Melbourne Writers Festival 2019 – YA Day

How brilliant it was to have a whole day of the MWF dedicated to YA. The two events I went to were held in the Isabella Fraser Room at the State Library Victoria on September 1st. Not only was it a spectacular venue, but it also had the added bonus of a Readings bookshop on site… where I may or may not have added to my already bursting TBR pile.

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The first talk I attended was called ‘Why YA?’ and featured authors Randa Abdel-Fattah (When Michael Met Mina, Does My Head Look Big in This?) and Melina Marchetta (The Place On Dalhousie, Looking For Alibrandi), moderated by Melissa Keil (Life in Outer Space, The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl).

The second talk I went to was ‘It’s Complicated’, featuring authors Nina Kenwood (It Sounded Better in My Head) and Jodi McAlister (Valentine, Ironheart), moderated by Michelle Smith. This panel was about romance, relationships and friendships in YA.

Everyone was wonderful to listen to and had so many gems of wisdom and advice. Here are dot points from each author on topics ranging from the publishing industry, POV, the importance of strong friendships in novels and even how romance is portrayed in The Bachelor!

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How to get published – Oz Comic Con 2019 author panel

On the 8th of June not only did I get to meet Pikachu and hang out in the TARDIS at Oz Comic Con, but I also got to listen to four authors have a lively discussion about their different publishing journeys. The hour-long ‘How to Get Published’ panel featured Isobelle Carmody, Astrid Scholte, C.S. Pacat and Kylie Chan. There were lots of other interesting things covered during the Q&A portion too, such as drafting and editing, how to find agents and the highs and lows of social media.

Here are some of my favourite tidbits of info and advice from each author:

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YA Day 2019 – insider info & advice from 15 wonderful YA authors

Saturday the 9th of February was The YA Room’s spectacular YA Day at The Wheeler Centre (thanks also to Writers Victoria), where fifteen authors across five different panels shared their expertise and anecdotes about the YA industry. It was the first time I’d been to the event and I came away with so much inspiration, admiration & a significant chunk of money missing from my bank account because of course I had to buy ALL the amazing books.

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Every author had a lot of great things to say so I’ve consulted my scribbly notes & put together some writing gems that I found interesting and helpful.

*Willy Wonka singing voice* “Come with meeee, and you’ll beeee in a world of writer informaaaation…”

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Developing Craft & Career: what I learnt at the Williamstown Lit Fest

I’ve been trying to attend more “writerly things” this year, and one of them was an author conversation between Sue Whiting & Claire Saxby at the Williamstown Literary Festival on Sunday the 17th June. They chatted about the book industry, their experiences in writing and publishing and how the worst way to get your manuscript noticed was to slide it under the door of a toilet stall!

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Sue Whiting “has written numerous books in a variety of genres: fiction and nonfiction, picture books through to YA, including the best-selling The Firefighters, and the award-winning A Swim in the Sea. Her latest book, Missing, is a middle grade mystery/suspense novel for readers 10+.”

WLF01Claire Saxby “is an Australian author of fiction, non fiction and poetry for children. Her books are published widely in Australia and internationally.” Some picture book titles include, Emu, Big Red Kangaroo and Koala, which is on the 2018 CBCA shortlist for the Eve Pownall Award. Continue reading “Developing Craft & Career: what I learnt at the Williamstown Lit Fest”