Do you spend your lunch breaks dreaming of book signings and bestseller lists? Want to learn about writing and publishing, as well as possibly enjoy a drink (or multiple) with fellow twenty-something writers? Join us for the Chapter Twenty-One Conference!

The Chapter Twenty-One Conference (or Ch21Con) is a writer’s conference entirely by and for young adults. As twenty-something writers ourselves, the Ch21Con team is here to help you:IMG_8149

  • meet fellow up-and-coming young authors
  • learn how to get your book published
  • become the best writer you can be!

Pursuing your writing dreams as a young adult can often be daunting. Ch21Con gives your budding writing career a foundation upon which it can flourish—and helps you establish the sort of tight-knit, supportive writing community that can jumpstart your career (and foster lifelong friendships).

If you’re ready to make connections and meet more writers, or wish you knew the next step towards getting published, join us at the Chapter Twenty-One Conference!



Ch1Con [Ch21Con’s sister conference for teen writers] gave me the amazing opportunity to connect with and learn from other young writers at various stages in the writing and publishing process. It can be so easy to get overwhelmed as a young writer just starting out, and Ch1Con is an excellent way to find encouragement, friendship, and connections in the writing community. I can’t wait to return!


Everyone at Chapter One Con was super friendly and I immediately felt at home. Not only did I learn invaluable knowledge and skills related to writing and publishing, I made new friends, met some amazing people, and became part of one of the best communities. My only ‘complaint’ is that one weekend will never be long enough to hang out with these awesome people! I can’t wait to be a part of Chapter 21 Con and will continue to attend every year.


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