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February Ch1Con Events

Can you believe it’s already February? Here’s the schedule of Ch1Con Chats coming your way this month.

Thursday, January 4th at 8:00 PM Eastern: Twitter Chat

The topic of our first Twitter chat of the month is “genres.” Join us using #Ch1Con to answer our questions and talk with other young writers!

Saturday, February 27th from 7:00 to 10:00 PM Eastern: Virtual Write-In

We have a new event this month! We’re now alternating our live video chats with virtual write-ins.(So, for example we have a write-in this month, but a video chat in March.) Join us to write (and procrastinate) at any point that you’re available during the evening on February 27 at: http://us21.chatzy.com/51283418179139

Talk to you Thursday!

~Julia

PS. Speaking of Thursday, we maaaybe have a pretty awesome announcement coming your way that day!

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Ch1Con 2016 Book Signing Info

Ch1Con is pleased to announce that we’re partnering again this year with Anderson’s Bookshop as our official conference retailer!

Now through Monday, July 27, you can purchase books by the Ch1Con speakers using a special order form on the Anderson’s Bookshop website. At the end of the conference, we’ll deliver your books straight to you in order to get them signed by Susan Dennard and Francesca Zappia. (Yay!)

You can find the order form at: www.andersonsbookshop.com/chapter-one

We can’t wait to see you August 6th!

Love,

The Ch1Con Team

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2016 Keynote Address: Susan Dennard!

The Ch1Con team is absolutely delighted to announce our keynote speaker for the 2016 Chapter One Young Writers Conference: Susan Dennard!

susan_square1Susan is the New York Times bestselling author of both the YA steampunk series Something Strange & Deadly (HarperCollins) and the new YA fantasy series Witchlands (Tor)–the first installment of which, Truthwitch, just came out last week and premiered at #4 on the New York Times bestseller list!! (And got a starred review from Publishers Weekly, no less.)

Before settling down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor, Susan traveled the world as a marine biologist. When not writing these days, she can be found hiking with her dogs, exploring tidal pools, or earning bruises at the dojo. Her writing is represented by Joanna Volpe of New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc. 

Susan will be giving the keynote address and participating in our special “ask anything” panel at Ch1Con 2016. Plus: in honor of speaking at the conference, Susan is pleased today to give away a SIGNED copy of Truthwitch!

Just click the link below to enter the raffle. We’ll leave it open for one week!

Enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway!

Find Susan online: Website / Blog / Newsletter / Twitter / Pinterest

We’re SO excited about our wonderful speakers, and we’re looking forward to another great year. Check back on our website for more information about the 2016 conference soon!

 

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– The Ch1Con Team

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2016 Workshop Leader: Jennifer Yu!

The Ch1Con team is thrilled to announce our next speaker for the 2016 Chapter One Young Writers Conference: Jennifer Yu!

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Photo by Mark Stehle

Jennifer is the author of YA novel Four Weeks, Five People, out from Harlequin Teen and Seventeen Reads in spring, 2017. She is a nineteen-year-old senior at the University of Pennsylvania, studying English. (Like getting a two-book publishing deal while in college, alone, isn’t impressive enough!) Her writing is represented by Laura Dail of the Laura Dail Literary Agency.

Jennifer will be leading a workshop and participating in our special “ask anything” panel at Ch1Con 2016. Plus: in honor of speaking at the conference, she’s pleased today to give away a first chapter critique!

Your novel does not need to be complete to win this critique. Click the link below to enter the raffle. We’ll leave it open for one week!

Enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway

Got a guess about who our keynote speaker is? Guess (visit the giveaway to guess) & be entered to win a Ch1Con t-shirt!!

Find Jennifer online: Tumblr / Twitter

And don’t forget to come back tomorrow for another speaker reveal!

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– The Ch1Con Team

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2016 Workshop Leader: Francesca Zappia!

The Ch1Con team is thrilled to announce our first speaker of the 2016 Chapter One Young Writers Conference: Francesca Zappia!

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Photo by Donna Rice

Francesca is the author of YA contemporary novel Made You Up, published by Greenwillow/HarperCollins in May of 2015. She lives in central Indiana and majors in computer science at the University of Indianapolis. She spends most of her time writing, drawing her characters, and reading. Her writing is represented by Louise Fury of The Bent Agency.

Besides participating in our special “ask anything” panel, Francesca will be leading a workshop at Ch1Con 2016 on character building (which is SO EXCITING, considering how amazing the characters are in Made You Up). Plus: in honor of speaking at the conference, Francesca is pleased today to give away a SIGNED copy of Made You Up!

Enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway

And, if you guess our keynote speaker (visit the giveaway to guess) you can win a Ch1Con t-shirt!!

Find Francesca online: Website / Twitter / Instagram / Tumblr / Pinterest

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for another speaker reveal!

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– The Ch1Con Team

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Speaker Reveals Coming This Week!

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The Chapter One Young Writers Conference team is thrilled to announce that we’ll be revealing our 2016 speakers here on the conference blog (www.chapteroneconference.com) beginning tomorrow (Thursday, January 14th)!

The Chapter One Young Writers Conference is a writer’s conference both for and by young writers. Ch1Con 2016 will take place Saturday, August 6th at the Hilton Garden Inn in St. Charles, IL, a western suburb of Chicago. It will include workshops, trivia (with prizes!), lots of nerding out about writing and books, and more.

We’re SO EXCITED to share our 2016 speakers with you. However, we don’t want anyone to spontaneously combust from an overload of awesomeness (these authors are so talented, it could happen)–so, we’ll be spreading out the speaker reveals throughout the rest of this week. Starting Thursday, we’ll reveal one speaker a day, leading up to our amaaazing keynote speaker on Saturday! The speaker reveals will also include some pretty awesome giveaways (if we do say so ourselves)–including signed books, a critique, and more!

So, make sure to keep an eye here on www.chapteroneconference.com to be part of the fun! And register to attend the 2016 Chapter One Young Writers Conference today at www.chapteroneconference.com/register-2016

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– The Ch1Con Team

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2016 Registration Is Now Open!

We’re thrilled to announce that registration for the 2016 Chapter One Young Writers Conference is officially open!

The conference will take place Saturday, August 6, 2016 at the Hilton Garden Inn in St. Charles, IL, a western suburb of Chicago. It will include workshops, a panel, trivia (with prizes!), and all kinds of other good stuff.

Register early (now through the end of May) to get our special Early Bird Admission rate of $74.99! Registration is available at:

www.chapteroneconference.com/register-2016

Interested in who this year’s speakers are?

Keep an eye on the blog, because we’ll be announcing the first few speakers this week–and the speaker reveals will include giveaways!

Spots are limited to attend the conference, so make sure to register before they’re gone!

We’re so excited for the 2016 conference (and hope you are too)!

See you in August!

— The Ch1Con Team