Competition Anthology + Session Descriptions!

Hey there, awesome young writers!

We’re coming at you today to let you know two very exciting things:

  1. The anthology of winning poems and short stories from the First Annual Chapter One Young Writers Conference Writing Competition is now available on Amazon as a Kindle e-book! And for the next couple weeks, it’s only $0.99! We’re in love with the winning poems and short stories, and we think you will be too. Check the e-book out on Amazon by clicking here. And make sure to purchase it while it’s at this special sale price, only available until the end of July! (If you’d prefer to purchase the anthology in a different e-book form, it will also be available on Nook and iBooks come August.)
  2. 2017 conference session descriptions are available! We’re so excited about what all of our speakers are talking about at Ch1Con this year. You can check out the descriptions by visiting our Schedule page.

— The Ch1Con Team

2017 Workshop Leader: Booki Vivat!

The Ch1Con team is extraordinarily excited to announce our fifth and final speaker for the 2017 Chapter One Young Writers Conference: Booki Vivat!

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Photo by Kamolpat Trangratapit

Booki Vivat is the New York Times bestselling author of the Frazzled series. She has been doodling somewhat seriously since 2011 and not-so-seriously since childhood. She grew up in Southern California and graduated from the University of California, San Diego. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. You can follow her on Instagram at @bookibookibooki and on Twitter at @thebookiv.

Booki will be leading a workshop (topic TBA!) and participating in our special “ask anything” panel at Ch1Con 2017.

Find Booki online:

Check out Booki’s books:

We’re thrilled to have our 2017 speaker lineup finalized, and can’t wait to share these fabulous young authors and publishing professionals with you. See you in Chicago in August!!

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– The Ch1Con Team

Ch1Con Blog Tour 2017!

Hey, everybody! We’re thrilled to announce the Ch1Con Blog Tour 2017!

We put together this annual blog tour to share info and fun, behind-the-scenes facts about the Chapter One Young Writers Conference (and to give away some awesome prizes, of course). The 2017 blog tour will kick off on Saturday, April 15 and conclude at the end of May. Follow the tour for guest posts, interviews by the Ch1Con team–and, of course, giveaways of books and critiques!

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Check out the schedule below:

As always, we welcome you to join the tour! If you have a blog/Tumblr/website/anything else with which you’d like to participate, contact us at chapteroneconference@gmail.com and we’ll add you to the schedule. Pingbacks, reblogs, and sharing are of course 100% welcome as well!

We can’t wait to share the tour with you, and hope to see you in Chicago at Ch1Con 2017!

– The Ch1Con Team

2017 Ch1Con Yule Ball

The Ch1Con team is excited to announce the 2017 Ch1Con Yule Ball!

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The Ch1Con Yule Ball is in no way associated with the Yule Ball from the Harry Potter series, our queen J.K. Rowling, or Warner Brothers. We just really like this GIF.

The Yule Ball will be an hour-and-a-half long live video panel taking place Saturday, February 11th from 8:00 to 9:30 PM EST. It’ll feature young authors, answering YOUR questions about writing and the publishing process. (Oh, and did we mention that there will be all kinds of awesome giveaways too?)

Our amazing panelists are:

Christine Lynn Herman

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Christine Lynn Herman was born in Manhattan, but grew up in Japan and Hong Kong. She came back to the United States to study at the University of Rochester, where she traded out a subtropical climate for harsh, snowy winters and an Honors English degree of questionable real-world value.

She returned to NYC post-grad to attend the Columbia Publishing Course. Currently, she works as a literary assistant at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates by day and writes YA novels by night, and is represented by Kelly Sonnack of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

Hannah Moskowitz

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Hannah Moskowitz wrote her first story, about a kitten named Lilly on the run from cat hunters, for a contest when she was seven years old. It was disqualified for violence. Her first book, BREAK, was on the ALA’s 2010 list of Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, while her novel GONE, GONE, GONE (2012) was a Stonewall Honor Recipient and TEETH (2013) earned starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, and The Bulletin. NOT OTHERWISE SPECIFIED was named the Bisexual YA Book of the Year in 2016 by the Bisexual Book Awards. She lives in Maryland.

Joan He

Joan He started out in art – the pencil-sketching, oil-painting kind of art – only to quickly discover the art of the written word. So, here she is now, love undivided. When she’s not trying to balance writing and sophomoring at the University of Pennsylvania (where she’s a Psychology Major), she over-indulges in her love for wombats, Mao Feng tea, and scary anime.

Briana Morgan

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Briana Morgan is a YA and NA writer, editor, and blogger who loves dark, suspenseful reads, angst-ridden relationships, and complicated characters. Her interest in Jay Gatsby scares her friends and family. You can find her in way too many places online, eating too much popcorn, reading in the corner, or crying about long-dead literary heroes.

Interested in asking a question? Tweet using #Ch1ConYuleBall and we’ll have the panelists answer as many questions as we have time for!

Interested in entering a giveaway? We’ll announce the giveaway prizes and post Rafflecopter raffles for you to enter throughout the Yule Ball! (And we think you’re going to be pretty excited about these prizes. So many books!)

And most importantly: interested in watching the Ch1Con Yule Ball? You’ll be able to watch the panel live on our Youtube channel at www.youtube.com/chapteroneconference!

I’m also conveniently embedding the video in the post below:

So: join us Saturday, February 11 from 8:00 to 9:30 PM EST for the second annual Ch1Con Yule Ball!

(Maybe there’ll even be some awkward dancing involved.)

– The Ch1Con Team

2017 Conference Registration Is Open!

We’re thrilled to announce that registration for the 2017 Chapter One Young Writers Conference is officially open!

The conference will take place Saturday, August 5th, 2017 at the SPACE by Doejo event center in downtown Chicago, IL. It will include workshops, two panels, trivia (with prizes!), and all kinds of other good stuff.

(There will also be a pizza party the night before the conference at the official conference hotel, the Hampton Inn & Suites in Rosemont, a suburb of Chicago! Check our travel page for more info.)

Register early (now through the end of May) to get our special Early Bird Admission rate of $49.99! Registration is available at:

www.chapteroneconference.com/register

Interested in who this year’s speakers are?

Keep an eye on the blog, because we’ll be announcing the first few speakers very soon!

Spots are limited to attend the conference, so make sure to register before they’re gone!

We’re so excited for the 2017 conference (and hope you are too)!

See you in August!

— The Ch1Con Team

Ch1Con 2017: August 5!

It’s official! The 2017 Chapter One Young Writers Conference will take place Saturday, August 5th at the SPACE by Doejo event center in downtown Chicago!! (And as an added bonus, our conference room is accessible through the After-Words bookshop, so this year will be extra bookish.)

Mark your calendars, because we are SO EXCITED to bring the 2017 conference to you! We’re thrilled about the move to downtown and hope you are too (we’re right by Navy Pier!). We can’t wait to share our speakers and other announcements with you, so stay tuned for lots more info, coming soon!

~Julia

P.S. For those who’ll need a place to stay for the conference, hang tight! We’ll have info about a hotel with a special Ch1Con group discount coming to you soon.

2016 Speaker: Jordan Villegas!

The Ch1Con team is thrilled to announce our final speaker for the 2016 Chapter One Young Writers Conference: Jordan Villegas!

jordan villegasJordan is a YA writer represented by Emily Keyes of Fuse Literary. He’s a senior in high school, an alum of the Alpha Workshop, and recently was accepted to Harvard University. (Congrats!) You also might recognize him from the Ch1Con Yule Ball this past month!

Jordan will be giving a lecture on the publishing process and participating in our special “ask anything” panel at Ch1Con 2016. Plus: in honor of speaking at the conference, he’s pleased today to give away a query critique!

Click the link below to enter the raffle. We’ll leave it open for one week!

ENTER THE RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY

Find Jordan Online: Website / Twitter

We’re SO EXCITED about all of our Ch1Con speakers, and hope you are too. See you in August!

– The Ch1Con Team

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