Q: What is Ch21Con?

A: The Chapter Twenty-One Conference (or Ch21Con) is a new conference by and for twenty-something writers! We put a focus on providing a fun, community-based atmosphere while simultaneously teaching everything you need to know about writing and publishing in order to launch a writing career.

Q: Who can attend Ch21Con?

A: Anyone ages twenty-one to twenty-nine. (Are you under twenty-one? You should attend our sister conference, the Chapter One Young Writers Conference!)

Q: I keep seeing jokes about this conference being “like Ch1Con + booze and existential crises.” What does that mean?

A: This means the team of volunteers behind Ch21Con has a sort of dark sense of humor. It also means Ch21Con will involve alcohol (and, due to the inherent nature of twenty-somethings, probably a lot of commiserating about “rent” and “careers” and “figuring out what we’re even doing with our lives”).

Q: Wait, will there be alcohol at this conference?

A: We will not provide alcohol during the conference itself (and request that you don’t bring alcohol or show up drunk–after all, conferences are for learning!). However, there will be a kickoff cocktail hour on the Friday night before the conference.

Q: What if I don’t drink, or don’t feel like drinking at the time of the conference?

A: If you don’t want to drink, that’s totally fine! You’re under no obligation to drink and non-alcoholic beverages will be available at all times. The option’s just there if you want it. (And we can promise that you won’t be the only one there not drinking.)

Q: What do I need to bring to the conference?

A: All you need to bring is something with which to take notes, any books you already own which you’d like the speakers to sign, and your lovely face!

Q: How should I dress?

A: We like to keep things casual, so feel free to wear your t-shirt and jeans. (We would say “wear whatever you want,” but then there’s always that one person who feels the need to show up in a birthday suit.)

Q: Why is the Ch21Con logo a Bloody Mary?

A: This is because, besides having a dark sense of humor, we also think we’re much funnier than we actually are. Which is to say: Ch1Con’s logo is a tomato, and since literally the original concept behind Ch21Con was “Ch1Con but with alcohol,” we figured a more grownup tomato (aka a Bloody Mary) would represent us perfectly.

Q: What should I do if someone harasses me at one of your events?

While we’ve never to our knowledge had an issue of harassment of any sort at a Chapter One Events-sponsored event, we do take harassment very seriously. We strive to maintain a safe, welcoming, and accepting environment for all attendees, speakers, vendors, and volunteers at all of our events. To review our organization-wide, zero tolerance anti-harassment policy, or to report an incident of harassment, please visit this page.


Q: When and where will the 2018 conference occur?

A: Ch21Con 2018 will take place on Saturday, August 4th at the Hilton Garden Inn – Chicago O’hare in Des Plaines, IL!

Q: How much will the conference cost?

A: Conference tuition will be available at three rates, depending on when you register, and all conference registrations include a complimentary lunch on Saturday:

  • Early bird (until May 31): $74.99
  • Regular (until August 3): $99.99
  • Late rate/walk-up: $124.99

Q: What type of writing will the conference focus on?

A: Because we share speakers with Ch1Con, we put a strong focus on fiction, especially children’s fiction (young adult and middle grade novels). However, we’ll still have lots of cool resources for writing for an adult audience, short stories, memoirs, and more–so check us out if you write any of those, too!

Q: Who will teach the sessions at the 2018 conference?

A: Ch21Con speakers are young writers, just like you. They’re currently at varying stages in their writing careers, and all are experts in the field.

Q: When will registration open for attending Ch21Con?

A: Registration is open now! Learn more by visiting our Registration page.

Q: Do I need to purchase books from the official conference retailer in order to attend the signing after the conference?

A: If you don’t already own the books for the signing, we would prefer that you purchase your copies through our retailer, Anderson’s Bookshop. (Books purchased through this order form will be delivered to you at the signing.) But also feel free to bring your own copies from home!

Q: If I order my books for the signing through the retailer, how and when will I receive them?

A: At the beginning of the signing, you’ll have the opportunity to pick up your purchased books from the conference organizers.

Q: There’s a lunch break in the middle of the conference. What are my options for lunch?

A: Lunch is included in your registration fee. We will be serving Chicago-style deep dish pizza. If you have any sort of dietary restrictions that mean you can’t eat deep dish pizza, let us know and we’ll give you a menu of alternate lunch options. (Unfortunately, you cannot bring your own food to the conference, as no outside food or beverages are allowed in the venue.)

Q: Do I have to pay to park at the venue?

A: If you’re parking a car at the venue for longer than three hours, you will need to pay for parking. Parking costs $16.00 per vehicle per day.

Q: Is the conference room wheelchair accessible?

A: It is! To learn more about the venue’s accessibility, please visit their website here.


Q: I still have more questions. Can I contact you?

A: Of course! You can leave your questions in a comment on this page, contact us through our Facebook page, tweet at us, or email us at chapter21conference@gmail.com. We promise to get back to you faster than you can chug your morning coffee! (So, you know, pretty fast.)