This weekend was the 2016 Chapter One Young Writers Conference! We had an absolutely incredible time at the conference this year and hope you did as well.
The weekend started with a pizza party Friday night in the hotel courtyard!
The official conference began Saturday morning, with a fun query-writing workshop led by Ch1Con team members Christina Li (YA writer represented by Jessica Regel of Foundry Media) and Patrice Caldwell (editorial assistant at Scholastic).
“A query letter is a very fancy first impression.” – Christina Li
After the workshop, our first speaker took the stage: Jordan Villegas (YA writer represented by Emily Keyes of Fuse Literary)! He gave a great lecture titled “How to Write a Book: A Guide to Getting Your First Rejection.”
“You can’t write if you haven’t lived.” – Jordan Villegas
Between sessions throughout the day, Ch1Con team members asked attendees trivia questions. Winners got to select books from the huge stacks of ARCs and signed editions on a table at the back of the conference room.
Attendees also had an opportunity to color a picture and answer questions on the white boards throughout the room.
After Jordan spoke, it was time for the keynote address by the one and only Susan Dennard (New York Times bestselling author of Truthwitch)! She gave an inspiring talk titled “How I Became a Writer.”
“There are no expiration dates on dreams.” – Susan Dennard
Next up was lunch and our group picture!
Future of the New York Times bestsellers list, right here.
After lunch, Jennifer Yu (author of upcoming novel Four Weeks, Five People) took the stage to talk about how to balance writing with school in a super helpful workshop titled “College 101.”
“You go to college and everyone suddenly wants to know what you’re going to do with your life.” – Jennifer Yu
Following Jen, Francesca Zappia (acclaimed novel Made You Up) led a wonderful session titled “Character Building Across Genres.”
“Motivation is the character’s car, and it’s going to take them to their destination [their goal].” – Francesca Zappia
The last session of the day was our annual Ask Anything lecture, which we live-streamed online! (You can watch it here
Aaand following the panel, Francesca and Susan signed books for attendees!
Overall, Ch1Con 2016 was awesome.
See you next year!
– The Ch1Con Team