May Online Events

How did January last 5,000 years yet April passed in 0.5 seconds?

Nevertheless, we’re excited to be hosting our usual two free, online events for you this month. All writers are welcome at these events, regardless of age. We can’t wait to see you at them!

Thursday, May 10th at 8:00 PM Eastern: Twitter Chat

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

Saturday, May 19th 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://us20.chatzy.com/14331761737469

– The Ch21Con Team

P.S. Don’t forget to follow our spring blog tour, which includes lots of cool insights into our inaugural conference, writing advice, and giveaways!

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2018 Ch1Con & Ch21Con Blog Tour Schedule!

Hey, everybody! We’re thrilled to announce the 2018 Ch1Con & Ch21Con Blog Tour!

We put together this annual blog tour to share info and fun, behind-the-scenes facts about the Chapter One Young Writers Conference and new Chapter Twenty-One Conference (and to give away some awesome prizes, of course). The 2018 blog tour will kick off on Sunday, April 15 and conclude towards the end of May. Follow the tour for guest posts, interviews by the Chapter One Events team–and, of course, giveaways!

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Check out the schedule below:
  • Sunday, April 15: www.ch1con.tumblr.com
    • New Ch1Con director Emma Rose Ryan talks about taking over as director
    • GIVEAWAY: Short fiction critique by 2018 speaker and Ch21Con team member, Allison Mulder!
  • Wednesday, April 18: www.allisonthewriter.wordpress.com
    • Allison Rose hosts a guest post by Ch21Con team member Liam Wood, about self-editing
  • Monday, April 23: www.ultimatelyuselessstories.com
    • Ch21Con team member Katelyn Pettit talks about mental health for writers
  • Friday, April 27: www.avajae.blogspot.com
    • Ava Jae hosts a guest post by Ch21Con team member Ariel Kalati, about #OwnVoices and diversity
  • Tuesday, May 1: www.robynhoode.wordpress.com
    • Ch21Con team member Katie Nichols interviews fellow team member Ariel Kalati
  • Saturday, May 5: www.kirabrighton.weebly.com
    • Kira Brighton interviews Ch21Con team member Katelyn Pettit
  • Wednesday, May 9: www.anniesullivanauthor.wordpress.com
    • Annie Sullivan hosts a guest post by Ch21Con team member Katie Nichols about writing characters with magic
    • GIVEAWAY: SIGNED hardcover copy of The Cruel Prince by Holly Black!
  • Friday, May 11: www.charlottegerber.wordpress.com
    • Charlotte Gerber hosts a blog post giving an overview of the 2018 conferences
  • Monday, May 14: Joan He’s Newsletter, Looseleaf
    • Joan He talks about the 2018 conferences in her writerly newsletter. Click here to subscribe!
  • Saturday, May 19: www.juliathewritergirl.com
    • Ch21Con director Julia Byers interviews Ch1Con team member Brett Jonas and 2018 speaker and Ch21Con team member Allison Mulder
    • GIVEAWAY: $25 Barnes & Noble gift card!

We can’t wait to share the tour with you, and hope to see you in Chicago at Ch1Con and Ch21Con 2018!

– The Chapter One Events Team

Mentorship Blog Tour: Excerpt from Brett’s Story!

Hello, and welcome back to the 2017 Chapter One Events Mentorship Program Blog Tour! (Not sure what’s going on? You can read the post that kicked off the blog tour here.)

Today we have the honor of sharing an excerpt from one of the short stories published in this year’s mentorship program anthology, This Is the End. The anthology features a mixture of short stories written by both the young writers we mentored and the Ch1Events mentors ourselves. This particular story comes from Ch1Con team member Brett Jonas and is titled “Deal Breaker.”

Besides being the Chief Creative Consultant for the Chapter One Young Writers Conference, Brett Jonas is a professional fangirl who has been writing YA novels since she was fifteen. After being homeschooled her whole life, she’s now taking classes at the local community college and working in her family’s business, Goat Milk Stuff, with her seven younger siblings. When she’s not writing, reading, working, or doing homework, you can find her wasting time on Twitter, where she loves making friends and using too many exclamation points.

You can find Brett online at: Twitter / Instagram / Website

Although This Is the End might look all doom and gloom, we had fun experimenting with the theme of “endings,” and Brett’s story is one of the lighter ones. We hope you love it as much as we do.

And now, without further ado: an excerpt from “Deal Breaker”!


His hand tightens around mine and he says, “Rachel, I think this might be the end.”

I don’t answer for a minute, taking a deep breath, my heart racing. The squeaky booth seat complains as I shift before asking, “What do you mean?”

Keegan doesn’t respond right away, so I bring my coffee to my lips and breathe in the smell of pumpkin spice. He always made fun of me for the pumpkin spice… Was that what pushed him over the edge? Was I too boring, too normal, too stereotypical-white-girl for him?

“Well, let’s be real. You’re pretty amazing.”

“If you say so.”

He grins. “I do.”

I untangle my hand from his and grip my mug with both hands. If I’m so amazing, why is he breaking up with me? I can feel tears forming behind my eyes and take a deep breath to stop them. I breathe in the smell of my coffee, and let out as much of the tension as I can.

“And let’s be real, I’m kind of a jerk like, ninety-nine percent of the time.”

I try to laugh in a way that doesn’t sound completely fake. “Especially when you’re tickling me, or holding me hostage, or refusing to kiss me because I didn’t notice your eighth of an inch haircut.” Or, you know, breaking up with me.

He gasps in mock horror. “I was really offended.”

My mouth turns up into a grin, but it’s halfhearted. Can he tell, or is he oblivious? “Oh, I’m sure you were.”

“See, you have such unrealistic expectations.” He rolls his eyes. “I’m supposed to notice if you do anything slightly different with your hair, but you can’t be expected to notice anything when I do.” He sticks his tongue out for a brief moment, and the corner of his mouth turns up in a grin.

I need to keep him joking. If we’re having fun, maybe he’ll forget about breaking up with me? “I mean, most of my haircuts are more like two inches, not an eighth of an inch.”

Keegan reaches across the table and takes a lock of my hair, twirling it around his finger. He always did like playing with my hair. “I distinctly remember a trim recently that I was supposed to notice.”


 

Want to know how “Deal Breaker” ends? You can read the rest of it–and all of the anthology stories–in This Is the End, available now!

And make sure to check out the rest of the blog tour for more excerpts, as well as interviews, giveaways, and more!

 

– The Ch21Con Team