October Ch1Con Chat Recap + POLL

Thanks to everyone who joined us for last night’s Ch1Con Chat! If you missed the shenanigans, you can watch the recording below. (Protip: Skip the first twenty five minutes to avoid the worst of the night’s technical difficulties.) (Google+ hates all that is good in the world.)

The next Ch1Con Chat will take place Thursday, November 6th at 8:00 PM eastern. (And hopefully will involve far fewer tech probs.) Want to help us decide the topic of November’s chat? Vote in the poll below!

Thanks again!

 

~Julia

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Announcing: Ch1Con Chat!

I’m so excited to announce that members of the Chapter One Young Writers Conference team and our friends will now hold a monthly video chat to discuss all things writing and young adult literature!

Our first chat will take place this Thursday (October 8th) from 8:00-9:00 PM eastern.

Want to watch? Join us on the live stream on our Youtube channel: http://youtu.be/G1s-22gA4Bw

Want to ask a question or comment on something we discuss in the chat? Tweet with #Ch1Con.

Ch1Con Chat is something we’ve been talking about doing for ages, so I can’t wait to see how it turns out. Chat with you Thursday!

 

~Julia

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Ch1Con 2015: August 8th!

It’s official! The 2015 Chapter One Young Writers Conference will take place Saturday, August 8th at the Courtyard Chicago Arlington Heights/South hotel, just outside Chicago.

Mark your calendars, because we are SO EXCITED to bring the 2015 conference to you! Stay tuned for lots more announcements, coming sooner than you can read the A Song of Fire and Ice series. (Okay, maybe a lot sooner than that.)

Talk to you soon!

~Julia

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When Should Ch1Con 2015 Be?

Ch1Con 2014 may have just ended a couple days ago, but we’re already planning next year’s conference–and we need your help!

Ch1Con 2015 will take place in the greater Chicago area again. If you’re interested in coming, vote for when will 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 weekend. Also note: All dates listed are the Saturdays of the weekends we’re considering for the conference.)

Hope to see you next year!

 

~Julia

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Thanks for coming!

Hey there, awesome people!

Ch1Con 2014 finished with a bang yesterday, and we are SO GRATEFUL to everyone who attended, spoke, and volunteered to make this year’s conference such a success! We can’t wait to start planning for next year.

If you missed the live stream of our panel on Saturday (or just want to re-watch all the fun), you can check that out here.

Also: Kira and I did a podcast with Newbie Writers! Listen to us laugh awkwardly and ramble about conference mascot Larry the Man-Eating Hamster here.

We have lots of exciting stuff coming your way, so stay tuned!

 

~Julia

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Interview with Ariel Kalati

In preparation for Ch1Con this coming weekend, we’re posting interviews with all our wonderful speakers this week! Today’s interview is with Ariel Kalati, who will be speaking on writing despite all the excuses not to on Saturday.

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1. Tell us about yourself.
I’m a high school senior (about to graduate) and I’ve essentially been writing stories forever. I finished my first book in seventh grade and have now written five books. Despite my love of writing, I spend most of my time constructing elaborate excuses not to write. I also enjoy studying, especially history. And I am a huge Harry Potter fan and love YA literature in general.
2. You’re going to be a freshman at Sarah Lawrence College this fall. Can you talk a bit about what went into your decision when picking a school?
Sarah Lawrence was pretty much my only choice for a college. I first heard about it in The Princess Diaries, where I read that it was a good school for writers. When I researched it, I found out that it’s actually one of the best schools for writers. What really attracted me to the college, though, was its unique educational program. The curriculum is made up of small seminar classes and individual conferences with professors, and best of all, instead of tests, we get to do individual research projects. Also, there’s a teahouse called “Hagrid’s Hut” on campus, so that’s a plus.
3. Why are semi-colons your favorite form of punctuation?
It all started in seventh grade when I argued with a teacher that she should have used a semicolon instead of a comma, and she said, “No, you can use either.” But I was right, so I started a movement to promote the usage of semicolons. They’re so useful and fun; you can stick independent clauses together without the commitment of a period. I now have a holiday called Semicolon Day on December 28th; the third annual Semicolon Day will be this coming December.
4. You write both novels and poetry. How is writing in these two forms different?
They’re completely different. With poetry, I pour my thoughts and feelings out, unprocessed, and I focus a lot on making it sound nice. Poetry is where I try to express what I can’t express with prose. It’s somewhere in between writing and music. Novels, on the other hand, are a lot more structured and geared towards an audience. I get to develop characters, plot lines, settings, worlds, and adorable comic relief scenes. Obviously, novels are a lot more work, at least for me, but they’re a lot of fun, too. Whereas with my poetry I just try to get my ideas onto the paper, with my novels I try to make something that another person could relate to and fall in love with.
5. What are some of your interests outside of writing and reading?
I love art history. I took AP Art History in freshman year and I’ve been obsessed with the subject ever since. I also want to work towards educational reform, because I think our public school system needs some serious work. And of course I like wasting my time watching channels on YouTube, particularly Vlogbrothers and Superwoman.
6. What are some of your plans now that you’ve graduated from high school?
In addition to going to college, I want to travel as much as I can, and have some crazy adventures. I want to finish editing my book already. And I plan to actually update my blog with stuff that impresses editors and agents.
7. Quick: List five books (either coming out or already released) that you’re excited to read.
The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan; Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater; The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater; Four by Veronica Roth; and whatever Neil Gaiman does next.

Can’t wait to see everyone this weekend!
-Ariel

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Saturday Panel Livestream!

Can’t make it to Ch1Con this year? Never fear! Join us for a live (and free) online broadcast of our Ask Us Anything panel this Saturday (June 14), featuring speakers Amy Zhang, Patrice Caldwell, Kira Budge, and moderator Julia Byers!

The panel will take place from 2:50 to 3:20 PM central time. You can watch live and chat with fellow online attendees at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCzimJhudaA

Want to ask the panelists a question? You can through one of the following mediums:

Email us before the chat: chapteroneconference@aol.com

Tweet during the chat: #Ch1Con

Talk to you Saturday!

 

~Julia, founder

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