2018 Conference, General, Yule Ball

Yule Ball 2018 Speaker Announcement

Hello writers!

Today is the day we get to announce the 2018 Yule Ball speakers!

For those of you who do not know, the Ch1Con Yule Ball is an hour-and-a-half long live video panel.

This year, it will be held on Friday, January 26th from 7PM-8:30 PM Central Time.

Just follow THIS LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTX4lhaICTo

Basically, Yule Ball is a mini, free, and online Ch1Con, and we hope to see you all there!

So, without further ado, here are the young authors who will be answering your questions…

Morgan York



Morgan is a YA fantasy writer living in New York City. In a former life, she was an actress who appeared in films such as Cheaper by the Dozen and The Pacifier. She enjoys reading, video games, traveling, and drinking all kinds of tea. On her blog, she discusses books, writing, social issues, and more at morganyork.com and tweets as @morganyorkwrite.

Sierra Elmore


Sierra Elmore is a young adult contemporary writer who studies sociology at Arcadia University. She created the Diverse Book Bridge project for underrepresented teens and edits YA Pride’s Teen Voices column. Her novels focus on teenage girls fighting trauma while wreaking havoc. When not writing, she enjoys Pilates, chasing after her cat, and working at her school’s career center.

Rachel Stevenson


Rachel Stevenson is a YA and MG author and reader seeking traditional publishing. She is the creator and host of #YayYA. It is her current goal to  read and review all of the Newbery Medal winners. Rachel, though from Philadelphia, hails from Oklahoma and attends college near Pittsburgh, PA, but most of her books are set in made-up places based on Ireland or Russia.

Feel free to get to know our amazing speakers on twitter before you see them LIVE at #Ch1ConYuleBall.

See you this Friday!


2018 Conference Date and Location!

We’re so excited to share with you the first details of the 2018 Chapter One Young Writers Conference and first annual Chapter Twenty-One Conference!

Both conferences will take place on Saturday, August 4th at the Hilton Garden Inn – Chicago O’Hare, in Des Plaines, Illinois. We’ll also have a discounted block of rooms available at the hotel for attendees, volunteers, and speakers (reservation link coming soon!).

Mark your calendars, because we CANNOT WAIT to share the 2018 conferences with you! And stay tuned, because we’ll have more details (like speaker announcements, Friday evening party plans, and mooore) for you soon.

– The Ch1Events Team


Yule Ball

Hello Writers!

Well, the cookies have been eaten, the ball has been dropped, and we’re all about to head back to school. That usually means the holidays are over, but we here at Chapter One Con aren’t giving up just yet.

It’s time to put on your nicest dress robes and fire up your computers for the third-annual Ch1Con Yule Ball!

For those of you who do not know, the Yule Ball is an hour-and-a-half long live video panel.

This year, it will be held on Friday, January 26th from 7PM-8:30 PM Central Time.

Basically it’s a mini, free, and online Ch1Con! It features young authors answering YOUR questions about writing and publishing. (Oh, and did we mention that there are all kinds of awesome giveaways too?)

Interested in asking a question? Tweet using #Ch1ConYuleBall and we’ll have the panelists answer as many as we have time for!

Interested in entering a giveaway? We’ll announce the giveaway prizes and post Rafflecopter raffles for you to enter throughout the Yule Ball!

Most importantly: interested in watching the Ch1Con Yule Ball? You’ll be able to watch the panel live on our YouTube channel!

We’ll be announcing the speaker line up and posting the official link this Friday, so stay tuned!


The End Is Here! Mentorship Blog Tour

The end is nye, friends!
That’s right, the highly anticipated Ch1Events Mentorship Anthology is here!

As you may know, the Ch1Con and Ch21Con teams have spent this fall teaching two fantastic young writers about the publishing process in our second-annual mentorship program. The final step of this program is the release of an anthology featuring these up-and-coming young authors’ short stories (as well as some of our own).
The anthology is called This Is The End: Short Stories by Young Writers, because these stories all deal with endings of one kind or another. There’s suspense, intrigue, emotion, and love behind every single piece and we’re SO excited for you to read them!

Purchase the E-Book From:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/This-End-Short-Stories-Writers-ebook/dp/B077H5SPLF/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1511307645&sr=1-3&keywords=This+Is+The+End+Chapter+One
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1314174318
Blurb: http://www.blurb.com/b/8302743-this-is-the-end?ebook=644596

Purchase the Paperback From:

Blurb: http://www.blurb.com/b/8302743-this-is-the-end

We’re also THRILLED to show you the beautiful cover in all its glory:



We love this spooky cover, created by a wonderful, talented friend of the conference!
In honor of This Is the End’s release, we’re holding a mini blog tour! It will include interviews, excerpts from the anthology stories, and more.

The blog tour schedule is below:

Wednesday, November 22: Excerpt from Brett Jonas’s story on https://chapter21conference.org/news/
Thursday, November 23: We’ll be taking the day off of blog posting from Thanksgiving, but keep an eye on the @Ch1Con Twitter account for special, thankful surprise brought to you by the anthology authors!
Friday, November 24: Excerpt from Joey Brandt’s Story on kissednkilled.tumblr.com
Saturday, November 25: Excerpt from Emma Rose Ryan’s story on http://www.ch1con.tumblr.com
Sunday, November 26: How To Write A Killer Ending: A Discussion Between Christel Thompson and Emma Ryan http://www.adoxograp-hy.tumblr.com
Monday, November 27: Interview with Mentees on http://wordwanderful.blogspot.com/2017/08/july-wrap-up.html?m=1
Tuesday, November 28: Interview with Mentors on http://avajae.blogspot.com/
Wednesday, November 29: Giveaway of one paperback copy of This Is The End on http://www.chapteroneconference.com

All proceeds from the anthology go towards funding future Chapter One Events activities, including our 2018 conferences and mentorship program.

Purchase This Is The End today to help a young writer’s journey begin!

Once more, with feeling,  you can purchase the anthology from:

Blurb (Paperback): http://www.blurb.com/b/8302743-this-is-the-end
Amazon (E-Book): https://www.amazon.com/This-End-Short-Stories-Writers-ebook/dp/B077H5SPLF/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1511307645&sr=1-3&keywords=This+Is+The+End+Chapter+One
iBooks (E-Book): https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1314174318
Blurb (E-Book): http://www.blurb.com/b/8302743-this-is-the-end?ebook=644596

We had so much fun putting This Is The End together and hope you enjoy reading it!
– The Ch1Events Team

General, Monthly Online Events

NaNoWriMo Event Schedule!

Hey writers!

Here’s the list of events we’ll be hosting this November to help you keep connected and motivated as you suffer through *ahem* I mean POWER through your NaNo wordcount goals. Please Join us!

Friday, November 3, 7-9PM Central Time: Ch1Con Write-In!

Here is the chatzy link: http://us23.chatzy.com/31730582177289

For any concerned young writers or their parents, a Ch1Con representative will be in the chat at all times to moderate and keep everyone safe. 

Theme: Cat people vs. Dog people! The group with the highest word count at the end of the night wins this age-old debate once and for all.

Friday, November 10, 7-9PM Central Time: Ch1Con Twitter Chat/Word-Sprints!

We’ll be alternating between 15-minute word sprints, and 15 minute breaks where we can discuss our WIPs! Keep an eye on @Ch1Con and use #Ch1Con to participate!

Friday, November 17, 7-9PM Central Time: Ch1Con Twitter Chat/Word-Sprints!

We’ll be alternating between 15-minute word sprints, and 15 minute breaks where we can discuss our WIPs. EXCEPT, this time we will be exponentially more stressed out.  Keep an eye on @Ch1Con, and use #Ch1Con to participate!

Friday, November 24, 7-9PM Central Time: Ch1Con Write-In!

Here is the chatzy link: http://us23.chatzy.com/47892684335936

For any concerned young writers or their parents, a Ch1Con representative will be in the chat at all times to moderate and keep everyone safe. 

Theme: Hot Dogs are Sandwiches vs. HOT DOGS AREN’T SANDWICHES WHAT?! The group with the highest word count at the end of the night wins this debate between Ch1Con Director Emma Ryan and her boyfriend once and for all.


Sunday, November 26th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Central: Twitter Word Wars

The theme will be Ch1Con vs. Ch21Con, so come declare your conference (Ch1Con if you’re 20 or under; Ch21Con if you’re 21 or over) and count your words towards showing which conference is best! HELP US DEFEAT CH21CON! Use #Ch21ConWordWar to participate.

We’re so excited to hang out with you guys!


General, Mentorship Program

Mentorship Program: Year 2!

Hello, authors!

It’s that time of year again. Time to save our Word documents, emerge from our writing caves, and return to the classrooms. Ughhhhh.

Early fall has always been an anxiety-inducing time of year for me (New director, Emma). This is half because I am not a Fall Person (Pumpkin spice is overrated. There, I said it.) and half because school pressure usually causes me to set aside my writing, sometimes until NaNoWriMo.

Every single book I’ve ever read in the How To Write genre has emphasized habit. Writing every day and making that a part of one’s life is essential, especially for younger folks still finding our way. For many of us, programs like creative writing classes and clubs keep the writing habit alive year round. I know first hand, though, that this kind of structured support is not available to everyone through school or IRL community. Many, especially those who attend parochial school or home school, must make do with online communities and sheer determination. Building a habit this way, with so much else on one’s plate, is lonely and challenging. Absolutely no fun.

This is why last year, the Ch1Team schemed up the Ch1Con Mentorship Program. It’s designed to give you structure when you need it most, in that desolate drought between Ch1Con and NaNoWriMo. This year, we’ll endeavor to teach you more about every step in the publishing process. We’ll teach you how to use editorial letters to strengthen your writing. We’ll help you utilize copy edits, read contracts and decipher non-disclosure agreements. Even better, at the end of the program, you’ll get to hold your hard work in your hands in the form of a shiny new anthology!

Interested in joining us?

Deadline to enter is September 15!

Follow this link for more details!