2014 Conference

Only One Week Left to Register!

Hey there! A reminder that registration for the Chapter One Young Writers Conference 2014 closes one week from today, at 11:59 PM central time on Wednesday, June 11th. That means you only have one week left to get in on all the writing tips, workshops, and shenanigans! (During the Saturday sessions, we may just be giving away signed copies of both Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan and Allegiant by Veronica Roth, along with movie posters from Divergent and The Fault In Our Stars to lucky attendees.) (What, who said that?)

Register to attend Ch1Con here.

See you soon!



2014 Conference


Hey there! Do you know a school or library or bookstore (or other awesome place) that might be interested in putting up some Ch1Con flyers? Email us at chapteroneconference@aol.com and we’ll send you a copy! (And, of course, be eternally grateful.)



~Julia, founder

2014 Conference

Ch1Con Web Swag

Think Ch1Con is awesome? Want to support us? Then this is the blog post for you!

Below is an assortment of promotional images. Use them as you’d like, and you’ll become someone we love.

2014 Button:

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2014 Attendee Button:

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General Button:

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2014 Banner:

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2014 Facebook/Twitter Cover Photo:

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Can’t wait to see your faces next month!


~Julia, founder

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

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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