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Chapter One Conference 2018 Re-Cap!

Hello friends!

It’s been exactly one month since #Ch1Con2018, so we decided now would be a good time to make a conference recap post. This post will allow attendees to re-live that glorious day together. It’s also a great resource for anyone who’s thinking about attending #Ch1Con2019, and are curious kinds of crazy hijinks we get up to at our yearly event. We’ll be walking you through pictures, live-tweets and laughs from one of our best Cons yet!

Ch1Con festivities kicked off on August 3rd when attendees, team members, and speakers all began arriving in Chicago.

Several people met in the hotel lobby from both Ch1Con and Ch21Con to talk, laugh, and toast the conference! Some drinks were fancier than others…

After reveling and dinner concluded, the Ch1Con team sorting out books, swag, and conference folders.

Once everything was prepped and ready to go, team members and attendees alike set their (very early) alarms and settled down for a long summer’s nap…

At 8AM sharp, conference doors opened and the day was underway!

Attendees trickled in, began to socialize, and scoped out all of the swag, books, and ARC’s being given away…

 

Before we knew it, the day’s programming was underway! After a quick introduction from our new director Emma Rose Ryan, we went right into our first workshop session with Christine Hermann and Amanda Foody.

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Sadly, due to awful, evil weather on the east coast, Amanda and Christine’s flights to the conference were both canceled. That didn’t stop them from giving an amazing presentation, though!

Next up, we learned how to craft and sell short fiction from our team member and prolific Sci/Fi wordsmith Allison Mulder. Her workshop covered markets and facets of publishing Ch1Con has never approached before. It had even Ch1Con team members scribbling down notes for later.

Allison closed her workshop with a story-seed exercise that gave all of our attendees a chance to write something new that they could (eventually) turn into a  piece worthy of even the highest short-fiction markets.

After cultivating our idea seeds, it was time for lunch. Chicago-style pizza and a fresh salad courtesy of Hilton Garden Inn was the perfect meal for our tomato-loving event.

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Our next speaker, Karuna Riazi, was the perfect follow up to Allison Mulder. While Allison showed us concrete ways we can begin to put our work in front of an audience, Karuna encouraged us to take advantage of our time as young writers, creating outside of the spotlight.

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Last but not least was our keynote speaker Gloria Chao, who provided amazing and motivational advice about telling one’s own personal truth through fiction. She also told us some of the writerly advice she would have appreciated as a young author.

After speaking, Gloria stuck around to listen to our attendees read excerpts from their latest works in progress. We were absolutely blown away by the work read aloud, and we cannot wait to do this again next year.

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After our read-aloud session, Ch1Con moved over into the neighboring conference room to attend the joint Ch1Events Ask Us Anything panel.

Despite blue-screening laptops and uncooperative google hangouts, we were able to live stream a very dynamic, funny, and insightful discussion among our amazing speakers. It is available for viewing on youtube here.

The Ask Us Anything panel concluded with our traditional Panera-related question, and was followed by a book signing! Karuna and Gloria signed copies of their books attendees. Gloria even gave out candy for the people in her line!

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And on that happy note, Ch1Con 2018 came to a close. We had so much fun organizing this event for the young writer community. A huge thanks, as always, to the entire Ch1Events team, Lynn Byers, Kathleen Ryan, The Hilton Garden Inn O’Hare, and to other friends of the conference, without whom none of this would be possible. We hope to see you all again next year for another fantastic con!

 

 

 

 

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2018 Mentorship Program

We’re thrilled to announce
the Third Annual
Chapter One Events Mentorship Program!

What?

  • This fall, the Ch1Events team will be mentoring writers ages 11 to 29 on all parts of the publishing process!
  • The entire Ch1Events team (as well as some guest industry professionals) will take part in the mentorship program, so you’ll learn about each step of how to get published from an expert in it.
  • Through one short story by each writer, the team members will step their mentees through everything they need to know about becoming authors: how to write a query letter, utilize editorial letters to strengthen their writing, read contracts, and more.
  • At the end of the program, the Ch1Events team will publish all the short stories in an anthology—available for sale online on Amazon, Barnes&Noble.com, and more!

When?

  • Now through September 15: apply to participate by submitting a short story!
  • October 1: mentees selected
  • Throughout October: mentors and mentees work together to perfect the selected short stories and learn all about publishing
  • Early November: anthology gets sent to the printers!
  • November 18: the anthology comes out!

Want to be part of it?
Visit this page to apply by September 15!

2018 Ask Anything Panel

Hey there, everyone!

Can’t make it to one of our 2018 conferences? Not to worry! As in previous years, we’re excited to be able to live-stream the “Ask Anything” panel with our 2018 speakers, so all of you amazing young writers who can’t make it to Ch1Con and Ch21Con 2018 still get to participate in something.

This year, the participating speakers will be:

  • Gloria Chao (American Panda)
  • Amanda Foody (Ace of Shades)
  • Christine Lynn Herman (The Devouring Gray)
  • Allison Mulder (acclaimed short fiction author)
  • Karuna Riazi (The Gauntlet)

The panel moderators will be Emma Rose Ryan (Ch1Con director) and Julia Byers (Ch21Con director).

The Ask Anything panel will take place during the conferences on Saturday, August 4th from 4:00 to 5:00 PM CDT (5:00 to 6:00 PM EDT).

This is totally free and you don’t need to sign up for anything; it’s simply our gift to you to thank you for all of your support throughout the year. You can find the live-stream on our organization’s YouTube channel at:

www.youtube.com/chapteroneconference

Or, we’re conveniently embedding the video in the post below:

We’ll be asking the panelists a mixture of questions from both the attendees at the two conferences and those of you watching from home. The questions can be about absolutely anything you want, serious or goofy, writing-related or not. (For example, in 2014 we asked our speakers about their OTPs. One replied that she shipped herself and Panera.)

If you’ll be watching the live-stream and would like to ask the speakers a question, there are two ways you can go about doing it:

1.) If you already know what you’d like to ask, you can email your question(s) to us at chapter21conference@gmail.com any time until the day of the conference.

2.) If you come up with a question while you’re watching the live-stream, you can tweet it using #Ch1Con or #Ch21Con.

Either way, feel free to ask as many questions as you’d like. No promises we’ll make it through every single question during the hour-long panel, but we’ll do our best.

Thanks again for supporting us, guys! It means the world to everyone on the Chapter One Events team.

See you at 4:00 PM central/5:00 PM eastern!

– The Chapter One Events team

2018 Competition Anthology: Available Now!

We are pleased to announce that the e-book anthology of our 2018 writing contest’s winning entries is now available!

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Look at this gorgeous cover!

You can now purchase Perseverance: Chapter One Events Writing Competition Collection, Second Edition from a number of e-book retailers, including Amazon and Blurb. It’ll also be available through Barnes & noble and iBooks, shortly. And in order to make the anthology accessible to as many readers as possible, for a limited time we’re pricing it at only $0.99! Hurray!

We absolutely love the poems and short stories that won our 2018 writing contest, and we hope you will love them too. Happy reading!

– The Ch1Events Team

2018 Keynote Speaker: Gloria Chao

The Chapter One Events team is absolutely thrilled to announce our keynote speaker for the 2018 Chapter One Young Writers Conference and inaugural Chapter Twenty-One Conference: Gloria Chao!

Gloria ChaoGloria Chao is an MIT graduate turned dentist turned writer. She currently lives in Chicago with her ever-supportive husband for whom she became a nine-hole golfer (sometimes seven). She is always up for Dance Dance Revolution, cooperative board games, or spontaneous dance parties. She was also once a black belt in kung-fu and a competitive dancer, but that side of her was drilled and suctioned out. Visit her tea-and-book-filled world at GloriaChao.Wordpress.com.

Gloria is the acclaimed author of young adult contemporary novel American Panda and the upcoming Misaligned.

Gloria will be giving the keynote address at both Ch1Con and Ch21Con, as well as speaking on the conferences’ combined ask anything panel.

Find Gloria Online:

Check out Gloria’s Books:

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Haven’t registered to attend one of our 2018 conferences yet? You can do so by clicking the following links:

Chapter One Young Writers Conference (ages 11-20)

Chapter Twenty-One Conference (ages 21-29)

– The Ch1Events Team

2018 Writing Contest Winners!

Hey, everyone!

We are thrilled today to announce the winners of our second annual Chapter One Events Poetry & Short Fiction Contest! All winning entries will appear in our 2018 contest e-book anthology, which will be available for purchase in mid-July.

You’ll note in the contest results below that we don’t necessarily award a full set of winners for each category. This is because we believe in rewarding quality over quantity, so we’ve limited our winners to only those entries we find fitting of this distinction. (Basically this means, if you won something, it’s because we really love you.)

Now, without further ado: drum roll please………

Ch1Con (Ages 11-20)

Poetry Winners
  • First Place: “Visions” by Miranda Sun
  • Second Place: “Mountain” by Emily Woods
  • Honorable Mentions: “Away with You” by Miranda Sun and “Looking Forward to Nineteen” by Emily Woods
Short Fiction Winners
  • First Place: “The Rosewyvern’s Curse” by Emily Woods
  • Second Place: “We’ve Hit an Iceberg” by Kori Johnson

Ch21Con (Ages 21-29)

Short Fiction Winner
  • First Place: “The New Corpse” by H. L. Cassel

Congratulations!!!

Thank you to all who entered the contest! We really enjoyed reading your entries and we hope you’ll enter again next year. And a HUGE congratulations to our winners!! All our winners this year will receive discounted admission to the relevant conference, as well as one free copy of the 2018 contest e-book anthology–which, again, will be available for purchase in mid-July.

Now go celebrate!

–The Ch1Events Team

 

2018 Ch1Con & Ch21Con Blog Tour Schedule!

Hey, everybody! We’re thrilled to announce the 2018 Ch1Con & Ch21Con Blog Tour!

We put together this annual blog tour to share info and fun, behind-the-scenes facts about the Chapter One Young Writers Conference and new Chapter Twenty-One Conference (and to give away some awesome prizes, of course). The 2018 blog tour will kick off on Sunday, April 15 and conclude towards the end of May. Follow the tour for guest posts, interviews by the Chapter One Events team–and, of course, giveaways!

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Check out the schedule below:
  • Sunday, April 15: www.ch1con.tumblr.com
    • New Ch1Con director Emma Rose Ryan talks about taking over as director
    • GIVEAWAY: Short fiction critique by 2018 speaker and Ch21Con team member, Allison Mulder!
  • Wednesday, April 18: www.allisonthewriter.wordpress.com
    • Allison Rose hosts a guest post by Ch21Con team member Liam Wood, about self-editing
  • Monday, April 23: www.ultimatelyuselessstories.com
    • Ch21Con team member Katelyn Pettit talks about mental health for writers
  • Friday, April 27: www.avajae.blogspot.com
    • Ava Jae hosts a guest post by Ch21Con team member Ariel Kalati, about #OwnVoices and diversity
  • Tuesday, May 1: www.robynhoode.wordpress.com
    • Ch21Con team member Katie Nichols interviews fellow team member Ariel Kalati
  • Saturday, May 5: www.kirabrighton.weebly.com
    • Kira Brighton interviews Ch21Con team member Katelyn Pettit
  • Wednesday, May 9: www.anniesullivanauthor.wordpress.com
    • Annie Sullivan hosts a guest post by Ch21Con team member Katie Nichols about writing characters with magic
    • GIVEAWAY: SIGNED hardcover copy of The Cruel Prince by Holly Black!
  • Friday, May 11: www.charlottegerber.wordpress.com
    • Charlotte Gerber hosts a blog post giving an overview of the 2018 conferences
  • Monday, May 14: Joan He’s Newsletter, Looseleaf
    • Joan He talks about the 2018 conferences in her writerly newsletter. Click here to subscribe!
  • Saturday, May 19: www.juliathewritergirl.com
    • Ch21Con director Julia Byers interviews Ch1Con team member Brett Jonas and 2018 speaker and Ch21Con team member Allison Mulder
    • GIVEAWAY: $25 Barnes & Noble gift card!

We can’t wait to share the tour with you, and hope to see you in Chicago at Ch1Con and Ch21Con 2018!

– The Chapter One Events Team