Chicago Writes: Local Writing & Book Conferences in 2018!

Since ChiYA is a Chicago based site, I thought I’d give you guys some local Writing Conferences and Book Festivals that are taking place in 2018:

The Book Cellar’s Annual Young Adult Book Festival

When: TBD, Generally takes place in April

What: A one day book festival centered around Young Adult fiction.

Where: Chicago, IL

Cost: FREE

The 2018 Writing Workshop of Chicago

When: June 23, 2018

What: Per the website

This writing event is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over the course of one day, pitch a literary agent or editor (optional), get your questions answered, and more. Note that there are limited seats at the event (250 total).

Where: Chicago, IL

Cost: $169 — EARLY BIRD base price for registration to the 2018 WWOC and access to all workshops, all day. As of October 24, 2017, registration is now OPEN.
Add $29 — to secure a 10-minute one-on-one meeting with any of our literary agents in attendance.
Add $69 — for an in-depth, personal critique of your one-page query letter from Brian Klems, one of the day’s instructors.
Add $79 — for an in-depth personal critique of the first 10 pages of your novel.

There is already a huge list of agents attending including, Moe Ferrara (BookEnds Literary), Kelly Van Sant (D4EO Literary), Gemma Cooper (The Bent Agency), Marcy Posner (Folio Literary), with more to come!

Chapter One Con

When: TBD, usually in late summer/August

What: An amazing conference for young writers!

per website

The Chapter One Young Writers Conference (or Ch1Con) is a writer’s conference entirely by and for teens and young adults.

Where: Rosemont, IL

Cost: Early Bird Admission ($49.99)

Regular Admission ($74.99)

Late Rate Admission ($99.99)

Anderson’s Bookshop Young Adult Literature Conference

When: TBD, usually around November

What: 2-day event meant as a conference to showcase young adult novels to booksellers, librarians, and fans. Saturday is the “adult day” which is when the booksellers, librarians and adult fans can attend for $120. Sunday is teen day which is free and only permits teen fans.

Where: Naperville, IL

Cost: $120 for adults on Saturday. Free for teens on Sunday

BONUS! Online Conferences!

Write On Con

When: February 9-11, 2018

What: Per the website

WriteOnCon is a three-day online children’s book conference for writers and illustrators of picture books, middle grade, young adult, and even new adult. It was founded in 2010 and is now run by a new team of writers who are eager to hearken back to the awesomeness that they remember so fondly from being attendees over the years, while also bringing exciting new elements to the mix.

WriteOnCon features blogs, vlogs, pitch sessions, Q&As, critique forums, and more — there’s something for every writer/illustrator, in every stage of their career. From the comfort of your home, a library, a coffee shop — any place with an internet connection — you can meet agents and editors, connect with potential critique partners, and generally soak up a whole bunch of knowledge!

Where: ONLINE!

Cost: $5

Manuscript Academy

When: TBD, though you can access all past classes right now for a fee of $225 (Or go a la carte for $49 per class)

What: Per the Website

The Manuscript Academy, LLC is brought to you by literary agent Jessica Sinsheimer, conference organizer and media professional Julie Kingsley, and Manuscript Wish List®.

We offer world-class publishing instruction that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your home or your favorite coffeeshop. Unlike traditional conferences, you simply need a computer, a tablet, or even your smartphone to log in and enjoy the very best instruction from some of the top minds in the literary community. Every online Manuscript Academy conference will give you the full educational and networking value of a traditional writing conference, but without the hassle of travel, paying for meals out, or arranging childcare.

Where: ONLINE!

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