Yule Ball

Ch1Con Yule Ball Giveaway

Today’s the day! Welcome to the first ever Ch1Con Yule Ball: a live video panel featuring young authors answering YOUR questions about writing and publishing!

The panel is taking place today from 4:00 to 5:30 PM EST. You can watch it at www.youtube.com/chapteroneconference–or, I’m conveniently embedding it below, so you can watch it right here:

The Yule Ball panelists are Ava Jae (BEYOND THE RED), Eilis Barrett (OASIS), Christina Li (YA author represented by Foundry Literary + Media), and Jordan Villegas (YA author represented by Fuse Literary). You can find information about all of them in the Ch1Con Yule Ball announcement post here.

Want to ask the panelists a question, or comment on what’s going on in the Yule Ball in general? Tweet using #Ch1ConYuleBall!

ALSO we’re giving away some pretty amazing prizes throughout the event, so check those out at the Rafflecopter linked below!

Enter to Win Query Critiques and Manuscript Critiques!

Enter to win ARCs & signed books!

Put on your dancing shoes, because it’s time for the Ch1Con Yule Ball!

– The Ch1Con Team

Yule Ball

Ch1Con Yule Ball!

The Ch1Con team is excited to announce the Ch1Con Yule Ball!

The Ch1Con Yule Ball is in no way associated with the Yule Ball from the Harry Potter series, our queen JK Rowling, or Warner Brothers. We just really like this GIF.

The Yule Ball will be an hour-and-a-half long live video panel taking place Saturday, January 23 from 4:00 to 5:30 PM EST. It’ll feature young authors, answering YOUR questions about writing and the publishing process. (Oh, and did we mention that there will be all kinds of awesome giveaways too?)

Our amazing panelists are:

i4unlwtq_400x400Ava Jae

Ava is the debut author of YA science fiction novel Beyond the Red, which Sky Pony Press will be releasing March 1st! She’s also an assistant editor at Entangled Publishing, blogs about writing and publishing at Writability (which celebrated one million hits, in 2015!), and vlogs at bookishpixie. Oh, and on top of all of that, she’s a college senior (and spoke at Ch1Con 2015!). As if she isn’t already doing enough. Her writing is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.

Find Ava Online: Twitter / Blog / Tumblr / Facebook / Youtube / Instagram

Ava’s Book: Barnes & Noble / Goodreads

mhgvu45z_400x400Eilis Barrett

Eilis is the debut author of science fiction novel Oasis, which Gill + Macmillan will be releasing April 1st! Additionally, she’s the Galway NaNoWriMo co-captain and got her book deal when she was sixteen. (So basically she’s awesome.)

Find Eilis Online: Twitter

Eilis’s Book: Goodreads

z4lgfwmd_400x400Christina Li

Christina Li is a YA writer represented by Jess Regel of Foundry Literary + Media. She’s also currently in high school (aaand is maybe, possibly a member of this year’s Ch1Con team!).

Find Christina Online: Blog / Twitter 



Jordan Villegas

Jordan is a YA writer represented by Emily Keyes of Fuse Literary. He’s a senior in high school, an alum of the Alpha Workshop, and recently was accepted to Harvard University. (Congrats!)

Find Jordan Online: Website / Twitter


Interested in asking a question? Tweet using #Ch1ConYuleBall and we’ll have the panelists answer as many as we have time for!

Interested in entering a giveaway? We’ll announce the giveaway prizes and post Rafflecopter raffles for you to enter throughout the Yule Ball! (And we think you’re going to be pretty excited about these prizes. You’ll have the chance to win books, lots of critiques, and maybe even a Ch1Con t-shirt or two!)

And most importantly: interested in watching the Ch1Con Yule Ball? You’ll be able to watch the panel live on our Youtube channel at www.youtube.com/chapteroneconference!

Or, we’re conveniently embedding the video in the post below, so you can watch it right here as well!

So: join us Saturday, January 23 from 4:00 to 5:30 PM EST for the first ever Ch1Con Yule Ball!

(Maybe there’ll even be some awkward dancing involved.)

– The Ch1Con Team

2015 Conference

2015 Conference Recap

Oh my gosh, guys. Thank you so much for making Ch1Con 2015 such a success this past weekend. Thank you to everyone who came, and everyone who supported it, and everyone who didn’t murder us for our billion technical difficulties. (Although Google+ did magically cooperate for the day, which has to count as a legitimate miracle or something.) We had such an amazing time and hope you did too.

[Photo courtesy Ch1Con attendee Allison Mulder, @silent_pages on Twitter.]
The day began with an inspiring session by author Ava Jae (BEYOND THE RED, 2016), on the topic of “So You Want to Be a Published Teen Author…”

“Time isn’t working against you… it’s working for you.” — Ava Jae, on pursuing publication as a teen

Next up was an informative and fun writing workshop by author Karen Bao (DOVE ARISING, 2015), titled “Here, There, Everywhere: Build Your Own World.”

Karen led the attendees in filling out a detailed worksheet to help them figure out all the nitty gritty details of their fictional worlds.

Our third speaker was freelance editor Taryn Albright (thegirlwiththegreenpen.com). Taryn wasn’t able to make it to the conference in person, but this didn’t stop her from leading an amazing workshop via Google Hangout on the topic of “Writing the Rainbow: Using Colors to Organize Your Process.”

Taryn spoke and shared a PowerPoint presentation over video.
“You can’t stay on the edge of your seat for three hundred pages in your book.” — Taryn on balancing pacing in novels

After Taryn’s workshop, we broke for lunch, during which we snapped a group picture.

Look at all those beautiful faces!

Post-lunch we returned to conferencing with an incredible session by writer and online activist Kaye M., titled “Writing Dangerously (And Diversely).”

“We believe our voices can reach out to other voices and make them feel like they matter.” — Kaye on diversity

After that, it was time for our panel! This year’s “ask anything” panel featured all five of our speakers and we streamed it live online for everyone who couldn’t make it to the conference (check the recording out here). We took questions both online and from our in-person attendees, ranging from “Which fast food restaurant would you ship yourself with?” to more serious ones like “Best piece of inspiration when writing feels tough?”

Thank you to everyone who watched and asked questions!
We snuck a shot of our lovely speakers (minus poor Taryn!) after the panel.

Then, last but certainly not least it was time for our keynote address by author Kat Zhang (THE HYBRID CHRONICLES, 2012-2014). Kat led an awesome session called “From Idea to Shelf.”

Kat captivated the attendees with the story of her publication process.
Kat taught us about how nothing in publishing is easy, but everything is worth it.

We had so much fun putting on Ch1Con 2015 for you! See you next year?



The Ch1Con Team

2015 Conference

2015 Conference: Registration Is Open! Speaker Announcements!

We are thrilled to announce that registration for the 2015 Chapter One Young Writers Conference is now open!

The conference will take place Saturday, August 8, 2015 in Arlington Heights, IL (a suburb of Chicago) and will include writing workshops, a panel, and all kinds of good stuff. Register early (now through the end of May) to get the special early bird registration price of $39.99! Register at www.chapteroneconference.com/register.

Next up: We’ve got speakers!

We have an amazing lineup for you this year! While we’re still finalizing things with a couple speakers, we have three locked in. So, drum roll please…

Kat Zhang
Mandy Whitley Photography (2011)

Keynote Address: Kat Zhang

That’s right! Our 2015 keynote speaker will be Kat Zhang, author of the Young Adult Dystopian series The Hybrid Chronicles (HarperCollins). She started writing the first (seriously fantastic) book in the series, What’s Left of Me, the winter of her senior year of high school and sold the trilogy when she was nineteen.

When she isn’t writing books, Kat also contributes to Pub(lishing) Crawl and recently graduated from Vanderbilt University with a major in English. Her writing is represented by literary agent Emmanuelle Morgen of Stonesong.

Kat’s Books

What’s Left of Me (2012) / Once We Were (2013) / Echoes of Us (2014)

Find Kat Online

Website / Twitter / Tumblr / Facebook

Workshop Leader: Taryn Albright

The 2015 conference will include two writing workshops, one of which Taryn Albright will lead! Taryn is a writer and incredible freelance editor. Over fifty of her clients have gone on to sign with literary agents and dozens have signed deals with major publishing houses, including Penguin, Candlewick, Scholastic, Harlequin, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster.

Taryn has worked at several literary agencies, as an acquiring editor at a small publishing house, and as an assistant to best-selling author Gennifer Albin. She has a degree in Creative Writing and currently works for Walt Disney Creative Entertainment. (Basically: living the dream.) Her Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction is represented by Molly Ker Hawn of The Bent Agency.

Find Taryn Online

Website / Editing Services / Twitter

Speaker: Ava Jae

Ava Jae will be leading one of our two lecture-style sessions! Ava is a Young Adult and New Adult author whose debut Beyond the Red will be released in March, 2016 by Sky Pony Press. She also is an assistant editor at Entangled Publishing, blogs about writing and publishing at Writability (which recently celebrated one million hits!), and vlogs at bookishpixie. Oh, and on top of all of that, she’s a college student. As if she isn’t already doing enough.

Her writing is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency. Speaking of which: As a special treat, Louise (who is currently closed to queries) has offered to consider query letters from conference attendees for up to ten days after the conference. (!!!)

Ava’s Book

Beyond the Red (2016)

Find Ava Online

Website / Twitter / Youtube / Tumblr / Facebook

We are so excited for Ch1Con 2015. (And hope you are too!)

There are only thirty slots open to attend the conference, so make sure to register before they’re gone! We’ll make sure to announce the last two speakers and what topics everyone will be speaking on soon.

See you in August!

– The Ch1Con Team