General, Write-a-Thon

2016 Virtual Write-a-Thon Details

This Saturday is the 2016 Ch1Con Virtual Write-a-Thon!

When? Saturday, December 17th from 11 AM to 11 PM eastern time.

What’s a virtual write-a-thon? A virtual write-a-thon is an event where a bunch of people get together to write a bunch of words, talk about writing, and procrastinate–online. You don’t have to attend for the whole event (only as much as you want to) and you can write whatever you want (no need to limit yourself to novels!).

Where? The write-a-thon will take place through a private chat room on the website Chatzy. You can find the chat room at:

http://us20.chatzy.com/12577207235036

We’re so excited to hang out with you on Saturday! Chat with you then.

– The Ch1Con Team

P.S. We maaay have a special 2017 conference-related perk coming for people who attend the Virtual Write-a-Thon. Stop by to find out what it is!

General

Black Friday Write-In

Hey there! Need to log some extra words for NaNoWriMo, or want to write in general? Join us the evening of Black Friday (the 25th) for an in-person write-in at a coffee shop in Lombard, IL, a suburb of Chicago! Details are in the image below:

lombard-write-in

See you there!

– The Ch1Con Team

General

September Ch1Con Events

It’s September, which means our live chats and virtual write-ins are back! Here’s the schedule of Ch1Con online events coming your way this month.

Thursday, September 8th at 8:00 PM Eastern: Twitter Chat

The topic of our Twitter chat this month is writing rules vs. myths. Join us using #Ch1Con to answer our questions and talk with other young writers!

Saturday, September 24th from 7:00 to 10:00 PM Eastern: Virtual Write-In

Join us to write (and procrastinate) at any point that you’re available during the evening. Link to the chat room: http://us23.chatzy.com/46560332995489

Talk to you Thursday!

– The Ch1Con Team

General

July Video Chat: Sci-Fi vs. Fantasy

This Thursday (July 14) at 8 PM EDT, we’ll be hosting our bimonthly video Ch1Con Chat on YouTube, in which members of the Ch1Con team answer YOUR questions (and also goof off a lot). This month’s topic is “Sci-Fi vs. Fantasy.” You can participate by asking us questions on Twitter using #Ch1Con and watch the chat on our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/chapteroneconference.

Talk to you Thursday!

~Julia

2016 Conference, General

Ch1Con Blog Tour 2016

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Hello friends! This is your Master of Marketing Kira Brighton, here to let you know about the upcoming kickoff of the annual Ch1Con blog tour.

As always, we’ve put this tour together to promote this year’s conference, which you can read all about and register for here on our website! The blog tour kicks off on April 10th and will end on May 25th. Follow along to get original content and interviews from the Ch1Con team and enter awesome giveaways of books and critiques!

Check out the schedule below:


 

Sunday, April 10thJulia the Writer Girl, Guest Post by Susan Dennard plus Giveaway

Saturday, April 16th – Kira Brighton: Author, Interview with Christina Li and Brett Jonas

Monday, April 18thLiterary Abstractions, Interview with Kira Brighton

Saturday, April 23rd Jordan Villegas, Interview with Julia Byers

Sunday, April 24th Olivia Rivers, Blog Post

Tuesday, April 26thGo Teen Writers, Blog Post

Sunday, May 1stCh1Con Tumblr, Interview with Julia Byers

Wednesday, May 4thAllison the Writer, Guest Post by Julia Byers plus Giveaway

Wednesday, May 11thNewbie Writer’s Guide, Guest Post by Patrice Caldwell

Tuesday, May 17thYvonne Ventresca, Blog Post

Monday, May 23rd Francesca Zappia, Interview with Brett Jonas plus Giveaway

Wednesday, May 25th Ariel Kalati, Ch1Con-Themed Personality Quiz


 

As always, we welcome any of you to join in on the tour! If you’d like to participate, contact me at kirabauthor@gmail.com and I’ll let you know what you can do. Pingbacks and reblogs and sharing are welcome as well.

Thanks, you guys! We hope to see you along the line, and then again in person for Ch1Con 2016.

General

Speaker Announcement: Karen Bao

This is our last speaker announcement of 2015! What a fabulous one, though.

We are overjoyed to announce that Karen Bao will be leading a writing workshop at the 2015 Chapter One Young Writers Conference!

Karen Bao is the author of the phenomenal YA science fiction series The Dove Chronicles (Penguin Random House). The first book in the series, Dove Arising, came out earlier this year to critical praise–including a blurb from the one and only Christopher Paolini, who called her “an incredibly talented young writer” and “a promising new talent.” (Go Karen!) When she isn’t writing, Karen is also a musician and aspiring ecologist, studying environmental biology at Columbia University. She began writing Dove Arising when she was seventeen.

Karen’s Book

Dove Arising (2015)

Find Karen Online

Website / TwitterFacebook

Make sure to register before the end of May to take advantage of our early bird price of only $39.99! (And check out the Schedule page for our new, detailed conference schedule–including a PDF with descriptions of all the sessions!)

We can’t wait to see you August 8th!

– The Ch1Con Team

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Ch1Con Fights to the Death

It’s time! Tomorrow (Saturday, November 22nd) at 3:00 PM EST the Ch1Con team will have one hour in a Google Doc, visible to your lovely eyes, to attempt to write a story together using the barest of writing prompts.

One story. No communication.

Who will learn to write together? Who will write against the rest of the team? Who will actually manage to stay on task? Only time will tell.

Want to watch the madness? Tune in here at 3 PM EST: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GYoNFzqUp8LgLTIVtRjcGo_krNrDhiQteDUITfb5Re8/edit?usp=sharing

Want to know what we’ll be attempting to write about? The Prompt of Doom: Our protagonist enters Panera and asks for the food s/he ordered online, only for the girl behind the counter to say Protagonist needs to follow her to the backroom… for some reason.

You may now begin taking bets on who will survive ’til the end.

See you tomorrow!

~Julia

2015 Conference, General

Indiegogo is LIVE

The Indiegogo campaign to fund our 2015 conference is LIVE!

We’re so excited about the opportunities this campaign poses for the future of Ch1Con.

Again, our goal is to raise $5,000 in one month. This will cover the costs of things like our conference room, event insurance, and speaker fees, so that we’ll be able to bring you more awesome speakers AND lower your registration fee in 2015. We’re also hoping to be able to put money towards funding the 2016 conference and starting scholarships for even more cool young writers to be able to attend.

Our donation perks range from all sorts of Ch1Con swag, to critiques from super talented people, to the opportunity to secure your spot at Ch1Con 2015 before registration even opens! Make sure to check them out.

You can find our Indiegogo campaign at: http://igg.me/p/chapter-one-young-writers-conference-2015/x/8954325

~Julia

2015 Conference, General, TCWT-Related

Indiegogo Campaign

You read that title right.

We love putting on the Chapter One Young Writers Conference for you. We love that you love Ch1Con. And we want to make the conference even bigger and better in 2015.

So, come Monday (November 10th) say hello to the inaugural Ch1Con Indiegogo campaign!

Our goal is to raise $5,000 in one month. This will cover the costs of things like our conference room, event insurance, and speaker fees, so that we’ll be able to bring you more awesome speakers AND lower your registration fee in 2015. We’re also hoping to be able to put money towards funding the 2016 conference and starting scholarships for even more cool young writers to be able to attend.

We’ve got fantastic donation perks lined up for you, from all sorts of Ch1Con swag, to critiques from super talented people, to the opportunity to secure your spot at Ch1Con 2015 before registration even opens!

All this to say: We’re so excited for the Indiegogo campaign to start. And we hope you’re excited too. If you considered donating, it would mean the world to us.

Keep your eye on the blog Monday, when the Indiegogo campaign goes live! (And the Teens Can Write, Too blog. We might just have something special going on over there during the campaign as well.)

Yay!

Love,

The Ch1Con Team

General, TCWT-Related

Announcement Time!

Hey, Ch1Con!

Here they are. The big announcements we’ve been hinting at all over social media for the past month. THEY ARE FINALLY HERE (which is fantastic, because we’re tired of holding back the goods).

Looking at ye olde website, you may have noticed that something is different. This is because our logo and website have gotten a facelift! Check out that shiny new tomato. It’s so fresh we’ve had to resist the urge to eat it.

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Okay, not really, but it is pretty snazzy, right? A huge thanks to Julia’s brother Andrew for the adorable redesigned logo, sidebar badges, and banners!

So, why the redesign? (Great question, Random Human!) Besides the fact that we’d had that old (kind of ugly) logo for far too long and the Ch1Con tomato deserves nothing but the prettiest of paintjobs, we also wanted a new logo in conjunction with this new era in the life of the conference.

Which is to say, we are SO CRAZY EXCITED to announce that the Chapter One Young Writers Conference is now partnering with the Teens Can Write, Too blog!

The TCWT logo’s pretty snazzy, too.

The entire Ch1Con team adores John (except for maybe Julia) and the work he’s done on his blog (definitely including Julia), so we can’t wait to work with TCWT.

What does this mean for Ch1Con? (Wow, you’re so great at questions today!)

Ch1Con will continue doing what it’s doing, which means the 2015 conference will still take place Saturday, August 8th outside Chicago and we’ll continue to put on our monthly Ch1Con Chats on Youtube. However, on top of these things, all the Ch1Con team members will also be writing for the TCWT blog (and Julia and Kira will be editing!) and we’ll collaborate between the two blogs to bring you contests, giveaways, and all kinds of helpful new teen writing-oriented content.

TCWT will also be expanding what they’re (we’re?) up to, so make sure to check out the announcement post over on that blog as well to learn about the rest of our new developments! (Theme months? Online write-ins? ONLY BY READING THE OTHER POST WILL YOU KNOW FOR SURE.)

And on top of THIS (we know; it seems impossible for there to be even more excitement), Ch1Con’s got a few other announcements to make.

We’ve got new team members!
Say hello to our new Master of Marketing Patrice, Tumblr Expert Emma, and Creative Consultants Ariel and Aisha! These ladies are amaaazing. Welcome to Ch1Con, ya cool cats! (You can read the updated team bios on our Meet the Team page here.)

#Ch1Con Twitter Chats!
Beginning next week, every other Wednesday at 9:30 PM EST, the Ch1Con team will host a Twitter chat on all things writing and being young writers using #Ch1Con. JOIN US.

Weekly NaNoWriMo Word Sprints!
Every Saturday for the rest of November, we’ll be hosting a one hour word sprint at 1:00 PM EST! Join us on Twitter using #Ch1ConRUN.

Ch1Con team members fight to the death! (Ish.)
The Ch1Con team will be trying a teambuilding (team-destroying?) exercise Saturday, November 22nd at 3:00 PM EST in which we open a Google Doc (visible to your lovely eyes) with the barest of writing prompts and have one hour to write a story. One story. Without communication.

Who will learn to write together? Who will write against the rest of the team? Who will actually manage to stay on task? Only time will tell.

Weekly Writing Prompts & Blog Features!
Beginning next week, every Friday we’ll post a writing prompt, and your mission (should you choose to accept it) will be to send us your responses so we can feature our favorite(s) each week on the blog!

Aaand we’ve got one last big thing coming your way. But we’ll let you wait until tomorrow for that one. 😉

We’re so excited about all these things! Again, make sure to check out John’s announcement post on Teens Can Write, Too, reminder that November’s Ch1Con Chat on NaNoWriMo is TONIGHT (info here), and we’ll talk to you tomorrow!

Love,

The Ch1Con Team

PS. Love the new tomato as much as we do? Here’s a nifty badge you can display on your sidebar or use as a profile picture or basically in absolutely any way you see fit.

Ch1Con Badge 2014 [Matted]