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

9 July 2021, 10:45:00 pm

Conference Opening

Acknowledgment of Country 

Competition Winners Announced

9 July 2021, 11:15:00 pm

CYA Success Stories

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

10 July 2021, 12:05:00 am

Kat Apel & Renee Tremel

The importance of patience.

10 July 2021, 12:45:00 am

Deborah Abela

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

10 July 2021, 3:15:00 am

Kristina Schulz

Getting ready to be an author

10 July 2021, 4:00:00 am

Bren MacDibble

Trials and tribulations of writing for multiple age groups

10 July 2021, 5:50:00 am

Lisa Fuller

First Nations representation and permissions

10 July 2021, 6:40:00 am

Close of Day

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

10 July 2021, 10:45:00 pm

Conference Opening

Acknowledgment of Country

Competition Winners Announced

10 July 2021, 11:15:00 pm

Editors panel

Who are they? 

What are they buying? 

Trade vs Indie - The differences you need to know.

11 July 2021, 12:45:00 am

Lauren Clarke

Killer Conflict 

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

11 July 2021, 3:15:00 am

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. 

11 July 2021, 5:15:00 am

Christopher Raja

Writing your own story.

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

11 July 2021, 6:00:00 am

Close of Day

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

Weekend Two
 

16 July 2021, 11:00:00 pm

Dannika Patterson & Megan Forward

Creative Collaborations: From Picture Books to School Workshops

17 July 2021, 12:45:00 am

Davina Bell

Creating Picture Book Magic

17 July 2021, 3:15:00 am

Jo Sandhu

Dialogue: Tips, Tricks and Punctuation.

17 July 2021, 5:05:00 am

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.

17 July 2021, 6:40:00 am

Close of Day

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

17 July 2021, 11:00:00 pm

Lisa Black (USA)

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

17 July 2021, 11:30:00 pm

Lisa Black (USA)

Forensics 101 for your novel

18 July 2021, 12:45:00 am

Michelle Somers

Creating Narrative Tension - hooks, opening sentences, conflict

18 July 2021, 3:15:00 am

Dr John Barletta

What you might not know about psychopaths but definitely should!

18 July 2021, 5:15:00 am

Debbie Lee

IngramSpark

Share Your Story With the World

18 July 2021, 6:00:00 am

Close of Day

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

Weekend Three
 

23 July 2021, 11:00:00 pm

Matt Stanton

Write Funny. Draw Funnier

24 July 2021, 12:45:00 am

Kathy Hoopman

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

24 July 2021, 3:15:00 am

Felicity Pulman

Building on ideas

24 July 2021, 5:05:00 am

Editor Panel

24 July 2021, 5:55:00 am

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.

24 July 2021, 11:00:00 pm

Tara Settembre (USA)

Making Your Social Posts Go Viral Tips.

25 July 2021, 12:45:00 am

JP Pomare

Podcasting – the nuts and bolts.

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!

25 July 2021, 3:00:00 am

Sam Bowring

Fantasy, sci-fi and beyond.

25 July 2021, 5:00:00 am

TM Clark

Author Planning

25 July 2021, 6:30:00 am

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. 

The Saturdays
The Sundays
The Weekends
Conference Tickets
$187
$187
$340
Conference Concessions Tickets
$165
$165
$300
Under 18s Conference Tickets
$110
$110
$200
Editor Session (per session)
$92
$92
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Bootcamp
$258
$258
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all prices include GST

Earn a conference discount by helping with competition judging

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