This year, the conference will take place on Saturday, August 8th in the suburbs of Chicago, IL, in Arlington Heights. 2015 registration is currently open on the Ch1Con website for writers from a middle school to undergraduate level and at an early bird discount price of $39.99.
If you’re a writer from middle school to undergraduate level and you’re interested in this opportunity, register ASAP! The early bird discount ends May 31st and there are only thirty slots open. For more information and to join the Ch1Con community, check out these links:
Interview with Julia Byers
The biggest benefit of attending Ch1Con is that it gives teens and young adults the opportunity to learn about writing and publishing in a casual, fun environment that diverges from the stress and rigidity of conferences meant for adults.
What is the most fun aspect of the conference for participants?
Definitely getting to meet and hang out with other teens and young adults who are passionate about writing! Writers are the weirdest (and coolest) people ever and we don’t get to see each other nearly often enough. Ch1Con gives participants the opportunity to connect with one another in person, make new friends, and talk to teens and young adults who are successful in the industry and can help guide them on their way to following their own writing dreams.
What writing advice would you offer to teens who can’t make it to the conference this year?
Find other ways to connect with young writers! If you can’t make it to the conference, there are still so many opportunities for connecting, especially online. The internet’s a magical place, and while you obviously need to be careful, it’s also a great way to make friends and learn about writing and publishing. Having a strong support network in place for the hard road to publication is absolutely crucial.
How did you get involved with the conference?
I started work on the first Chapter One Young Writers Conference back in my senior year of high school with the goal of creating an event that would be both educational and fun (and an excuse for my online writer friends and me to finally get to meet in person). We loved that first little conference, so over the next couple years we worked to expand it into an event more kids would be able to attend--with bigger speakers and more opportunities for participants--and in 2014 we unveiled the new and improved Chapter One Young Writers Conference. This year we’ve continued to expand it, and I’m so excited to share the 2015 conference with everyone!