Founded in 2012, the first Chapter One Young Writers Conference (Ch1Con) took place in Chicago with six teenagers in attendance in person and countless others attending via an online live stream. It was an experiment limited to members of the Scholastic’s Write It community and their friends: Could a group of teenagers from across North America really get together and run their own conference? The answer soon became apparent: Yes. And so the conference was born!
Because the teen writing community is a particularly vibrant one, Ch1Con is proud to say they are the only writing conference by young writers, for young writers. Their team comprises a number of high school and college age writers at different experience levels in the industry, eager to create a unique experience for others like them. The conference, which has a subset focus on the young adult novel, brings teens together to hear from accomplished speakers of their own age, participate in professional workshops, and celebrate the influence young writers have on the world. With an atmosphere combining professional conference aspects with the fun social feel of a teen hangout, Ch1Con is a true no-miss experience.
Between the awesome presentations and workshops, attendees will have the chance to participate in literary trivia games and giveaways, with prizes like professional critiques, signed books, and literary-themed jewelry! During downtime, all participants are free to explore the many sites of the Chicago area and to network with each other, establishing those vital writerly connections that help make careers and create lifelong friendships. There will also be a speaker panel open to any and all questions midway through the conference.
I'm italicizing all of that because it's from the official release, but if you'd like to be technical, I wrote it. So haha! I win! (I don't know what, but something.)
For my personal aspect, I'd like first to express my great excitement for this year's conference, which I will indeed be attending, unless something else comes up to prevent me from doing so. All of our speakers have me fangirling left and right and I'm eager to take advantage of Louise's offer. Not to mention I'll get to meet up with all my best writing friends whom I've known via the Internet since I was just starting out. No one will ever be able to replace them in my life and seeing them in person fills my little heart with joy.
Anyway, I've got some links to share, too! The first is my speaker interview on the Ch1Con blog last year, the second is a summary of my conference experience last year, and the rest are the events on the blog tour so far that include content from me! To see the rest of the tour, which includes even more content from me and also, y'know, other people on the Ch1Con team (pshhhh, who are they?), go to the main post here. There's lots of giveaways we're running, so that's a great bonus!
Interview with Kira Budge
On My Ch1Con Experience
Ch1Con Blog Tour: Interviews With the Team!
Guest Post: On the Writing Community
Teen Writer Conferences, Poetry, and Disability in Fiction: The Ch1Con Blog Tour
Tips for Young Writers by Young Writers -- Ch1Con 2015 Blog Tour!
So yeah! If you’re a writer from middle school to undergraduate level and you’re interested (which, like, why wouldn't you be?), register ASAP! The early bird discount ends May 31st and there are only thirty slots open. For more information and/or to join in on the Ch1Con community, check out our website and social media platforms. I personally run the Pinterest, in case you didn't know that, and help out with the Twitter and Facebook. Not to mention all of the activities I participate in (which you can see schedules for at the website, on the front page of this website, and in my email newsletter each week.) You will find me all over that YouTube channel.
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Thanks for joining me today! Next time, I'll be doing a Facebook song game post. :)
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