2016 Conference

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

2016 Conference

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

2016 Conference

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

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2016 Speaker: Jordan Villegas!

The Ch1Con team is thrilled to announce our final speaker for the 2016 Chapter One Young Writers Conference: Jordan Villegas!

jordan villegasJordan 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!) You also might recognize him from the Ch1Con Yule Ball this past month!

Jordan will be giving a lecture on the publishing process and participating in our special “ask anything” panel at Ch1Con 2016. Plus: in honor of speaking at the conference, he’s pleased today to give away a query critique!

Click the link below to enter the raffle. We’ll leave it open for one week!

ENTER THE RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY

Find Jordan Online: Website / Twitter

We’re SO EXCITED about all of our Ch1Con speakers, and hope you are too. See you in August!

– The Ch1Con Team

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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

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Ch1Con Yule Ball!

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

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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

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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

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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 

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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