2017 Conference

2017 Speaker Reveals

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!

So, make sure to keep an eye here on www.chapteroneconference.com to be part of the fun! And register to attend the 2017 Chapter One Young Writers Conference today at www.chapteroneconference.com/register


– The Ch1Con Team

2016 Conference

2016 Registration Is Now Open!

We’re thrilled to announce that registration for the 2016 Chapter One Young Writers Conference is officially open!

The conference will take place Saturday, August 6, 2016 at the Hilton Garden Inn in St. Charles, IL, a western suburb of Chicago. It will include workshops, a panel, trivia (with prizes!), and all kinds of other good stuff.

Register early (now through the end of May) to get our special Early Bird Admission rate of $74.99! Registration is available at:


Interested in who this year’s speakers are?

Keep an eye on the blog, because we’ll be announcing the first few speakers this week–and the speaker reveals will include giveaways!

Spots are limited to attend the conference, so make sure to register before they’re gone!

We’re so excited for the 2016 conference (and hope you are too)!

See you in August!

— The Ch1Con Team

2015 Conference, Monthly Online Events

Special Live Chat, Walk-Up Registration Info, and More

Hey guys,

It’s Friday, July 31st which means the 2015 Chapter One Young Writers Conference is right around the corner! With only one week to go before the conference, it seemed like a good time to update you on a few things:

Special #Ch1Con Twitter Chat on Wednesday, August 5th at 9:30 PM Eastern

This coming Wednesday, we’ll be hosting a special Ch1Con Chat on Twitter to answer any sorts of questions you might have concerning the conference. Tweet using #Ch1Con to participate. (Can’t make the chat? Feel free to email your questions to chapteroneconference@aol.com and we’ll answer them there instead!) Speaking of questions, lately the one we’ve been most getting is:

How many spots are still open for the conference?

This time last week, we would have told you two. However, we’ve since filled those, and made the decision to open up the optional ten bonus spots to attend the conference. Even with these newly opened seats, it’s looking like we have a chance of selling out, so make sure to register soon to ensure you get in.

Walk-Up Registration Info

Yes, if spots are still open, we WILL have walk-up registration this year. We’ll let you know for sure the night before the conference whether or not this will be happening. But if it does happen, here’s what you need to know:

  • The cost to attend the conference based on a walk-up registration will be $74.99 (the same as our usual late rate for anyone registering in August).
  • Walk-up registration will be open during the regular check-in time at the conference, from 8:30 to 9:00 AM.
  • Please bring a credit or debit card if you’re registering in person. (We unfortunately cannot accept cash or checks for registrations.)
  • If the conference fills up before it’s your chance to register, we will, unfortunately, have to turn you away. (Legally we can only allow forty people in the room. Sorry, that’s jut the way it is.)

Speaking of late rate registration: Today (the 31st) is your last day to register for just $49.99!

So, if you want to avoid paying an extra $25.00 for your conference registration, make sure to register before midnight tonight eastern time. Late rate begins at 12:01 AM, August 1st. (For info on how to register, check out www.chapteroneconference.com/register.)

Keep your eyes on the blog for more info coming throughout the week. We can’t wait to see you at Ch1Con 2015!

– 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!!