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Writing for young people

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Jodi McAlister, Demet Divaroren and Michael Earp
09 October 2019, 6:00pm7:30pm
Location Village Roadshow Theatrette
via Entry 3, La Trobe Street
Accessibility Has wheelchair access

LoveOzYA? Join Inky Awards shadow judge Isabella Ciccone in conversation with YA authors Michael Earp, Jodi McAlister and Demet Divaroren.

Hear the authors read from their latest works, and discuss the craft of writing for young adults and how the world of YA literature is evolving.

About the authors

Jodi McAlister is the author of the young adult paranormal Valentine series, which are all about smart girls and murder fairies. The books include Valentine (2017), Ironheart (2018), and Misrule (2019), published by Penguin Teen Australia. She is also an academic, and works as a Lecturer in Writing and Literature at Deakin University in Melbourne. Read more here.

Michael Earp is a children’s literature specialist who has worked for a children’s publisher and as bookseller for over fifteen years, currently at The Little Bookroom. He is editor of Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories and contributor to Underdog: #LoveOzYA Short Stories. And his writing has appeared in The Victorian Writer and Aurealis. Read more here.

Demet Divaroren is the author of Living on Hope Street, which won the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards Prize for Writing for Young Adults and was shortlisted for a 2018 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. She is the co-editor of Growing Up Muslim in Australia anthology which was shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council’s Book of the Year awards. Her writing has appeared in Griffith REVIEW, New Australian Stories, Island magazine, The Age Epicure, The Big Issue, From the Outer and Best Summer Stories. Read more here.

Moderator Isabella Ciccone is a 16 year old book worm from Melbourne with a passion for all things music and literature. She is a current Shadow Judge for this years Inky Awards. Her favourite genres are primarily sci-fi and contemporary but she is a known speed reader who will more than happily curl up with a pile of good books and disappear from reality.

Submit potential questions in advance by tweet or Instagram via @insideadog #SLVYA

The YA books discussed will be available to purchase from a Readings pop-up shop in the foyer of Village Roadshow Theatrette

A creative collaboration with Writers Victoria.