Life After a Writers’ Conference

by Diane Buie

How can I capture in words what last year’s Write2Ignite conference meant to me? Attending my first-ever writers’ conference left me feeling (and probably looking) like a deer in headlights! I left with an overwhelming conviction of the need for Christian writers and with a vast amount of information gleaned from each workshop. God lit […]

Writing Contests, Deadlines, and Write2Ignite Conference Registration!

Summer break (and summer weather) is here or near, providing a perfect opportunity for you to fine tune your writing plans, check schedules, and finalize writing contest and conference details! Here are events with summer deadlines you won’t want to miss!

  1. Write2Ignite Conference registration! Early registration saves $30 on adult full tuition and $15 on student (middle school through college) tuition. That’s money you can use for books, travel expenses, and more! Deadline for early registration: September 1, 2018.
  2. The “Faith and Freedom” writing contest cosponsored by Write2Ignite and EA Books Publishing! (Open only to those attending W2I 2018.) Benefits: there’s no extra fee to enter (conference registration and attendance qualify you), a wide range of genres is accepted, both youth and adults may apply, and winners will be published in an EA Books anthology. See full details here. Deadline for submissions: August 20, 2018.
  3. In her Encouraging Words newsletter, presenter Jean Matthew Hall reports that agent Cyle Young is having an open submission period, accepting “children’s, MG, YA, and adult audience books for the general and Christian markets, both nonfiction and fiction. . . . Tell them that Jean Hall sent you!” Send your submissions to submissions@cyleyoung.com. Deadline for submissions: June 30, 2018.

Contest: Teen Track Comments Wanted!

Carol Baldwin highlights teen writers' potential

UPDATE: Congratulations to Jenna Turner, the winner of our teen contest! Keynote presenters, workshop choices, editor and agent appointments, professional critiques, and contests—these benefits are available to both students and adults who attend the Write2Ignite Conference on September 21–22, 2018! Carol Baldwin, who’s returning as a presenter, chose students’ potential as her “success story” focus: […]

One Brave Step Leads to Another: Sally Matheny’s Writing Journey

Author and speaker Sally Matheny shares her progress since attending her first W2I conference

As promised, here’s the full story of Sally Matheny’s writing progress, featured in our “Success Stories” announcement on April 9. I attended my first Write2Ignite conference in March 2012. I remember that my enthusiasm for the adventure barely overrode my terror. At the time, I didn’t have writer friends who wrote for children. Feeling quite […]

Writing Contest and Anthology Publication

EA Books and Write2Ignite Conference co-sponsor a writing contest

WRITING CONTEST! 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, […]

“Christian Overtakes Faithful”: The Allure of Vanity Fair in Children’s Writing (in the Era of the Selfie)

Part V in W2I Conference 2018 theme exploration of Pilgrim’s Progress by Deborah DeCiantis

      Shortly before they enter Vanity Fair, Evangelist meets the pilgrims to give them a prophetic message about the dangers they will face there. Bunyan’s narrator follows this warning with the reminder that Christian and Faithful cannot avoid this test of faith, for “their way to the [Celestial] city lay through this town”; leaving “the […]

Success Stories: Sally Matheny’s Writing Journey from the W2I Conference

A freelance writer and blogger, Sally Matheny has published in numerous online and print publications, including AppleSeeds, Clubhouse Jr., Homeschooling Today, Practical Homeschooling, and The Old Schoolhouse. Sally attributes much of her writing success to her first experience attending a Write2Ignite conference.

She says, “I connected with an editor from Clubhouse Jr. In a fifteen-minute session, I showed her the first picture book manuscript I had written. She offered kind and helpful advice. That particular manuscript still sits in my filing cabinet. However, I later wrote two articles published by Clubhouse Jr. It took roughly a year of edits for each of them before reaching publication. It was a long learning process which grew me as a writer.”

To read Sally’s full account of the series of events after her introduction to W2I, look for her article on our blog, scheduled for April 19, 2018!

You can read more about Sally at her blog, www.sallymatheny.blogspot.com.