Speakers

kody-pressKody Keplinger: Keynote Speaker, Panel Moderator, & Panelist

Kody Keplinger is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction. She wrote her debut novel, The DUFF, when she was seventeen, during her senior year of high school. The DUFF went on to become a YALSA Top 10 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers, a Romantic Times Top Pick, and was adapted as a major motion picture in 2015. Kody is also the author of several other books, including the Middle Grade novel The Swift Boys & Me and the recent Young Adult novel Run.  Kody now lives in New York City with two black cats and a German Shepherd. She teaches at the Gotham Writers Workshops.

Kody will be giving the keynote address, moderating our young publishing professionals panel, and participating in our special “ask anything” panel at Ch1Con 2017.

Find Kody online: Website / Twitter / Tumblr / YouTube / Instagram / Facebook

Check out Kody’s books: The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend / Shut Out / A Midsummer’s Nightmare / Secrets and Lies / The Swift Boys & Me / Lying Out Loud / Run

Booki Vivat: Workshop Leader & Panelist

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Photo by Kamolpat Trangratapit

Booki Vivat is the New York Times bestselling author of the Frazzled series. She has been doodling somewhat seriously since 2011 and not-so-seriously since childhood. She grew up in Southern California and graduated from the University of California, San Diego. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. You can follow her on Instagram at @bookibookibooki and on Twitter at @thebookiv.

Find Booki online: Instagram / Twitter

Check out Booki’s books: Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom / Frazzled #2: Ordinary Mishaps and Inevitable Catastrophes  (out September 26!)

Brent Taylor: Panelist

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Brent Taylor is a 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!
Find Brent online: Twitter

Annie Sullivan: Workshop Leader & Panelist

annie-sullivanAnnie 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.

Find Annie online:Twitter / Blog

Patrice Caldwell: Panelist

patrice-caldwell-2Patrice is a twenty-four-year-old introvert gone wild. By day, she’s an associate editor at Disney-Hyperion, 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. She previously worked as an editorial assistant at Scholastic and 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!

Find Patrice online: Website / Twitter / Pinterest

Register to attend the 2017 Chapter One Young Writers Conference today!

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