Coming up this Friday is Newbie Writers Podcast interview with the founders of Chapter One – Young Writers Conference.
With so many options out there, many specifically designed towards certain genres or groups, writers can almost always find a conference geared towards their needs! (And a wonderful thing it is, too.) Because the teen writing community is a particularly vibrant one, set to determine the future of the industry, it seemed fitting that there be a conference just for them. Thus, a number of teen writers, friends for many years thanks to the wonder of the Internet, came together to create the Chapter One Young Writers Conference, which takes place every summer and brings young writers together to hear from accomplished speakers of their age, complete workshops, and celebrate the influence young writers have on the world. This year’s conference will be the first session open for public registration.
Founded in 2012, the first conference 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!
The 2014 conference registration is now open to writers from middle school to undergraduate level, and has a full schedule of fantastic events planned. There will be a number of speakers, including headliner Amy Zhang, whose debut YA contemp novel FALLING INTO PLACE comes out in September and has already received rave reviews for its “complex web of relationships and interactions” (quote via Goodreads)and unique POV.
Saturday’s sessions will include presentations by up-and-coming young authors and a panel for attendees to ask the speakers anything, from querying tips to OTPs! Sunday’s sessions will focus on workshopping, including Ch1Con’s signature “Roundtable Critique” event. Between sessions, attendees will have the option to participate in literary trivia games and giveaways, with prizes like professional critiques, ARCs, and literary-themed jewelry! During downtime, all participants are free to explore the many wonderful sites in the Chicago area.
The conference will be held in the Courtyard Chicago Arlington Heights/South Marriot, with sessions from 9am to 4:30pm Saturday the 14th, and 9am to 12:30pm Sunday the 15th. Tickets for transport and room reservations can be bought online, with links on the conference’s Travel page. Registration is now open at this link. For more information, check out the social media platforms of the conference:
Website: Chapter One Young Writers Conference (www.chapteroneconference.com)
Facebook: Chapter One Young Writers Conference (www.facebook.com/ChapterOneConference)
Twitter: @Ch1Con (www.twitter.com/Ch1Con)