October Online Event Schedule


Hello friends!

Leaves are changing, sweaters are emerging, and everything smells like pumpkin spice. Things are also getting a little spooky, not just because of the Halloween decor, but because NaNoWriMo is only a month away! To celebrate the creepiest and coziest month, we’re hosting Wednesday online events that we hope you’ll fall for.

Wednesday, October 10, All Day
At the beginning of the day, the  Tomato will ask a question on Twitter using #Ch1Asks. Response using the hashtag and follow @Ch1Con to enter a sticker giveaway!
Wednesday, October 17, 5PM-7PM CST
We’ll be hosting a #Ch1Chat about horror and suspense, in honor of spook season!
Wednesday, October 24, 5-7PM  CST
NaNoPrep Write-In. Join the team in preping their NaNoWriMo outlines using prompts and peer pressure.
Wednesday, October 31, 7-12PM
The tomato will be running NaNoCheatMo sprints as we count down to the official kickoff of National Novel Writing Month.
We hope to see you there!

Chapter One Conference 2018 Re-Cap!

Hello friends!

It’s been exactly one month since #Ch1Con2018, so we decided now would be a good time to make a conference recap post. This post will allow attendees to re-live that glorious day together. It’s also a great resource for anyone who’s thinking about attending #Ch1Con2019, and are curious kinds of crazy hijinks we get up to at our yearly event. We’ll be walking you through pictures, live-tweets and laughs from one of our best Cons yet!

Ch1Con festivities kicked off on August 3rd when attendees, team members, and speakers all began arriving in Chicago.

Several people met in the hotel lobby from both Ch1Con and Ch21Con to talk, laugh, and toast the conference! Some drinks were fancier than others…

After reveling and dinner concluded, the Ch1Con team sorting out books, swag, and conference folders.

Once everything was prepped and ready to go, team members and attendees alike set their (very early) alarms and settled down for a long summer’s nap…

At 8AM sharp, conference doors opened and the day was underway!

Attendees trickled in, began to socialize, and scoped out all of the swag, books, and ARC’s being given away…


Before we knew it, the day’s programming was underway! After a quick introduction from our new director Emma Rose Ryan, we went right into our first workshop session with Christine Hermann and Amanda Foody.


Sadly, due to awful, evil weather on the east coast, Amanda and Christine’s flights to the conference were both canceled. That didn’t stop them from giving an amazing presentation, though!

Next up, we learned how to craft and sell short fiction from our team member and prolific Sci/Fi wordsmith Allison Mulder. Her workshop covered markets and facets of publishing Ch1Con has never approached before. It had even Ch1Con team members scribbling down notes for later.

Allison closed her workshop with a story-seed exercise that gave all of our attendees a chance to write something new that they could (eventually) turn into a  piece worthy of even the highest short-fiction markets.

After cultivating our idea seeds, it was time for lunch. Chicago-style pizza and a fresh salad courtesy of Hilton Garden Inn was the perfect meal for our tomato-loving event.


Our next speaker, Karuna Riazi, was the perfect follow up to Allison Mulder. While Allison showed us concrete ways we can begin to put our work in front of an audience, Karuna encouraged us to take advantage of our time as young writers, creating outside of the spotlight.



Last but not least was our keynote speaker Gloria Chao, who provided amazing and motivational advice about telling one’s own personal truth through fiction. She also told us some of the writerly advice she would have appreciated as a young author.

After speaking, Gloria stuck around to listen to our attendees read excerpts from their latest works in progress. We were absolutely blown away by the work read aloud, and we cannot wait to do this again next year.



After our read-aloud session, Ch1Con moved over into the neighboring conference room to attend the joint Ch1Events Ask Us Anything panel.

Despite blue-screening laptops and uncooperative google hangouts, we were able to live stream a very dynamic, funny, and insightful discussion among our amazing speakers. It is available for viewing on youtube here.

The Ask Us Anything panel concluded with our traditional Panera-related question, and was followed by a book signing! Karuna and Gloria signed copies of their books attendees. Gloria even gave out candy for the people in her line!


And on that happy note, Ch1Con 2018 came to a close. We had so much fun organizing this event for the young writer community. A huge thanks, as always, to the entire Ch1Events team, Lynn Byers, Kathleen Ryan, The Hilton Garden Inn O’Hare, and to other friends of the conference, without whom none of this would be possible. We hope to see you all again next year for another fantastic con!





Poetry Contest Open For Submission!


We’re excited to announce our first writing contest of the year!

Some additional info:

  • Entrants between the ages of 11 and 29 are welcome to submit.
  • There will be two prizes awarded, one for the Ch1Con age bracket (11-21) and one for the Ch21Con age bracket (21-29).
  • We will give you the option to have the poem published on the Ch1Con website, but if you would like to keep your submission private we will respect that request.

If you have any questions about submissions, feel free to send us a message on twitter (@Ch1Con) or send us an e-mail!

Thanks so much to Nicole Dowling for our amazing poster! Check out her work here!


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