2016 Conference Recap

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!

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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).

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“A query letter is a very fancy first impression.” – Christina Li

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.”

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“You can’t write if you haven’t lived.” – Jordan Villegas

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.

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Attendees also had an opportunity to color a picture and answer questions on the white boards throughout the room.

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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.”

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“There are no expiration dates on dreams.” – Susan Dennard

Next up was lunch and our group picture!

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Future of the New York Times bestsellers list, right here.

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.”

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“You go to college and everyone suddenly wants to know what you’re going to do with your life.” – Jennifer Yu

Following Jen, Francesca Zappia (acclaimed novel Made You Up) led a wonderful session titled “Character Building Across Genres.”

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“Motivation is the character’s car, and it’s going to take them to their destination [their goal].” – Francesca Zappia
The last session of the day was our annual Ask Anything lecture, which we live-streamed online! (You can watch it here.)

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Aaand following the panel, Francesca and Susan signed books for attendees!

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Overall, Ch1Con 2016 was awesome.

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The Ch1Con team was all smiles after the conference.

See you next year!

– The Ch1Con Team

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Last Day Before Late Rate!

Hey, guys! Thinking of attending Ch1Con next weekend and haven’t registered yet? Now is the time to do that!

Tomorrow (August 1) our late rate price hike occurs. However, register before then and you can still take advantage of our regular admission price of just $99.99!

Head over to our Register page for more info. We hope to see you in Chicago next weekend!

– The Ch1Con Team

Early Bird Registration Deadline: May 31

Hey, guys! 

Thinking of attending the 2016 Chapter One Young Writers Conference? Make sure to register by 11:59 PM EDT tomorrow (Tuesday, May 31) to take advantage of our special early bird registration rate! After that, we have to move to our regular registration rate of $99.99. Don’t miss out! 

Ch1Con 2016 will take place Saturday, August 6 in St. Charles, IL, a western suburb of Chicago. Speakers will include New York Times bestselling YA fantasy author Susan Dennard (Truthwitch and the Something Strange and Deadly series) and acclaimed YA contemporary author Francesca Zappia (Made You Up). We’ll also have lots of fun giveaways throughout the day for you, including signed books and some of this summer’s hottest ARCs!

You can find more information on how to register to attend the conference on the page titled Register!

We hope to see you in August!

– The Ch1Con Team

2016 Workshop Leader: Jennifer Yu!

The Ch1Con team is thrilled to announce our next speaker for the 2016 Chapter One Young Writers Conference: Jennifer Yu!

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Photo by Mark Stehle

Jennifer is the author of YA novel Four Weeks, Five People, out from Harlequin Teen and Seventeen Reads in spring, 2017. She is a nineteen-year-old senior at the University of Pennsylvania, studying English. (Like getting a two-book publishing deal while in college, alone, isn’t impressive enough!) Her writing is represented by Laura Dail of the Laura Dail Literary Agency.

Jennifer will be leading a workshop and participating in our special “ask anything” panel at Ch1Con 2016. Plus: in honor of speaking at the conference, she’s pleased today to give away a first chapter critique!

Your novel does not need to be complete to win this critique. Click the link below to enter the raffle. We’ll leave it open for one week!

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Got a guess about who our keynote speaker is? Guess (visit the giveaway to guess) & be entered to win a Ch1Con t-shirt!!

Find Jennifer online: Tumblr / Twitter

And don’t forget to come back tomorrow for another speaker reveal!

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– The Ch1Con Team