TCWT May Blog Chain

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Hello everyone! This month, as part of the Ch1Con 2015 Blog Tour, we here at Ch1Con are hosting the Teens Can Write, Too! blog chain for May. For more information about TCWT’s  blog chain, check out this link.

The topic for this month, in honor of how conference-going helps us improve our skills, will be:

“What is your greatest weakness as a writer? What’s your greatest strength?”

We want to hear all about your strengths and weaknesses! I (Kira Budge) just recently became too old for the blog chain (*LE GASP*), but if I were to answer this, for example, I’d probably talk about how much I struggle with being detailed in my books but how good I am at writing a lot very quickly.  In recognizing where our strengths and weaknesses lie, we all of us become equipped with the knowledge we need to become even better at our craft. And it’s also cool to compare where other community members fill in the gaps of your strengths! (Maybe you’ll find some good critique partners to balance you out in the process of this blog chain. Who knows?)

So to participate in this blog chain, please comment below with the dates you can do and a link to your blog. I will assign dates in the replies. I will also post the schedule on the Blog Chain page on TCWT, which was linked above. The chain, as always, will begin on the 5th.

Thanks so much for participating! We look forward to what you have to say. I’ve only been able to read a few of the posts from last month, but you guys brought out your sass, intelligence, and creativity in wonderful full force. 🙂 Good job and keep it up!

Tentative Blog Chain Schedule

Tuesday May 5th — The Little Engine That Couldn’t

Wednesday May 6th — Ariel Kalati, Writer

Friday May 8th — Galloping Free

Saturday May 9th — Miriam Joy Writes

Sunday May 10th — The Ramblings of Aravis

Wednesday May 13th — Light and Shadows

Friday May 15th — Musings from Neville’s Navel

Saturday May 16th — The World of the Writer

Tuesday May 19th — Butterflies of the Imagination

Wednesday May 20th — Introspection Creative

Friday May 22nd — Spellbound

Sunday May 24th — Unikke Lyfe

Monday May 25th — The Long Life of a Lifelong Fangirl

Wednesday May 27th — Against the Shadows

Friday May 29th — Teens Can Write, Too, announcing June’s chain

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.)



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.

tomato tomato
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!


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]