where there are mountains in sight and a promise of fellowship, grace-filled conversation, and deeper insight in the ways of sharing intersections between his story and the divine story. Look for him when you enter Write2Ignite Conference!

Sunny Forecast!

We’re two days away from the 2018 Write2Ignite conference! (And there’s still time to register!) Here’s an updated forecast for Friday and Saturday:

Friday (9/21)—Sunny (high: 87, low: 67)

Saturday (9/22)—Sunny (high: 88, low: 67)

For a more detailed look, check out the forecast for this weekend in Tigerville, SC.

Thoughts for the journey: pray, prepare, proceed, and practice.

On the journey, Pilgrim takes time to pray, especially after a few hasty decisions put him in harm’s way. Having been instructed, he prepares for future challenges in conversations with fellow travelers, discussing ideas and bringing up Scriptures to keep their focus on God’s truth. Rehearsing these verses during the journey helps Christian and his friends practice telling their story and God’s role in it.

The Conference Is Still On!

The conference is still on, and there’s still time to registerFriday’s weather is expected to be sunny, and although there’s a chance of a thunderstorm on Saturday, we don’t anticipate any weather problems interfering with the conference.

If you’d like a more detailed look at the weather, feel free to check the forecast for Tigerville, SC.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in three days at Write2Ignite 2018!