The Ch1Con team is thrilled to announce our first speaker of the 2017 Chapter One Young Writers Conference: Patrice Caldwell!
Patrice is a twenty-four-year-old introvert gone wild. By day, she’s an editorial assistant at Scholastic, 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. 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! Plus: in honor of speaking at the conference, Patrice is pleased today to give away a first five hundred words critique!
Just click the link below to enter the raffle. We’ll leave it open for one week!
And, if you guess our keynote speaker (enter the giveaway here) you can win a prize pack of signed books by Susan Dennard, Adam Silvera, and Corey Ann Haydu! First hint of who our 2017 keynote speaker is: she is a New York Times bestselling author!
The Chapter One Young Writers Conference team is thrilled to announce that we’ll be revealing our 2017 speakers here on the conference blog (www.chapteroneconference.com) beginning tomorrow (Wednesday, March 1)!
The Chapter One Young Writers Conference is a writer’s conference both for and by young writers. Ch1Con 2017 will take place Saturday, August 5th at the SPACE by Doejo event center in downtown Chicago. It will include workshops, panels, trivia (with prizes!), lots of nerding out about writing and books, and more.
We’re SO EXCITED to share our 2017 speakers with you. However, we don’t want anyone to spontaneously combust from an overload of awesomeness (these authors and ~other~ speakers are so talented, it could happen)–so, we’ll be spreading out the speaker reveals throughout the rest of this week. Starting Wednesday, we’ll reveal one speaker a day, leading up to our incredible keynote speaker on Saturday. The speaker reveals will also include some pretty great giveaways!
We’re thrilled to announce that registration for the 2017 Chapter One Young Writers Conference is officially open!
The conference will take place Saturday, August 5th, 2017 at the SPACE by Doejo event center in downtown Chicago, IL. It will include workshops, two panels, trivia (with prizes!), and all kinds of other good stuff.
(There will also be a pizza party the night before the conference at the official conference hotel, the Hampton Inn & Suites in Rosemont, a suburb of Chicago! Check our travel page for more info.)
Register early (now through the end of May) to get our special Early Bird Admission rate of $49.99! Registration is available at:
It’s official! The 2017 Chapter One Young Writers Conference will take place Saturday, August 5th at the SPACE by Doejo event center in downtown Chicago!! (And as an added bonus, our conference room is accessible through the After-Words bookshop, so this year will be extra bookish.)
Mark your calendars, because we are SO EXCITED to bring the 2017 conference to you! We’re thrilled about the move to downtown and hope you are too (we’re right by Navy Pier!). We can’t wait to share our speakers and other announcements with you, so stay tuned for lots more info, coming soon!
P.S. For those who’ll need a place to stay for the conference, hang tight! We’ll have info about a hotel with a special Ch1Con group discount coming to you soon.
Hey there! Need to log some extra words for NaNoWriMo, or want to write in general? Join us the evening of Black Friday (the 25th) for an in-person write-in at a coffee shop in Lombard, IL, a suburb of Chicago! Details are in the image below:
This weekend was the 2016 Chapter One Young Writers Conference! We had an absolutely incredible time at the conference this year and hope you did as well.
The weekend started with a pizza party Friday night in the hotel courtyard!
The official conference began Saturday morning, with a fun query-writing workshop led by Ch1Con team members Christina Li (YA writer represented by Jessica Regel of Foundry Media) and Patrice Caldwell (editorial assistant at Scholastic).
After the workshop, our first speaker took the stage: Jordan Villegas (YA writer represented by Emily Keyes of Fuse Literary)! He gave a great lecture titled “How to Write a Book: A Guide to Getting Your First Rejection.”
Between sessions throughout the day, Ch1Con team members asked attendees trivia questions. Winners got to select books from the huge stacks of ARCs and signed editions on a table at the back of the conference room.
Attendees also had an opportunity to color a picture and answer questions on the white boards throughout the room.
After Jordan spoke, it was time for the keynote address by the one and only Susan Dennard (New York Times bestselling author of Truthwitch)! She gave an inspiring talk titled “How I Became a Writer.”
Next up was lunch and our group picture!
After lunch, Jennifer Yu (author of upcoming novel Four Weeks, Five People) took the stage to talk about how to balance writing with school in a super helpful workshop titled “College 101.”
Following Jen, Francesca Zappia (acclaimed novel Made You Up) led a wonderful session titled “Character Building Across Genres.”
The last session of the day was our annual Ask Anything lecture, which we live-streamed online! (You can watch it here.)
Aaand following the panel, Francesca and Susan signed books for attendees!
Hey there, awesome people! IT’S TIME FOR CH1CON 2016.
As always, one of the sessions at the conference will be a panel featuring our speakers. (You can check out who all is speaking this year here.) Also as always, we’re going to live stream this on YouTube so all of you amazing young writers who couldn’t make it to Ch1Con 2016 still get to participate in something.
This year’s panel will take place from 3:00 to 4:00 PM central time during the conference on Saturday, August 6th.
This is totally free and you don’t need to sign up for anything; it’s simply our gift to you to thank you for all of your support throughout the year. You can find the live stream on our YouTube channel at:
We’ll be asking the panelists a mixture of questions from both the attendees at the conference and those of you watching from home. The questions can be about absolutely anything you want, serious or goofy, writing-related or not. (For example, in 2014 we asked our speakers about their OTPs. One replied that she shipped herself and Panera.)
If you’ll be watching the live stream and would like to ask the speakers a question, there are two ways you can go about doing it:
1.) If you already know what you’d like to ask, you can email your question(s) to us at firstname.lastname@example.org any time until the day of the conference.
2.) If you come up with a question while you’re watching the live stream, you can tweet it using #Ch1Con.
Either way, feel free to ask as many questions as you’d like. No promises we’ll make it through every single question during the hour-long panel, but we’ll do our best.
Thanks again for supporting us, guys! It means the world to everyone on the Ch1Con team.