June Online Events

Whaaat! It’s JUNE, aka CONFERENCE MONTH, aka WE ARE SO EXCITED!

While we prep for Ch21Con 2019, this month we’ll also be hosting our usual Twitter chat and virtual write-in. All writers are welcome at these events, regardless of age or experience level. We can’t wait to see you at them!

Thursday, June 13th from 8:00 to 9:00 PM ET (7:00 to 8:00 PM CT): Twitter Chat

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

Saturday, June 22nd from 7:00 to 10:00 PM ET (6:00 to 9:00 PM CT): 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/12355628376709

– The Ch21Con Team

P.S. We have one more speaker announcement coming your way soon! And we are HYPE about it! So keep an eye out! (Also, if you want to buy a 2019 conference t-shirt or sweatshirt, orders are due by Monday, June 17! Register now to not miss out!)

2019 Panel Moderators: Emma Rose Ryan & Julia Byers!

The Chapter One Events team is happy to announce our next two speakers for the 2019 Chapter One Young Writers Conference and Chapter Twenty-One Conference: Ch1Con director Emma Rose Ryan & Ch21Con director Julia Byers!

Emma Rose RyanEmma 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.

Find Emma online:

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. She spends her days as an assistant for a children’s literary agency, her early mornings doing nonprofit work, her evenings writing, and her weekends as a freelance photographer (sometimes not in that order). 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, an intensive publishing certificate program organized in collaboration between Columbia University and Exeter College, Oxford University. Her writing has received a variety of honors, including First Place in the Children’s/Young Adult Fiction category of the 82nd Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, a Hopwood Award, and the Arthur Miller Award. In her free time, Julia enjoys watching too many movies, doing outdoorsy things like jogging and hiking, and pretending she has free time. 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.

Find Julia online:

Interested in attending one of our young writers’ conferences on June 29 in Des Plaines, IL (a suburb of Chicago)? You can learn more at:

We’ve got one more amazing speaker to announce as well in the lead-up to the 2019 conferences, so keep an eye on our websites and social media for our last speaker announcement coming your way soon!!

– The Ch1Events Team

2019 Panelist: Gretchen Fredericksen!

The Chapter Twenty-One Conference team is extraordinarily excited to announce our next speaker for the 2019 Chapter Twenty-One Conference: Sales Strategy Coordinator for Macmillan Publishers, 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.

Find Gretchen online:

Interested in attending one of our young writers’ conferences on June 29 in Des Plaines, IL (a suburb of Chicago)? You can learn more at:

We’ve got lots of other amazing speakers to announce as well in the lead-up to the 2019 conferences, so keep an eye on our websites and social media for more speaker announcements coming your way soon!!

– The Ch21Con Team

2019 Workshop Leader: Riley Redgate!

The Chapter One Events team is ecstatic to announce our next speaker for the 2019 Chapter One Young Writers Conference and Chapter Twenty-One Conference: YA contemporary author 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 and signing books at the end of the day.

Plus, in honor of speaking, Riley has generously offered to give away a signed paperback copy of her excellent latest book, Final Draft, as well as a critique of the first five pages of your manuscript! Just click the link below to enter the raffle. We’ll leave it open for one week!

Click here by 5/2 to win a signed paperback copy of Riley Redgate’s FINAL DRAFT plus a critique of the first five pages of your novel!

Find Riley online:

Find Riley’s books on GoodReads:

Interested in attending one of our young writers’ conferences on June 29 in Des Plaines, IL (a suburb of Chicago)? You can learn more at:

We’ve got lots of other amazing speakers to announce as well in the lead-up to the 2019 conferences, so keep an eye on our websites and social media for more speaker announcements coming your way soon!!

– The Ch1Events Team

April Online Events

Happy April! We love this month, because April showers = more excuses to cozy up inside and write! 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 or experience level. We can’t wait to see you at them!

Thursday, April 11th from 8:00 to 9:00 PM ET (7:00 to 8:00 PM CT): Twitter Chat

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

Saturday, April 27th from 7:00 to 10:00 PM ET (6:00 to 9:00 PM CT): 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/18990316083071

– The Ch21Con Team

2019 Conference Registration Is Open!

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We’re thrilled to announce that registration for the 2019 Chapter Twenty-One Conference is officially open!

The conference will take place Saturday, June 29th, 2019 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 June 29th, 2019. (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 April) 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! (And registered attendees will get a sneakpeek!)

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

We’re so excited for the 2019 conference (and hope you are too)! See you in June!

— The Ch21Con Team

 

March Online Events

Who’s ready for some March Madness?! (And by “madness” we mean “WRITING ALL OF THE WORDS!”) 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 or experience level. We can’t wait to see you at them!

Thursday, March 7th from 8:00 to 9:00 PM ET (7:00 to 8:00 PM CT): Twitter Chat

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

Saturday, March 16th from 7:00 to 10:00 PM ET (6:00 to 9:00 PM CT): 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/57258611981407

– The Ch21Con Team

P.S. Keep an eye out for some VERY EXCITING NEWS coming your way soon!!!