Panel Moderator: Julia Byers

6O4A1500-2Julia Byers is the president of nonprofit Chapter One Events, founder of the Chapter One Young Writers Conference, and founder and director of the Chapter Twenty-One Conference. By day, she is also the assistant for a children’s literary agency. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, where she received Highest Honors in Honors Creative Writing & Literature and minored in Global Media Studies (Film), as well as the Columbia Publishing Course UK. Her writing has received a variety of honors, including First Place in the Children’s/Young Adult Fiction category of the Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, a Hopwood Award, and the Arthur Miller Award. She lives in New York City.

Julia will be co-moderating the conferences’ combined ask anything panel, as well as moderating Ch21Con’s young publishing panel.

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Panelist: Gretchen Fredericksen

Gretchen FredericksenGretchen Fredericksen is from a small town in New England with a population roughly equivalent to the number of windows on the Empire State Building (hint: it’s 6,500). She earned a BA and MA in English from Boston College and currently works as a Sales Strategy Coordinator at Macmillan Publishers where free books are plentiful and fangirling is highly encouraged. When she’s not talking about them at work, Gretchen enjoys reading more books at home, on the subway, anywhere she can find a green space in the concrete jungle, and even during quiet moments in the Soprano section of rehearsals with the Cecilia Chorus of New York.

Gretchen will be speaking on the young publishing panel at Ch21Con, in which young publishing professionals will discuss the non-writing side of the industry.

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Workshop Leader & Panelist: Joan He

Joan He

Joan He was born and raised in Philadelphia but still will, on occasion, lose her way. At a young age, she received classical instruction in oil painting before discovering that stories were her favorite kind of art. She studied psychology and Chinese history at the University of Pennsylvania and currently writes from a desk overlooking the city waterfront. Descendant of the Crane is her young adult debut.

Joan will be leading writing workshops at both Ch1Con and Ch21Con, discussing plotting, as well as speaking on the conferences’ combined “ask anything” panel.

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Workshop Leader & Panelist: Katy Rose Pool

Katy Rose PoolKaty Rose Pool is a writer living in Berkeley, California. She grew up in Los Angeles, where her screenwriter father taught her about three act structure, characterization, and inciting incidents all before she could tie her shoes. Katy studied history and English at UC Berkeley. She enjoys breakfast sandwiches, fancy cocktails, rooting for the Golden State Warriors, and books that set her on fire.

Katy is represented by Alexandra Machinist and Hillary Jacobson at ICM Partners.

Her debut novel There Will Come a Darkness will be out September 3, 2019 from Holt Books for Young Readers/Macmillan.

Katy will be leading workshops at both Ch1Con and Ch21Con, discussing how to write a book that is “unputdownable.” She will also be speaking on the conferences’ combined ask anything panel.

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Workshop Leader & Panelist: Riley Redgate

Riley RedgateRiley Redgate is the author of Seven Ways We Lie, Final Draft, and Noteworthy, which was named a Best Teen Book of 2017 by Kirkus and the New York Public Library. She grew up in North Carolina, majored in economics at Kenyon College, and now lives in Chicago. She has also written for The Onion, America’s Finest News Source. You can find her on Instagram @rileyredgate and Tumblr @batmansymbol.

Riley will be leading workshops at both Ch1Con and Ch21Con. Her workshop at Ch1Con will be on the topic of “Unwrapping Your Characters” and her workshop at Ch21Con will be on the topic of “Writing the Query Letter.” She will also be speaking on the conferences’ combined ask anything panel.

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Panel Moderator: Emma Rose Ryan

Emma Rose Ryan

Emma Rose Ryan is an undergraduate studying Creative Writing at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. She’s been a member of the Chapter One Young Writers Conference team since the event’s inception, and she was honored to take on the role of Director in 2017. Emma writes middle-grade and YA fiction, focusing on paranormal and urban fantasy genres. When she’s not writing, Emma can be found reciting Shakespeare, watching The West Wing, or petting someone else’s cat.

Emma will be co-moderating the conferences’ combined ask anything panel.

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Keynote Speaker & Panelist: Francesca Zappia

Chessie Zappia

Francesca Zappia lives in Indiana and graduated from the University of Indianapolis with a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, cooking, or playing video games. She was chosen as the 2017 Emerging Author at the Indiana Authors Awards, and her second novel, Eliza and Her Monsters, was chosen as a Kirkus Best Teen Book of 2017, a Junior Library Guild Selection, and was among the Top 10 of the YALSA 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults list.

You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @ChessieZappia, and on her website, www.francescazappia.com.

Chessie will be giving the keynote addresses at both Ch1Con and Ch21Con, discussing how to keep sight of our reasons for creating stories, and how to harness those reasons. She will also be speaking on the conferences’ combined ask anything panel.

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