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Vijaya Bodach – Writing a Book that’s Controversial
Come to this workshop if you feel called to bring the Light of Christ to problems in this fallen world. What events in recent months have lit a fire under you to do something about them? Go ahead…list them. Pick ONE thing. Now, what can you reasonably expect to do? What can you do with the might of God supporting you? Dream. Write His Dream.
Carol Baldwin – Out of This World Fiction & Fantasy
Following up on Daniel Blackaby’s keynote and our previous workshops, we’ll consider important details to empower and invigorate your fantasy and science fiction stories. Consistency and believability are key!
Todd Williams – Connecting With Kids
We were all kids once. Should it really be that hard to relate? Sadly for writers, childhood sometimes seems far away. We will explore some specific characteristics of three age groups between 4 and 11 years old that will remind you of the struggles and joys of being a kid. More than that, we’ll look at creative writing strategies that can target those childhood traits in ways that will excite and energize their minds.
Jean Matthew Hall – “The Challenges of Writing Fiction Picture Books”
Andrea Merrell – Turning Pain Into Prose
Have you ever experienced pain? You know, the gut-wrenching kind that makes you feel as if you’re going under for the third time with no life preserver? Maybe it was a chronic illness, abuse, or a prodigal child. Perhaps it was divorce or even death. Pain affects us all to some degree, but God doesn’t waste a single thing that goes on in our life. He wants us to share our stories to offer hope to those who are hurting. “Turning Pain into Prose “will show you how to dig deeply into those painful experiences to find inspiration, passion, and purpose for your writing.
Steve Hutson – What NOT to Say to an Agent or Editor
No how matter how good your story, or how awesome your execution, it might not be enough. You still have to sell this thing. Learn what to say — and, very importantly — what NOT to say, when pitching your book.
CONGRATULATIONS to Diane Buie who won an autographed copy of Maiden of Iron: A Steampunk Novel from last week’s giveaway.
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Kim Peterson – Selling Snappy Sidebars
Sidebars fill the pages of magazines, our computer screens, and even some TV shows. Sidebars are short articles that accompany and relate to a larger work, yet they present a different angle. With today’s online and “everything now” mentality, these high-demand mini pieces often serve as the article. Come to this workshop to learn why editors, writers, and readers love sidebars. We’ll also examine the different types, how to be creative in assembling a sidebar, and how to write these snappy pieces to entertain and inform readers. You’ll soon be providing the extras your editor craves.
Vijaya Bodach – Writing Memoir (Part II): Being a Witness—Writing the Most Important Story
Can you think of any modern-day witnesses? These are people who questioned Christianity and found it to be true! And they will do anything to keep this Pearl, this Treasure, this Gift. Can you state the reason for your hope in Christ? Allow the Holy Spirit to speak through you. We are now living in a post-Christian society. We have the greatest number of people who have no religious affiliation. They are the “nones” (not to be confused with nuns). It is YOUR story that will make a difference in their lives, as you sow seeds of faith and hope in them. Yes, I’m looking at YOU!
Terri Kelly – How to Write Devotions for Children
Turn yourself into a writing machine. Don’t you want to publish a children’s picture book or a magazine article for teens? How about a middle-grade chapter book or nonfiction for children? There is a surefire way to sharpen your story: Write Devotions. In How to Write Devotions for Children, you’ll learn a simplified method that you can apply to all writing. Not only will you walk away with a plan for a publishable devotion to the best audience in the world—our children, you’ll gain a writing tool belt to wear for life.
Edie Melson – Writing for the YA Audience
Tessa Emily Hall – Create Book Buzz by Coordinating a Blog Tour
Marketing isn’t always an author’s best friend—but in today’s publishing landscape, it’s a requirement. What if I told you it could be both exciting and cost-effective? And that, even with no prior marketing experience, you could reach readers from the comfort of your own home?
This is what I have found to be the case through coordinating blog tours for my own books. Coordinating these tours have proven to be a powerful strategy to reach target readers and spread online buzz surrounding a new release. By tapping into my passion for the book, I have discovered how to create unique tours that invite my target readers to share in this excitement.
Come to my workshop, Create a Book Buzz with a Blog Tour, and learn these five steps on how to kick off your virtual tour from the ground up—in a way that is both organized and efficient. You will also discover secrets on how to infuse your passion with creativity to brainstorm unique and fun content for your tour.
Who knows? After coordinating your first blog tour, you might realize that marketing isn’t your worst enemy after all.
Steve Hutson – Why You’re Not Getting Published: Rejection-Proof Submissions
Are you making a list of the workshops you want to attend at the conference? Leave a comment about your favorites. Then subscribe to the Write2Ignite newsletter (link on the right side) and share this post on social media. You will earn one, two, or three chances to win Edie Melson’s YA steampunk fable, Maiden of Iron. Bring your winning copy to the conference for Edie to sign. She will be presenting two fabulous workshops during the conference and the final keynote.
Contest ends August 31. The winner will be announced on next Monday’s teaser blog — so enter soon!
Engaging young readers is important for children’s authors, but in an effort to reach them, how do we understand our young readers? Maybe we are parents or grandparents. We might be teachers or caregivers. Maybe we just have a heart for littles. I think every children’s author would agree that effective writing for children requires something beyond wanting to reach kids.
Remember the fun of speaking into a microphone on the playground? Continue reading The Child’s Voice in Writing
Are you familiar with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) syndrome? It’s a genetic illness that strips people of their immune system. They’re vulnerable to infectious diseases that aren’t a problem for most of the general population. As a result, those who suffer from SCID must live in a bubble—a sterile environment with filtered air. They can’t have physical contact with other people without protective gear.
Living in a bubble may be necessary to prolong life for those suffering with SCID, but it can mean literary death for a writer. To be effective writers, we must know not only who our audience is, but also their frame of reference. We need to understand their world.
While this is true no matter whom we write for, it’s especially important when writing for children and teens. All too often, we draw on our own childhood experiences, but those experiences may no longer be applicable to our audience. Our culture is changing faster than Clark Kent in a phone booth. Did you catch that last pop culture reference? While it might evoke a familiar image for baby boomers, it’s irrelevant to most young people. Payphones are almost nonexistent in the United States today. Even if you can find a payphone, they’re hardly ever enclosed in booths anymore.
Or consider the world of social media. Most writers consider themselves fairly up-to-date if they have Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest accounts. But did you know that tweens and teens have moved to social media platforms such as Instagram and Snapchat?
For more information about the mindset of young people today, check out the Beloit College Mindset list. Every August, Beloit College updates the list for the new class of incoming college freshmen. Even if you’re writing for a younger audience, it will help give you a sense of the world of our tweens and teens.
Then there’s the issue of Common Core. Regardless of your opinion of Common Core educational standards, are you familiar with what they are? These standards affect more than the classroom. Many secular and Christian publishers are evaluating new titles as well as their backlists in light of Common Core standards. But other Christian publishers don’t intend to apply Common Core to their releases. As writers, it’s up to us to know the publisher’s position before we submit our work.
Don’t write in a bubble. Learn the context in which your audience thrives. Understand their frame of reference as well as the current events that affect them. Then write the words God has placed on your heart to speak to a generation that needs Him more than ever.
Ava Pennington is a writer, Bible teacher, and speaker. Her newest book, Daily Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional, is endorsed by Precepts founder Kay Arthur. Additionally, Ava is co-author of Faith Basics for Kids. The first two books in the series are Do You Love Me More? and Will I See You Today? She has also written numerous articles for magazines such as Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse, Today’s Christian Woman, Power for Living, and Called.
In addition to her writing, Ava also teaches a weekly Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) class. She is a passionate speaker and teacher and delights in challenging audiences with the truth of God’s word in relevant, enjoyable presentations. For more information, visit her at AvaWrites.com.
One of the things I hear a lot of writers talk about is the balance between family life and career. In the countless interviews I’ve given through the years, the question of how I juggle the needs of my family with the demands of my writing career often comes up. Balance seems elusive. Parents can carry around a lot of guilt—especially if the kids claim that your “job” is more important than they are.
I’m still carving out my right balance. Recently, I was asked to think about what my perfect day would look like. That sure got the gears turning. Here’s what I would like to see Monday through Friday:
6:30—Get ready for the day
7:00—Drive kids to school
7:45—Read and respond to emails
8:00—Write for an hour
9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.—Real-estate appointments
2:15—Pick up the girls from the bus stop
2:30 to 5:00—Household chores
5:00—Make lunches for tomorrow
6:30 to 9:00—Family time
As of right now, my days rarely look like this. Writing this out and posting it in my office, however, shows what I’m striving for. Just like I have health and fitness goals and post workouts and recipes online to keep me focused on those goals, having this list staring me in the face each morning motivates me to find that balance. There might be days that everything doesn’t fall into place. The unexpected can happen at any time. But having a plan and doing your best to stick to it certainly gets you farther than leaving it all up to chance.
Do you struggle with finding the right balance between your family life and writing career? What would your perfect day look like? Would writing out your perfect day and posting it in your writing space be helpful? What tips can you share for finding that balance?
There was a day, when to connect with someone, you sent them a letter. Or if you had the resources, you picked up the phone and gave them a call. And if they were really special you went to their street address, their house, to see them in person.
One thing shared by all these ways to connect was an address. In those days, if you had a phone, it was a land line. Your number was connected to your name, and in the phone book, your street address was listed too. Letters were delivered to a street address or a post office box. Visits were personal, often at the home of your friend or acquaintance.
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