Sneak Peek: Lori Hatcher’s Workshop, “The Day I Wanted to Quit”

by Lori Hatcher

Your proposal is rejected—again—and your head swirls with doubt, disappointment, and confusion. You pour your heart out in a blog post, take hours to format it just right, click Post, and wait. The only buzz you hear is from the ceiling fan above your head, and the only comments you receive are from your mother […]

Follow the Signs

by Ava Pennington

Ahhh, summertime. There’s something about taking a road trip in the summer, convertible top down, wind in our hair. It brings out the teenager in all of us. Of course, I don’t have a convertible, but I can dream, can’t I? The drives in my dreams almost always include an open road, maybe a long, […]

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.

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: 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.

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.

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 […]