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2019 Workshop Leader: Joan He!

The Chapter One Events team is absolutely thrilled to announce our first speaker for the 2019 Chapter One Young Writers Conference and inaugural Chapter Twenty-One Conference: YA sci-fi/fantasy author Joan He!

Joan HeJoan He was born and raised in Philadelphia but still will, on occasion, lose her way. At a young age, she received classical instruction in oil painting before discovering that stories were her favorite kind of art. She studied psychology and Chinese history at the University of Pennsylvania and currently writes from a desk overlooking the city waterfront. Descendant of the Crane is her young adult debut.

Joan will be leading workshops at both Ch1Con and Ch21Con. She will also be speaking on the conferences’ combined ask anything panel and signing books at the end of the day.

Plus, in honor of speaking, we’re giving away one hardcover copy of her incredible debut novel Descendant of the Crane! (If you somehow haven’t heard of it yet, it’s basically a YA Chinese-inspired Game of Thrones. You’re welcome.) Just click the link below to enter the raffle. We’ll leave it open for one week!

Click here by 4/29 to enter to win a hardcover copy of Joan He’s debut novel DESCENDANT OF THE CRANE!

Find Joan online:

Check out Descendant of the Crane on GoodReads.

Interested in attending one of our young writers’ conferences on June 29 in Des Plaines, IL (a suburb of Chicago)? You can learn more at:

We’ve got lots of other amazing speakers to announce as well in the lead-up to the 2019 conferences, so keep an eye on our websites and social media for more speaker announcements coming your way soon!!

– The Ch1Events Team

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Do You Have A Ch1Con Story To Share?

Do you have a story about the way our conference, our team, or our speakers have impacted your life? If so, we want to hear from you!

The Ch1Con blog is starting a personal essay series about our community. Over the years, you’ve told us stories about the friendships you’ve made, the reunions you’ve shared, and the pizza you’ve eaten at our yearly get-together. Our team members have a lot to say about the great times we’ve had, but we want you –our attendees– to be able to share your stories as well.

We’re looking for 500 to 1,000-word essays on memorable moments from your Ch1Con experience. What do our organization, community, and mission mean to you? Don’t be afraid to let your own personal voice shine through. We’re writers, after all! If your essay is selected, you’ll get a free sticker and our undying affection.

Don’t have much to say, but still want to help out? We’re also looking for short testimonials from past attendees –just a few sentences about past events– to post on our website.

Send your writing as a .docx attachment to chapteroneconference@gmail.com.

Have questions? Tweet us @Ch1Con or send us an e-mail!

2019 Conference Registration Is Open!

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We’re thrilled to announce that registration for the 2019 Chapter One Young Writers Conference is officially open!

The conference will take place Saturday, June 29th, 2019 at the Hilton Garden Inn – Chicago O’Hare in Des Plaines, Illinois. It will include workshops, a panel, a lunchtime pizza party, trivia (with prizes!), and all kinds of other good stuff. Attendance is open to any young writers who will be between the ages of 11 and 20 as of June 29th, 2019. (If you’ll be between the ages of 21 and 29, check out our sister conference, the Chapter Twenty-One Conference!)

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

www.chapteroneconference.org/register

Interested in who this year’s speakers are? Keep an eye on the blog, because we’ll be announcing the speakers very soon! (And registered attendees will get a sneakpeek!)

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

We’re so excited for the 2019 conference (and hope you are too)! See you in June!

— The Ch1Con Team

Yule Ball 2019!

Greetings fellow writers (sunglasses emoji) (sunglasses emoji) (finger guns emoji),

Welcome to 2019! We hope that the new year has been treating you well, but let’s be honest– no matter how well it’s treated you, none of us are ready to face the reality of Real Life ™. But, despite the crushing nature of our lives, there is a silver lining! That’s right folks, it’s time for…

*drum roll please*

The fourth-annual Ch1Con Yule Ball!

For those of you *LOSERS* who don’t know, the Yule Ball is an hour-and-a-half long live video panel. This year, it will be held on Thursday, January 24th from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM Central Time (8:00 PM to 9:30 PM Eastern Time).

Basically, it’s a mini, free, online Ch1Con! It features young authors answering YOUR questions about writing and publishing.

Interested in asking a question? You better be! Because all tweets using #Ch1ConYuleBall will have the opportunity to be answered by our panelists! We will answer as many as we have time for!

Interested in bidding on cool, bookish perks? We’ll be hosting a silent auction along with our online events where you can bid on critiques, books, and awesome gift boxes! All the proceeds will go towards funding the free programming Chapter One Events provides, as well as our yearly conferences.

Interested in watching the Ch1Con Yule Ball? You’ll be able to watch the panel live on our YouTube channel!

We’ll be announcing the speaker line up and posting the official link next Friday, so stay tuned!

Mentoship Anthology Cover Reveal and Blog Tour!

Hello writers!

As you might already know, the Ch1Events team has been working with a mentee (the amazing Emily Woods) to create something pretty fantastic. A paranormal short fiction anthology!

This year, the anthology has a killer theme that’s sure to give you nightmares before Christmas. It’s titled FATAL FANTASIES: SHORT STORIES BY YOUNG WRITERS. Each story centers around the dead, the undead, and the mostly dead.

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The official release date for our anthology is November 20th, but in the lead up to that date, the Ch1Con team is running a blog tour! The dates and links to each post will be listed on this post below as they are released.

Blog Tour Stops: 
Wednesday, Nov 14:
Anthology cover on the Ch1Con blog.
Scroll down to see it!
Thursday, Nov 15:
Interview with Emily Woods (ft. an excerpt of her short story) on Medium!
Link to come!
Friday, November 16: 
Content from Ch1Con team member Christel Thompson.
Link to come!
Saturday, November 17:
Content from Ch1Con team member Joey Brant.
Link to come!
Sunday, November 18:

Content from Ch1Con team member Emma Ryan.
Link to come!
Monday, November 19:
Content from Ch1Con team member Zoe Noble.
Link to come!
Tuesday, November 20:  Release Day!!!
We will be posting the buy links for the anthology right here on our blog!
Link to come!

For today’s installment of the blog tour, we will be revealing the cover of this years anthology. So, without further ado…

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Cover Art by Nicole Dowling   

 

Such spooky! Much pretty!

Thank you so much to Nicole Dowling for donating her time to create this amazing art. You can find more of her work here.

Thanks for reading! We hope you’ll join us for the rest of the tour!

November Schedule

In case you missed it on social media, here’s our November events schedule!

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Wednesday, November 14, All Day 
#Ch1Chat this month is a NaNoWriMo vent session. Take a break from plot holes and word counts and talk with other stressed out writers.
Sunday, November 18, 12-5PM CT
Word Wars on Dischord!
Wednesday, November 21, All Day
#Ch1Thanks: theCh1Con team tells us what they’re thankful for this year.

October Online Event Schedule

 

Hello friends!

Leaves are changing, sweaters are emerging, and everything smells like pumpkin spice. Things are also getting a little spooky, not just because of the Halloween decor, but because NaNoWriMo is only a month away! To celebrate the creepiest and coziest month, we’re hosting Wednesday online events that we hope you’ll fall for.

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Wednesday, October 10, All Day
At the beginning of the day, the  Tomato will ask a question on Twitter using #Ch1Asks. Response using the hashtag and follow @Ch1Con to enter a sticker giveaway!
Wednesday, October 17, 5PM-7PM CST
We’ll be hosting a #Ch1Chat about horror and suspense, in honor of spook season!
Wednesday, October 24, 5-7PM  CST
NaNoPrep Write-In. Join the team in preping their NaNoWriMo outlines using prompts and peer pressure.
Wednesday, October 31, 7-12PM
The tomato will be running NaNoCheatMo sprints as we count down to the official kickoff of National Novel Writing Month.
We hope to see you there!