May Ch1Con Events

May the Fourth be with you! Here’s the schedule of Ch1Con online events coming your way this month.

Thursday, May 11th at 8:00 PM Eastern: Twitter Chat

The topic of our Twitter chat this month is love interests. Join us using #Ch1Con to answer our questions and talk with other young writers!

Saturday, May 27th from 7:00 to 10:00 PM Eastern: Virtual Write-In

Join us to write (and procrastinate) at any point that you’re available during the evening. Link to the chat room: http://us23.chatzy.com/32693865293519.

– The Ch1Con Team

P.S. Don’t forget to enter our writing contest! Winners get e-published (and conference discounts!).

P.P.S. Our spring blog tour is ongoing! Don’t miss out on all the awesome giveaways (including signed books and critiques)!

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Ch1Con Blog Tour 2017!

Hey, everybody! We’re thrilled to announce the Ch1Con Blog Tour 2017!

We put together this annual blog tour to share info and fun, behind-the-scenes facts about the Chapter One Young Writers Conference (and to give away some awesome prizes, of course). The 2017 blog tour will kick off on Saturday, April 15 and conclude at the end of May. Follow the tour for guest posts, interviews by the Ch1Con team–and, of course, giveaways of books and critiques!

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Check out the schedule below:

As always, we welcome you to join the tour! If you have a blog/Tumblr/website/anything else with which you’d like to participate, contact us at chapteroneconference@gmail.com and we’ll add you to the schedule. Pingbacks, reblogs, and sharing are of course 100% welcome as well!

We can’t wait to share the tour with you, and hope to see you in Chicago at Ch1Con 2017!

– The Ch1Con Team

The Ch1Con Anthology Is Here!

As you may know, the Ch1Con team has spent this fall teaching two fantastic young writers about the publishing process in our inaugural mentorship program. The final step of this program is the release of an anthology featuring these up-and-coming young authors’ short stories (as well as some of our own). The anthology is called Twisted, because these stories all have some pretty killer plot twists (pun possibly intended).

The paperback and e-book editions of Twisted are available now for order on Blurb.com, and the e-book will be available soon on Amazon and iBooks.

We’re also THRILLED to be revealing the cover of this collection of short stories today! So, without further ado, drumroll please…

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LOOK AT THE PRETTY!

We’re in love with our cover, created by a talented friend of the conference, and so excited to share the book with you!

In honor of Twisted’s release, we’re holding a mini blog tour on the mentors’ blogs. The tour will include interviews, excerpts from the anthology stories, and more. The blog tour schedule is below:

 All proceeds from the anthology go towards funding future Ch1Con activities, including our 2017 conference and mentorship program. Purchase Twisted today to help us support the dreams of the authors of tomorrow!

We had so much fun putting Twisted together and hope you enjoy reading it, as well!

– The Ch1Con Team

Ch1Con Blog Tour 2016

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Hello friends! This is your Master of Marketing Kira Brighton, here to let you know about the upcoming kickoff of the annual Ch1Con blog tour.

As always, we’ve put this tour together to promote this year’s conference, which you can read all about and register for here on our website! The blog tour kicks off on April 10th and will end on May 25th. Follow along to get original content and interviews from the Ch1Con team and enter awesome giveaways of books and critiques!

Check out the schedule below:


 

Sunday, April 10thJulia the Writer Girl, Guest Post by Susan Dennard plus Giveaway

Saturday, April 16th – Kira Brighton: Author, Interview with Christina Li and Brett Jonas

Monday, April 18thLiterary Abstractions, Interview with Kira Brighton

Saturday, April 23rd Jordan Villegas, Interview with Julia Byers

Sunday, April 24th Olivia Rivers, Blog Post

Tuesday, April 26thGo Teen Writers, Blog Post

Sunday, May 1stCh1Con Tumblr, Interview with Julia Byers

Wednesday, May 4thAllison the Writer, Guest Post by Julia Byers plus Giveaway

Wednesday, May 11thNewbie Writer’s Guide, Guest Post by Patrice Caldwell

Tuesday, May 17thYvonne Ventresca, Blog Post

Monday, May 23rd Francesca Zappia, Interview with Brett Jonas plus Giveaway

Wednesday, May 25th Ariel Kalati, Ch1Con-Themed Personality Quiz


 

As always, we welcome any of you to join in on the tour! If you’d like to participate, contact me at kirabauthor@gmail.com and I’ll let you know what you can do. Pingbacks and reblogs and sharing are welcome as well.

Thanks, you guys! We hope to see you along the line, and then again in person for Ch1Con 2016.

Ch1Con Blog Tour Wrap-Up

Hey y’all!

The last few giveaways on the Ch1Con 2015 Blog Tour just ended, which means this is the official conclusion of the tour! I mean, we’ve got one more post coming to you closer to the actual conference, on YA Interrobang sometime in July, but the actual central tour is complet-o! If you won anything, you should be notified soon.

Thanks for joining us across the tour, sharing where you did, entering to win, and also a big, big thanks to the blogs that participated! We couldn’t do it without you, obvs.

Keep watching this space for our usual activities and remember, regular priced Ch1Con 2015 registration is continuing until August for any of you who haven’t taken advantage of it yet! With our full lineup of speakers all fancy and set-up on our Speaker page (and Schedule page), you can now see exactly what you’ll be missing if you don’t. 😉

Thanks, guys!

Kira Budge, Associate Online Admin

TCWT May Blog Chain

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Hello everyone! This month, as part of the Ch1Con 2015 Blog Tour, we here at Ch1Con are hosting the Teens Can Write, Too! blog chain for May. For more information about TCWT’s  blog chain, check out this link.

The topic for this month, in honor of how conference-going helps us improve our skills, will be:

“What is your greatest weakness as a writer? What’s your greatest strength?”

We want to hear all about your strengths and weaknesses! I (Kira Budge) just recently became too old for the blog chain (*LE GASP*), but if I were to answer this, for example, I’d probably talk about how much I struggle with being detailed in my books but how good I am at writing a lot very quickly.  In recognizing where our strengths and weaknesses lie, we all of us become equipped with the knowledge we need to become even better at our craft. And it’s also cool to compare where other community members fill in the gaps of your strengths! (Maybe you’ll find some good critique partners to balance you out in the process of this blog chain. Who knows?)

So to participate in this blog chain, please comment below with the dates you can do and a link to your blog. I will assign dates in the replies. I will also post the schedule on the Blog Chain page on TCWT, which was linked above. The chain, as always, will begin on the 5th.

Thanks so much for participating! We look forward to what you have to say. I’ve only been able to read a few of the posts from last month, but you guys brought out your sass, intelligence, and creativity in wonderful full force. 🙂 Good job and keep it up!

Tentative Blog Chain Schedule

Tuesday May 5th — The Little Engine That Couldn’t

Wednesday May 6th — Ariel Kalati, Writer

Friday May 8th — Galloping Free

Saturday May 9th — Miriam Joy Writes

Sunday May 10th — The Ramblings of Aravis

Wednesday May 13th — Light and Shadows

Friday May 15th — Musings from Neville’s Navel

Saturday May 16th — The World of the Writer

Tuesday May 19th — Butterflies of the Imagination

Wednesday May 20th — Introspection Creative

Friday May 22nd — Spellbound

Sunday May 24th — Unikke Lyfe

Monday May 25th — The Long Life of a Lifelong Fangirl

Wednesday May 27th — Against the Shadows

Friday May 29th — Teens Can Write, Too, announcing June’s chain

Ch1Con 2015 Blog Tour

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Hi guys! Online admin Kira Budge here to bring you exciting news! Just like last year, we’ve put together a blog tour to promote Ch1Con and this year it’s even BIGGER and BETTER than last time. We’re running it from April 13th through May 23rd with a special concluding post later on and have a bunch of great blogs on board. You can follow the tour to see original content and interviews from the Ch1Con team and to enter awesome giveaways of books and critiques!

Check out the schedule below:


Mon April 13 Inklined, Special Post and Giveaway

Wed April 15Ariel Kalati, Writer, Interview with the Ch1Con Team

Mon April 20 Writability, Guest Post by Kira Budge and Giveaway

Sat April 25 Go Teen Writers, Blog Post

Mon April 27 Teens Can Write, Too!, Interview with Kira Budge and Ariel Kalati plus Giveaway

Wed April 29 Chapter One Young Writers Conference, Hosting the TCWT May Blog Chain

Fri May 1 Louise Fury, Blog Post and Mini-Interview with Ava Jae

Mon May 4 Pub(lishing) Crawl, Guest Post by Julia Byers and Giveaway

Wed May 6Charlotte Gerber, Guest Q+A by Kira Budge

Sat May 9 Kira Budge: Author, Blog Post

Mon May 11 A Writer’s Tales, Guest Post by Kira Budge

Wed May 13 Newbie Writers, Guest Post by Julia Byers

Sat May 16 — Writers Write, Right?, Blog Post and Giveaway

Tues May 19 Yvonne Ventresca, Interview with Julia Byers and Giveaway

Thurs May 21 Allison the Writer, Interview with the Ch1Con Team (also see here)

Sat May 23 Julia the Writer Girl, Interview with Ava Jae and Giveaway


We’ve still got space for you! If you’d like to participate in the blog tour, contact me at kirabauthor@gmail.com and I’ll let you know what you can do. Pingbacks and reblogs and sharing are all very welcome as well.

Thanks so much, you guys! We’re so excited to be able to bring Ch1Con 2015 to you this summer.