Hello, readers! Today we’re participating in the Ch1Con & Ch21Con 2018 Blog Tour, an annual tour in preparation for this year’s conferences, which brings original content from the Chapter One Events team to a number of fantastic, writing-related blogs. You’re on one of those right now!
Chapter One Events is a nonprofit organization that brings writing information and publishing opportunities to young writers—culminating in the annual Chapter One Young Writers Conference (Ch1Con, ages 11-20) and the brand new Chapter Twenty-One Conference (Ch21Con, ages 21-29). The Chapter One Events team is composed of a mix of middle school, high school, college, and twenty-something writers, who work together to create a unique, inclusive experience for young attendees.
The two conferences bring tweens, teens, and young adults together to hear from accomplished authors their own age, participate in professional workshops, and celebrate the influence young writers have on the world. With an atmosphere that combines the professional aspects of writing conferences with the awesomeness of hanging out with fellow young book nerds, Ch1Con and Ch21Con are truly can’t-miss events!
This year, Ch1Con (ages 11-20) is bigger and brighter than ever, with more opportunities, cooler giveaways, and a new roundup of fantastic speakers headlining the conference. And the inaugural Ch21Con (ages 21-29) will feature the same speakers and opportunities—just tailored to a slightly older audience. Both conferences will take place Saturday, August 4th at the Hilton Garden Inn – Chicago O’Hare in Des Plaines, IL (a suburb of Chicago). Registration is currently open on the conferences’ respective websites at an early bird discounted rate of $74.99. (This price includes a complimentary pizza party lunch during the conferences, with alternate options available for those with dietary restrictions.)
The speaker lineup features Karuna Riazi (author of The Gauntlet – Simon & Schuster), Amanda Foody (author of Ace of Shades – Harlequin Teen), Christine Herman (author of The Devouring Gray – Disney-Hyperion, spring 2019), and more! Between the awesome presentations and workshops, attendees will have the chance to participate in literary trivia games and giveaways, with prizes including professional critiques, signed books, and advance readers copies (ARCs). There will also be an author panel open to any and all questions at the end of the conferences, followed by a book signing by participating speakers.
During downtime, all participants are free to explore Chicago, relax at the beautiful hotel (where a discounted block of rooms is available for attendees), and network with one another, establishing the sort of vital connections that can jumpstart careers and create lifelong friendships.
The conference weekend will kick off with parties on Friday evening. For the Ch1Con crowd, this will be a picnic at the nearby Chippewa Woods Forest Preserve, which is about five minutes’ walk from the hotel. There will be a group order to Jimmy John’s for those who would prefer not to bring their own food. (In case of inclement weather, alternately the Ch1Con party will take place at local eatery Tiffany’s Restaurant.) For the Ch21Con crowd, the Friday night party will be an informal cocktail hour hosted at the hotel bar, the Garden Grille & Bar.
More information on transportation and lodging can be found on the Ch1Con and Ch21Con websites. Early bird registration is currently available here for Ch1Con (ages 11-20) and here for Ch21Con (ages 21-29). Those under 18 need a parent or guardian’s consent in order to register.
For those in need of financial assistance, Chapter One Events is hosting a spring short fiction and poetry-writing contest, for which the prizes are discounted conference admission and publication in an eBook anthology. Learn more about the contest here (for writers ages 11-20) and here (for writers ages 21-29).
So, if you’re a young writer and you’re interested in these conferences, register ASAP! With a growing number of tweens, teens, and young adults discovering the magic of Chapter One Events, seats are sure to sell out fast. The last day for early bird pricing is May 31st. For more information and to join the Ch1Con and Ch21Con communities online, check out the following links:
Chapter One Young Writers Conference (Ages 11-20)
- Website: Chapter One Young Writers Conference
- Twitter: @Ch1Con
- Tumblr: Ch1Con
- Instagram: @Ch1Con
- YouTube: Chapter One Conference
- Facebook: Chapter One Conference
Chapter Twenty-One Conference (Ages 21-29)
- Website: Chapter Twenty-One Conference
- Twitter: @Ch21Con
- Instagram: @Ch21Con
- Facebook: Chapter 21 Conference
The Chapter One Young Writers Conference
Every story needs a beginning. This is yours.
The Chapter Twenty-One Conference
The twenties are rough, man. We’ll get through them together.