writers of literature with a Christian world view for children and youth, I am
devoting my blog to Write2Ignite! this week. I am the new kid on the leadership
team and I’m excited and want to share a little about the ministry and the writer’s
conference coming in March, 2014.
From their website comes the vision of the organization: We envision Write2Ignite! as an organization that provides conferences, workshops, support groups and other services to Christians who create, publish, represent or sell literature for children and youth. We see the role of the Write2Ignite! Team as that of teachers, encouragers, facilitators and inspirers.
We want Write2Ignite! participants to leave our conferences with three things:
- The knowledge that they heard from God about something specific in their writing and/or personal lives
- New or improved skills to use in writing and/or publishing
- New or strengthened connections with other writers, illustrators, teachers, librarians, agents, editors, reviewers, and/or book sellers
This past March was my first time attending a Write2Ignite! Conference. I was extremely pleased with the investment in my writing future. Using the three goals for participants listed above, I will share a bit of my experience:
Knowledge from God – Thanks to our worship leaders, Donna Earnhardt and Rachel Welch, we were able to enter God’s presence and listen for His desire for us as writers, illustrators, publishers and agents. This conference, more than any I have attended, focuses on God first by sprinkling the day with opportunities for deep worship.
Improved Skills – Classes are taught by authors who are seasoned in the skills they are presenting. They projected a selfless attitude, giving us much more than the syllabus promised. The teacher of one of the classes I took had been sick for weeks before the conference. She probably should have cancelled but instead came and honored her commitment. She apologized to the class for needing to sit while she presented her subject matter. The skills I learned in her session are serving me well this year, and I refer to the notes from her class often. What I learned is transferrable to all genres, not just limited to children/young adult writing.
Connections –In the hallway, between classes, I made contact with some friends I hadn’t seen in years and I made new contacts over cookies and coffee at the hotel. We’ve shared ideas, blog and website addresses, critiques, calls for submissions, and even some quilting tips.
The conference this year will be March 28-29, 2014. Registration is now open on the website and, at $100 for adults and $50 for teens (yes, there is a special teen track available!), I consider it a bargain. Come join us at North Greenville University, Tigerville, SC. Look for me. I’d love to talk to you.
Going out with joy today-
Hop on over to these other blogs to get their take on the conference!
Carol Baldwin at http://www.carolbaldwinblog.blogspot.com
Samantha Bell at www.samanthabellbooks.com
Kristi Butler at http://www.graciesgrounds.blogspot.com
Donna Earnhardt at http://wordwranglernc.wordpress.com
Janice Green at http://www.honeycombadventures.com
Joyce Moyer Hostetter at http://joycemoyerhostetter.blogspot.com/
Sally Matheny at http://, www.sallymatheny.blospot.com
Rachel Welch at http://eatbreathedoodle.wordpress.com/category/musings/