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 Write2Ignite Picture Book Contest ~ PART I

Write2Ignite Conference September 20-21, 2019 is launching a new contest to find the best unpublished picture book manuscript! That’s right, it’s contest time, and there are two categories!
FICTION PICTURE BOOKS (age 4-8)
NON-FICTION PICTURE BOOKS (age 5-10)
PRIZE PACKAGE: Each winner will receive a free detailed critique from Write2Ignite, a plaque, free admission into our September conference, bragging rights, and a boost of confidence! Prize valued at $200. We will announce the winners’ names and story titles on our website, Facebook, and Twitter. All entrants will receive free access to a live instructional writing webinar hosted by Write2Ignite planned for July.
Entries will be judged based on the following criteria: proper age range, 1000 words or less, professionalism of editing and formatting, creativity, language, marketability, stellar writing, and a Christian worldview.
CONTEST RULES: Any original, unpublished piece not accepted by any publisher at the time of submission is eligible. An “unpublished piece” means not published anywhere including nothing posted on your own blog or someone else’s, or published in a magazine or book. We want you to write, stretch, and learn how to carefully follow submission guidelines!
Each entry must be accompanied by a non-refundable entry fee of $20.
• You can enter as many times as you wish, but each manuscript must be entered individually with its own reading fee.
• Entering this contest means you acknowledge and agree that Write2ignite may read aloud and (kindly) critique all winning entries during the webinar held after the deadline. In addition, any positive comments made in the chat or about the webinar may be used as testimonials.
• The contest is open to writers 13 years old and up.
• Current and past leadership team members are not eligible.
All manuscript submissions must be submitted by MAY 31, 2019.
• Manuscripts should be text only and may not include illustrations or photographs.
• We cannot stress strongly enough how important it is to proofread your entry. Carefully go over everything. Make sure you’re following these rules, just as you would have to follow a publisher’s submission guidelines!
• We reserve the right not to award a prize if an insufficient number of entries has been received.
JUDGES: All entries will be read by faculty and editorial staff members of Write2ignite, TBA. Winners will be notified by email by July 1 if not sooner.
Once the winners are announced, all entries are released for submission elsewhere.
More details will follow! Get started writing your picture book manuscripts, and watch for PB Contest Part II: Submission Guidelines and Payment of Entry Fee!

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 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.