Chapter One Writers Conference encourages new YA writers


Young writers interested in writing YA literature have a unique opportunity to gather with fellow young writers in the Chicago area on June 14th and 15th at the Chapter One Young Writers Conference. Designed specifically for writers between the ages of 12 and 22, Ch1Con provides the chance to network with other young writers and publishing professionals, and to learn from an impressive list of speakers.

Topics including world-building, carving out time to write, the differences between journalism and fiction, crafting a strong opening, and drafting query letters will be covered during the two-day event. Saturday will include a panel of popular young writers. Sunday will include a roundtable critique session. Attendees will have  opportunities to win prizes throughout the weekend, including signed books, professional critiques, and literary-themed jewelry.

Keynote speaker Amy Zhang has already received rave reviews for her upcoming debut Falling Into Place. Kirkus praised her “inspired use of the imaginary-friend narrator” and the book continues to garner positive reviews across the web.

Ch1Con will take place at the Courtyard Chicago Arlington Heights/South hotel in Chicago, IL. The cost is $75 for Saturday, $35 for Sunday, and an optional t-shirt for $20. No scholarships or discounts are available.

For more information and to register for the conference, , visit the Ch1Con website. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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Lindsay Lackey

Lindsay spends her days as a freelance writer and editor, who specializes in YA, children’s and middle grade fiction. When she’s not writing, she’s either eavesdropping on the conversations had in bookstores, or indulging her shameless addiction to Twitter.