Conference FAQ

please note some of these questions relate to the onsite conference and are not relevant for 2021.

If in doubt please email us at info@cyaconference.com 

Are my email questions going to be answered on the FAQ page?

We do try to answer all questions personally, but we will take your questions and put them on the FAQ's too, to help anyone else who’s too shy to email in.

I've recently found out that the sessions on Sunday are also relevant to children's writers. Is there a way I can change my ticket to a weekend one and still get the weekend discount?

We've tried to make the Sunday relevant to writers of all age group. If you've only booked for the Saturdays and would like to change to a weekend ticket, please email us at info@cyaconference.com and we'll send you a code so you can get the discounted second days.

Can I book an assessment if I haven't yet booked for conference?

You can book your assessments before you book for conference, but you need to book for the conference before doing your assessment.

Can I get an editor /agent assessment and not attend CYA Conference?

Assessment sessions are only for people attending the conference.

The Editor/Agent Assessment Fee - is that for one assessment only?

Yes. One 15 minute pitch and they pre-read your work and give you feedback.


Assessment sessions are only for people attending the conference.

When must my assessment work be submitted?

All work must be submitted by 15 May or at the time of booking, which ever is the later.

Can we select our assessment times?

No. Times are assigned by the conference co-ordinators

Do I have to be coming to conference to attend a bootcamp?

You can attend a bootcamp without attending conference.

Where is the conference held?

The conference is online again in 2021. Session times are shown in Australian Eastern Standard times (AEST). 


All sessions will be recorded and available for a week after the presentation date. 


Important: CYA will not be held responsible for any electronic malfunctions, quality issues, etc resulting in poor quality playback or sessions not being available.

Paying off Conference - Am I allowed to make a few successive payments over a few months for the total amount?

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.


Use the promo code week, fort, or month to pay using a payment plan

I am a student via correspondent study. Does this qualify for the Student Discount? I have a Student Card.

You get a concession price - remember to put your student number on the booking sheet.

Are the Master-classes only for published writers or is it for all conference participants? 

This is for all the participants. Published and aspiring. But book early, places are limited and on a first in first-served basis.

Are lunch and morning tea included in the price?

At this price, it had better be!!! Yes, it is fully catered.

Are my email questions going to be answered on the FAQ page?

We do try to answer all questions personally, but we will take your questions and put them on the FAQ's too, to help anyone else who’s too shy to email in.

Can I pitch to an editor /agent and not attend CYA Conference?

NO. From 2018 you will only be able to select your editor session times once you have made your conference booking (or agreed to a reasonable date at which to book it by). Editor sessions will go to those at the conference.

I am gluten intolerant - will you cater for me?

Yes. Please tell us on your booking sheet of any allergies/intolerances, and we will endeavour to do our best to cater for you. However, if you have multiple needs, then we recommend you bring your food, and we will pop it in the fridge for you.

I am a student via correspondent study. Does this qualify for the Student Discount? I have a Student Card.

You get a concession price - remember to put your student number on the booking sheet.

Paying off Conference - Am I allowed to make a few successive payments over a few months for the total amount?

You can make the progressive payment/payment plan this year with pleasure  - but it all needs to be settled before 30th June. Please contact us if you need this option.

The Editor/Agent Assessment Fee - is that for one assessment only?

Yes. One 15 minute pitch and they pre-read your work and give you feedback.

Must we nominate a preferred Editor /Agent to pitch before the day, i.e. at the time of submitting Bio and manuscripts?

We recommend that you choose your editor and session times as soon as possible as some editors book out early. Please note from 2018 you will only be able to select your editor session times once you have made your conference booking (or agreed to a reasonable date at which to book it by) and sessions will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

When do we choose our sessions and masterclasses we wish to attend? Is it at the time of booking or can we simply decide on the day? If the former, how does this fit in with the Pitch sessions?

You nominate your classes at registration and then select the preferred time slot for your pitch. This will mean that you miss 20 minutes of class that is on at the time of your editor session. 

Please Note that the editor session times are not guaranteed, but we do try to accommodate your preferences as far as possible.

Where is the conference held?

Southbank Institute of Technology (TAFE), 66 Ernest Street, South Brisbane.

Do you want to be a CYA Conference Volunteer?

Please see the volunteers page to see if CYA is actively looking for people to volunteer their time to help with CYA Conference at this time.