2016 Conference

Ch1Con 2016: August 6th!

It’s official! The 2016 Chapter One Young Writers Conference will take place Saturday, August 6th at the Hilton Garden Inn in St. Charles, IL, a western suburb of Chicago.

Mark your calendars, because we are SO EXCITED to bring the 2016 conference to you! With this new location, Ch1Con is going to be bigger and better than ever. We can’t wait to share our speakers and other announcements with you, so stay tuned for lots more info, coming soon!


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October Ch1Con Chat

Tomorrow (Thursday, October 15th) at 8 PM EST, we’ll be hosting our monthly video Ch1Con Chat, in which members of the Ch1Con team answer YOUR questions (and also goof off a lot). This month’s topic is Juggling Writing and School. You can participate by asking us questions on Twitter using #Ch1Con and watch the chat on our Youtube channel: www.youtube.com/chapteroneconference.

Also, I’m conveniently embedding it in the post below:

Talk to you tomorrow!


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October Ch1Con Events

It’s not quite October yet, but here’s the schedule of Ch1Con Chats coming your way during the spookiest of months:

Thursday, October 1st at 8:00 PM Eastern: Twitter Chat

The topic of our first Twitter chat of the month is “character development.” Join us using #Ch1Con to answer our questions and talk with other young writers!

Thursday, October 15th at 8:00 PM Eastern: Youtube Chat

Join us on our Youtube channel (www.youtube.com/chapteroneconference) where members of the Ch1Con team will discuss something writing-related, and ask us questions on Twitter using #Ch1Con.

What exactly will we discuss? That’s up to you. Vote for the October Ch1Con Chat topic below.

Thursday, October 29th at 9:30 PM Eastern: Twitter Chat

Last chat of the month! Topic TBD. Join us using #Ch1Con to answer our questions and talk with other young writers!

Talk to you Thursday night on Twitter!


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September Ch1Con Chat (and New Chat Schedule!)

Hey, guys! Get ready, because IT’S THE RETURN OF CH1CON CHAT.

The 2015-2016 team has decided to make some changes to Ch1Con Chat to make it more accessible and fun for you. Without further ado:

  • Twitter chats are now once a month and on Thursdays! They’ll be the same Twitter chats you know and love (okay, you like) (a lot), but we’re moving them to Thursday nights at 8:00 PM eastern. They’ll alternate Thursdays with our Youtube chats, so that one or the other should happen every other week. (Of course, life sometimes gets in the way, so we’re not promising they’ll be EXACTLY every other week. But that is The Goal.)
  • In essence: You’ll get one Twitter chat and one Youtube chat heading straight to your internet every month.
  • Youtube chats are now shorter and better organized! SO EXCITING, RIGHT? No more three hour marathons of the Ch1Con team rambling about The Raven Boys instead of that night’s promised topic. We realized that while that was fun for us, it wasn’t so much for you (or our neighbors). So: this year we’re limiting the chats to a half hour max AND staying on topic. (Mostly.)

Sound good? With that in mind, we’ve already hosted our Twitter chat for September, but we still have the Youtube chat to go!

Next Thursday (September 24) at 8 PM EST, we’ll be hosting our monthly video Ch1Con Chat, in which members of the Ch1Con team answer YOUR questions (and also goof off a lot). This month’s topic is Get to Know the Ch1Con Team. You can participate by asking us questions on Twitter using #Ch1Con and watch the chat on our Youtube channel: www.youtube.com/chapteroneconference.

Also, I’m conveniently embedding it in the post below:

Talk to you Thursday!


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When Should Ch1Con 2016 Be?

It may only be September, but it’s time to get started planning the 2016 Chapter One Young Writers Conference!

Ch1Con 2016 will once again take place in the greater Chicago area. If you’re interested in coming, vote for when would work best for you in the poll below! (If you can make it to multiple options, feel free to vote for all of them. We’ll be taking the options with the most votes into consideration when choosing our official date.)

The conference will take place on a Saturday, but we’ll likely have fun informal events planned for other parts of the weekend as well, so keep that in mind while voting. (Friday night pizza party, anyone?)

Hope to see you next year!


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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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

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Ch1Con T-Shirt Giveaway!

Hey wonderful people,

We’re SO EXCITED to finally get to share the 2015 Chapter One Young Writers Conference with you next month! If you haven’t registered yet and still want to attend the conference, you have until the end of July to snag a spot for $49.99.

Unfortunately, August 1st we have to increase the registration fee to a late rate of $74.99. And because seriously no one wants to pay that much, we’re hoping to fill the last two available spots to attend the conference before the end of July.

Know someone who might want to come? Want to register for the conference yourself? We figured we’d give you a little added incentive.

From now until the end of July, share info about the conference, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, register to join us for the best writing-filled day ever, etc., etc.–and enter to win a free Ch1Con 2015 t-shirt!

The t-shirts are white with our signature tomato logo, the name of the conference, and “Chicago, 2015” on them. They come in unisex and Bella (fitted) styles, sizes small through extra-large. And we’d love to give one to you.

Follow the link below to check out the giveaway:

Click here to enter!

See you August 8th?


The Ch1Con Team

Monthly Online Events

July Ch1Con Chat

This Thursday (July 14th) at 8 PM EST, we’ll be hosting our monthly video Ch1Con Chat, in which members of the Ch1Con team answer YOUR questions (and also goof off a lot). This month’s topic is Romance in YA. You can participate by asking us questions on Twitter using #Ch1Con and watch the chat on our Youtube channel: www.youtube.com/chapteroneconference.

Also, I’m conveniently embedding it in the post below:

Talk to you Thursday!