Sneak Peek: Tessa Emily Hall’s Presentations for W2I 2018

by Tessa Emily Hall

Workshop: “Common Mistakes Newbie Writers Make in Their Manuscripts” You’ve spent years working on your fiction manuscript. Finally, you reach “The End” and send it off to agents. When that first response arrives in your inbox, you anticipate seeing the message “This is the submission I’ve been waiting for!” pop onto your screen. But when […]

Speaker Spotlight: Tessa Emily Hall’s Keynote Address “Worshipping Our Creator through Our Creations”

We were created to create. Even when writing becomes our career, we can still use it as a means to spend time with our Creator and glorify Him through the process. He ignited the flame of creativity in us, and we should offer it back to Him in the form of worship.

Teens—through Tessa Emily Hall’s teens-only keynote address “Worshipping Our Creator through Our Creations,” you’ll be inspired to offer your daily writing sessions as a sacrifice of worship to God and learn how spending time with Him can help you tap into your God-given creativity. Thus, you’ll not only draw closer to Him during this process but also enable your readers to come to know Him as well.

Tessa is an award-winning author who writes inspirational yet authentic YA fiction to show teens they’re not alone. Her passion for shedding light on clean entertainment and media for teens led her to a career as an associate agent at Hartline Literary Agency, YA acquisitions editor for Illuminate YA (LPC Imprint), and founder/editor of PursueMagazine.net. Tessa’s first teen devotional, Coffee Shop Devos, will release with Bethany House in September 2018.

She’s guilty of making way too many lattes and never finishing her to-read list. When her fingers aren’t flying 116 WPM across the keyboard, she can be found speaking to teens, decorating art journals, and acting in Christian films. Her favorite way to procrastinate is by connecting with readers on her blog, mailing list, social media (@tessaemilyhall), and website: TessaEmilyHall.com.

Speaker Spotlight: Jenny L. Cote’s Keynote “The Epic Journey”

How exactly does one become an author, anyway? Are you born with a pen in your hand, or does it take a little more than that? In her keynote address “The Epic Journey,” Jenny L. Cote will share her amazing journey to become an author and the process required to make writing work as a full-time profession in the crazy world of publishing. Jenny’s is an EPIC journey, filled with unexpected encounters, international adventures, and nonstop fun. You’ll glimpse Jenny’s joy as one who discovered exactly what she was wired to do: to serve as “God’s little dictation girl.” And you’ll hear how she lives out her passion by never working a day in her life.

An award-winning author and speaker, Jenny L. Cote developed an early passion for God, history, and young people and beautifully blends these three passions in her two fantasy fiction series, The Amazing Tales of Max and Liz® and Epic Order of the Seven®. Likened to C. S. Lewis by readers and book reviewers alike, she speaks on creative writing at schools, universities, and conferences around the world.

Jenny has a passion for making history fun for kids of all ages, instilling in them a desire to discover their part in HIStory. She’s even appeared on Fox News to discuss why it’s important to teach history. She also partnered with the National Park Service to produce Epic Patriot Camp, a summer writing camp at Revolutionary parks that seeks to excite kids about history, research, and writing.

Her love for research has taken her to most Revolutionary sites in the U.S.; to London (with unprecedented access to Handel House Museum to write in Handel’s composing room); to Oxford (to stay in the home of C. S. Lewis, “the Kilns,” and interview Lewis’s secretary, Walter Hooper, at the Inklings’ famed Eagle and Child Pub); to Paris; to Normandy; to Rome; to Israel; and to Egypt.

Jenny’s books are available online and in stores around the world, as well as in multiple e-book formats. Jenny holds two marketing degrees from the University of Georgia and Georgia State University. A Virginia native, Jenny now lives in Roswell, Georgia.

To learn more about Jenny, visit her on Facebook and at EpicOrderoftheSeven.com.

Teaser Post: Trust and Obey

by Kim Peterson

“Am I rich?” “Am I famous?” “Am I on a bestseller list?” Often, we writers ask questions like these as we try to measure our success. The problem? Most of you, like me, have to say no to these questions. Unless we’ve been fortunate enough to author beloved children’s books or a series of YA […]

Sneak Peek: Jenny L. Cote’s Presentations for W2I 2018

by Jenny L. Cote

“I did not think To show to all the World my Pen and Ink In such a mode; I only thought to make I knew not what: nor did I undertake Thereby to please my Neighbour; no not I, I did it mine ownself to gratifie.” —From John Bunyan’s “Apology” for Pilgrim’s Progress John Bunyan […]

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 […]

A New Take on Avoiding Writer’s Block

Max Elliot Anderson's routines and reasons for keeping inspiration fresh

Today’s guest blogger, author Max Elliot Anderson, writes fictional adventure stories for middle-grade readers. When you read his techniques for keeping writer’s block at bay, you’ll get an inkling of the zaniness, action, and humor essential for keeping his young audience, especially boys, engaged! I have to say that writer’s block, or blank-screen-itis, has never […]