2018 Workshop Leader: Karuna Riazi

The Chapter One Events team is extraordinarily excited to announce our fourth speaker for the 2018 Chapter One Young Writers Conference and inaugural Chapter Twenty-One Conference: Karuna Riazi!

Karuna Riazi

Karuna Riazi is a born and raised New Yorker, with a loving, large extended family and the rather trying experience of being the eldest sibling in her particular clan. She holds a BA in English Literature from Hofstra University, and is an online diversity advocate, blogger, and publishing intern. She is a 2017 honoree on NBC Asian America’s Redefining A-Z list, featuring up and coming talent within the Asian-American and Pacific Islander community, and her work has been featured on Entertainment Weekly, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, Book Riot and Teen Vogue, among others. Karuna is fond of tea, Korean dramas, writing about tough girls forging their own paths toward their destinies, and baking new delectable treats for friends and family to relish. The Gauntlet (S&S/Salaam Reads, March 28, 2017) is her middle grade debut.

Karuna will be leading writing workshops at both Ch1Con and Ch21Con, as well as speaking on the conferences’ combined ask anything panel. Plus, in honor of speaking at the conferences, Karuna is thrilled to give away a signed copy of The Gauntlet!

Just click the link below to enter the raffle. We’ll leave it open for one week!

Click here to enter the giveaway!

Find Karuna online:

Check out Karuna’s books:

  • The Battle (companion to The Gauntlet, coming soon!)

We don’t have all of our speakers for the 2018 conferences solidified yet, but we’re announcing those we can throughout this week. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the reveal of another 2018 speaker!

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– The Ch1Events Team

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2018 Conference Registration Is Open!

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We’re thrilled to announce that registration for the inaugural Chapter Twenty-One Conference is officially open!

The conference will take place Saturday, August 4th, 2018 at the Hilton Garden Inn – Chicago O’Hare in Des Plaines, Illinois. It will include workshops, two panels, a lunchtime pizza party, trivia (with prizes!), and all kinds of other good stuff. Attendance is open to any writers who will be between the ages of 21 and 29 as of August 4th, 2018. (If you’ll be between the ages of 11 and 20, check out our sister conference, the Chapter One Young Writers Conference!)

Register early (now through the end of May) to get our special Early Bird Admission rate of $74.99 (lunch included)! Registration is available at:

www.chapter21conference.org/register

Interested in who this year’s speakers are? Keep an eye on the blog, because we’ll be announcing the speakers very soon!

Spots are limited to attend the conference, so make sure to register before they’re gone!

We’re so excited for the 2018 conference (and hope you are too)! See you in August!

— The Ch21Con Team

2018 Conference Date and Location!

We’re so excited to share with you the first details of the 2018 Chapter One Young Writers Conference and first annual Chapter Twenty-One Conference!

Both conferences will take place on Saturday, August 4th at the Hilton Garden Inn – Chicago O’Hare, in Des Plaines, Illinois. We’ll also have a discounted block of rooms available at the hotel for attendees, volunteers, and speakers (reservation link coming soon!).

Mark your calendars, because we CANNOT WAIT to share the 2018 conferences with you! And stay tuned, because we’ll have more details (like speaker announcements, Friday evening party plans, and mooore) for you soon.

– The Ch1Events Team

January Online Events

Happy 2018! We’ll be spending the month bundled up indoors and writing, and hope you will join us. We have 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, January 11th at 8:00 PM Eastern: Twitter Chat

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

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

Join us to write (and procrastinate) at any point that you’re available during the evening. Link to the chat room: http://us21.chatzy.com/62472957305958

 

– The Ch21Con Team

P.S. Look out for info on our first annual conference, coming soon!

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

THE END Is Here!

The end is nye, friends! That’s right, the highly anticipated Ch1Events Mentorship Anthology is here! As you may know, the Ch1Con and Ch21Con teams have spent this fall teaching two fantastic young writers about the publishing process in our second-annual mentorship program. The final step of this program is the release of an anthology featuring these up-and-coming young authors’ short stories (as well as some of our own).

The anthology is called This Is The End: Short Stories by Young Writers, because these stories all deal with endings of one kind or another. There’s suspense, intrigue, emotion, and love behind every single piece and we’re SO excited for you to read them!

Purchase the E-Book From:

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We’re also THRILLED to show you the beautiful cover in all its glory:

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LOOK AT THE PRETTY!

We love this spooky cover, created by a wonderful, talented friend of the conference!

In honor of This Is the End’s release, we’re holding a mini blog tour! It will include interviews, excerpts from the anthology stories, and more. The blog tour schedule is below:

All proceeds from the anthology go towards funding future Chapter One Events activities, including our 2018 conferences and mentorship program.

Purchase This Is The End today to help us support the dreams of the authors of tomorrow!

Once more, you can purchase the anthology from:

We had so much fun putting This Is The End together and hope you enjoy reading it!

– The Ch1Events Team

NaNoWriMo Events!

It’s November 1st, which means IT’S THE FIRST DAY OF NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH! Who’s embarking on this harrowing (*cough* WE MEAN 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. All writers are welcome, regardless of age. We can’t wait to spend this month writing (and definitely not crying over writer’s blocks and plot holes) with you!

Saturday, November 4th from 7:00 to 10:00 PM Eastern: Virtual Write-In

Join us to write (and procrastinate) at any point that you’re available during the evening. Link to the chat room: http://us23.chatzy.com/41350980189046

Sunday, November 5th from 6:00 t0 8:00 PM Eastern: Twitter Word Wars

The theme will be Hogwarts Houses, so come declare your house of choice and count your words towards winning the NaNoWriMo House Cup! Use #Ch21ConWordWar to participate.

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

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

Saturday, November 11th from 7:00 to 10:00 PM Eastern: Virtual Write-In

Join us to write (and procrastinate) at any point that you’re available during the evening. Link to the chat room: http://us23.chatzy.com/41350980189046

Sunday, November 12th from 6:00 t0 8:00 PM Eastern: Twitter Word Wars

The theme will be Plotters vs. Pantsers, so come declare your writing style and count your words towards beating the other side! Use #Ch21ConWordWar to participate.

Saturday, November 18th from 7:00 to 10:00 PM Eastern: Virtual Write-In

Join us to write (and procrastinate) at any point that you’re available during the evening. Link to the chat room: http://us23.chatzy.com/41350980189046

Sunday, November 19th from 6:00 t0 8:00 PM Eastern: Twitter Word Wars

The theme will be Different Londons (from the Shades of Magic series by our queen V.E. Schwab), so come declare your London of choice and count your words towards beating the other parallel Londons! Use #Ch21ConWordWar to participate.

Saturday, November 25th from 7:00 to 10:00 PM Eastern: Virtual Write-In

Join us to write (and procrastinate) at any point that you’re available during the evening. Link to the chat room: http://us23.chatzy.com/41350980189046

Sunday, November 26th from 6:00 t0 8:00 PM Eastern: Twitter Word Wars

The theme will be Ch1Con vs. Ch21Con, so come declare your conference (Ch1Con if you’re 20 or under; Ch21Con if you’re 21 or over) and count your words towards showing which conference is best! Use #Ch21ConWordWar to participate.

Happy NaNoWriMo!

– The Ch21Con Team