Speaker Spotlight: Tessa Emily Hall’s Keynote Address “You’re Never Too Young to Begin Your Writing Journey”
Award-winning author and blogger Tessa Emily Hall attended Write2Ignite Conference in 2017 as a junior literary agent and connected immediately with Teen Track participants. We’re excited to bring her back to present workshops and Teen Track keynote addresses at our 2018 conference (September 21–22)!
In her opening teens-only keynote, “Teen Writers: You’re Never Too Young to Begin Your Writing Journey,” Tessa will encourage teens as she shares her experience and insights.
Tessa says, “When I began my writing journey at 15 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. In this [keynote address], I’ll give a brief overview of my writing journey—including how I received a publishing contract at 16 years old—and discuss the pros and cons of pursuing writing at an early age.”
A YA author, associate agent, and YA acquisitions editor, Tessa writes inspirational yet authentic YA fiction to show teens they’re not alone. The debut novel she penned at 16 years old, Purple Moon (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas), was a Selah 2014 finalist. Her second YA novel, Unwritten Melody, released with Clean Reads in fall of 2016. Her passion for shedding light on clean entertainment and media for teens led her to a career as an associate agent at Hartline Literary Agency, a YA acquisitions editor for Illuminate YA (LPC imprint), and the founder and editor of PursueMagazine.net.