The CYA Conference is an online event open to writers and illustrators from anywhere in the world.

The schedule times are in Australian Eastern Standard time and the recordings of the sessions are available for seven days after they are presented.

While all speakers and tutors have confirmed their appearance, no responsibility

can be accepted for any changed circumstances which are beyond our control

The Saturdays

10, 17 & 24 July 

focused on children and young adult writers and illustrators.

The Sundays

11, 18 & 25 July 

Sessions for writers of stories for all ages and genres

 
Weekend One

Conference Opening

Acknowledgment of Country 

Competition Winners Announced

CYA Success Stories

Our favourite sessions, where we get to hear from the CYA Successes.

Editor Panel

State of Publishing

Deborah Abela

The secrets of diverse and interesting middle grade novels - How to keep them reading

Kristina Schulz

Getting ready to be an author

Bren MacDibble

Trials and tribulations of writing for multiple age groups

Lisa Fuller

First Nations representation and permissions

Close of Day

We round off the day with some thank yous and after conference chatter.

Conference Opening

Acknowledgment of Country

Competition Winners Announced

Editors panel

Who are they? 

What are they buying? 

Trade vs Indie - The differences you need to know.

Lauren Clarke

Killer Conflict 

“That’s not a knife … this is a knife.”

Rachael Johns

What I learnt in 10 years of publishing.

Publishing is like being on a never-ending rollercoaster, except in that the rollercoaster is constantly evolving, so you never know what’s around the next bend. 

Christopher Raja

Writing your own story.

How do writers tackle the plot of a non-fiction story?

Close of Day

We round off the day with some thank yous and after conference chatter.

Weekend Two
 

Dannika Patterson & Megan Forward

Creative Collaborations: From Picture Books to School Workshops

Davina Bell

Creating Picture Book Magic

Jo Sandhu

Dialogue: Tips, Tricks and Punctuation.

Danielle Binks

Short-Story Writing Workshop

An all-you-need-to-know about short-story writing for those who’ve never explored this wonderful form. It covers the basics and encourages writers to practice short-story writing to improve their communication skills, and flex their imagination.

Close of Day

We round off the day with some thank yous and after conference chatter.

Lisa Black (USA)

Rejections, you only fail when you let them stop you.

Lisa Black (USA)

Forensics 101 for your novel

JP Pomare

The good, the bad, and the ugly of setting up and maintaining a podcast. 

Looking for new ways to reach your audience? Perhaps podcasting is it!

Dr John Barletta

What you might not know about psychopaths but definitely should!

Debbie Lee

IngramSpark

Share Your Story With the World

Close of Day

We round off the day with some thank yous and after conference chatter.

Weekend Three
 

Matt Stanton

Write Funny. Draw Funnier

Kathy Hoopman

Neurodiversity in Literature - the history, the hoopla and the hope

Felicity Pulman

Building on ideas

CYA Success Stories

Our favourite sessions, where we get to hear from the CYA Successes.

Close of Day

We round off the day with some thank yous and after conference chatter. All attend as conference registration number wins a prize.

Tara Settembre (USA)

Making Your Social Posts Go Viral Tips.

Michelle Somers

Creating Narrative Tension - hooks, opening sentences, conflict

Sam Bowring

Fantasy, sci-fi and beyond.

TM Clark

Author Planning

Close of Conference

We round off the day with some thank yous and after conference chatter. All attend as conference registration number wins a prize.

2021 All-Stars Online Conference Costs
 

The prices are for the WHOLE conference and are the same as the 2020 conference.

The conference price of A$187 gets you three Saturdays or Sunday. 

The weekend price gets you six days of sessions.

Payment plans are now available when completing your registration.

Full payment is required by 30 June 2021

A non-refundable 10% deposit is required when paying by payment plan. 

all prices include GST

Earn a conference discount by helping with competition judging

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Once you've written and formatted your book, IngramSpark makes it possible to share it with the world.

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