2015 Conference

2015 Conference Recap

Oh my gosh, guys. Thank you so much for making Ch1Con 2015 such a success this past weekend. Thank you to everyone who came, and everyone who supported it, and everyone who didn’t murder us for our billion technical difficulties. (Although Google+ did magically cooperate for the day, which has to count as a legitimate miracle or something.) We had such an amazing time and hope you did too.

[Photo courtesy Ch1Con attendee Allison Mulder, @silent_pages on Twitter.]
The day began with an inspiring session by author Ava Jae (BEYOND THE RED, 2016), on the topic of “So You Want to Be a Published Teen Author…”

“Time isn’t working against you… it’s working for you.” — Ava Jae, on pursuing publication as a teen

Next up was an informative and fun writing workshop by author Karen Bao (DOVE ARISING, 2015), titled “Here, There, Everywhere: Build Your Own World.”

Karen led the attendees in filling out a detailed worksheet to help them figure out all the nitty gritty details of their fictional worlds.

Our third speaker was freelance editor Taryn Albright (thegirlwiththegreenpen.com). Taryn wasn’t able to make it to the conference in person, but this didn’t stop her from leading an amazing workshop via Google Hangout on the topic of “Writing the Rainbow: Using Colors to Organize Your Process.”

Taryn spoke and shared a PowerPoint presentation over video.
“You can’t stay on the edge of your seat for three hundred pages in your book.” — Taryn on balancing pacing in novels

After Taryn’s workshop, we broke for lunch, during which we snapped a group picture.

Look at all those beautiful faces!

Post-lunch we returned to conferencing with an incredible session by writer and online activist Kaye M., titled “Writing Dangerously (And Diversely).”

“We believe our voices can reach out to other voices and make them feel like they matter.” — Kaye on diversity

After that, it was time for our panel! This year’s “ask anything” panel featured all five of our speakers and we streamed it live online for everyone who couldn’t make it to the conference (check the recording out here). We took questions both online and from our in-person attendees, ranging from “Which fast food restaurant would you ship yourself with?” to more serious ones like “Best piece of inspiration when writing feels tough?”

Thank you to everyone who watched and asked questions!
We snuck a shot of our lovely speakers (minus poor Taryn!) after the panel.

Then, last but certainly not least it was time for our keynote address by author Kat Zhang (THE HYBRID CHRONICLES, 2012-2014). Kat led an awesome session called “From Idea to Shelf.”

Kat captivated the attendees with the story of her publication process.
Kat taught us about how nothing in publishing is easy, but everything is worth it.

We had so much fun putting on Ch1Con 2015 for you! See you next year?



The Ch1Con Team

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Got a Question for the Ch1Con Speakers?

Hey there, cool people!

We are now LESS THAN A WEEK AWAY from Ch1Con 2015! CRAZINESS.

Like last year, 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 like last year, we’re going to live stream this on Youtube so all of you amazing young writers who couldn’t make it to Ch1Con 2015 still get to participate in something.

This year’s panel will take place from 2:00 to 3:00 PM central time during the conference on Saturday, August 8th.

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 at https://youtu.be/ea2el9D5SLM. Ooor I’m also conveniently embedding the video below:

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, last year 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 chapteroneconference@aol.com 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.

See you Saturday,

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Partnering with Anderson’s Bookshop!

Ch1Con is pleased to announce that we’re now partnering with Anderson’s Bookshop as our official conference retailer!

From now until July 27th, you’ll be able to purchase books by the Ch1Con speakers using a special order form on the Anderson’s Bookshop website. You’ll then be able to pick up your books at the optional book signing at the end of the conference in order to get them signed by Kat Zhang and Karen Bao.

You can find the order form at: www.andersonsbookshop.com/chapter-one

We can’t wait to see you August 8th!


The Ch1Con Team

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2015 Conference: Registration Is Open! Speaker Announcements!

We are thrilled to announce that registration for the 2015 Chapter One Young Writers Conference is now open!

The conference will take place Saturday, August 8, 2015 in Arlington Heights, IL (a suburb of Chicago) and will include writing workshops, a panel, and all kinds of good stuff. Register early (now through the end of May) to get the special early bird registration price of $39.99! Register at www.chapteroneconference.com/register.

Next up: We’ve got speakers!

We have an amazing lineup for you this year! While we’re still finalizing things with a couple speakers, we have three locked in. So, drum roll please…

Kat Zhang
Mandy Whitley Photography (2011)

Keynote Address: Kat Zhang

That’s right! Our 2015 keynote speaker will be Kat Zhang, author of the Young Adult Dystopian series The Hybrid Chronicles (HarperCollins). She started writing the first (seriously fantastic) book in the series, What’s Left of Me, the winter of her senior year of high school and sold the trilogy when she was nineteen.

When she isn’t writing books, Kat also contributes to Pub(lishing) Crawl and recently graduated from Vanderbilt University with a major in English. Her writing is represented by literary agent Emmanuelle Morgen of Stonesong.

Kat’s Books

What’s Left of Me (2012) / Once We Were (2013) / Echoes of Us (2014)

Find Kat Online

Website / Twitter / Tumblr / Facebook

Workshop Leader: Taryn Albright

The 2015 conference will include two writing workshops, one of which Taryn Albright will lead! Taryn is a writer and incredible freelance editor. Over fifty of her clients have gone on to sign with literary agents and dozens have signed deals with major publishing houses, including Penguin, Candlewick, Scholastic, Harlequin, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster.

Taryn has worked at several literary agencies, as an acquiring editor at a small publishing house, and as an assistant to best-selling author Gennifer Albin. She has a degree in Creative Writing and currently works for Walt Disney Creative Entertainment. (Basically: living the dream.) Her Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction is represented by Molly Ker Hawn of The Bent Agency.

Find Taryn Online

Website / Editing Services / Twitter

Speaker: Ava Jae

Ava Jae will be leading one of our two lecture-style sessions! Ava is a Young Adult and New Adult author whose debut Beyond the Red will be released in March, 2016 by Sky Pony Press. She also is an assistant editor at Entangled Publishing, blogs about writing and publishing at Writability (which recently celebrated one million hits!), and vlogs at bookishpixie. Oh, and on top of all of that, she’s a college student. As if she isn’t already doing enough.

Her writing is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency. Speaking of which: As a special treat, Louise (who is currently closed to queries) has offered to consider query letters from conference attendees for up to ten days after the conference. (!!!)

Ava’s Book

Beyond the Red (2016)

Find Ava Online

Website / Twitter / Youtube / Tumblr / Facebook

We are so excited for Ch1Con 2015. (And hope you are too!)

There are only thirty slots open to attend the conference, so make sure to register before they’re gone! We’ll make sure to announce the last two speakers and what topics everyone will be speaking on soon.

See you in August!

– The Ch1Con Team