2015 Conference

Speaker Announcement: Kaye M.!

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Kaye M. will be leading a session at the 2015 Chapter One Young Writers Conference!

Besides being a YA writer, Kaye is also an online diversity advocate, activist, and book blogger. She is the creator of last year’s incredible, viral feminist hashtag #YesAllWomen, as well as #NotYourStockMuslim. She previously was a member of the We Need Diverse Books campaign team and interned for book packager Cake Literary. Currently she’s one of the moderators of the Writing With Color Tumblr, works as a writing consultant for writers interested in respectfully including diversity in their manuscripts, is interning for a literary agency, and (as if she doesn’t do enough already) is majoring in English at college.

Find Kaye Online

Blog / Twitter / Consulting Service

We have one more speaker to announce, so keep a lookout! Spots to attend the conference are going fast. Make sure to register before the end of May to take advantage of our early bird price of only $39.99!

We can’t wait to see you August 8th!

– The Ch1Con Team

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2015 Conference

Ch1Con 2015 Blog Tour

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Hi guys! Online admin Kira Budge here to bring you exciting news! Just like last year, we’ve put together a blog tour to promote Ch1Con and this year it’s even BIGGER and BETTER than last time. We’re running it from April 13th through May 23rd with a special concluding post later on and have a bunch of great blogs on board. You can follow the tour to see original content and interviews from the Ch1Con team and to enter awesome giveaways of books and critiques!

Check out the schedule below:


Mon April 13 Inklined, Special Post and Giveaway

Wed April 15Ariel Kalati, Writer, Interview with the Ch1Con Team

Mon April 20 Writability, Guest Post by Kira Budge and Giveaway

Sat April 25 Go Teen Writers, Blog Post

Mon April 27 Teens Can Write, Too!, Interview with Kira Budge and Ariel Kalati plus Giveaway

Wed April 29 Chapter One Young Writers Conference, Hosting the TCWT May Blog Chain

Fri May 1 Louise Fury, Blog Post and Mini-Interview with Ava Jae

Mon May 4 Pub(lishing) Crawl, Guest Post by Julia Byers and Giveaway

Wed May 6Charlotte Gerber, Guest Q+A by Kira Budge

Sat May 9 Kira Budge: Author, Blog Post

Mon May 11 A Writer’s Tales, Guest Post by Kira Budge

Wed May 13 Newbie Writers, Guest Post by Julia Byers

Sat May 16 — Writers Write, Right?, Blog Post and Giveaway

Tues May 19 Yvonne Ventresca, Interview with Julia Byers and Giveaway

Thurs May 21 Allison the Writer, Interview with the Ch1Con Team (also see here)

Sat May 23 Julia the Writer Girl, Interview with Ava Jae and Giveaway


We’ve still got space for you! If you’d like to participate in the blog tour, contact me at kirabauthor@gmail.com and I’ll let you know what you can do. Pingbacks and reblogs and sharing are all very welcome as well.

Thanks so much, you guys! We’re so excited to be able to bring Ch1Con 2015 to you this summer.

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Chicagoland Flyer Campaign

Hey, guys! Julia here.

I’m going to be in the greater Chicago area Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of next week (the 3rd through 5th of March) to pass out promotional materials for the 2015 Chapter One Young Writers Conference. If you work at a school, library, book store, community center, coffee shop, etc.–and would be interested in having me drop by to put up flyers, talk to your class about the benefits of attending a writing conference, or anything else–feel free to email your request between now and then to chapteroneconference@aol.com and I’ll do my best to work you into the schedule!

Can’t wait to see you and show off our spiffy new flyers!

~Julia

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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
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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