2015 Conference

2015 Conference: Registration Is Open! Speaker Announcements!

We are thrilled to announce that registration for the 2015 Chapter One Young Writers Conference is now open!

The conference will take place Saturday, August 8, 2015 in Arlington Heights, IL (a suburb of Chicago) and will include writing workshops, a panel, and all kinds of good stuff. Register early (now through the end of May) to get the special early bird registration price of $39.99! Register at www.chapteroneconference.com/register.

Next up: We’ve got speakers!

We have an amazing lineup for you this year! While we’re still finalizing things with a couple speakers, we have three locked in. So, drum roll please…

Kat Zhang
Mandy Whitley Photography (2011)

Keynote Address: Kat Zhang

That’s right! Our 2015 keynote speaker will be Kat Zhang, author of the Young Adult Dystopian series The Hybrid Chronicles (HarperCollins). She started writing the first (seriously fantastic) book in the series, What’s Left of Me, the winter of her senior year of high school and sold the trilogy when she was nineteen.

When she isn’t writing books, Kat also contributes to Pub(lishing) Crawl and recently graduated from Vanderbilt University with a major in English. Her writing is represented by literary agent Emmanuelle Morgen of Stonesong.

Kat’s Books

What’s Left of Me (2012) / Once We Were (2013) / Echoes of Us (2014)

Find Kat Online

Website / Twitter / Tumblr / Facebook

Workshop Leader: Taryn Albright

The 2015 conference will include two writing workshops, one of which Taryn Albright will lead! Taryn is a writer and incredible freelance editor. Over fifty of her clients have gone on to sign with literary agents and dozens have signed deals with major publishing houses, including Penguin, Candlewick, Scholastic, Harlequin, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster.

Taryn has worked at several literary agencies, as an acquiring editor at a small publishing house, and as an assistant to best-selling author Gennifer Albin. She has a degree in Creative Writing and currently works for Walt Disney Creative Entertainment. (Basically: living the dream.) Her Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction is represented by Molly Ker Hawn of The Bent Agency.

Find Taryn Online

Website / Editing Services / Twitter

Speaker: Ava Jae

Ava Jae will be leading one of our two lecture-style sessions! Ava is a Young Adult and New Adult author whose debut Beyond the Red will be released in March, 2016 by Sky Pony Press. She also is an assistant editor at Entangled Publishing, blogs about writing and publishing at Writability (which recently celebrated one million hits!), and vlogs at bookishpixie. Oh, and on top of all of that, she’s a college student. As if she isn’t already doing enough.

Her writing is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency. Speaking of which: As a special treat, Louise (who is currently closed to queries) has offered to consider query letters from conference attendees for up to ten days after the conference. (!!!)

Ava’s Book

Beyond the Red (2016)

Find Ava Online

Website / Twitter / Youtube / Tumblr / Facebook

We are so excited for Ch1Con 2015. (And hope you are too!)

There are only thirty slots open to attend the conference, so make sure to register before they’re gone! We’ll make sure to announce the last two speakers and what topics everyone will be speaking on soon.

See you in August!

– The Ch1Con Team

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Thank You

The Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the 2015 Chapter One Young Writers Conference concluded late last night, and the Ch1Con team wanted to say thank you for all the amazing support. Whether you donated or shared info on the campaign (or, you know, both), you are our hero.

Look for more news on the 2015 conference coming soon. The conference will take place Saturday, August 8th just outside Chicago and we can’t wait to see you there. We’re in the midst of finalizing our schedule and speaker lineup, as we speak. Registration will open in early January!

DFTBA.

~Julia

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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

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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

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Ch1Con 2015: August 8th!

It’s official! The 2015 Chapter One Young Writers Conference will take place Saturday, August 8th at the Courtyard Chicago Arlington Heights/South hotel, just outside Chicago.

Mark your calendars, because we are SO EXCITED to bring the 2015 conference to you! Stay tuned for lots more announcements, coming sooner than you can read the A Song of Fire and Ice series. (Okay, maybe a lot sooner than that.)

Talk to you soon!

~Julia

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When Should Ch1Con 2015 Be?

Ch1Con 2014 may have just ended a couple days ago, but we’re already planning next year’s conference–and we need your help!

Ch1Con 2015 will take place in the greater Chicago area again. If you’re interested in coming, vote for when will work best for you in the poll below! (If you can make it to multiple options, feel free to vote for all of them; we’ll be taking the options with the most votes into consideration when choosing our official weekend. Also note: All dates listed are the Saturdays of the weekends we’re considering for the conference.)

Hope to see you next year!

 

~Julia