Overcoming a Writer’s Fears by Attending Conferences

by Gail Wofford Cartee

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. 

Announcing Write2Ignite Conference 2019 Faculty & Theme!

 A love of reading starts early, but how do we keep older kids reading, and enjoying material with Christian worldview values? Join us for #Write2Ignite2019 to explore the theme “Witness!” The following editors, agents, and authors plan to present at Write2Ignite Conference 2019: Nancy Lohr* will deliver a keynote and workshops.  Perennial favorite Kim Peterson will return, joined by the following: Edie Melson, Carol Baldwin, Vijaya Bodach, Samantha Bell, Brenda Covert*, Daniel Blackaby, Vanessa Fortenberry, Jean Matthew Hall, Lori S. Hatcher, Linda Vigen Phillips, Tony Snipes, and Todd Williams*. Editor and agent responses are still coming in. In addition to those listed above (*), we expect Tessa Emily Hall of Hartline and Kenzi Nevins (Cyle Young). Watch for additional names, keynotes and workshop titles, and schedule announcement!

2019 Registration is about to begin!

 Spread the word: registration for Write2Ignite’s September 20-21, 2019 Conference will open soon, and big discounts are available for early registration!

The Registration page is still under construction, so please watch for future posts on this website and on our social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest). As soon as updates to forms and links are complete, we’ll send a media blast. Faculty, including keynotes, workshop presenters, editors, and agents, will be announced as they accept invitations, with the list completed by February 1, 2019, and updated as needed.

Future blog posts will feature feedback from W2I 2018 presenters, editors, agents, and attendees. If you attended and would like your comments featured, please comment on this post, on our Write2Ignite Conference Facebook page or Write2Ignite group, on Twitter, or drop us a line at info.write2ignite@gmail.com .

Resuming the journey: Writers meet, learn, and leave to share their stories

 Three days after #Write2Ignite2018 Conference, Pilgrim continues, resuming his journey toward the Celestial City, while W2I conference participants return to their homes, nourished with new insights, methods, and connections.

FEEDBACK: The Write2Ignite Team is reviewing workshop, keynote, and conference evaluation forms received from those who attended. If you did not turn in forms, or if you have further feedback to offer, please submit comments or watch for future posts inviting comments, questions, or guest posts about specific conference elements.

NEW FEATURES at #Write2Ignite2018 included online editor/agent/presenter appointment signups, a photo “booth”, a Book Signing, a wandering Pilgrim/Christian enactor, a W2I kids’ devotional, and a publisher-sponsored writing and anthology contest. Please share about your favorites!

CHALLENGES: Losing our main tech support guy, Dylan, to a job out of state left a big gap to fill in the areas of projector connections, session recordings, and general tech assistance. With help from Team member April Williams, we worked through most “help” calls, but rest assured, we will making securing tech-savvy staff a key priority for Write2Ignite 2019!

Both Conference Critiques and participant conferences with editors, agents, and presenters were at an all-time high! We’ll be looking at ways to open even more time in future conference schedules to maximize these one-on-one (and possibly, small group) connections which allow individual writers to speak directly with one or more chosen professionals, to get input on specific writing projects, concepts, or marketing and publishing options.

How did #Write2Ignite2018 contribute to your writing journey?  What are major takeaways for you, resuming your writing projects and pursuing publication and marketing pathways? We hope you will share these with us in the coming months, reporting ways that information, challenges, connections, and critiques received at W2I Conference are impacting your writing progress and success.

Helpful Information for Individual Appointments Signup for W2I September 21–22

Please take a look at the information below. Announcements will display on the overhead screen before and after keynote addresses in the Hayes Ministry Center.

We’re excited to unveil our online signup sheets for the 15-minute appointments!

Attendees may sign up, and participating publishers, editors, and agents may check their schedules, by copying and pasting this URL into a search engine:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eo18M4WHiosfZqxK1KXtELnAYy4ENqUiuCGjBGX5KsQ/edit?ts=5b9efdf3

 W2I Appointments

Author, Editor or Agent Appointments Carol Baldwin Wanda Barbella Samantha Bell Daniel Blackaby Session A 8:15am Not Available Not Available 8:30am 8:45am Session B 10:30am Not Available Not Available 10:45am 11:00am Session C 12…

docs.google.com

Conference attendees: To sign up for an appointment, simply scroll down 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 a manned laptop nearby 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!

If editors, presenters, or agents you prefer don’t have any time available, you can still speak to them at the informal reception after Friday evening’s keynote address or visit with them during meal times. (The reception begins at 8:45 pm in the Hayes Ministry Center.) So don’t be shy!

~Brenda Covert, Critique Coordinator

 

Pilgrim has been approaching the Celestial City for weeks, knowing that on one hill is a place where he’ll find not only rest but a circle of friends and instructors. Fellowship, refreshment, and zeal for companions committed to taking messages of beauty and truth to others, both on the pathway and not yet there, await him.

Date: September 20, 2018—September 27, 2018
Appearance: Nearly there—unexpected blessings where journeys meet
Format: Vlog

O Pilgrim, Where Art Thou?

O Pilgrim, where art thou? A better question might be, Where can we find Pilgrim tomorrow?

The way to his longed-for destination, the Celestial City, passes through many places, some welcome and some not. Fortunately, he expects a blessing when the path enters North Greenville University, where there are mountains in sight and a promise of fellowship, grace-filled conversation, and deeper insight in the ways of sharing intersections between his story and the divine story. Look for him when you enter Write2Ignite Conference!