March Ch1Con Activities

We’ve got lots of good chats coming your way this month! Here we go.

Wednesday, March 11 at 9:30 PM Eastern: Twitter Chat
The topic of our first Twitter chat of the month is “genres.” Join us using #Ch1Con to answer our questions and talk with other young writers!

Thursday, March 19 at 8 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.

Wednesday, March 25 at 9:30 PM Eastern: Twitter Chat
Our last event of the month will be another Twitter chat, topic TBD. Join us using #Ch1Con to answer our questions and talk with other young writers!

Check back for more conference announcements soon! (We still have two more speakers to gush about!)

DFTBA.

~Julia

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Chicagoland Flyer Campaign

Hey, guys! Julia here.

I’m going to be in the greater Chicago area Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of next week (the 3rd through 5th of March) to pass out promotional materials for the 2015 Chapter One Young Writers Conference. If you work at a school, library, book store, community center, coffee shop, etc.–and would be interested in having me drop by to put up flyers, talk to your class about the benefits of attending a writing conference, or anything else–feel free to email your request between now and then to chapteroneconference@aol.com and I’ll do my best to work you into the schedule!

Can’t wait to see you and show off our spiffy new flyers!

~Julia

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February Ch1Con Chat

Tomorrow (Thursday, February 19th) 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 the Representation of Education in Fiction. 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!

~Julia

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2015 Conference: Registration Is Open! Speaker Announcements!

We are thrilled to announce that registration for the 2015 Chapter One Young Writers Conference is now open!

The conference will take place Saturday, August 8, 2015 in Arlington Heights, IL (a suburb of Chicago) and will include writing workshops, a panel, and all kinds of good stuff. Register early (now through the end of May) to get the special early bird registration price of $39.99! Register at www.chapteroneconference.com/register.

Next up: We’ve got speakers!

We have an amazing lineup for you this year! While we’re still finalizing things with a couple speakers, we have three locked in. So, drum roll please…

Kat Zhang

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Keynote Address: Kat Zhang

That’s right! Our 2015 keynote speaker will be Kat Zhang, author of the Young Adult Dystopian series The Hybrid Chronicles (HarperCollins). She started writing the first (seriously fantastic) book in the series, What’s Left of Me, the winter of her senior year of high school and sold the trilogy when she was nineteen.

When she isn’t writing books, Kat also contributes to Pub(lishing) Crawl and recently graduated from Vanderbilt University with a major in English. Her writing is represented by literary agent Emmanuelle Morgen of Stonesong.

Kat’s Books

What’s Left of Me (2012) / Once We Were (2013) / Echoes of Us (2014)

Find Kat Online

Website / Twitter / Tumblr / Facebook

Workshop Leader: Taryn Albright

The 2015 conference will include two writing workshops, one of which Taryn Albright will lead! Taryn is a writer and incredible freelance editor. Over fifty of her clients have gone on to sign with literary agents and dozens have signed deals with major publishing houses, including Penguin, Candlewick, Scholastic, Harlequin, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster.

Taryn has worked at several literary agencies, as an acquiring editor at a small publishing house, and as an assistant to best-selling author Gennifer Albin. She has a degree in Creative Writing and currently works for Walt Disney Creative Entertainment. (Basically: living the dream.) Her Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction is represented by Molly Ker Hawn of The Bent Agency.

Find Taryn Online

Website / Editing Services / Twitter

Speaker: Ava Jae

Ava Jae will be leading one of our two lecture-style sessions! Ava is a Young Adult and New Adult author whose debut Beyond the Red will be released in March, 2016 by Sky Pony Press. She also is an assistant editor at Entangled Publishing, blogs about writing and publishing at Writability (which recently celebrated one million hits!), and vlogs at bookishpixie. Oh, and on top of all of that, she’s a college student. As if she isn’t already doing enough.

Her writing is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency. Speaking of which: As a special treat, Louise (who is currently closed to queries) has offered to consider query letters from conference attendees for up to ten days after the conference. (!!!)

Ava’s Book

Beyond the Red (2016)

Find Ava Online

Website / Twitter / Youtube / Tumblr / Facebook

We are so excited for Ch1Con 2015. (And hope you are too!)

There are only thirty slots open to attend the conference, so make sure to register before they’re gone! We’ll make sure to announce the last two speakers and what topics everyone will be speaking on soon.

See you in August!

– The Ch1Con Team

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February Ch1Con Activities

Sorry for not getting this post up sooner this month, guys! We had our first Twitter chat of the month last night, on the topic of Writing and the Internet. Don’t worry if you missed it, though! We’ve still got two more events coming your way.

Ch1Con Chat (Youtube Edition): Thursday, February 19th, at 8:00 PM EST.
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 February Ch1Con Chat topic below.

Ch1Con Twitter Chat: Wednesday, February 25th, at 9:30 PM EST.
Our last event of the month will be a Twitter chat on the topic of Pursuing Publication. Join us using #Ch1Con to answer our questions and talk with other young writers!

Check back here for conference announcements (speakers and registration opening and event details, oh my), to come as soon as we have time to write them! :)

DFTBA.

~Julia

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January Ch1Con Activities

Hey, guys! Welcome to 2015.

We’ve already had one Twitter chat this month, but never fear if you missed it! We’ve got several more events coming your way.

First, this Thursday (January 22nd) 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 Writing Diverse Characters*. 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:

Second, next Wednesday (January 28th) at 9:30 PM EST, we’ll be hosting a Ch1Con Twitter Chat in which we ask YOU questions, because we’d love to hear your thoughts on all these various writing-related things and also we’re sure you have some good stories to tell. The topic for this chat is the books and authors that inspire us. Use #Ch1Con to participate.

And finally, we’ll also be hosting one hour writing sprints at 1 PM EST on both of the remaining Saturdays in January (the 24th and 31st), so come join us for some writing shenanigans while we de-stress a little from school.

See you Thursday!

~Julia

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Thank You

The Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the 2015 Chapter One Young Writers Conference concluded late last night, and the Ch1Con team wanted to say thank you for all the amazing support. Whether you donated or shared info on the campaign (or, you know, both), you are our hero.

Look for more news on the 2015 conference coming soon. The conference will take place Saturday, August 8th just outside Chicago and we can’t wait to see you there. We’re in the midst of finalizing our schedule and speaker lineup, as we speak. Registration will open in early January!

DFTBA.

~Julia

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