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

2016 Virtual Write-a-Thon Details

This Saturday is the 2016 Ch1Con Virtual Write-a-Thon!

When? Saturday, December 17th from 11 AM to 11 PM eastern time.

What’s a virtual write-a-thon? A virtual write-a-thon is an event where a bunch of people get together to write a bunch of words, talk about writing, and procrastinate–online. You don’t have to attend for the whole event (only as much as you want to) and you can write whatever you want (no need to limit yourself to novels!).

Where? The write-a-thon will take place through a private chat room on the website Chatzy. You can find the chat room at:

http://us20.chatzy.com/12577207235036

We’re so excited to hang out with you on Saturday! Chat with you then.

– The Ch1Con Team

P.S. We maaay have a special 2017 conference-related perk coming for people who attend the Virtual Write-a-Thon. Stop by to find out what it is!

Ch1Con Mentorship Program

The Ch1Con team is thrilled to announce the first annual
Ch1Con Mentorship Anthology!

This fall, the Ch1Con team will be mentoring ten young writers (ages 11 to 23) to teach them about writing, editing, and the publishing process!

Each Ch1Con team member will select one to two young writers to individually mentor. (Think of it like a class!) (You know, except way more fun.) Through one short story by each young writer, the team members will step their mentees through everything they need to know about becoming authors: how to use editorial letters to strengthen their writing, how to utilize copy edits, how to read contracts and non-disclosure agreements, and more.

In the end, the Ch1Con team will publish all of the short stories in an anthology—available for sale online and at future Ch1Con events!

Interested in participating? You can learn more about the mentorship program and how to become a mentee at:
www.chapteroneconference.com/anthology-2016

(Deadline to enter is September 15! We can’t wait to read your short story!)

July Ch1Con Events

Hey there! We have several great online events coming your way this month as we go into final preparations for our, ya know, main event: Ch1Con 2016! Check ’em out below.

Thursday, July 14 at 8:00 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 July Ch1Con Chat topic below.

Thursday, July 21 at 8:00 PM Eastern: Twitter Chat

The topic of our (usual) Twitter chat this month is strong female characters. Join us using #Ch1Con to answer our questions and talk with other young writers!

Thursday, July 28 at 8:00 PM Eastern: Extra-Special, Conference

Want to know something about the conference itself? We’ll be hosting a special Ch1Con Chat on Twitter the week before Ch1Con 2016 to answer any sorts of questions you might have concerning the conference. Tweet using #Ch1Con to participate. (Can’t make the chat? Feel free to email your questions to chapteroneconference@aol.com and we’ll answer them there instead!)

Talk to you next week!

~Julia

Ch1Con Blog Tour 2016

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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.

February Ch1Con Events

Can you believe it’s already February? Here’s the schedule of Ch1Con Chats coming your way this month.

Thursday, January 4th at 8:00 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!

Saturday, February 27th from 7:00 to 10:00 PM Eastern: Virtual Write-In

We have a new event this month! We’re now alternating our live video chats with virtual write-ins.(So, for example we have a write-in this month, but a video chat in March.) Join us to write (and procrastinate) at any point that you’re available during the evening on February 27 at: http://us21.chatzy.com/51283418179139

Talk to you Thursday!

~Julia

PS. Speaking of Thursday, we maaaybe have a pretty awesome announcement coming your way that day!

Speaker Reveals Coming This Week!

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The Chapter One Young Writers Conference team is thrilled to announce that we’ll be revealing our 2016 speakers here on the conference blog (www.chapteroneconference.com) beginning tomorrow (Thursday, January 14th)!

The Chapter One Young Writers Conference is a writer’s conference both for and by young writers. Ch1Con 2016 will take place Saturday, August 6th at the Hilton Garden Inn in St. Charles, IL, a western suburb of Chicago. It will include workshops, trivia (with prizes!), lots of nerding out about writing and books, and more.

We’re SO EXCITED to share our 2016 speakers with you. However, we don’t want anyone to spontaneously combust from an overload of awesomeness (these authors are so talented, it could happen)–so, we’ll be spreading out the speaker reveals throughout the rest of this week. Starting Thursday, we’ll reveal one speaker a day, leading up to our amaaazing keynote speaker on Saturday! The speaker reveals will also include some pretty awesome giveaways (if we do say so ourselves)–including signed books, a critique, and more!

So, make sure to keep an eye here on www.chapteroneconference.com to be part of the fun! And register to attend the 2016 Chapter One Young Writers Conference today at www.chapteroneconference.com/register-2016

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– The Ch1Con Team