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 […]

Speaker Spotlight: Kim Peterson’s Workshop “POV: It’s a Matter of Perspective”

Kim Peterson invites you to attend her workshop “POV: It’s a Matter of Perspective” at Write2Ignite 2018 and explore how point of view (POV) can shape your YA novel or middle grade reader. Learn by dabbling with Deep POV’s impact in shaping your characters’ voices.

Kim mentors aspiring writers. She has taught writing for twenty-five years, working extensively with both published authors and those seeking careers in writing, editing and publishing. Currently, Kim teaches in the online professional writing program of Taylor University (Upland, Indiana). She also leads two productive online writers groups—one for mixed genres and one for writers of children’s books and articles.

Kim Peterson mentors aspiring writers. She has taught writing for 25 years, working extensively with both published authors and those seeking careers in writing, editing and publishing. Currently, Kim teaches in the online professional writing program of Taylor University (Upland, Indiana). She also leads two productive online writers groups — one for mixed genres and one for writers of children’s books and articles.

Kim, who is a regular conference speaker, previously served on the writing faculty at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana, and mentored writers through the Jerry Jenkins Christian Writers Guild. A long-time professional book reviewer, Kim reviews novels for CBA’s Christian Market magazine. She recently concluded more than eight years as fiction reader for the Les Stobbe Literary Agency until Stobbe’s retirement.

Working as a freelancer for 40 years (she started young!), Kim has written for Indiana newspapers and various periodicals and websites, including AppleSeeds, Encounter, Evangel, Vista and devotional markets. Her work has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Rocking Chair Reader, the Moments series, and other anthologies. She blogs about nature and loves writing for children.

Kim says of her childhood, “My mom made reading a priority. She surrounded me with books. When my morning chores were finished, she let me disappear up our cherry trees with a good book and a thermos of juice. I don’t climb trees to read any more, but I can still disappear into a great story.”

You can learn more about Kim on Facebook and through her blog, Nature Walk with God.

Speaker Spotlight: Tessa Emily Hall’s Workshop “The Balancing Act: Write Powerful Christian Fiction Without Preaching”

No one wants to hear a sermon when picking up a Christian fiction novel. So how can we, as writers who long to minister through Christian fiction, write a powerful story that points others to Christ? How can CBA authors draw a line between coming across as “too preachy” and watering down the spiritual element? In Tessa Emily Hall’s workshop “The Balancing Act: Write Powerful Christian Fiction Without Preaching,” you’ll learn how to write stories that portray authentic characters with real issues while staying true to the Christian fiction genre.

A YA author, associate agent, and YA acquisitions editor, Tessa Emily Hall 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 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 WriteShe’s also on social media at Twitter.com/TessaEmilyHall and on Facebook.

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 […]

Speaker Spotlight: Kim Peterson’s Workshop “Devotions That Enlighten and Engage”

Kim Peterson believes that children need to grow in Jesus and that you can help them do so! In her workshop “Devotions That Enlighten and Engage,” Kim will help you discover the tools to create devotionals that impact hearts and keep kids engaged.

Kim mentors aspiring writers. She has taught writing for twenty-five years, working extensively with both published authors and those seeking careers in writing, editing and publishing. Currently, Kim teaches in the online professional writing program of Taylor University (Upland, Indiana). She also leads two productive online writers groups—one for mixed genres and one for writers of children’s books and articles.

Kim, who is a regular conference speaker, previously served on the writing faculty at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana, and mentored writers through the Jerry Jenkins Christian Writers Guild. A long-time professional book reviewer, Kim reviews novels for CBA’s Christian Market magazine. She recently concluded more than eight years as fiction reader for the Les Stobbe Literary Agency until Stobbe’s retirement.

Working as a freelancer for forty years (she started young!), Kim has written for Indiana newspapers and various periodicals and websites, including AppleSeeds, Encounter, Evangel, Vista, and devotional markets. Her work has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Rocking Chair Reader, the Moments series, and other anthologies. She blogs about nature and loves writing for children.

Kim says of her childhood, “My mom made reading a priority. She surrounded me with books. When my morning chores were finished, she let me disappear up our cherry trees with a good book and a thermos of juice. I don’t climb trees to read anymore, but I can still disappear into a great story.”

You can learn more about Kim on Facebook and through her blog, Nature Walk with God.

Speaker Spotlight: Tessa Emily Hall’s “Create and Maintain a Blog to Build a Readership”

Headshot of Tessa Emily HallTessa 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 blogmailing list, social media (@tessaemilyhall), and website: TessaEmilyHall.com.