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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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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!

How Write2Ignite is Unique

Most of you know that Write2Ignite is a conference to equip adult and teen writers of Christian-worldview literature for children and young adults. But what else does W2I provide?[spacer height=”20px”]

One-on-One Consultations

Some conferences charge to schedule a one-on-one session with a faculty member. As a participant in Write2Ignite, you are entitled to two FREE consultations with the faculty member of your choice. This is a great opportunity to pitch your story, share your illustrations, or simply ask your burning questions!

Sign-ups for the 15 minute appointments with authors, agents, and publishers will begin at 5 PM on Friday, following the panel presentations. That gives you the opportunity to attend bonus and warm-up sessions and decide which professionals you want to talk to.  Brenda Covert will be available in the bookstore from 5-5:30 for those with questions about signing up. With the link to be announced on this website and W2I social media, you’ll be able to sign up on the electronic device of your choice (phone, tablet, laptop).

To sign up for an appointment, click on the link and scroll down the page 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 staff available 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 and place! Participating authors, editors, and agents will need to check the schedule for appointments!

If editors, presenters, or agents you prefer don’t have appointment slots available, you can still speak to them at the informal reception after Friday evening’s Session A workshops or visit with them during meal times. (The reception is scheduled for 8:45 – 9:30 pm in Hayes Ministry Center.) So don’t be shy!


How many writing conferences have you attended where you had the opportunity to receive 4 to 6 professionally taken headshots suitable for business cards, book jackets, and social media at the nominal cost of $35.00? This is a great bonus for all W2I attendees.[spacer height=”20px”]
Contact Cathy Biggerstaff at to make an appointment. Check the workshop schedule before making your appointment to avoid missing part of a workshop you really wanted to take in. You’ll be able to sign up at the conference, but signing up ahead of time secures your time.[spacer height=”20px”]

Silent Auction

A Silent Auction will be set up in Hayes Ministry Center. Items and services have been donated by supporters of Write2Ignite, with the proceeds to help provide conference programming. Stop by often to place your bids and check competing bids. Bid sheets will be taken up before the conference ends on Saturday and the items will be awarded during the final session giving you time to pay for and collect your treasures before you leave.
Auction items include writing critiques and writing books; a basket of home made soaps; a gift basket with Sentsy items; a pillow that a writer will love; and a gift certificate for a free painting opportunity with Truth Be Told Art. Rumor has it that Tony Snipes is donating a mystery prize! [spacer height=”20px”]

Editors’ Choice Award

Another feature at W2I 2019 is the Editors’ Choice award. Editors, agents, or authors meeting in conferences with attendees can nominate a manuscript they deem worthy of publication. W2I Team or a designated third party will either select or draw names from eligible nominees. The manuscript must be for a children’s or YA publication and must reflect Christian worldview values.
 The nominee selected will win a certificate for Christian Book Proposals that provides a winning author with free use of the proposal service ($98 value). Christian Book Proposals, formerly Christian Manuscript Submissions, is a service of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA). [spacer height=”20px”]
Writers, this is a great time to work on polishing your best manuscript as you look forward to individual appointments with two presenters!


Faculty Focus

Excuse me while I brag on Linda Phillips, a young adult novelist and my BFF.

The Lord brought us together 20 years ago when the regional advisor of the SCBWI-Charlotte chapter suggested we put together a conference. Linda and I had never even met! But it turns out, that individual was right. Linda and I planned and ran a conference–and then became writing buddies, walking buddies, and praying friends. We’ve exchanged manuscripts, gone to conferences together, and encouraged each other as writers and sisters in Christ.

Now, back to Write2Ignite. I’m excited that Linda can be at the conference for the first time and share her love for free verse. Her passion for this art form has helped me grow as a writer. If you have ever thought about delving deeper into your writing or writing a novel in verse, this is the workshop for you.

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Jean Hall is very excited about her debut picture book. We’re excited for her since she’s a Write2Ignite success story! We’ll feature a blog post about The Blessings of Fall in the fall along with a GIVEAWAY!



She’s also thrilled to be teaching about picture books at the 2019 conference. Watch her video here. If you haven’t already signed up to hear Jean and the rest of the faculty share what they are passionate about, here is the link.

If you have dreamed of writing a picture book and don’t know where to start, or have a beginning but don’t know how to finish it, join Jean Hall at Write2Ignite 2019.

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