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2019 Conference Updates

The WRITE2IGNITE team has been working hard to select a theme and faculty for the 2019 conference. Just in case you missed our announcements, here are the links: THEME: A True Witness KEYNOTE SPEAKERS TEEN TRACK WORKSHOP OPTIONS ADULT WORKSHOPS FACULTY    Can you tell we’re excited about this conference? We’re praying that it will […]

Write2Ignite Conference Announces 2019 Keynote Presenters!

Write2Ignite Conference September 20-21 2019 is excited to announce the following KEYNOTE presenters.

  1. Nancy Lohr is Acquisitions Editor for BJU Press Journey Forth and author of historical fiction for children, including Songbird and Pelts and Promises.  Her keynote, “Truth-Full Writing,” on Saturday morning , September 21, will focus on truths foundational for Christian authors. These include writing from your own faith (not someone else’s), with your own gifts, for felt needs of readers, and as salt and light.

 Lohr will also present two workshops. “The Plot Thickens” will look at a variety of ways to develop a plot that will hold your reader’s attention and deliver a satisfying, forward-moving story.

Read Like a Writer” will show writers how analysis of other writers’ work offers both inspiration and instruction to practicing writers. This workshop will examine various techniques for reading like a writer.

2. Edie Melson is Director of Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, blogger (The Write Conversation), and author of both devotional and social media nonfiction. Recently, she published a YA fiction novel, Maiden of Iron: A Steampunk Fable. For Saturday’s closing keynote, she will speak on “The New Paradigm of Social Media,” providing writers with the following know-how: tools to navigate shifts in social media, tips and tricks for connecting with their audience, and ways to build real online connections.

Melson will also present two workshops. In “Love the World You Build,” she will discuss the foundational role of worldbuilding in all fiction, not just historical or scifi and fantasy. She will share steps to make sure the world you build pulls in your readers and makes them never want to leave.

In “Writing for the YA Audience,” Edie will discuss what it takes to ignite the imagination of young adults. Her insight includes drawing from personal experiences to craft books that become favorites with young readers as well as ways to reach this audience thought Instagram, online give-aways, and in-person events.

3.  Daniel Blackaby, author of The Lost City Chronicles, The Gallowood Files, When Worlds Collide co-authored with Mike Blackaby), and Two Thankful Turtles (co-authored and illustrated by Sarah Blackaby), is not only a fourth-generation writer, but also a recent Ph.D. now on the faculty of Shorter University in Georgia.

 A favorite presenter at W2I, he will present the opening two Teen Track sessions Friday afternoon. At the 3:15 p.m. Bonus session, Blackaby will lead “Worldbuilding,” a discussion on how to create believable worlds  in fiction writing (Teens Only). For the 4 p.m. Teen Keynote, he will speak on “Tolkien, Lewis, & Christian Imagination.” In this talk about Tolkien’s and Lewis’ vastly different approaches and ideas of Christian Art, he will focus discussion on what it means to be a Christian Artist today.

On Saturday, Blackaby will present “Tolkien, Lewis, and the Christian Imagination” as a workshop for adults.

Watch for coming posts listing other workshop faculty and topics, as well as the conference schedule, and don’t forget to register!

 

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 .

Write2Ignite Conference Publishes “Too Big for a Band-Aid”

Devos for times when it hurts

  a service project of Write2Ignite Conference  devotional book with covers In September 2017, the Write2Ignite Team was meeting to plan the 2018 Conference and explore other possible programs. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, shortly followed by Maria, were fresh on everyone’s minds. The subject of a service project came up, and we wondered, what can we do? […]

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.

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