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Overcoming a Writer’s Fears by Attending Conferences

As a writer, I often find myself bogged down in fear.  Fear that my writing may not be good enough. Fear that I am too old. Fear that I don’t know how to write. Attending conferences gives me the insight to overcome those fears through encouragement, instruction, resources and reminding me that my writing needs to be covered in prayer.  Continue reading Overcoming a Writer’s Fears by Attending Conferences

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Faith and Freedom Writing Contest

Time’s running out! Deadline: September 10!

According to author and founder Cheri Cowell, EA Books Publishing will offer a writing contest and publication opportunity open only to those who register for and attend the September 21–22, 2018, Write2Ignite Conference. Participants who attend the conference both Friday and Saturday may submit one entry on the theme of “Faith and Freedom”—fiction, nonfiction, or poetry—for a writing contest to be judged by editors of EA Books Publishing.

Contest award: Twenty to twenty-five authors will be chosen to have their work published by EA Books Publishing in a print anthology entitled Faith and Freedom. Authors will be able to purchase books at a reduced rate and keep the profit from their sales.

In keeping with Write2Ignite Conference’s primary mission of producing Christian worldview materials for children and young adults, the anthology will include stories by, about, and/or for children and youth of various ages as well as content for more general or adult readers.

Contest Guidelines

  • Open only to unpublished authors (“Unpublished” is defined as follows: the writer can have articles, blogs, or online content published, either paid or unpaid, but cannot have a traditionally published book or inclusion in another published anthology.)
  • Each contestant must be registered for the full 2018 Write2Ignite Conference. The contest is not open to single-day attendees. Both adult and Teen Track participants are eligible to enter.
  • Only those who follow the full submission guidelines will be considered.
  • Only one submission per person registered for the conference
  • Genres accepted: short story, article, devotional, or poem
  • 300–1000 word limit
  • Include a 50-word bio at the end of your submission. At the top of the first page of the submission, place a title and your name with contact information (email, address, and phone number). (This page heading is not included in submission word count total.)
  • Standard manuscript format (Times New Roman, 12-pt font, double spaced, 1-inch margins, Microsoft Word doc or docx)
  • Submissions must be submitted via email attachment to by midnight on September 10, 2018.
  • Include W2I in the subject line.
  • Criteria: Those that best reflect the theme (Faith and Freedom), who meet submission guidelines, and represent the best writing of a new author, will be chosen for inclusion in the book. Winners will be announced during the conference.

What will you enter?

  • Set your plans now for registration.
  • Write your entry on the Faith and Freedom theme.
  • Submit by the deadline on September 10, 2018!
  • Attendance will be verified before winners are announced.

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Sneak Peek: Samantha Bell’s Presentation for W2I 2018

You’ve finished your picture book manuscript. You’ve read it over and over again, and you’ve revised it several times. The children in your life love it. You’ve even had a writing friend or two critique it for you. Finally, it’s ready to submit . . . or is it?

In my workshop “Polishing Your Picture Book,” we’ll read manuscripts and discuss how they can be polished even more. At the start of the class, brave attendees may submit their manuscripts; we’ll go over as many as time allows. We’ll examine things like word count, word choice, dialogue, pacing, story arc, illustration possibilities, and more. We’ll also discuss possible markets for the stories. If you’re not quite feeling up to the challenge, don’t worry—you don’t have to submit anything! Come to this informative discussion, and learn what makes a good picture book manuscript even better.


Author and illustrator Samantha Bell signed her first contract to illustrate a picture book in 2007. Since then, she has illustrated twenty more, including four of her own. She’s also the author of numerous nonfiction books for children and a regular contributor for Clubhouse Jr. and Kid’s Ark. You can find her online at

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Who Needs a Write2Ignite Critique?

If you’re fairly new to the writing business or trying out a different genre, you may wonder whether you’re doing it right. Or maybe you have a story that you feel is almost—but not quite—working, and you’re not sure why. What’s a writer needing a professional opinion and guidance to do? Get a professional critique, of course!

We at Write2Ignite offer you two options, depending on the time of year:

  • Two-for-One Critiques are available from October 1 to June 15. The fee of $45 gets one story critiqued by two professional members of our faculty (see page limits at the bottom of this page).
  • Our Conference Critiques are available from June 1 to the beginning of September. (See “send by” dates in the chart below.) These are only for registered conferees and include a face-to-face fifteen-minute meeting at the Write2Ignite conference with a pro you chose to critique your work (see page limits at the bottom of this page). The fee is $35 per manuscript.

Each critique will give you a thorough review of the strengths and weaknesses of your writing, offer suggestions for improvement, and help you identify potential markets.

A key is included below the following chart to help you interpret abbreviations in the chart.

Write2Ignite 2019: Conference Critiques Availability

(chart will be updated as presenter availability changes)

Critique Faculty # YA MG NFB ERC PB SS NFA P D C A Send by
Carol Baldwin 3 X X X 9/12
Daniel Blackaby 2 X X X X 9/5
Edie Melson 2 9/5
Brenda Covert 2 X X X X X X 9/12
Jean Hall 3 X X 8/31
Todd Williams 2 X 9/5
Kim Peterson 2 X X X X X X X X X X X 9/5
Linda Phillips 2 X X X 9/5
Vijaya Bodach 10 X X X X X X X X X X X 9/5
Kenzi Nevins 5 X X X X 9/5
Steve Hutson 6 X X X X X X 9/5
Andrea Merrell 2-3 X X X X X 9/12


Chart Key

# = Number of submissions a faculty member will critique

YA = Young adult novel

MG = Middle grade novel

NFB = Nonfiction book

ERC = Early reader/chapter book

PB = Picture book

SS = Short story

NFA = Nonfiction article

P = Poetry

D = Devotional

C = Curriculum

A = Activity book/pages

Manuscript Submission Procedure

Submit a manuscript for critique in any of the categories listed at the end of this post. Email your manuscript to our critique facilitator, Brenda Covert, at, and place “W2I CRITIQUE ENTRY” in the subject line. You’ll receive a written one-page critique or comments written on your pages. Include in the email text your name, email address, title, and category. You may submit as many manuscripts as you wish, as long as you pay the fee for each one.

Critique Fee


Check or Money Order:

If mailing a check or money order, make it payable to Write2Ignite. Please send the check to the address that will be given to you after you email your material to Brenda Covert.

Manuscript Format

Type all manuscripts in double-spaced, 12-pt. font, standard manuscript format. Include your name, the title of your piece, and the page number on each of your manuscript’s pages. (See page limit below.)

Please bring a copy of your material to the conference appointment!

Type of Manuscript

NOTE: All manuscripts should be 12 point type, Times New Roman, double-spaced (unless otherwise noted), with one-inch margins.

  • Young adult/middle grade novel—One page query or synopsis (single-spaced) and the first pages of the manuscript (double-spaced). Ten pages TOTAL.
  • Nonfiction book—Chapter outline, proposal and/or query letter (single-spaced) and the first pages of the manuscript (double-spaced). Ten pages TOTAL.
  • Picture book—Complete manuscript up to 1,000 words
  • Early reader/chapter book—First chapters up to 10 pages
  • Nonfiction article—1,200 word limit
  • Short story—1,200 word limit
  • Poetry—5 poems equal 1 critique; 40-line limit for each poem
  • Devotional—500-word limit each; up to 4 devotionals per paid critique
  • Curriculum-–A table of contents and 2–5 chapters; up to 10 pages
  • Activity book/pages—Up to 10 pages



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Write2Ignite Conference held its first-ever Black Friday deep discount pre-registration, for the 2018 Conference September 21-22 at North Greenville University in Tigerville, SC. Focusing on Christian worldview literature, non-profit W2I provides instruction and resources for writers, from young (middle-school – college) to adults writing in any genre for ages birth to young adult.

One 2017 participant writes, “I went to this conference feeling shy and nervous but left feeling encouraged and empowered: Write2Ignite gave me the direction I was looking for and reminded me of the power and importance of the written word.”

Another comments, “So many good things are taking place because of . . . Write2Ignite.  . . . I am writing more each day. I have completed about 1/4 of a story I have been trying to write most of my life. The novel’s theme and characters are growing . . . and I have a better vision for the story now.”

“[F]riends . . . and I have created our own ‘Overcomers Christian Writing Group’. . . .[Write2Ignite] offered us all a unique blend of practical [content] with worship so we could be prepared to produce those dreams [God] has inspired us with! “

We invite you to make a donation during #GivingTuesdayW2I. You may designate funds to a specific area such as student or adult scholarship, keynote or workshop sponsorship, or general conference expenses.

Giving instructions for #GivingTuesdayW2I: 

Thank you for your interest in Write2Ignite Conference! While we are in the process of changing online payment system, please direct your gift to our Financial Director, Cathy Biggerstaff, by mail (410 Aydlotte Rd., Rutherfordton, NC 28139) or email ( to pay by check or with a card through our Square account.

Gifts of any size are welcome as we plan for our exciting 2018 event, “Pilgrim’s Progress: Steps in a Christian Writer’s Journey.”


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BIG Savings on 2018’s Conference!

BLACK FRIDAY 2017: originally 72 hours only – now 96 hours!



We’re excited to launch our Deep Discount Early Registration for Write2Ignite Conference September 21 – 22, 2018!!! 

Adult conference registration: $150  $95.00

Middle school, High school, College student deep discount:  $95.00  $70.00

Register Now!

Paid registrations for Write2Ignite Conference 2018 receive extra discounted rates – a one-time offer Black Friday weekend 2017. These rates available only through beginning at 12:01 a.m. Friday, November 24, 2017 and close at midnight Monday, November 27, Eastern Standard Time.

Registration includes the following:

 Keynote presentations and full schedule of workshops September 21-22, 2018 Presenters list: Keynotes by Jenny Cote and Teen Track Keynotes by Tessa Emily Hall; Workshops by Jenny Cote, Tessa Emily Hall, Carol Baldwin, Samantha Bell, Daniel Blackaby, Brenda Covert, Jean Matthew Hall, Vicki Moss, Kim Peterson, Tony Snipes, Pam Zollman
 Publishers/editors/literary agents on site
 Two meals (Friday supper, Saturday lunch) plus beverages and light snacks Friday evening and Saturday  morning.
 Resource manual
 Tote bag and giveaway items
 Conferences with two authors/editors/agents (first-come, first-served signup schedule)
 Bookstore (opportunity for authors to sell their own books*)/book signing session
 Workshop handouts
 Networking with authors, editors, and agents
 Door prizes
 Opportunity to purchase low-cost recorded conference session files
 Participants-only resources available on private Write2Ignite web page

Adult conference registration deep discount: $95.00!

Middle school, High school, College student deep discount: $70.00!


Questions? Contact our Financial Director, Cathy Biggerstaff, at All e-mailed inquiries received by midnight Monday, November 27, 2017 will be able to register at the Deep Discount rate if completed form and payment are received by December 15, 2017.