2016 Conference

Speaker Reveals Coming This Week!


The Chapter One Young Writers Conference team is thrilled to announce that we’ll be revealing our 2016 speakers here on the conference blog (www.chapteroneconference.com) beginning tomorrow (Thursday, January 14th)!

The Chapter One Young Writers Conference is a writer’s conference both for and by young writers. Ch1Con 2016 will take place Saturday, August 6th at the Hilton Garden Inn in St. Charles, IL, a western suburb of Chicago. It will include workshops, trivia (with prizes!), lots of nerding out about writing and books, and more.

We’re SO EXCITED to share our 2016 speakers with you. However, we don’t want anyone to spontaneously combust from an overload of awesomeness (these authors are so talented, it could happen)–so, we’ll be spreading out the speaker reveals throughout the rest of this week. Starting Thursday, we’ll reveal one speaker a day, leading up to our amaaazing keynote speaker on Saturday! The speaker reveals will also include some pretty awesome giveaways (if we do say so ourselves)–including signed books, a critique, and more!

So, make sure to keep an eye here on www.chapteroneconference.com to be part of the fun! And register to attend the 2016 Chapter One Young Writers Conference today at www.chapteroneconference.com/register-2016


– The Ch1Con Team

2015 Conference

One Month!

We are now exactly one month away from the 2015 Chapter One Young Writers Conference!!

(Bear with us a sec. Dance break.)

As we count down the last thirty days until the conference, here are some quick reminders:

1.) Spaces to attend the conference are limited and they’re going fast. At the moment, we (officially) only have four spots left. (Unofficially, we can open an extra ten spots if there’s firm interest in filling them. You just have to let us know that there’s interest so that we have time to work out the details with the venue!)

2.) Directly following the conference will be a book signing with Kat Zhang and Karen Bao. If you don’t already own their books and would like to get copies signed, you can order them through Anderson’s Bookshop until Monday, July 27th and we’ll deliver them straight to you at the event.

3.) For lunch during the conference: You have a couple options. You can bring food from home and eat in the hotel lobby or courtyard (they have plenty of chairs and tables), walk to one of the nearby restaurants to get food there–OR we’ll be doing a group order to Jimmy John’s for anyone who’s interested. (We’ll gather individual orders and money from everyone who’d like Jimmy John’s at conference check-in in the morning, then have them deliver the food to the hotel. If you’d like Jimmy John’s, please have your order already figured out and your money ready when you arrive, as close to exact change as possible.)

That’s it for now! Keep a lookout for more info coming soon.

Can’t wait to see you in a month!!


2015 Conference

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.

Monthly Online Events

April Ch1Con Activities

We have lots of exciting stuff going on this month! You’re going to have to wait to hear about some of it just a little bit longer, but for now, here are our April chats.

Wednesday, April 8 at 9:30 PM Eastern: Twitter Chat

The topic of our first Twitter chat of the month is “how real life influences our writing.” Join us using #Ch1Con to answer our questions and talk with other young writers!

Wednesday, April 15 at 9:30 PM Eastern: Twitter Chat

Topic TBD. Join us using #Ch1Con to answer our questions and talk with other young writers!

Thursday, April 23 at 8:00 PM Eastern: Youtube Chat

Last chat of the month! Join us on our Youtube channel (www.youtube.com/chapteroneconference) where members of the Ch1Con team will discuss something writing-related, and ask us questions on Twitter using #Ch1Con.

What exactly will we discuss? That’s up to you. Vote for the April Ch1Con Chat topic below.

Talk to you soon!


Monthly Online Events

November Ch1Con Chat Recap + Poll

Thanks for joining us for Thursday night’s Ch1Con Chat! If you missed the chat, you can watch the all the madness below. (I promise you: Madness.)

The next chat will take place Thursday, December 4th, at 8:00 PM EST. Want to help us decide the topic of December’s chat? Vote in the poll below!

Thanks again!


2014 Conference

Thanks for coming!

Hey there, awesome people!

Ch1Con 2014 finished with a bang yesterday, and we are SO GRATEFUL to everyone who attended, spoke, and volunteered to make this year’s conference such a success! We can’t wait to start planning for next year.

If you missed the live stream of our panel on Saturday (or just want to re-watch all the fun), you can check that out here.

Also: Kira and I did a podcast with Newbie Writers! Listen to us laugh awkwardly and ramble about conference mascot Larry the Man-Eating Hamster here.

We have lots of exciting stuff coming your way, so stay tuned!



2014 Conference

Saturday Panel Livestream!

Can’t make it to Ch1Con this year? Never fear! Join us for a live (and free) online broadcast of our Ask Us Anything panel this Saturday (June 14), featuring speakers Amy Zhang, Patrice Caldwell, Kira Budge, and moderator Julia Byers!

The panel will take place from 2:50 to 3:20 PM central time. You can watch live and chat with fellow online attendees at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCzimJhudaA

Want to ask the panelists a question? You can through one of the following mediums:

Email us before the chat: chapteroneconference@aol.com

Tweet during the chat: #Ch1Con

Talk to you Saturday!


~Julia, founder


What’s with the tomato?

We get this question all the time. Or, almost as frequently: “What’s with the apple?” (At which point we pulverize the person asking with our laser eyes, because those are clearly tomato leaves on that there fruit.) full tomato [for t-shirt](Also, we totally have laser eyes. Don’t question us.)

The Ch1Con logo came to be around the time we were designing the t-shirts for the 2012 conference. Because everyone attending that year had known each other for a while, we had a ton of inside jokes established. Most involved threats of bodily harm.

Is someone taking too long to send you a chapter of that new project you’re completely in love with? Chuck a bottle of Justin Bieber nail polish at her.

Did you kill off someone’s favorite character? It’s time to feel the wrath of banana poisoning and Larry the Man-Eating Hamster.

One of the longest-standing jokes we had was about tomatoes. Or, more specifically, the classic threat of throwing rotten tomatoes at a bad performer writer.

So, what better image to put on our 2012 conference t-shirts than a nice, healthy-looking tomato, right? It speaks of success, and youth, and hard work, and yes, I am completely pulling this symbolism out of my butt.

Basically what it comes down to: We drew a tomato. We liked the tomato. And it became the Ch1Con logo. (We promise our decisions generally have much more symbolic resonance.)

We hope to see you at the 2014 Chapter One Young Writers Conference!

~Julia, founder

2014 Conference

Blog Tour Dates!

In order to spread the word about our amazing conference, we’re running a blog tour! This tour will have a number of stops at a number of websites for young writers, with varied content at each one. Here’s the schedule for those of you interested in following the blog tour:

NewbieWriters: May 21st kickoff!

Teens Can Write, Too!: May 29th

Whimsically Yours: May 30th

YA Interrobang: June 1st

Charlotte Gerber: June 1st

Allison the Writer: June 2nd

Yvonne Ventresca: June 4th

NewbieWriters podcast: June 13th recording live from the Arlington Heights hotel!

More blog tour dates and locations will be announced soon!


If you’re interested in promoting the conference on your own blog, we’d love for you to do that! You can do it on your own and if we find it, we’ll post it on the list, but to ask for an exclusive interview or other content, please fill out the form below:


Don’t forget to check out the promotional posts by our conference team as well:

Julia Byers (CEO and Founder)

Kira Budge (Associate Online Administrator)


Thank you, and we hope to see you both on the blog tour and in person at Ch1Con!

— Kira Budge, Associate Online Administrator