2014 Conference

Blog Tour Dates!

In order to spread the word about our amazing conference, we’re running a blog tour! This tour will have a number of stops at a number of websites for young writers, with varied content at each one. Here’s the schedule for those of you interested in following the blog tour:

NewbieWriters: May 21st kickoff!

Teens Can Write, Too!: May 29th

Whimsically Yours: May 30th

YA Interrobang: June 1st

Charlotte Gerber: June 1st

Allison the Writer: June 2nd

Yvonne Ventresca: June 4th

NewbieWriters podcast: June 13th recording live from the Arlington Heights hotel!

More blog tour dates and locations will be announced soon!


If you’re interested in promoting the conference on your own blog, we’d love for you to do that! You can do it on your own and if we find it, we’ll post it on the list, but to ask for an exclusive interview or other content, please fill out the form below:


Don’t forget to check out the promotional posts by our conference team as well:

Julia Byers (CEO and Founder)

Kira Budge (Associate Online Administrator)


Thank you, and we hope to see you both on the blog tour and in person at Ch1Con!

— Kira Budge, Associate Online Administrator

2014 Conference

We’ve Got Dates!

Mark your calendars, everybody–we’ve got the dates and location of the 2014 Chapter One Young Writers Conference!


Saturday, June 14th, 2014: Join us to learn all kinds of cool writing-related things in sessions taught by other young writers, just like you. From how to strengthen your writing using the techniques of blockbuster films, to the differences in journalism versus fiction-writing, it’s going to be a day filled with learning and (gasp) fun.

Sunday, June 15th, 2014 (separate admission): During the optional second day of the conference, attend workshops teaching different critique methods, how to write a kickbutt query letter, and more.


The conference will take place at the Courtyard Chicago Arlington Heights/South, just outside of Chicago, Illinois.


See you in June!

~Julia, founder

2014 Conference

The Ch1Con Hotel is Looking Snazzy!

During a recent trip to Chicago, we stopped by the hotel we held Ch1Con at last year (and hopefully will be holding it at again in 2014). It’s a Courtyard Inn, and they redid a lot of the interior and courtyard since the 2012 conference. The place is looking beautiful–check it out!


Look how spiffy this sign looks!



The new lobby layout involves a ton of seating, a fireplace, a reading nook, a cafe, and more!


One of the hotel’s gorgeous conference rooms!


IMG_0281A sample room!

I think you can tell by all the exclamation points there how excited we all are. And check out the theme colors in the lobby and conference room–blue and orange, just like Ch1Con!

~Julia, founder

2014 Conference

Planning For 2014 Has Begun

Update: We’ve moved the 2014 conference to June.

Hey everyone,

Julia here with just a quick update for you today! Planning for the Chapter One Young Writers Conference 2014 has officially begun! We’re beginning to look into what sorts of sessions we want to have, what activities to do outside of the sessions (there’s possibly going to be a Ch1Con book club? what?), and more. We’re super excited to get this all figured out, and we’re even more excited to share it with you. 🙂 July 2014 might feel like it’s still really far away, but there’s a ton of work to do before then to get the conference ready.

Talk to you soon!


~Julia, founder