The Chapter One Events team is happy to announce our next two speakers for the 2019 Chapter One Young Writers Conference and Chapter Twenty-One Conference: Ch1Con director Emma Rose Ryan & Ch21Con director Julia Byers!
Emma Rose Ryan is an undergraduate studying Creative Writing at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. She’s been a member of the Chapter One Young Writers Conference team since the event’s inception, and she was honored to take on the role of Director in 2017. Emma writes middle-grade and YA fiction, focusing on paranormal and urban fantasy genres. When she’s not writing, Emma can be found reciting Shakespeare, watching The West Wing, or petting someone else’s cat.
Emma will be co-moderating the conferences’ combined ask anything panel.
Julia Byers is the president of nonprofit Chapter One Events, founder of the Chapter One Young Writers Conference, and founder and director of the Chapter Twenty-One Conference. She spends her days as an assistant for a children’s literary agency, her early mornings doing nonprofit work, her evenings writing, and her weekends as a freelance photographer (sometimes not in that order). She is a graduate of the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, where she received Highest Honors in Honors Creative Writing & Literature and minored in Global Media Studies (Film), as well as the Columbia Publishing Course UK, an intensive publishing certificate program organized in collaboration between Columbia University and Exeter College, Oxford University. Her writing has received a variety of honors, including First Place in the Children’s/Young Adult Fiction category of the 82nd Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, a Hopwood Award, and the Arthur Miller Award. In her free time, Julia enjoys watching too many movies, doing outdoorsy things like jogging and hiking, and pretending she has free time. She lives in New York City.
Julia will be co-moderating the conferences’ combined ask anything panel, as well as moderating Ch21Con’s young publishing panel.
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:
We’re thrilled to announce
the Third Annual
Chapter One Events Mentorship Program!
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!
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!
We are pleased to announce that the e-book anthology of our 2018 writing contest’s winning entries is now available!
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!
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)
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
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.
The Chapter One Events team is extraordinarily excited to announce our sixth speaker for the 2018 Chapter One Young Writers Conference and inaugural Chapter Twenty-One Conference: Amanda Foody!
Amanda Foody has always considered imagination to be our best attempt at magic. After spending her childhood longing to attend Hogwarts, she now loves to write about immersive settings and characters grappling with insurmountable destinies. She holds a Masters in Accountancy from Villanova University, and a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature from the College of William and Mary. Currently, she works as a tax accountant in Philadelphia, PA, surrounded by her many siblings and many books.
She is the author of Daughter of the Burning City and The Shadow Game series. The first installment, Ace of Shades, released in April 2018. (Just this week, actually!)
Amanda will be co-leading writing workshops with Christine Lynn Herman at both Ch1Con and Ch21Con, as well as speaking on the conferences’ combined ask anything panel. Plus, in honor of speaking at the conferences, Amanda is thrilled to give away a signed copy of Daughter of the Burning City!
Just click the link below to enter the raffle. We’ll leave it open for one week!
Thanks for joining us for 2018 conference speaker reveals all week! Reminder that we don’t have all of our speakers for the 2018 conferences solidified yet, so keep an eye on our websites for the announcements of our final speakers in the coming weeks!
The Chapter One Events team is extraordinarily excited to announce our fifth speaker for the 2018 Chapter One Young Writers Conference and inaugural Chapter Twenty-One Conference: Christine Lynn Herman!
Christine Lynn Herman wrote her first book at age six, about a squirrel who hibernated, woke up, and decided to go back to sleep. She has since learned that squirrels do not hibernate. Born in New York City but raised in Japan and Hong Kong, she subscribes to the firm philosophy that home is where her books are. She returned to the United States for college, where she traded out a subtropical climate for harsh, snowy winters and an Honors English degree at the University of Rochester. She now resides in Brooklyn, where she works in publishing by day and writes novels by night.
Her debut YA novel, The Devouring Gray, will release from Disney-Hyperion in Spring 2019, with a sequel to come the following year. She is represented by Kelly Sonnack of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.
Christine will be co-leading writing workshops at both Ch1Con and Ch21Con, as well as speaking on Ch21Con’s young publishing panel and the conferences’ combined ask anything panel. In honor of Christine speaking at the conferences, we are thrilled to give away a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card!
Just click the link below to enter the raffle. We’ll leave it open for one week!
Check out Christine’s book, The Devouring Gray (spring 2019), on GoodReads.
We don’t have all of our speakers for the 2018 conferences solidified yet, but we’re announcing those we can throughout this week. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the reveal of another 2018 speaker!