It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s JULIA ACTUALLY WRITING A BLOG POST FOR ONCE IN HER LIFE.
And even more exciting: this post is a stop on………
The Ch1Con & Ch21Con 2019 Blog Tour!
(Stick around until the end for a giveaway of a SIGNED hardcover copy of the incredible The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman!)
For anyone who has somehow remained blissfully unaware despite the fact I talk about it pretty much constantly: I run a nonprofit organization called Chapter One Events, which organizes two young writers’ conferences every summer: the Chapter One Young Writers Conference (Ch1Con, for writers ages 11 to 20) and the Chapter Twenty-One Conference (Ch21Con, for writers ages 21 to 29). The team that runs Chapter One Events is composed of a number of high school, college, and twenty-something writers, and we work to create a unique, inclusive experience for young attendees that balances education and fun.
Both of our 2019 conferences will take place Saturday, June 29th at the Hilton Garden Inn – Chicago O’Hare in Des Plaines, IL (a suburb of Chicago). We’re still in the midst of announcing 2019 speakers, but those I can share with you include the indomitable Joan He (Descendant of the Crane) and Riley Redgate (Seven Ways We Lie, Noteworthy, and Final Draft). Aka the Chapter One Events team is losing our collective minds with excitement over the 2019 conferences–and you should be too!!
For this year’s blog tour, I have the honor this year of interviewing Ch21Con team member Katie Sherwood!
Katie Sherwood is the Deputy Creative Consultant for the Ch21Con team. She’s a librarian by day, a writer by night and her favorite part of both those jobs is providing joy for others through books. She’s also a gamer, which has very little to do with books but is awesome anyway. You can find Katie on Twitter (@SherwoodWriter) and on her blog at www.robynghoode.wordpress.com.
Take it away, Katie!
What kind(s) of writing do you like to do? Are there any projects you’re currently working on that you’re particularly excited about?
My favorite kind of writing is novels and they are almost always contemporary fantasy. I love the ideas of having magic be normal in our current world!
I’m actually in between projects at the moment! I just finished a story about a pair of siblings who spend the summer with their godfather in a small town, but they find out that not only is the town magic, there’s also a treasure to find. The first lines are “This is the story of how I died. Twice.”
If you could live in any fictional world, which would you choose? Why?
Ooh this is a fun question! Well, my favorite fictional world is Middle Earth (as anyone who knows me knows!) and I’d want to live in Rivendell. It’s so beautiful and does it seem to anyone else that it’s perpetually Autumn in Rivendell? Beautiful towers, good weather, probably a library or seven. I’d be right at home there.
Your super cool day job is at a library. How does it feel to be immersed in books all the time, between that, writing, and your role with Chapter One Events?
It’s an absolute dream! You know that feeling of going into a library and you are just surrounded by books and you could just stay there forever in the peacefulness? That. All the time! It feels like I’m almost a guardian of these books, protecting and sharing them, while also creating as a writer and helping others create as a volunteer for Ch1Events. It’s bliss.
How did you first get involved with Chapter One Events?
I first got involved in about 2016 when I wanted to go to one of the conferences. It was partially to meet up with a close online friend, but also a Writer’s Conference! That I could afford (which absolutely was a big deal for me when other conferences cost $300 or so in admission)! After the 2017 Con, the team announced they were taking applications for more team members and I jumped on that. I had had so much fun at the Con that I wanted to help make the next ones. The rest is history.
What’s your favorite part of being on the Ch21Con team?
I love the community we have and the fact that we have come together to make awesome (and real!) conferences to help young adult writers. I love that we put together a thing that is fun and educational and something published authors and publishing professionals come to.
What are you most excited about for the 2019 conferences?
I know that one of the things that I absolutely love about this conference is that it is on the smaller side. If it had hundreds of attendees (while that would be awesome!) we wouldn’t have a chance to talk to the authors and publishing professionals in the way we do. The first conference I went to in 2016, I got to talk to Susan Dennard one on one and she was such a wonderful person. The same happened in 2017 with Annie Sullivan and last year with Gloria Chao. We have had the nicest speakers for our Con and I am looking forward to getting to know some of the speakers again this year.
If you could tell someone who’s considering attending one of the conferences one thing to convince them to go, what would it be?
Please come! You leave the Con inspired, maybe having learned some new things about the trade or technique, and ready to write. You might even leave the Con with new writing friends, too.
A huge thanks to Katie for letting me interview her!
You can check out the next stop on the blog tour on Saturday, May 25 on Ch1Con team alumna Kira Brighton’s blog here! She’ll be hosting a guest post written by Katie. And make sure to visit the Ch1Con or Ch21Con blogs for the rest of our 2019 tour schedule (including info about all of the bookish giveaways we’re running!).
And, of course, speaking of giveaways: I promised you one! On this tour stop, we’re giving away a SIGNED hardcover copy of The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman! The giveaway will run until June 1st. It’s open to anyone in the mainland United States.
Click here by June 1st to enter to win a SIGNED copy of
The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman!
Thanks again for checking out this stop on the Ch1Con & Ch21Con 2019 Blog Tour and don’t forget to follow the rest of the stops!