2017 Keynote Speaker: Kody Keplinger!

The Ch1Con team is absolutely delighted to announce our keynote speaker for the 2017 Chapter One Young Writers Conference: Kody Keplinger!

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Kody Keplinger is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction. She wrote her debut novel, The DUFF, when she was seventeen, during her senior year of high school. The DUFF went on to become a YALSA Top 10 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers, a Romantic Times Top Pick, and was adapted as a major motion picture in 2015. Kody is also the author of several other books, including the Middle Grade novel The Swift Boys & Me and the recent Young Adult novel Run.  Kody now lives in New York City with two black cats and a German Shepherd. She teaches at the Gotham Writers Workshops.

Kody will be giving the keynote address, moderating our young publishing professionals panel, and participating in our special “ask anything” panel at Ch1Con 2017. Plus: in honor of speaking at the conference, Kody is pleased to give away a SIGNED copy of her book Run!

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

Enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway!

Find Kody online:

Check out Kody’s books:

We’re SO excited about our wonderful speakers, and we’re looking forward to another great year. Check back on our website for more information about the 2017 conference soon!

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– The Ch1Con Team

2017 Workshop Leader: Annie Sullivan!

The Ch1Con team is thrilled to announce our next speaker of the 2017 Chapter One Young Writers Conference: Annie Sullivan!

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Annie Sullivan is a Young Adult author from Indianapolis, Indiana represented by Christa Heschke at McIntosh & Otis. Annie’s work has been featured in Curly Red Stories and Punchnels, and her novel, Goldilocks, won the Luminis Book Award at the 2013 Midwest Writers Workshop. She loves fairytales, everything Jane Austen, and traveling and exploring new cultures. When she’s not off on her own adventures, she’s teaching classes at the Indiana Writers Center and working as the Copy Specialist at John Wiley and Sons, Inc. publishing company, having also worked there in Editorial and Publicity roles. You can follow her adventures on Twitter (@annsulliva) or on her blog: www.anniesulivanauthor.wordpress.com

Besides participating in our special “ask anything” panel, Annie will be leading a workshop at Ch1Con 2017 on how to hook an agent. Plus: in honor of speaking at the conference, Annie is pleased today to give away a first chapter critique!

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

Enter the giveaway here!

And, if you guess our keynote speaker (enter the giveaway here) you can win a prize pack of signed books by Susan Dennard, Adam Silvera, and Corey Ann Haydu! Second hint of who our 2017 keynote speaker is: one of her books has been adapted for film!

Find Annie online:

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for another speaker reveal!

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– The Ch1Con Team

2017 Yule Ball Giveaways!!

Today’s the day! Welcome to the second annual Ch1Con Yule Ball: a live video panel featuring young authors answering YOUR questions about writing and publishing!

The panel is taking place today from 8:00 to 9:30 PM EST. You can watch it at: www.youtube.com/chapteroneconference.

Or, we’re conveniently embedding the video in the post below:

The Yule Ball panelists are Hannah Moskowitz (Not Otherwise Specified) (and like a thousand other fantastic books), Christine L. Herman (represented by Kelly Sonnack of Andrea Brown Lit), Briana Morgan (Blood and Water), and Joan He (represented by John Cusick of Folio Literary Management). You can find information about all of them in the Ch1Con Yule Ball announcement post here.

Want to ask the panelists a question, or comment on what’s going on in the Yule Ball in general? Tweet using #Ch1ConYuleBall!

ALSO we’re giving away some pretty amazing prizes throughout the event, so check those out at the Rafflecopter linked below!

Prizes include:

  • A SIGNED copy of Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  • A SIGNED copy of Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  • A copy of Pawn by Aimee Carter
  • A copy of The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
  • A copy of The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Enter to win signed books!

Put on your dancing shoes, because it’s time for the Ch1Con Yule Ball!

– The Ch1Con Team

P.S. Curious how the giveaway will work? We’ll draw five winners and you’ll be able to choose which book you’d prefer based on the order we draw the names.

October Ch1Con Events

Boo! It’s October. Here’s the schedule of Ch1Con online events coming your way this month.

Thursday, October 20th at 8:00 PM Eastern: Twitter Chat

The topic of our Twitter chat this month is platform building. Join us using #Ch1Con to answer our questions and talk with other young writers!

Saturday, October 29th from 7:00 to 10:00 PM Eastern: Virtual Write-In

Join us to write (and procrastinate) at any point that you’re available during the evening. Link to the chat room: http://us20.chatzy.com/18298760521341

Talk to you soon!

– The Ch1Con Team

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!)

March Ch1Con Chat

Tomorrow (Thursday, March 24) at 8 PM EDT, we’ll be hosting our bimonthly video Ch1Con Chat, in which members of the Ch1Con team answer YOUR questions (and also goof off a lot). This month’s topic is “how we write.” You can participate by asking us questions on Twitter using #Ch1Con and watch the chat on our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/chapteroneconference.

Also, I’m conveniently embedding it in the post below:

Talk to you tomorrow!

~Julia

 

March Ch1Con Chats

Happy almost-spring! Here’s the schedule of Ch1Con Chats coming your way this month.

Thursday, March 10th at 8:00 PM Eastern: Twitter Chat

The topic of our first Twitter chat of the month is “critique partners.” Join us using #Ch1Con to answer our questions and talk with other young writers!

Thursday, March 24th 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 March Ch1Con Chat topic below.

Talk to you Thursday!

~Julia