Episode 136 – “Conference Wi-Fi Rocks!”

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Guests: Kira Budge and Julia Byers



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The Chapter One Young Writers Conference is just what it sounds like: a writing conference for young writers.

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? Like, with worthwhile and informative presentations, and networking, and all the cool stuff of a writing conference for adults?

The answer soon became apparent: Yes.

And so the Chapter One Young Writers Conference was born.


Kira’s Website: http://www.kirabudge.weebly.com

Julia’s Website: http://www.juliathewritergirl.com






Apologies on the awful Wi-Fi connection. Hopefully we can get them back on at another time to see how the conference went!

Saturday, June 14th, 2014: Join us to learn all kinds of cool writing-related things in sessions taught by other young writers, just like you. From how to strengthen your writing using the techniques of blockbuster films, to the differences in journalism versus fiction-writing, it’s going to be a day filled with learning and (gasp) fun.

Sunday, June 15th, 2014 (separate admission): During the optional second day of the conference, attend workshops teaching different critique methods, how to write a kickbutt query letter, and more.

Here are some FAQ from the web site:

What’s this “Write It” thing everybody keeps talking about?

A: That’s a reference to the Scholastic’s Write It online forums for teenage writers, which is where the girls who run Ch1Con all first met. We call ourselves “Write Iters” (or “WIers” for short). We’re a totally cool (and not creepy) bunch, we promise.

Q: What’s this about a man-eating hamster being the Ch1Con mascot?

A: Oh, you mean Larry? Larry the Man-Eating Hamster? Don’t worry, he’s just a puppet. No real danger. (Or is there?)


Andy Warhol declared that we all will get our fifteen minutes of fame. What were your fifteen minutes? Are you still working on them? Are you gathering your fame minute incrementally? What does complete and total fame even look like? And do you want it?

Word of the Week:

From Better than Great by Arthur Plotnik




Locked-down factual

Manifestly true

Meta –

Shout Outs

Coming up

Next week, Courtney Killian who regularly contributes to our show!


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  • Thanks for coming! | Chapter One Young Writers Conference
    Posted on June 17, 2014 at 12:26 am

    […] Also: Kira and I did a podcast with Newbie Writers! Listen to us laugh awkwardly and ramble about conference mascot Larry the Man-Eating Hamster here. […]

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