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: Tessa Emily Hall’s “Create and Maintain a Blog to Build a Readership”
Tessa Emily Hall says that aspiring authors should have an online platform before they begin pitching to agents and editors. But how is it possible to build a readership before releasing a book?
In her workshop “Create and Maintain a Blog to Build Readership,” Tessa will help writers of fiction and nonfiction understand the basics of blogging and its multiple benefits. She’ll also share mistakes and lessons she’s learned through 7+ years of writing her award-winning blog, Christ Is Write. By the end of this workshop, you should be ready to create a blog that will establish your brand and target your core readership—both of which will play key roles in building your online platform.
Tessa, an author and literary agent, made her literary debut as a teen novelist and has since built her profile to include numerous articles, school and conference presentations, a blog, and associate agent status with Hartline Literary Agency. At Write2Ignite 2017, she connected with many of our junior writers, and the Team is delighted to bring her back as a keynote speaker and workshop presenter.
You can connect with Tessa on her blog, mailing list, social media (@tessaemilyhall), and website: TessaEmilyHall.com.
Speaker Spotlight: Vicki Moss Shows Writers How to “Connect the Dots”
Vicki Moss, Contributing Editor for Southern Writers Magazine, has over 18 books in the Moments series (Grace Publishing), and has over 500 articles published nationally and internationally. She is also author of How to Write for Kids’ Magazines and Writing with Voice. Sharing from her own experience, Vicki will challenge writers struggling with writing projects that just aren’t going according to plan.
So you think you want to be a novelist, but God has other plans. He’s opened more doors for you to write nonfiction than fiction, or vice versa. What to do? Connect the dots. What God has in store might be so much better than your own plans. And fiction might be forthcoming to follow behind your nonfiction (or again, vice versa)—the two intertwining to make a beautiful tapestry that allows you to reach more readers. But how to connect the dots?
Join Vicki in this writing workshop to find out how she connected the dots in her personal writing journey. Learn how to connect your own dots to view a bigger picture—perhaps part of God’s road map for your writing destiny.
“A man’s heart plans his way. But the Lord directs his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)
To learn more about Vicki, visit her website at http://livingwaterfiction.com/
Speaker Spotlight: Tessa Emily Hall’s Keynote Address “You’re Never Too Young to Begin Your Writing Journey”
Award-winning author and blogger Tessa Emily Hall attended Write2Ignite Conference in 2017 as a junior literary agent and connected immediately with Teen Track participants. We’re excited to bring her back to present workshops and Teen Track keynote addresses at our 2018 conference (September 21–22)!
In her opening teens-only keynote, “Teen Writers: You’re Never Too Young to Begin Your Writing Journey,” Tessa will encourage teens as she shares her experience and insights.
Tessa says, “When I began my writing journey at 15 years old, I soon discovered that adults had differing opinions about teen writers. While most were supportive, others advised that I stay away from pursuing the writing journey until later in life. In this [keynote address], I’ll give a brief overview of my writing journey—including how I received a publishing contract at 16 years old—and discuss the pros and cons of pursuing writing at an early age.”
A YA author, associate agent, and YA acquisitions editor, Tessa writes inspirational yet authentic YA fiction to show teens they’re not alone. The debut novel she penned at 16 years old, Purple Moon (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas), was a Selah 2014 finalist. Her second YA novel, Unwritten Melody, released with Clean Reads in fall of 2016. 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, a YA acquisitions editor for Illuminate YA (LPC imprint), and the founder and editor of PursueMagazine.net.
You can learn more about Tessa at TessaEmilyHall.com and on her blog, Christ Is Write. She’s also on social media at Twitter.com/TessaEmilyHall and on Facebook.
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