News & Updates

Adding to CYA's line up…


Adding to the stellar lineup for CYA Conference on 6th July 2013 are CYA Success story - Renée Treml, and editor, Dr David Reiter from IP

Renée now has a second book coming out with Random House with a contact that was directly made because of CYA Conference - read her success page for the full story.


Dr David Reiter is returning to CYA Conference as an editor in 2013, hoping to find more 'gems'. When he was last at CYA Conference, he picked up two authors & illustrators -   Peter Allert and Celine Eimann, and laid the foundations for a few more. Janet Reid (CYA Success panel 2012) also has books with IP, and so do CYA Conference presenters 2013, Mark Carthew and Goldie Alexander.

I have loaded a heap of photies from 2012 , if you want to see how it looks on the day of CYA Conference, please check them out. There are still more to load, so please be patient.

If you see you - and want it tagged -please shout us an email and we will pop your name on, (and shout if I have spelt your name wrong too - I'm infamous for that!!!)

Don't forget, CYA writing and illustrating competition ends on 30th April. Get those entries in!

CYA later!

Tina, Ally & Sam

Winners for Syndey

20th March 2013 


And the winners for Sydney's 



Elizabeth Claire Alberts

Beverley Veasey

Silvia Iskandar

Debra Tidball

Congratulations and enjoy! I have emailed you all with instructions on collecting your tickets.

Would love someone (or more) to do a small follow up on this blog with the event and a bit about how it went!

Entries for the competition have noticeably increased and are coming in faster. Remember that the deadline is : 30th April 2013 for all the writing and illustarting competitions.

Bookings for the CYA Conference on 6th July 2013 are filling up already with a large number booked. Great to see so many enthusiastic people putting their names on their spaces to attend.

CYA Later Alligators and Hatchlings!

Tina, Ally and Sam

2013 Bookings Open

17th March 2013 

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CYA Conference bookings for 2013 are now open! 


Have a look at these names, and go view their sessions on the Program page … I think it's a fabulous line up!

Alison Stegert, Annie Hamilton, Brian Falkner, Dimity Powell, Goldie Alexander, Jackson Pearce (USA), James Foley, Judy Horack, Mark Carthew, Pam Rushby, Rochelle Manners, Rowena Beresford, Serena Geddes, and Tristan Bancks

Editors, Rochelle Manners, Leonie Tyle, Sophia Whitfield, Claire Craig, Alex Adsett and  Rebecca Timmis for web design. 

And still more TBA.

And to celebrate.. CYA Conference has landed up with 4 tickets to a past CYA presenter from 2007…. Michael Morpurgo O.B.E. 



Friday 22nd March 2013


Sydney Grammar School, The New Hall

The NY Times Best-Selling author takes you on his journey with WAR HORSE, starting with tales of his childhood in a bombed out London during World War II, to years later when during a chance conversation with a World War I veteran in a Devon pub he learned of the role of horses on the front lines of the Great War.

As this is a Sydney event… we are giving 4 lucky CYA Conference supporters in Sydney the chance to attend this FREE event. 

Simply email CYA Conference before 8am ( QLD time)  on Wednesday 20th March, saying Pick me! And you will go into the draw for the 1 ticket. (So 4 winners!) 

This was the flyer that came when we managed to get the tickets from Ticketmaster

Looking forward to receiving your bookings for CYA Conference soon.

Remember, competitions close on 30th April 2013… time is ticking past.

CYA Later Alligators and Hatchlings!

Tina, Ally and Sam
PS Thanks as always 123rf for the image! 


7th March 2013 

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Technology is wonderful … but it can also create grey hair for the poor person trying to keep up with it. It's a bit like trying to fit all the boxes inside each other once they have their ribbons on… it doesn't always work!

This post is to check if the plug in to Facebook for the ability to use the comment feature on the website is now active or now…

Cross fingers and toes…

CYA Later Alligators and Hatchlings!

Tina, Ally and Sam

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