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Write 2 Ignite 2019 Wrap Up

We prepare, plan, and pray for a year and then quickly the conference is over! As a team, we are thankful for each attendee and presenter and are already looking forward to the 2020 conference on September 18-19. SAVE THE DATE! More details to follow.

If you weren’t able to attend, here are some snippets and photos.

“I took many notes via pen and paper. I have been looking over the notes and am excited about all the valuable wisdom the presenters shared. What a great conference!” Melissa Henderson

Melissa Henderson with Tony Snipes

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“My first-time experience with Write2Ignite2019 was supportive, inspirational and well worth my time.  Networking and meeting new friends is always a plus at writing conferences, and there is nothing a writer loves more than coming away with new ideas and fresh inspiration. I am thankful for the people I connected with who either shared similar interests or encouraged me to think outside my own box.” Linda Phillips

Linda Phillips, Karen Wallace, Vijaya Bodach

“Everybody was engaged when I spoke about writing a controversial book. It was gratifying to speak with several people privately about their own stories. I am going to develop it some more because it’s an important topic. It was a great conference and I love our shared vision.” Vijaya Bodach (See Vijaya’s blog post about the conference here.)

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“Once again our wonderful God has supplied our needs and multiplied our efforts. Through extra staff and volunteers, an amazing NGU college intern (Charissa Garcia), and His Spirit infusing grace, patience, and love, we saw an outpouring of enthusiasm for learning and practicing the disciplines and craft of writing and publishing. We have a growing list of writers and others asking to present at next year’s conference, from as far away as Australia!” 
Deborah DeCiantis working during the conference. (Did she ever stop working??)

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“Although not a writer by trade, I consider writing much the same as breathing in that I need to do it continuously to stay alive. The W2I conference afforded me the opportunity to confirm again and again how essential it is to show rather than tell stories to build bridges instead of walls within our relationships.

“Daniel Blackaby’s book beautifully illustrated by his wife, Sarah, Two Thankful Turtles, is a refreshing, other-worldly, look at differences among siblings that frames the strengths of each twin without using the more common hook of unfavorable comparisons (building bridges not walls).” Karen Wallace
Karen was excited to find this book for her grown son, Trevor.

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“As a first-time writing conference attendee, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. However, Write2Ignite went above and beyond my expectations from the first session on. The chance to talk and interact with authors and editors who were truly interested in me and who gave me advice or tips on pursuing my own career in writing was awesome. I really can’t say enough good things about Write2Ignite. I’m very thankful that I was able to attend this year and I hope to attend next year as well!” Charissa Garcia

 

Charissa Garcia, an English major at NGU and our college intern enjoyed the beautiful weather along with Olivia Rollins, a fantastic teen writer.

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“This year at Write2Ignite, I really enjoyed getting to listen to and socialize with different presenters. My favorite session was on learning about developing characters with Carol Baldwin. I also learned about persevering in a topic with Tessa Emily Hall.” Kathryn Dover

Carol Baldwin brainstorming a sensory fantasy world with the teens.

 

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“At this year’s Write2Ignite, I learned a great deal of information, including world-building, painless editing, and completing query letters. I gained valuable knowledge and wisdom from the presenters and especially loved meeting them in person. I also enjoyed getting the chance to talk with other aspiring authors about writing. Overall, I really enjoyed attending Write2Ignite and I can’t wait until next year!”  Olivia Kirkland
Olivia Kirkland with Tessa Emily Hall.

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“I was truly honored to receive the award. But the best part of the conference was connecting with and learning from everyone there, from the presenters to other first-time attendees. I hope to keep up with and see them again next year!”  Tina Hartig

Brenda Covert awards Tina Hartig with the Editor’s Choice Award made possible by Christian Book Proposals.

What did you learn at the conference? Leave a comment — we’d love to know!

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Do You Wish You Had Been There?

     THEN SAVE THE DATE FOR NEXT YEAR!

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Whatever your situation, Write2Ignite has an app for that!

Many of us love our phone cameras, but how adept are we at getting the best shots?

Rank novice?

Learn how to get the shots right  side up!

  Selfies spoiled?

Get tips on the best perspective!

Seeing the bigger picture?

Get professional recommendations for new goals!

Still finding your settings, need more light?

Practice makes perfect at workshop sessions!

Something holding you back?

Find inspiration for success, and encourage those who aren’t quite ready to advance!

Need peer contacts for critiques and pep talks?

Connect with others for fun, fellowship, and common interests!

Short on time?

Friday afternoon and evening, Saturday 8:15 – 5, one short part of a weekend to take time for yourself, cultivating your interests, talents, and creativity, mastering new skills, meeting new people, and taking steps toward the vision of excellence you’ve imagined.

Pack your bag, get a sitter, trade shifts, work out details, and join those making their way to  W2I tomorrow ! Need more information? https://write2ignite.com/registration-2019/

Conference Schedule

Contact Cathy John Biggerstaff, Registrar: hiskid410@gmail.com with questions about pro-rated fees for partial attendance. Don’t delay!

 

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Keynote by Edie Melson

Here’s a sneak peek at our final conference keynote with a description in her own words. We’ve enjoyed sharing our conference presenters with you. We are looking forward to seeing you at the conference.

Visit: https://write2ignite.com/registration-2019/

New Paradigm for Social Media

Social media feels like the mechanical side of writing and publishing. It’s something we have to do—and it takes time away from our calling and our purpose.

I would respectfully suggest that such a mindset is upside down. Social media isn’t an interruption from our calling—instead it’s a vital part of the call God has placed in our hearts. He didn’t look up on the day FB was invented and realize he’d forgotten that was coming. No, instead, it’s part of His plan.

It’s no mistake that we were born in this time and place. Like Esther 4:14 reminds us, we are called for such a time as this.

God is perfect with His Plan, Preparation, and Place

  • in His plan for us
  • in His preparation of us
  • in the time where He’s placed us

This is the vantage point from which I teach social media and marketing. I share the mechanics and equip those in the class to navigate this fast-paced paradigm where we live. But I do so from the foundation of why, so when the who, what, when, where, and how changes, we can keep focused on the part of the plan that matters.

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Faculty Focus

This is Brenda Covert’s 5th year with W2I. In the past she participated as an editor and taught a poetry workshop for the Teen Track. Now she is the critiques coordinator and manages W2I’s Twitter and Instagram accounts. She  loves teen authors since they are some of the most creative, imaginative, quirky people in the world! Brenda says, “There is little in life more satisfying than witnessing a quiet teen author enthusiastically sharing ideas and poetry during my workshop!” Social media is her guilty pleasure. 🤓

 

 

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Faculty Focus

 

Lori Hatcher is an author, editor, and vibrant Christian. She enjoys her grandchildren, her grandpuppy, and can be impatient as she awaits to see the cover of her next book! As a writer and editor, she has sat on both sides of the writing table. If you want to learn more about how to impress an editor (and what NOT to do) join her at Write2Ignite 2019.

 

 

 

 

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Faculty Focus

Vanessa Fortenberry is no stranger to Write2Ignite or to her passion for writing and sharing books. She earned her Master’s and Specialist degrees in Media from the University of West Georgia. As a teacher-librarian, Vanessa enjoys story time with her students and also takes pleasure in literacy events with them. In this brief video she demonstrates what she is cooking up for us this year!