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Christian Writers Find Guidance at Unique Greenville Conference

Christian writers looking for inspiration, feedback, and helpful networking opportunities will find it all at a special conference hosted at North Greenville University on Sept. 21 and 22.

The Write2Ignite Conference brings together not only aspiring writers and published authors, but also literary agents and editors to pursue the goal of creating well-crafted works written from a Christian perspective and geared mostly towards younger readers.

“Write2Ignite is the only conference of its kind offered in the Greenville area, that I’m aware of,” says Dr. Deborah DeCiantis, an organizer of the event and retired NGU English professor. “The collaboration between new writers and seasoned experts coming from all over the tri-state area and passionate about integrating their faith into their creative projects makes this an event not to miss!”

Started in 2010, the conference features presenters composed of published authors, editors, and illustrators who have worked on popular titles in Christian fiction, nonfiction, and even the magazine world, including “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” “Southern Writers Magazine,” and “Clubhouse Jr. Magazine,” as well as the “Epic Order of the Seven” and “The Lost City Chronicles” book series.

“I still have my folder of notes from last year’s conference; and every now and then, I glance through the pages of inspiration that first ignited a drive in me to truly go for it!” says Diane Buie, a participant in the 2017 Write2Ignite Conference.

Due to a connection she formed at the conference, Buie decided to apply to write for Union Gospel Press and was thrilled when her work was accepted. Since then, she has also started a writers’ group with friends from her church. She plans to attend Write2Ignite again this year.

The 2018 Write2Ignite Conference — scheduled for Friday, Sept. 21, and Saturday, Sept. 22 — will feature presentations ranging from starting and marketing your creative business to writing for different genres (i.e. poetry, fiction, young adult, picture books, etc.) to even editing and publishing your book.

Here’s the full list of presenters and topics set for the 2018 Write2Ignite Conference:

Tessa Emily Hall (Keynote Speaker)

Associate Agent at Hartline Literary and YA Acquisitions Editor for IlluminateYA

  • “Common Mistakes Newbie Writers Make in Their Manuscripts”
  • “You’re Never Too Young to Begin Your Writing Journey”
  • “The Balancing Act: Write Powerful Christian Fiction Without Preaching”
  • “Create and Maintain a Blog to Build a Readership”
  • “Worshipping Our Creator Through Our Creations”

Jenny L. Cote (Keynote Speaker)  

Award-Winning Author of the “Epic Order of the Seven” Book Series

  • “Liberty”
  • “Road”
  • “Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Another Plot Line!”
  • “The Epic Journey”

Carol Baldwin

Educator, Author, and Speaker

  • “Strangers in a Strange Land”
  • “Fiction Writing”
  • “Writing Historical Fiction”

Samantha Bell

Author and Illustrator

  • “Polishing Your Picture Book”

Daniel Blackaby (’10)

Author, Speaker, and Teacher

  • “The Journey Begins: Step-by-Step Preparation for Beginning the Writer’s Journey”
  • “Joining the Fellowship: A Fun Brainstorming Session About Your Book”
  • “Heroic Writing: Overcoming the Obstacles to Find Victory in Your Writing”

Brenda Covert

Author and Editor

  • “Writing Poetry with Meter and Rhyme”
 Jean Matthew Hall

Author, Encourager, and Speaker

  • “Children’s Book Categories”
  • “Writing from Childhood Memories”

Lori A. Hatcher

Author, Editor, and Speaker

  • “The Day I Wanted to Quit: Tackling the Mind Games That Discourage and Defeat Writers”

Vicki Moss

Author, Editor, and Speaker

  • “The Journey Towards Finding Your Writing Voice”
  • “Connecting the Dots”

Kim Peterson

Author, Freelance Editor, and Writing Mentor

  • “Is My Manuscript Ready for an Agent?”
  • “The Language of Children’s Picture Books”
  • “Devotions That Enlighten and Engage”
  • “Sour Grapes Aren’t My Cup of Tea”
  • “POV: It’s a Matter of Perspective”

Tony Snipes

Artist, Illustrator, and Author

  • “5 Things I Learned in Corporate America That Can Jumpstart Your Writing Business in Under 24 Hours”

Write2Ignite welcomes writers of all skill levels, especially those with a heart to share the Christian worldview with children, teens, and young adults through the written word. A Teen Track for middle school and high school students includes specialized keynotes and workshops, but teens can also select from several of the Adult Track sessions, as well.

Event registration includes the opportunity to sign up for a one-on-one consultation with publishing experts and free entry in the “Faith and Freedom” writing and anthology contest co-sponsored by EABooks Publishing and Write2Ignite. Dinner on Friday, a meet-and-greet reception after Friday’s keynote, and lunch on Saturday are also included.

Early registration begins at $80 for students and $120 for adults; these rates apply for participants who register by Sept. 1.

The 2018 Write2Ignite Conference will be held on Friday, Sept. 21, and Saturday, Sept. 22, at North Greenville University, located at 7801 N. Tigerville Rd. in Tigerville, SC.

Register for Write2Ignite today at write2ignite.com.


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