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 Registration Is Now Open!

We’re thrilled to announce that registration for the 2016 Chapter One Young Writers Conference is officially open!

The conference will take place Saturday, August 6, 2016 at the Hilton Garden Inn in St. Charles, IL, a western suburb of Chicago. It will include workshops, a panel, trivia (with prizes!), and all kinds of other good stuff.

Register early (now through the end of May) to get our special Early Bird Admission rate of $74.99! Registration is available at:

www.chapteroneconference.com/register-2016

Interested in who this year’s speakers are?

Keep an eye on the blog, because we’ll be announcing the first few speakers this week–and the speaker reveals will include giveaways!

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

We’re so excited for the 2016 conference (and hope you are too)!

See you in August!

— The Ch1Con Team

When Should Ch1Con 2016 Be?

It may only be September, but it’s time to get started planning the 2016 Chapter One Young Writers Conference!

Ch1Con 2016 will once again take place in the greater Chicago area. If you’re interested in coming, vote for when would 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 date.)

The conference will take place on a Saturday, but we’ll likely have fun informal events planned for other parts of the weekend as well, so keep that in mind while voting. (Friday night pizza party, anyone?)

Hope to see you next year!

~Julia

Got a Question for the Ch1Con Speakers?

Hey there, cool people!

We are now LESS THAN A WEEK AWAY from Ch1Con 2015! CRAZINESS.

Like last year, one of the sessions at the conference will be a panel featuring our speakers. (You can check out who all is speaking this year here.) Also like last year, we’re going to live stream this on Youtube so all of you amazing young writers who couldn’t make it to Ch1Con 2015 still get to participate in something.

This year’s panel will take place from 2:00 to 3:00 PM central time during the conference on Saturday, August 8th.

This is totally free and you don’t need to sign up for anything; it’s simply our gift to you to thank you for all of your support throughout the year. You can find the live stream at https://youtu.be/ea2el9D5SLM. Ooor I’m also conveniently embedding the video below:

We’ll be asking the panelists a mixture of questions from both the attendees at the conference and those of you watching from home. The questions can be about absolutely anything you want, serious or goofy, writing-related or not. (For example, last year we asked our speakers about their OTPs. One replied that she shipped herself and Panera.)

If you’ll be watching the live stream and would like to ask the speakers a question, there are two ways you can go about doing it:

1.) If you already know what you’d like to ask, you can email your question(s) to us at chapteroneconference@aol.com any time until the day of the conference.

2.) If you come up with a question while you’re watching the live stream, you can tweet it using #Ch1Con.

Either way, feel free to ask as many questions as you’d like. No promises we’ll make it through every single question during the hour-long panel, but we’ll do our best.

Thanks again for supporting us, guys! It means the world to everyone on the Ch1Con team.

See you Saturday,
Julia

Ch1Con T-Shirt Giveaway!

Hey wonderful people,

We’re SO EXCITED to finally get to share the 2015 Chapter One Young Writers Conference with you next month! If you haven’t registered yet and still want to attend the conference, you have until the end of July to snag a spot for $49.99.

Unfortunately, August 1st we have to increase the registration fee to a late rate of $74.99. And because seriously no one wants to pay that much, we’re hoping to fill the last two available spots to attend the conference before the end of July.

Know someone who might want to come? Want to register for the conference yourself? We figured we’d give you a little added incentive.

From now until the end of July, share info about the conference, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, register to join us for the best writing-filled day ever, etc., etc.–and enter to win a free Ch1Con 2015 t-shirt!

The t-shirts are white with our signature tomato logo, the name of the conference, and “Chicago, 2015” on them. They come in unisex and Bella (fitted) styles, sizes small through extra-large. And we’d love to give one to you.

Follow the link below to check out the giveaway:

Click here to enter!

See you August 8th?

Love,

The Ch1Con Team

One Month!

We are now exactly one month away from the 2015 Chapter One Young Writers Conference!!

(Bear with us a sec. Dance break.)

As we count down the last thirty days until the conference, here are some quick reminders:

1.) Spaces to attend the conference are limited and they’re going fast. At the moment, we (officially) only have four spots left. (Unofficially, we can open an extra ten spots if there’s firm interest in filling them. You just have to let us know that there’s interest so that we have time to work out the details with the venue!)

2.) Directly following the conference will be a book signing with Kat Zhang and Karen Bao. If you don’t already own their books and would like to get copies signed, you can order them through Anderson’s Bookshop until Monday, July 27th and we’ll deliver them straight to you at the event.

3.) For lunch during the conference: You have a couple options. You can bring food from home and eat in the hotel lobby or courtyard (they have plenty of chairs and tables), walk to one of the nearby restaurants to get food there–OR we’ll be doing a group order to Jimmy John’s for anyone who’s interested. (We’ll gather individual orders and money from everyone who’d like Jimmy John’s at conference check-in in the morning, then have them deliver the food to the hotel. If you’d like Jimmy John’s, please have your order already figured out and your money ready when you arrive, as close to exact change as possible.)

That’s it for now! Keep a lookout for more info coming soon.

Can’t wait to see you in a month!!

~Julia