Q: Who can attend Ch1Con?
A: Anyone ages eleven to twenty. (Are you twenty-one or over? You should attend our sister conference, the Chapter Twenty-One Conference!)
Q: I’m under eighteen. Do I need a chaperone?
A: While you’ll need the permission of your legal guardian to attend if you’re under eighteen, you will NOT need a chaperone actually with you at the conference. Think of it sort of like a day camp. (And running with that concept: be aware that you and your legal guardian are responsible for transportation and lodging throughout the weekend.)
Q: What do I need to bring?
A: All you need to bring is something with which to take notes, any books you already own which you’d like the speakers to sign, and your lovely face!
Q: How should I dress?
A: We like to keep things casual, so feel free to wear your t-shirt and jeans. (We would say “wear whatever you want,” but then there’s always that one person who feels the need to show up in a birthday suit.)
Q: What’s this “Write It” thing everybody keeps talking about?
A: That’s a reference to the Scholastic’s Write It online forums for teenage writers, which is where the kids who founded Ch1Con first met. They called themselves “Write Iters.” Most of the Write Iters have aged out of Ch1Con at this point, but we still appreciate the influence Write It had on the founding of our conference!
Q: What’s Ch1Con’s connection to Teens Can Write, Too?
A: Towards the end of TCWT’s reign as an awesome blog for young writers, we were partners in bringing kickbutt opportunities to the kickbutt young writers of the world. (Also, at the time, when the Ch1Con team wasn’t busy doing Ch1Con stuff, they all wrote for TCWT.)
Q: Why is the Ch1Con logo a tomato?
When the original Ch1Con team was founding the conference, they had a running joke about how you’re supposed to throw rotten tomatoes at bad performers, but because they were GOOD writers, they should have ripe tomatoes instead. Ch1Con founder Julia jokingly made a tomato logo–and then was too lazy to make a real logo. So the tomato stuck. (The current tomato logo was created by a professional graphic designer, but you can still see the original, rather apple-like tomato Julia drew on our old publicity materials and t-shirts.)
Q: What should I do if someone harasses me at one of your events?
While we’ve never to our knowledge had an issue of harassment of any sort at a Chapter One Events-sponsored event, we do take harassment very seriously. We strive to maintain a safe, welcoming, and accepting environment for all attendees, speakers, vendors, and volunteers at all of our events. To review our organization-wide, zero tolerance anti-harassment policy, or to report an incident of harassment, please visit this page.
Q: When and where will the 2018 conference occur?
A: Ch1Con 2018 will take place on Saturday, August 4th at the Hilton Garden Inn – Chicago O’hare in Des Plaines, IL!
Q: How much will the conference cost?
A: Conference tuition will be available at three rates, depending on when you register, and all conference registrations include a complimentary lunch on Saturday:
- Early bird (until May 31): $74.99
- Regular (until July 15): $99.99
- Late rate/walk-up: $124.99
Q: What type of writing will the conference focus on?
A: We put a strong focus on fiction, especially young adult and middle grade novels. However, we’ll still have lots of cool resources for learning about nonfiction, short stories, poetry, songwriting, memoirs, etc., so check us out if you write any of those, too!
Q: Who will teach the sessions at the 2018 conference?
A: Ch1Con speakers are young writers, just like you. They’re currently at varying stages in their writing careers, and all are experts in the field.
Q: When will registration open for attending Ch1Con?
A: It’s open now! You can learn more by visiting our Register page.
Q: Do I need to purchase books from the official Ch1Con retailer in order to attend the signing after the conference?
A: If you don’t already own the books for the signing, we would prefer that you purchase your copies through our retailer, Anderson’s Bookshop. (Books purchased through this order form will be delivered to you at the signing.) But also feel free to bring your own copies from home!
Q: There’s a lunch break in the middle of the conference. What are my options for lunch?
A: This year, lunch is included in your registration fee! We will be serving Chicago-style deep dish pizza. If you have any sort of dietary restrictions that mean you can’t eat deep dish pizza, let us know and we’ll give you a menu of alternate lunch options. (Unfortunately, you cannot bring your own food to the conference, as no outside food or beverages are allowed in the venue.)
Q: Do I have to pay to park at the venue?
A: If you’re parking a car at the venue for longer than three hours, you will need to pay for parking. Parking costs $16.00 per vehicle per day.
Q: Is the conference space wheelchair accessible?
A: It is! To learn more about the venue’s accessibility, please visit their website here.
Q: I still have more questions. Can I contact you?
A: Of course! You can leave your questions in a comment on this page, contact us through our Facebook page, tweet at us, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We promise to get back to you faster than Bella Swan falls in love with Edward! (So pretty darn fast.)