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!

https://chapteroneconference.com/other-activities/mentorship-program/

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Twisted Book Giveaway

Hey there! The Ch1Con team spent this fall teaching two fantastic young writers about the publishing process in our inaugural mentorship program. The final step of this program was 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 Twisted, because these stories all have some pretty killer plot twists (pun possibly intended).

We’re absolutely in love with this book. And we want to share it with you. So, in honor of its release, we’re giving away one paperback copy of Twisted!

Isn’t it pretty?

If you’d like to win this copy of Twisted, you can enter the giveaway at the link below:

Click here to enter the Twisted giveaway!

 

If you don’t win the giveaway and still want a copy of Twisted (which, you know, we think you should want, in our entirely unbiased opinions), the paperback edition is available now for order on Blurb.com, and the e-book is available on Blurb.com, Amazon, and iBooks. (It’ll also be available from Barnes & Noble soon.)

You can also find excerpts, interviews with the authors, and more at the other stops on our Twisted blog tour:

Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor!

– The Ch1Con Team

The Ch1Con Anthology Is Here!

As you may know, the Ch1Con team has spent this fall teaching two fantastic young writers about the publishing process in our inaugural 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 Twisted, because these stories all have some pretty killer plot twists (pun possibly intended).

The paperback and e-book editions of Twisted are available now for order on Blurb.com, and the e-book will be available soon on Amazon and iBooks.

We’re also THRILLED to be revealing the cover of this collection of short stories today! So, without further ado, drumroll please…

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LOOK AT THE PRETTY!

We’re in love with our cover, created by a talented friend of the conference, and so excited to share the book with you!

In honor of Twisted’s release, we’re holding a mini blog tour on the mentors’ blogs. The tour will include interviews, excerpts from the anthology stories, and more. The blog tour schedule is below:

 All proceeds from the anthology go towards funding future Ch1Con activities, including our 2017 conference and mentorship program. Purchase Twisted today to help us support the dreams of the authors of tomorrow!

We had so much fun putting Twisted together and hope you enjoy reading it, as well!

– The Ch1Con Team

Ch1Con Mentorship Program

The Ch1Con team is thrilled to announce the first annual
Ch1Con Mentorship Anthology!

This fall, the Ch1Con team will be mentoring ten young writers (ages 11 to 23) to teach them about writing, editing, and the publishing process!

Each Ch1Con team member will select one to two young writers to individually mentor. (Think of it like a class!) (You know, except way more fun.) Through one short story by each young writer, the team members will step their mentees through everything they need to know about becoming authors: how to use editorial letters to strengthen their writing, how to utilize copy edits, how to read contracts and non-disclosure agreements, and more.

In the end, the Ch1Con team will publish all of the short stories in an anthology—available for sale online and at future Ch1Con events!

Interested in participating? You can learn more about the mentorship program and how to become a mentee at:
www.chapteroneconference.com/anthology-2016

(Deadline to enter is September 15! We can’t wait to read your short story!)