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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!

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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

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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!

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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!

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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.
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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!
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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 about the kinds of crazy hijinks we get up to at our yearly event. We’ll be walking you through the 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.

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

After reveling and dinner concluded, the Ch1Con team got to work sorting 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…

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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 Herman and Amanda Foody.

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Sadly, due to awful, evil weather on the east coast, Amanda and Christine’s flights to the Chicago 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 for 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!