For the past six months or so, I've been raising money, through GoFundMe, for me to attend a writer's conference. My goal was around $1000, which would have allowed me to get to the Chapter One Young Writers Conference. I was unable to raise the full amount in time; however, after looking things over again, my mother and I have come to an agreement, and I will be attending Ch1Con this year!
The Chapter One Young Writers Conference is a conference for young writers originally founded for (and by) my online writing friends, whom I interviewed on this blog a week and a half ago. We wanted to meet up, hang out, and share our love of writing. I wasn't able to go in person last year, but I did teach a session over video. Because of the success of that conference, my dear friend Julia made it into an official one that's open to all young writers! I'm the Associate Online Administrator. This year, we will be in Chicago, Illinois, on June 14-15. If you're interested in attending, please do sign up ASAP! It'll be fantastic, I promise.
Because I am able to attend, I will be speaking at the conference this year! I'll be guiding a workshop on novel openings for all Sunday morning attendees. I may also be involved in other group speaker events in the conference. I will be giving away a couple of query critiques, and I might be able to give some signed copies of books and other swag as well. The other speakers, of course, will be giving out lots of other amazing things for attendees! We have a number of them confirmed, including Amy Zhang, whose debut novel Falling into Place comes out in September and has already received great reviews!
So if you're a young writer (ages 13 to 22), come check it out! Registration is now open at this link. I hope to see you there!
Website: Chapter One Young Writers Conference
Facebook Page: Chapter One Young Writers Conference
Before I go, it's time to give the promised rewards to those people who did donate to my GoFundMe. In sharing this information about Ch1Con, I've completed my reward to Julia Byers. In an award to LaPriel Bawden, I'm linking you to her personal blog, Life is So Simply Beautiful. Currently, LaPriel is completing a mission for the LDS church, so I'm actually the one doing the blogging there right now, updating everyone on what's going on with her. If you're interested in her life, or in knowing more about LDS missions, check it out!
All other rewards are on their way. Thank you so very much for your support!
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