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!

 

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Thankfulness and Connection:

 Since attending the Write2Ignite Conference in September, I’m thankful for reminders about the connection between thankful attitudes and desirable outcomes – in relationships, projects, and inward peace.  Sometimes these connections remain stable for many years – they’re comfortable, we enjoy them, and we take them for granted. But sometimes, they change. Change can be good, but changes in important connections can be difficult.

The playground set shown here (incomplete), assembled by my husband for our grandchildren, is no longer in this yard. That’s because we recently sold the house and the new owners didn’t need it. So he took it down and relocated it to the yard of the house where we’re living now. We’re both glad that our grandchildren’s connections to this play equipment will continue for many years, as they associate it with “Grandpa’s house.” Disassembling and reassembling it took a lot of effort. It was neither comfortable, enjoyable, or routine. The payoff comes when the project is coming together, we can see the progress, and the end – a complete play area – is within reach.

Were we always thankful during the process? Yes and no. We were thankful for a pickup truck to move large sections, so the entire set didn’t have to be completely disassembled. We were thankful for a few days of good weather to get it in place. We were thankful for a level spot in the yard to set it up.

We weren’t feeling particularly thankful when the bolts weren’t fitting easily into their holes, the washers were hard to find, and the frame was unstable while those large pieces had to be held together by hand.

“In everything give thanks . . . .” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) This is God’s standard. It’s not second nature to us, but it’s exactly what we need to keep our focus on where we need – and want – to be connected.

As you celebrate Thanksgiving with your family, friends, coworkers, or struggle with a connection that requires relocation or other kinds of uncomfortable change, may God keep you mindful of what He is building into your life with this change.

What changes and connections will your stories show? May we all write from thankful hearts.

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