It was after midnight when I saw the post on my Facebook wall asking if I planned to sign up for Write2Ignite.
The message was from someone I didn’t know asking if I planned to attend a conference I’d never heard of, one for writers of literature for children and young adults.
There was no way my new writer friend, who found me through a mutual writer friend, had any idea how much I needed her invitation.
I wondered often if writing for children was a project to pursue, or if I was interested only because I thought it’d be faster than writing chapter after chapter of an adult book.
Maybe it was a distraction from what I was really meant to do.
Maybe I thought it’d be easy. Funny, I know. Writing children’s books is hard work.
Before I responded, I researched the conference and its 2012 presenters. Included in the lineup were representatives from Focus on the Family, Hartline Literary Agency, and JourneyForth Books. I read workshop titles right up my alley like “Make Your Manuscript Stand Out!” and “The Language of Children’s Picture Books.”
When I saw the conference was being held where my adult children live, just outside Greenville, South Carolina, and I knew I could stay with one of them, I was pretty sure my attendance was meant to be.
I was also pretty sure Write2Ignite was the answer to my prayer “What next?”
The Write2Ignite Team continued to accept scholarship applications, good news since my husband and I were writing checks for our daughter’s fall wedding. I wasn’t sure I could justify the cost of a writing conference in the midst of wedding expenses. I applied and heard back in less than two weeks.
I was appreciative for confirmation that came in the form of a full scholarship from author Cecil Murphey.
If only all prayers were answered in the same ways: quick, crystal clear and with delightful results.
The conference was better than I imagined. The campus where we met was attractive and manicured, meeting rooms were comfortable, and the food was the best I’ve eaten at a conference. Presenters were professional and knowledgeable, as well as friendly and available.
Best of all, I returned home refreshed and with lots of information and ideas.
What’s the best conference you’ve attended and why? You can name a writing conference, one for self-improvement, managing finances, marketing, etc. I’d love to hear and I’m sure readers would also.
WRite wHere I’m supposed to be – Thanks for the opportunity, Write2Ignite Team and Cecil Murphey. The conference was right where I was supposed to be.