NaNoWriMo Online Events

It’s November 1st, which means IT’S THE FIRST DAY OF NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH! Who’s embarking on this harrowing (erm, FUN) journey with us?

In honor of NaNoWriMo (and, you know, to keep ourselves accountable), we’re hosting a bevy of NaNoWriMo-related online events throughout November. Writers of all ages and experience levels are welcome. We can’t wait to spend this month writing (and definitely not crying over writer’s block and plot holes) with you!

Saturday, November 3rd from 7:00 to 10:00 PM Eastern: Virtual Write-In

Join us to write (and procrastinate)! We’ll be talking through story problems and running writing sprints all evening. Link to the chat room: http://us21.chatzy.com/54721265311934

Thursday, November 8th from 8:00 to 9:00 PM Eastern: Twitter Chat

The topic of our Twitter chat this month is creating a magic system. Join us using #Ch21Con to answer our questions and talk with other writers!

Saturday, November 10th from 7:00 to 10:00 PM Eastern: Virtual Write-In

Join us to write (and procrastinate)! We’ll be talking through story problems and running writing sprints all evening. Link to the chat room: http://us21.chatzy.com/54721265311934

Saturday, November 17th from 7:00 to 10:00 PM Eastern: Virtual Write-In

Join us to write (and procrastinate)! We’ll be talking through story problems and running writing sprints all evening. Link to the chat room: http://us21.chatzy.com/54721265311934

Saturday, November 24th from 7:00 to 10:00 PM Eastern: Virtual Write-In

Join us to write (and procrastinate)! We’ll be talking through story problems and running writing sprints all evening. Link to the chat room: http://us21.chatzy.com/54721265311934

Want even more fun, free, online events for young writers this NaNoWriMo? Check out the events our sister conference, Ch1Con, is hosting!

Happy NaNoWriMo, and may the plot bunnies be ever in your favor!

– The Ch21Con Team

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October Online Events

Happy spooky szn! As always, this month we’ll be hosting our usual Twitter chat and virtual write-in. All writers are welcome at these events, regardless of age. We can’t wait to see you at them!

Thursday, October 11th from 8:00 to 9:00 PM Eastern: Twitter Chat

The topic of our Twitter chat this month is writing about animals. Join us using #Ch21Con to answer our questions and talk with other writers!

Saturday, October 20th from 7:00 to 10:00 PM Eastern: Virtual Write-In

Join us to write (and procrastinate) at any point you’re available during the evening. Link to the chat room: http://us21.chatzy.com/59850893560295

– The Ch21Con Team

September Online Events

Happy September, aka the beginning of our 2018 – 2019 conference planning season! We’re so excited to get back into hosting free, monthly online events for you.

As always, this month we’ll be hosting our usual Twitter chat and virtual write-in. All writers are welcome at these events, regardless of age. We can’t wait to see you at them!

Thursday, September 13th at 8:00 PM Eastern: Twitter Chat

The topic of our Twitter chat this month is developing voice. Join us using #Ch21Con to answer our questions and talk with other writers!

Saturday, September 22nd from 7:00 to 10:00 PM Eastern: Virtual Write-In

Join us to write (and procrastinate) at any point you’re available during the evening. Link to the chat room: http://us21.chatzy.com/67618647565016

– The Ch21Con Team

2018 Mentorship Program

We’re thrilled to announce
the Third Annual
Chapter One Events Mentorship Program!

What?

  • This fall, the Ch1Events team will be mentoring writers ages 11 to 29 on all parts of the publishing process!
  • The entire Ch1Events team (as well as some guest industry professionals) will take part in the mentorship program, so you’ll learn about each step of how to get published from an expert in it.
  • Through one short story by each writer, the team members will step their mentees through everything they need to know about becoming authors: how to write a query letter, utilize editorial letters to strengthen their writing, read contracts, and more.
  • At the end of the program, the Ch1Events team will publish all the short stories in an anthology—available for sale online on Amazon, Barnes&Noble.com, and more!

When?

  • Now through September 15: apply to participate by submitting a short story!
  • October 1: mentees selected
  • Throughout October: mentors and mentees work together to perfect the selected short stories and learn all about publishing
  • Early November: anthology gets sent to the printers!
  • November 18: the anthology comes out!

Want to be part of it?
Visit this page to apply by September 15!

2018 Conference Recap

I can’t believe it’s already been over a week since the inaugural Chapter Twenty-One Conference! We had so much fun putting on the conference and hope our speakers and attendees enjoyed it as well.

We kicked off the weekend with a cocktail hour at the low-key hotel bar. For some inexplicable reason, the conversation kept turning to cannibalism (something I’ve noticed happens frequently when you put writers together). However, no worries: no humans were actually harmed in the making of our bloody-looking drinks.img_8388.jpeg

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Saturday morning, the conference started bright and early with our first workshop: “Stories, In Short…” by Ch21Con’s very own Allison Mulder, who is an acclaimed short fiction author, as well as a conference team member. She taught the attendees all the ins and outs of getting short fiction published, and her session was chock-full with all the dark humor (and puns) we’ve come to love and expect from Allison.

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Next up was our first panel of the day: “Young, Scrappy, and Hungry: A Panel of Young Publishing Professionals.” We decided to keep this panel small this year, so it was just me (conference director Julia Byers) and Christine Lynn Herman. I work days as an assistant for a children’s literary agency, while Christine just finished a day job as an assistant for a sci-fi/fantasy literary agent, so we talked about what authors need to know about agencies, how to break into publishing, and more.

Unfortunately, due to a storm ravaging the East Coast, Christine and another of our speakers (Amanda Foody) were unable to fly to Chicago for the conference. However, we aren’t easy to defeat, so we did live-streams to bring them into the conference room whenever they had a workshop or panel.

(Due to the weirdness of having one speaker doing the panel in person and another up on the projector, though, we got no decent photos from the young publishing panel. Sorry!) (We will all just have to remember it in our hearts.)

After the young publishing panel, we shifted gears over to our keynote address: “Finding Your Voice.” Incredible young adult author Gloria Chao (American Panda) was our keynote speaker this year. She spoke about her journey to publication and the importance of including yourself in the stories you tell. She told attendees about how she was initially nervous to weave her culture and personal experiences into her writing, but she’s so glad she did, because these are the things that have come to mean so much to her young readers.

(Not gonna lie: I teared up during her speech. And I know I wasn’t the only one.)

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After the keynote address, we took a break for lunch. This year, we hosted a pizza party, featuring Chicago-style deep-dish pizza. The group I sat with spent lunch discussing criticism of Star Wars, Hogwarts houses, and (yes) cannibalism. (Seriously, what is with writers and their fascination with eating people?) (New theory: writers are zombies.)

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After lunch, we returned to doing live-streams so Amanda Foody (Ace of Shades) and Christine Lynn Herman (The Devouring Gray, spring 2018) could run their joint writing workshop. Their topic was “Exploring Multi-POV Narratives,” and they discussed all the different factors that go into writing a single story from multiple perspectives. Everyone was in love with Amanda’s spreadsheets for outlining (and the photos of Ron Weasley included on every Prezi slide) by the end of their session.

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We closed out our workshops for the day with one titled “‘If I were Invisible’: The Advantages of the Unknown,” led by beloved middle grade author Karuna Riazi (The Gauntlet). Karuna previously spoke at Ch1Con back in 2015 and we’ve been trying to bring her back to speak again for a couple years, so we were particularly excited for her session. And she did not disappoint. Karuna discussed the expectations versus realities of publishing, and how to hold onto your dreams and your love of writing in the face of outside pressures. (Once again: tears.)

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We ended the conference with the annual “Ask Anything Panel,” which we shared with our organization’s younger conference, the Chapter One Young Writers Conference (Ch1Con). Despite a bevy of technical difficulties, we eventually managed to live-stream it to our organization’s YouTube channel. So, if you’d like to watch all of our 2018 speakers discuss everything from Serious and Helpful Publishing Advice to, like, their favorite writing tropes, you can do so below!

After the conference, we of course took a group photo.

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Then we hosted an informal book signing for the attendees.

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And finally, after a long, eventful, and very fun day, the exhausted (but very, very happy) team cleaned up our conference room, then headed upstairs to sprawl in our pajamas, watch 10 Things I Hate About You, and eat leftover pizza. There was also maybe some champagne.

(Okay, okay, it was sparkling grape juice. After all, we shared our post-conference hangout with the Ch1Con team, who we love more than alcohol.)

(But we did have champagne-flavored gummy bears.)

Thank you to everyone who attended, spoke at, or supported the inaugural Chapter Twenty-One Conference this year. We absolutely loved putting it on and can’t wait for next year. See you in 2019!

— Julia and the Ch21Con Team

P.S. Want even more conference photos? You can view them here!

2018 Competition Anthology: Available Now!

We are pleased to announce that the e-book anthology of our 2018 writing contest’s winning entries is now available!

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Look at this gorgeous cover!

You can now purchase Perseverance: Chapter One Events Writing Competition Collection, Second Edition from a number of e-book retailers, including Amazon and Blurb. It’ll also be available through Barnes & noble and iBooks, shortly. And in order to make the anthology accessible to as many readers as possible, for a limited time we’re pricing it at only $0.99! Hurray!

We absolutely love the poems and short stories that won our 2018 writing contest, and we hope you will love them too. Happy reading!

– The Ch1Events Team

2018 Writing Contest Winners!

Hey, everyone!

We are thrilled today to announce the winners of our second annual Chapter One Events Poetry & Short Fiction Contest! All winning entries will appear in our 2018 contest e-book anthology, which will be available for purchase in mid-July.

You’ll note in the contest results below that we don’t necessarily award a full set of winners for each category. This is because we believe in rewarding quality over quantity, so we’ve limited our winners to only those entries we find fitting of this distinction. (Basically this means, if you won something, it’s because we really love you.)

Now, without further ado: drum roll please………

Ch1Con (Ages 11-20)

Poetry Winners
  • First Place: “Visions” by Miranda Sun
  • Second Place: “Mountain” by Emily Woods
  • Honorable Mentions: “Away with You” by Miranda Sun and “Looking Forward to Nineteen” by Emily Woods
Short Fiction Winners
  • First Place: “The Rosewyvern’s Curse” by Emily Woods
  • Second Place: “We’ve Hit an Iceberg” by Kori Johnson

Ch21Con (Ages 21-29)

Short Fiction Winner
  • First Place: “The New Corpse” by H. L. Cassel

Congratulations!!!

Thank you to all who entered the contest! We really enjoyed reading your entries and we hope you’ll enter again next year. And a HUGE congratulations to our winners!! All our winners this year will receive discounted admission to the relevant conference, as well as one free copy of the 2018 contest e-book anthology–which, again, will be available for purchase in mid-July.

Now go celebrate!

–The Ch1Events Team