2017 Panelist: Brent Taylor!

The Ch1Con team is thrilled to announce our next speaker of the 2017 Chapter One Young Writers Conference: Brent Taylor!

brent-taylorBrent Taylor is an associate literary agent at Triada US, Inc. in Sewickley, PA. He represents upmarket fiction (novels that are well-written, robust with emotion, and appeal to a wide, commercial audience) across a broad range of categories: picture books, middle grade, young adult, graphic novels, women’s fiction, crime fiction, and literary fiction. Some of his recent and forthcoming client books include YOU’RE WELCOME, UNIVERSE by Whitney Gardner (Knopf), PERFECT TEN by L. Philips (Viking), ALAN COLE IS NOT A COWARD by Eric Bell (Katherine Tegen Books), and KIRANMALA AND THE KINGDOM OF SERPENTS (Scholastic). You can find him on Twitter @btaylorbooks.

Brent will be participating in a panel of young publishing professionals, talking all about the publishing process! Plus: in honor of speaking at the conference, Brent is pleased today to give away a query critique!

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

Enter the giveaway here!

And, if you guess our keynote speaker (enter the giveaway here) you can win a prize pack of signed books by Susan Dennard, Adam Silvera, and Corey Ann Haydu! Third and final hint of who our 2017 keynote speaker is: she wrote her first book at seventeen!

Find Brent online: Twitter

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for the reveal of our keynote speaker!

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– The Ch1Con Team

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2017 Workshop Leader: Annie Sullivan!

The Ch1Con team is thrilled to announce our next speaker of the 2017 Chapter One Young Writers Conference: Annie Sullivan!

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Annie Sullivan is a Young Adult author from Indianapolis, Indiana represented by Christa Heschke at McIntosh & Otis. Annie’s work has been featured in Curly Red Stories and Punchnels, and her novel, Goldilocks, won the Luminis Book Award at the 2013 Midwest Writers Workshop. She loves fairytales, everything Jane Austen, and traveling and exploring new cultures. When she’s not off on her own adventures, she’s teaching classes at the Indiana Writers Center and working as the Copy Specialist at John Wiley and Sons, Inc. publishing company, having also worked there in Editorial and Publicity roles. You can follow her adventures on Twitter (@annsulliva) or on her blog: www.anniesulivanauthor.wordpress.com

Besides participating in our special “ask anything” panel, Annie will be leading a workshop at Ch1Con 2017 on how to hook an agent. Plus: in honor of speaking at the conference, Annie is pleased today to give away a first chapter critique!

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

Enter the giveaway here!

And, if you guess our keynote speaker (enter the giveaway here) you can win a prize pack of signed books by Susan Dennard, Adam Silvera, and Corey Ann Haydu! Second hint of who our 2017 keynote speaker is: one of her books has been adapted for film!

Find Annie online:

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

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– The Ch1Con Team

2017 Panelist: Patrice Caldwell!

The Ch1Con team is thrilled to announce our first speaker of the 2017 Chapter One Young Writers Conference: Patrice Caldwell!

patrice-caldwell-2Patrice is a twenty-four-year-old introvert gone wild. By day, she’s an editorial assistant at Scholastic, and by night (and early morning, depending on her mood) she’s a writer. She’s also a Marketing Consultant for Ch1Con. She hails from the great state of Texas, and graduated from Wellesley College in 2015 with majors in Political Science and English. In 2014, she won the SCBWI Student Writer Scholarship thanks to one of her manuscripts, Alex de Vega and Pandora’s Box

Besides being a Ch1Con team member, Patrice will be participating in a panel of young publishing professionals, talking all about the publishing process! Plus: in honor of speaking at the conference, Patrice is pleased today to give away a first five hundred words critique!

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

Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway here!

And, if you guess our keynote speaker (enter the giveaway here) you can win a prize pack of signed books by Susan Dennard, Adam Silvera, and Corey Ann Haydu! First hint of who our 2017 keynote speaker is: she is a New York Times bestselling author! 

Find Patrice online:

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

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– The Ch1Con Team

2017 Speaker Reveals

The Chapter One Young Writers Conference team is thrilled to announce that we’ll be revealing our 2017 speakers here on the conference blog (www.chapteroneconference.com) beginning tomorrow (Wednesday, March 1)!

The Chapter One Young Writers Conference is a writer’s conference both for and by young writers. Ch1Con 2017 will take place Saturday, August 5th at the SPACE by Doejo event center in downtown Chicago. It will include workshops, panels, trivia (with prizes!), lots of nerding out about writing and books, and more.

We’re SO EXCITED to share our 2017 speakers with you. However, we don’t want anyone to spontaneously combust from an overload of awesomeness (these authors and ~other~ speakers are so talented, it could happen)–so, we’ll be spreading out the speaker reveals throughout the rest of this week. Starting Wednesday, we’ll reveal one speaker a day, leading up to our incredible keynote speaker on Saturday. The speaker reveals will also include some pretty great giveaways!

So, make sure to keep an eye here on www.chapteroneconference.com to be part of the fun! And register to attend the 2017 Chapter One Young Writers Conference today at www.chapteroneconference.com/register

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– The Ch1Con Team

2017 Conference Registration Is Open!

We’re thrilled to announce that registration for the 2017 Chapter One Young Writers Conference is officially open!

The conference will take place Saturday, August 5th, 2017 at the SPACE by Doejo event center in downtown Chicago, IL. It will include workshops, two panels, trivia (with prizes!), and all kinds of other good stuff.

(There will also be a pizza party the night before the conference at the official conference hotel, the Hampton Inn & Suites in Rosemont, a suburb of Chicago! Check our travel page for more info.)

Register early (now through the end of May) to get our special Early Bird Admission rate of $49.99! Registration is available at:

www.chapteroneconference.com/register

Interested in who this year’s speakers are?

Keep an eye on the blog, because we’ll be announcing the first few speakers very soon!

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

We’re so excited for the 2017 conference (and hope you are too)!

See you in August!

— The Ch1Con Team

Ch1Con 2017: August 5!

It’s official! The 2017 Chapter One Young Writers Conference will take place Saturday, August 5th at the SPACE by Doejo event center in downtown Chicago!! (And as an added bonus, our conference room is accessible through the After-Words bookshop, so this year will be extra bookish.)

Mark your calendars, because we are SO EXCITED to bring the 2017 conference to you! We’re thrilled about the move to downtown and hope you are too (we’re right by Navy Pier!). We can’t wait to share our speakers and other announcements with you, so stay tuned for lots more info, coming soon!

~Julia

P.S. For those who’ll need a place to stay for the conference, hang tight! We’ll have info about a hotel with a special Ch1Con group discount coming to you soon.

2016 Conference Recap

This weekend was the 2016 Chapter One Young Writers Conference! We had an absolutely incredible time at the conference this year and hope you did as well.

The weekend started with a pizza party Friday night in the hotel courtyard!

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The official conference began Saturday morning, with a fun query-writing workshop led by Ch1Con team members Christina Li (YA writer represented by Jessica Regel of Foundry Media) and Patrice Caldwell (editorial assistant at Scholastic).

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“A query letter is a very fancy first impression.” – Christina Li

After the workshop, our first speaker took the stage: Jordan Villegas (YA writer represented by Emily Keyes of Fuse Literary)! He gave a great lecture titled “How to Write a Book: A Guide to Getting Your First Rejection.”

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“You can’t write if you haven’t lived.” – Jordan Villegas

Between sessions throughout the day, Ch1Con team members asked attendees trivia questions. Winners got to select books from the huge stacks of ARCs and signed editions on a table at the back of the conference room.

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Attendees also had an opportunity to color a picture and answer questions on the white boards throughout the room.

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After Jordan spoke, it was time for the keynote address by the one and only Susan Dennard (New York Times bestselling author of Truthwitch)! She gave an inspiring talk titled “How I Became a Writer.”

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“There are no expiration dates on dreams.” – Susan Dennard

Next up was lunch and our group picture!

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Future of the New York Times bestsellers list, right here.

After lunch, Jennifer Yu (author of upcoming novel Four Weeks, Five People) took the stage to talk about how to balance writing with school in a super helpful workshop titled “College 101.”

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“You go to college and everyone suddenly wants to know what you’re going to do with your life.” – Jennifer Yu

Following Jen, Francesca Zappia (acclaimed novel Made You Up) led a wonderful session titled “Character Building Across Genres.”

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“Motivation is the character’s car, and it’s going to take them to their destination [their goal].” – Francesca Zappia
The last session of the day was our annual Ask Anything lecture, which we live-streamed online! (You can watch it here.)

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Aaand following the panel, Francesca and Susan signed books for attendees!

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Overall, Ch1Con 2016 was awesome.

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The Ch1Con team was all smiles after the conference.

See you next year!

– The Ch1Con Team