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This is Brenda Covert’s 5th year with W2I. In the past she participated as an editor and taught a poetry workshop for the Teen Track. Now she is the critiques coordinator and manages W2I’s Twitter and Instagram accounts. She  loves teen authors since they are some of the most creative, imaginative, quirky people in the world! Brenda says, “There is little in life more satisfying than witnessing a quiet teen author enthusiastically sharing ideas and poetry during my workshop!” Social media is her guilty pleasure. 🤓[spacer height=”20px”]



Sneak Peek: Brenda Covert’s Presentation for W2I 2018

As a child, I penned a collection of Christmas poems. Little booklets of the poems became gifts tucked under Christmas trees. I loved creative writing and often wrote stories that I never finished, but I could always finish a poem. (Just don’t ask to see one of those early Christmas pieces!)

Puzzles have always intrigued me. Poems are like puzzles, and words are the puzzle pieces. When the words fit together perfectly, the result is a delightfully creative word picture. But if the wrong word has been hammered into place and forced to fit where it doesn’t belong, a disjointed picture emerges. Part of the fun of poetry is fitting the perfect words into place!

Poetry that honors our Heavenly Father has the power to inspire, encourage, convict, and motivate others in their walk. In my 2018 Write2Ignite Teen Track workshop, “Writing Poetry with Meter and Rhyme,” we’re going to look at “The Pilgrim,” a twenty-four-line poem by John Bunyan, and use it as a template for crafting our own poems. Then we’ll switch gears and work on two other types of poetry—life poetry and picture poetry—and have fun doing it! By the end of the workshop, we’ll have written three different types of poetry!

Can’t wait to see you in September!


Freelance author and editor Brenda Covert was first published for pay in 1999 with an article in the May/June issue of Today’s Christian Woman and a Thanksgiving poem in Clubhouse Jr. Since 2002, Brenda has written more than four hundred short children’s stories for Union Gospel Press’s Sunday school curriculum. Her stories, most of which are written for the nine to eleven age group, entertain as well as offer a lesson on living for our Savior. She also published numerous scripts for use in schools, the two most popular being K.C.’s Dream and The Constitutional Convention. Additionally, she has written poetry for the Adult Bible Study published by Union Gospel Press.

Brenda has been editing since 2002, first in the educational field and then in the Christian/family-friendly market. Her editing experience goes from picture books to chapter books—including Johanna’s Journey: Call to Freedom (a finalist for the 2015 Selah Award)—to YA novels and adult fiction and nonfiction, including inspirational books and Bible studies.

Brenda has two grown children, a new grandchild, two blogs that she promises to devote more attention to, and more cats than an allergic woman should have! (Want one?)

You can find Brenda online at BrendaCovert.blogspot.com. If you’re especially fond of Christmas, you’ll enjoy her blog at ChristmaswithBrenda.blogspot.com. Follow her on Twitter, where she is @radiantsunset7.

What Can I Expect to Gain at Write2Ignite?

A beginning writer’s wish list before attending a writer’s conference:

  • An editor will fall in love with my manuscript and give me a contract on the spot.
  • Lots of other writers will read my manuscripts and polish them so they shine.
  • Many editors will recognize my genius as a writer and beg me for more stories.

If only it were that simple, right? Every writer would love those results! It’s wise to have realistic expectations when attending a writing conference. Although occasionally an author is blessed with a contract on the spot at a writing conference, more realistically an author may go home with some valuable insights for improving her manuscripts and knowledge about a few appropriate places to submit them.

So what are some realistic expectations for authors—or illustrators—attending a Write2Ignite conference?

Publisher and author Cheri Cowell


Beginning and experienced Christian authors and illustrators (as well as editors and agents) want to see you succeed. As you attend workshops and listen to keynote speakers, you’ll hear many share the experiences they had as they found their way into the publishing world. You’ll have opportunities to sign up for interviews with editors and agents, where you can discuss your manuscripts. And even if an editor or agent doesn’t fall in love with one of your manuscripts, that person may share some nuggets of wisdom that can get you a contract down the road—if you listen and apply what you hear.


You’ll be sitting elbow to elbow with other serious writers who may be interested in joining a critique group with you. You may learn of a new publishing house through an author who was recently published. You might learn from another author’s mishaps as you chat across the lunch table, and you can avoid making the same mistakes. You’ll certainly find a team of encouragers whom you can keep up with throughout the year. And you may also discover that rejection slips are not the end of the world—in fact, successful authors have received piles of them on their way to success.


There will be workshops on a great many topics. Some will help you understand the thought processes of an editor. Others will challenge you to create better story ideas, while others are there to help you break into writing for magazines. Learning how to get a manuscript ready for submission is also addressed, along with getting publicity for your work, once it’s published.

Writing for Children, Teens, and Young Adults

Write2Ignite Conference is unique in that it’s primarily focused on writing for youth—from infants to young adults. Contrary to what’s commonly thought by many readers, writing for children is the most difficult kind of writing there is. At Write2Ignite, we focus on what it takes to reach young readers with God’s message without becoming preachy or boring them with dull writing.

The Teen Track

Not only do we focus on writing for children and teens but we also have a special Teen Track, where tweens and teens (middle school and high school students) can come to learn. The Teen Track has been a very popular feature of Write2Ignite Conference for several years. Teens have their own lively speakers and workshops as well as other workshop choices. In addition to special teen-only sessions, they join adults for keynote addresses.

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