Write2Ignite! and what two students learned from the event

Carlee Colvard, Assistant Editor

 Photo courtesy of ngu.edu.

Photo courtesy of ngu.edu.

About 100 participants came together for Write2Ignite at North Greenville University on March 27 and 28 to learn how God can use what they write for His glory.

The conference was held to encourage people who are interested in writing as they were able to attend workshops, meet other writers and learn from editors.

Participants, ranging from middle schoolers to adults, attended several sessions about being published, writing, editing and using writing for business.

Here's what these NGU students learned from the event.

 Joshua Springs is a junior inter disc major with linguistics and psychology.

Joshua Springs is a junior inter disc major with linguistics and psychology.

 Naomi King is a senior studio art major.

Naomi King is a senior studio art major.

What made you attend Write2Ignite?

I want to be a children’s book illustrator, and I was told there were networking opportunities there.
— Naomi King
One thing I know God has gifted me in is writing. I want to use writing for ministry. I went to see how other people were using it for ministry and to learn how I can write better.
— Josh Springs

How will you use what you learned?

I made a few connections there so hopefully I’ll find a job through it. I want to work in publishing, either assembling books or illustrating books.
— Naomi King
One thing we learned was how to write for boys and things to do and what to avoid. I could use that in my writing to make sure it appeals to a broader audience. Girls will read what is written for guys but guys won’t read what is written for girls.
— Josh Springs

What was one specific thing that impacted you?

At the beginning of the conference, we had a mini session, and it talked about habits you have to develop in order to be a good write or illustrator. It was inspiring and challenged me to take advantage of the dream that I have.
— Naomi King
I got to meet with authors and editors, and they looked over some of my writing. They told me to keep with it and said I had a lot of potential. They encouraged me and told me it was something I can do.
— Josh Springs

Would you encourage other students to attend? Why?

Whether you have any interest in writing or not, I would encourage people to attend because you’re making professional connections and getting your name out there. A lot of people in the conference expected to be other things but are now writers.
— Naomi King
If someone wants to write in a way that can impact people, then I would very much recommend that they go to meet with other Christian writers who don’t just write to get famous, but write as a platform for ministry.
— Josh Springs