Mentorship Program

Ch1Con Mentorship Program

The Ch1Con team is thrilled to announce the first annual
Ch1Con Mentorship Anthology!

This fall, the Ch1Con team will be mentoring ten young writers (ages 11 to 23) to teach them about writing, editing, and the publishing process!

Each Ch1Con team member will select one to two young writers to individually mentor. (Think of it like a class!) (You know, except way more fun.) Through one short story by each young writer, the team members will step their mentees through everything they need to know about becoming authors: how to use editorial letters to strengthen their writing, how to utilize copy edits, how to read contracts and non-disclosure agreements, and more.

In the end, the Ch1Con team will publish all of the short stories in an anthology—available for sale online and at future Ch1Con events!

Interested in participating? You can learn more about the mentorship program and how to become a mentee at:
www.chapteroneconference.com/anthology-2016

(Deadline to enter is September 15! We can’t wait to read your short story!)

2016 Conference

2016 Live-Streamed Panel

Hey there, awesome people! IT’S TIME FOR CH1CON 2016.

As always, 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 as always, we’re going to live stream this on YouTube so all of you amazing young writers who couldn’t make it to Ch1Con 2016 still get to participate in something.

This year’s panel will take place from 3:00 to 4:00 PM central time during the conference on Saturday, August 6th.

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 on our YouTube channel at:

www.youtube.com/chapteroneconference

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, in 2014 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 at 3:00 PM!

– Julia

Monthly Online Events

June Ch1Con Events

Hey there! It’s June! Here’s the schedule of Ch1Con online events coming your way this month.

Saturday, June 18th from 7:00 to 10:00 PM Eastern: Virtual Write-In

Join us to write (and procrastinate) at any point that you’re available during the evening. Link to the chat room: http://us19.chatzy.com/84055697432369

Thursday, June 23rd at 8:00 PM Eastern: Twitter Chat

The topic of our Twitter chat this month is perfectionism. Join us using #Ch1Con to answer our questions and talk with other young writers!

Talk to you Saturday!

~Julia

 

Monthly Online Events

March Ch1Con Chat

Tomorrow (Thursday, March 24) at 8 PM EDT, we’ll be hosting our bimonthly video Ch1Con Chat, in which members of the Ch1Con team answer YOUR questions (and also goof off a lot). This month’s topic is “how we write.” You can participate by asking us questions on Twitter using #Ch1Con and watch the chat on our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/chapteroneconference.

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

Talk to you tomorrow!

~Julia

 

Monthly Online Events

March Ch1Con Chats

Happy almost-spring! Here’s the schedule of Ch1Con Chats coming your way this month.

Thursday, March 10th at 8:00 PM Eastern: Twitter Chat

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

Thursday, March 24th 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 March Ch1Con Chat topic below.

Talk to you Thursday!

~Julia

Monthly Online Events, Yule Ball

January Ch1Con Chat

This Thursday (January 21) at 8 PM EST, we’ll be hosting our bimonthly video Ch1Con Chat, in which members of the Ch1Con team answer YOUR questions (and also goof off a lot). This month’s topic is the querying process. You can participate by asking us questions on Twitter using #Ch1Con and watch the chat on our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/chapteroneconference.

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

Good luck with finals if it’s that time of the year for you, and talk to you Thursday!

~Julia

PS. And don’t forget that the Ch1Con Yule Ball is this Saturday!

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:

www.chapteroneconference.com/register-2016

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

Monthly Online Events

November Ch1Con Events

It’s November! Happy NaNoWriMo if you’re participating (and Happy Will Actually Sleep This Month, if you’re not)!

Here’s the schedule of chats we have coming your way this month:

Thursday, November 5th at 8:00 PM Eastern: Twitter Chat

The topic of our Twitter chat this month is NaNoWriMo. Join us using #Ch1Con to answer our questions and talk with other young writers!

Thursday, November 12th 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 November Ch1Con Chat topic below.

Aaand we have some special NaNoWriMo events coming your way this month, as well!

Every Saturday afternoon during November, join us from 1:00 to 2:00 PM Eastern on Twitter for a one-hour writing sprint!

Join us on Twitter using #Ch1ConRUN.

Every Saturday night during November, join us from 7:00 to 10:00 PM Eastern for a virtual write-in!

Join us in a private chat room on Chatzy to talk NaNo, goof off, and maybe even get some writing done. Check our Twitter (@Ch1Con) for the link to the chat room every Saturday night!

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Talk to you Thursday night on Twitter!

~Julia

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!!

~Julia

TCWT-Related

TCWT May Blog Chain

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Hello everyone! This month, as part of the Ch1Con 2015 Blog Tour, we here at Ch1Con are hosting the Teens Can Write, Too! blog chain for May. For more information about TCWT’s  blog chain, check out this link.

The topic for this month, in honor of how conference-going helps us improve our skills, will be:

“What is your greatest weakness as a writer? What’s your greatest strength?”

We want to hear all about your strengths and weaknesses! I (Kira Budge) just recently became too old for the blog chain (*LE GASP*), but if I were to answer this, for example, I’d probably talk about how much I struggle with being detailed in my books but how good I am at writing a lot very quickly.  In recognizing where our strengths and weaknesses lie, we all of us become equipped with the knowledge we need to become even better at our craft. And it’s also cool to compare where other community members fill in the gaps of your strengths! (Maybe you’ll find some good critique partners to balance you out in the process of this blog chain. Who knows?)

So to participate in this blog chain, please comment below with the dates you can do and a link to your blog. I will assign dates in the replies. I will also post the schedule on the Blog Chain page on TCWT, which was linked above. The chain, as always, will begin on the 5th.

Thanks so much for participating! We look forward to what you have to say. I’ve only been able to read a few of the posts from last month, but you guys brought out your sass, intelligence, and creativity in wonderful full force. 🙂 Good job and keep it up!

Tentative Blog Chain Schedule

Tuesday May 5th — The Little Engine That Couldn’t

Wednesday May 6th — Ariel Kalati, Writer

Friday May 8th — Galloping Free

Saturday May 9th — Miriam Joy Writes

Sunday May 10th — The Ramblings of Aravis

Wednesday May 13th — Light and Shadows

Friday May 15th — Musings from Neville’s Navel

Saturday May 16th — The World of the Writer

Tuesday May 19th — Butterflies of the Imagination

Wednesday May 20th — Introspection Creative

Friday May 22nd — Spellbound

Sunday May 24th — Unikke Lyfe

Monday May 25th — The Long Life of a Lifelong Fangirl

Wednesday May 27th — Against the Shadows

Friday May 29th — Teens Can Write, Too, announcing June’s chain