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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
“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
“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.)
“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.
“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
“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
“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
What did you learn at the conference? Leave a comment — we’d love to know!
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Last Thursday we shared some of our Write2Ingite staff picks. Here is a sampling of what our attendees are expecting.
I’m looking forward to my first Write2Ignite conference. I’ve heard great things about past conferences and know I will pick up some much-needed tips. I also plan to meet friends I’ve made in an on-line writing group for the first time!
Jarm Del Boccio
I am looking forward to perfecting my craft, camaraderie with fellow authors, critiques and connections with publishing industry professionals. All this, hopefully, will lead to more creativity and direction from God as I listen to his still small voice in my life!
Having spent most of my 38 years of writing for publication focused on nonfiction, I am venturing into the world of fiction. At this year’s Write2Ignite conference, I’m eager to learn how to develop and strengthen my plots and create better characters by attending sessions presented by Nancy Lohr and Kim Peterson. I hope to learn better ways to market my efforts from Tony Snipes, who is always an interesting and helpful presenter. I’m also looking forward to hearing keynoter Edie Melson, whose blog I’ve followed for quite some time.
I am looking forward to meeting others at Write2Ignite and learning from them how they use their gift of writing to glorify and enjoy God, and to encourage others to do the same. I’m excited to ride over and back with a couple of writers, and the time that gives us to get to know one another better. It is a new wonder for me!
I am looking forward to connecting with writers of faith. Hoping to learn more about how to write for adolescents and teenagers about hope and faith.
The Write2Ignite conference has been my annual writing vitamin shot for years. Education and encouragement through its scheduled events and camaraderie in between, fill my cup–but there’s more. Each year I’ve received an unscheduled, tailor-made surprise from God, who knows my heart’s needs. Only He knows what it’ll be this year, but I can’t wait.
Stay tuned for Part III. Next Thursday you’ll hear what our faculty is looking forward to!
I’m torn between the workshop about “Connecting with Kids” by editor-in-chief Todd Williams of Union Gospel Press, and the workshop called “Ten Ways to Charm an Editor” by magazine editor and freelance writer Lori Hatcher. Then there is the always entertaining Tony Snipes bringing his creative flare with “How I Turned a Facebook Page into a Weekly Storytelling Medium.” I love that Write2ignite offers workshops on writing, editing, marketing, and the use of social media!
Since I’m scheduling the teaser posts, I get to read everybody’s first. Every time a new one comes in I think, “Oooooo, I’d like to hear that.”My favorite genres are historical fiction and science for kids. I’d love to hear Vanessa Fortenberry and learn how she organizes her research. I love verse and its rhythm. Linda Vigen Phillips “Using Verse to Get to the Heart of Your Story” is also one of my top choices. Vijaya Bodach’s workshop on Writing Memoir for Kids strikes a note with me. I used to think my grandma really had a lot to share because she was so old (102) but I’ve had some experiences too I’d like to know how to share in interesting ways. I’d like to up the influence of my blog. I think if I can make it to another workshop I’d love Tessa Emily Hall’s “Create Book Buzz by Coordinating a Blog Tour.” Of course, the keynotes are the icing on the cake that pulls everything together. Can’t wait to learn all the great ways to grow as a writer.
I am super excited to hear Edie Melson when she arrives at the conference. I had the pleasure of participating, online, with a Bible study called, “Soul Care for Writers.” It was fantastic, refreshing, real, and deeply encouraging. I would listen to whatever she had to offer to those of us who calls ourselves, “creatives, writers, illustrators, etc.” Edie has a voice of wisdom I would always take note of.
Of course, I’m looking forward to Nancy Lohr’s keynote on Truth-FULL writing, because I’m eager to see how she will illustrate this principle with examples from various writers, and Edie Melson’s keynote on “The New Paradigm of Social Media” because it’s hard to keep up with all the changes, and I know she will have a lot of tips for maximizing our platforms (as individual writers) and effective communication in different media. She usually includes tips to help save time as we work in these different media. For workshops, as a Tolkien and Lewis fan, I want to hear Daniel Blackaby’s discussion of Christian imagination in their works and others’, but I am also fascinated by Linda Vigen Phillips’ free verse novels (I am reading the second one now), and learning how she refined this technique for her books. So many choices – I don’t know how many I will be able to take in, but if I make it to a third workshop, it will probably be Vijaya Bodach’s talk on tackling controversial subjects in YA literature.
One of the things I enjoy about Write2Ignite is the atmosphere. Yes, you heard me right. I’ve been to lots of writing conferences and the spirit of Write2Ignite is encouragement and helpfulness. We are all in this process of writing and publishing together–and the team and presenters reflect that.
Secondly, I’m excited to sit in on Daniel Blackaby’s “World Building” workshop for teens and to hear his presentation on Christian Imagination. I’m also looking forward to Lori Hatcher’s presentation on “A Strong Supporting Cast of Secondary Characters” and Nancy Lohr’s keynote on “Truth-Full Writing.” If I can, I’d like to catch Vijaya Bodach’s presentation on “Writing A Memoir Part II–Being a Witness.”
Next week some of our attendees will share what they are looking forward to attending. It’s going to be an exciting, jam-packed weekend! We hope you will join us!
Here’s a sneak peek at conference presenters with descriptions in their own words. We’ll be posting a teaser page each Monday. You still have time to take advantage of the Early Bird Discount.
Tony Snipes – 5 MORE Things I Learned in Corporate America
What do you and CBS have in common? You create stories for an audience to consume…and so do they. You try to grow your audience with those stories while staying true to your values…and so do they. You have a need to generate resources that support the creation of those stories…and so do they.
There are practices that corporate content creators have been putting in effect for decades that allow them to distribute their stories and generate a profit while they do it.
This workshop will give you access to an insider’s view of corporate
storytellers. Corporate storytellers such as The Greenville News and local CBS affiliate WSPA have a lot in common with you as a writer: the need to create stories and earn a living in the process.
In my workshop, “Five MORE Things I Learned from Corporate America that Help Your Writing Business Pay for Itself ” we’ll unpack what I learned from corporate America that help your writing business pay for itself.
Edie Melson – Love the World You Build
Linda Vigen Phillips – Using Verse to Get to the Heart of Your Story
Writing a verse novel may not be your intention or even your cup of tea, but writing in verse can be good for your writing health. As writers, we all mine our past, and capturing difficult or sensitive memories in verse is a therapeutic exercise that can lead to strong story elements. Suffering from writer’s block? Throw rules out the window and jot down whatever comes to mind in a free-verse format. Want to probe deeper into your characters? Have them write their hearts out in verse. This method is particularly effective in capturing the depth and voice of a protagonist on a spiritual journey.
In, “Using Verse to Get to the Heart of Your Story,” we will explore a variety of formats that authors have used successfully in their verse novels. Participants will have the opportunity to turn an emotionally charged memory or idea into free verse, and to use a shape poem to show setting, action, or mood.
Kenzi Nevins – An ILLUSTRATOR’S Market: Portfolio, Platform, and Proposals
Imagine walking into a bookstore and seeing a line of stuffed animals above the children’s book section…but these aren’t just any animals, they’re yours! The illustrations from your book, brought to life. What does it take to stand out in today’s increasingly freelance illustration market? What tools does an illustrator need once the drawings are finished to have kids, adults, and EDITORS begging for more? Come to “An Illustrator’s Market: Portfolio, Platform, and Proposals” to find out!
Nancy Lohr – The Plot Thickens
An idea, an emotion, a hero or heroine (the protagonist) all are necessary elements to include in a novel for children, but none of these are suitable for a strong and compelling plot. My workshop. “The Plot Thickens” will look at a variety of ways to develop a plot that will hold a reader’s attention and deliver a satisfying forward-moving story.
Carol Baldwin – Let Your Characters Do the Heavy Work
Try this recipe for story success: Start with a memorable, authentic protagonist. Add a complicated, believable antagonist. Put them into a sensory setting and watch what conflicts ensue. In this workshop, we’ll complete several writing exercises that will help you deepen your unforgettable, true-to-life characters.
Are you making a list of the workshops you want to attend at the conference? Leave a comment about your favorites. Then subscribe to the Write2Ignite newsletter (link on the right side) and share this post on social media. You will earn one, two, or three chances to win one of Linda Phillp’s YA novels, Crazy or Behind These Hands, Bring your winning copy to the conference for Linda to sign. She will be presenting three fabulous workshops during the conference.
Contest ends August 17. The winner will be announced on next Monday’s teaser blog — so enter soon!