2019 Conference, Ch21Con

2019 Panel Moderators: Emma Rose Ryan & Julia Byers!

The Chapter One Events team is happy to announce our next two speakers for the 2019 Chapter One Young Writers Conference and Chapter Twenty-One Conference: Ch1Con director Emma Rose Ryan & Ch21Con director Julia Byers!

Emma Rose RyanEmma Rose Ryan is an undergraduate studying Creative Writing at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. She’s been a member of the Chapter One Young Writers Conference team since the event’s inception, and she was honored to take on the role of Director in 2017. Emma writes middle-grade and YA fiction, focusing on paranormal and urban fantasy genres. When she’s not writing, Emma can be found reciting Shakespeare, watching The West Wing, or petting someone else’s cat.

Emma will be co-moderating the conferences’ combined ask anything panel.

Find Emma online:

6O4A1500-2Julia Byers is the president of nonprofit Chapter One Events, founder of the Chapter One Young Writers Conference, and founder and director of the Chapter Twenty-One Conference. She spends her days as an assistant for a children’s literary agency, her early mornings doing nonprofit work, her evenings writing, and her weekends as a freelance photographer (sometimes not in that order). She is a graduate of the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, where she received Highest Honors in Honors Creative Writing & Literature and minored in Global Media Studies (Film), as well as the Columbia Publishing Course UK, an intensive publishing certificate program organized in collaboration between Columbia University and Exeter College, Oxford University. Her writing has received a variety of honors, including First Place in the Children’s/Young Adult Fiction category of the 82nd Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, a Hopwood Award, and the Arthur Miller Award. In her free time, Julia enjoys watching too many movies, doing outdoorsy things like jogging and hiking, and pretending she has free time. She lives in New York City.

Julia will be co-moderating the conferences’ combined ask anything panel, as well as moderating Ch21Con’s young publishing panel.

Find Julia online:

Interested in attending one of our young writers’ conferences on June 29 in Des Plaines, IL (a suburb of Chicago)? You can learn more at:

We’ve got one more amazing speaker to announce as well in the lead-up to the 2019 conferences, so keep an eye on our websites and social media for our last speaker announcement coming your way soon!!

– The Ch1Events Team

2016 Conference, General

Ch1Con Blog Tour 2016


Hello friends! This is your Master of Marketing Kira Brighton, here to let you know about the upcoming kickoff of the annual Ch1Con blog tour.

As always, we’ve put this tour together to promote this year’s conference, which you can read all about and register for here on our website! The blog tour kicks off on April 10th and will end on May 25th. Follow along to get original content and interviews from the Ch1Con team and enter awesome giveaways of books and critiques!

Check out the schedule below:


Sunday, April 10thJulia the Writer Girl, Guest Post by Susan Dennard plus Giveaway

Saturday, April 16th – Kira Brighton: Author, Interview with Christina Li and Brett Jonas

Monday, April 18thLiterary Abstractions, Interview with Kira Brighton

Saturday, April 23rd Jordan Villegas, Interview with Julia Byers

Sunday, April 24th Olivia Rivers, Blog Post

Tuesday, April 26thGo Teen Writers, Blog Post

Sunday, May 1stCh1Con Tumblr, Interview with Julia Byers

Wednesday, May 4thAllison the Writer, Guest Post by Julia Byers plus Giveaway

Wednesday, May 11thNewbie Writer’s Guide, Guest Post by Patrice Caldwell

Tuesday, May 17thYvonne Ventresca, Blog Post

Monday, May 23rd Francesca Zappia, Interview with Brett Jonas plus Giveaway

Wednesday, May 25th Ariel Kalati, Ch1Con-Themed Personality Quiz


As always, we welcome any of you to join in on the tour! If you’d like to participate, contact me at kirabauthor@gmail.com and I’ll let you know what you can do. Pingbacks and reblogs and sharing are welcome as well.

Thanks, you guys! We hope to see you along the line, and then again in person for Ch1Con 2016.


Ch1Con Fights to the Death

It’s time! Tomorrow (Saturday, November 22nd) at 3:00 PM EST the Ch1Con team will have one hour in a Google Doc, visible to your lovely eyes, to attempt to write a story together using the barest of writing prompts.

One story. No communication.

Who will learn to write together? Who will write against the rest of the team? Who will actually manage to stay on task? Only time will tell.

Want to watch the madness? Tune in here at 3 PM EST: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GYoNFzqUp8LgLTIVtRjcGo_krNrDhiQteDUITfb5Re8/edit?usp=sharing

Want to know what we’ll be attempting to write about? The Prompt of Doom: Our protagonist enters Panera and asks for the food s/he ordered online, only for the girl behind the counter to say Protagonist needs to follow her to the backroom… for some reason.

You may now begin taking bets on who will survive ’til the end.

See you tomorrow!