Oz Comic Con Launches Song Bird Superhero

Oz Comic ConKAPOW! … Oz Comic Con will launch my book, Song Bird Superhero to superheroes, cosplayers and kids!

I’m so excited! Oz Comic Con will host my second book launch for Song Bird Superhero.

I, Karen Tyrrell will sign copies of Song Bird at my special exhibitor stand in Artists Alley. I will be dressed in my SECRET Song Bird costume: feathers, wings and all.

Last week, I made a guest appearance at the IMAGIN EXPO in the first stage of my costume … mask only.

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Karen Tyrrell gives a sneak peek of Song Bird Superhero

Song Bird Superhero launches at Logan North Library as a musical pantomime. SEP 10 HERE

Song Bird gets her superhero powers from singing, science and self-belief.

COMPETITION: Best Superhero & winged creature wins a prize. Plus crafty activities for Kids. Book 3412 4140

ImaginExpo Song Bird SuperheroOz Comic Con: Superhero Books for Kids

I will sign copies of my Super Space Kids series…

 ★★★★★ Jo-Kin Battles the It

Geeky Jokester, Josh Atkins (code-name Jo-Kin) dreams of zooming off into space. Josh wins an online competition to become a Super Space Kid alongside Sam Jones. The It kidnaps Captain Astra, threatening to destroy the Earth. Who will rescue her and save the galaxy?

 ★★★★★ Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra

Reluctant hero, Jo-Kin never wanted to be a Super Space Kid, until Lord Terra kidnaps his Commander’s little sister and starts destroying the galaxy. Can Jo-Kin defeat the all-powerful Lord Terra face to face?

Super Space Kids Series

ME with Jo-Kin Battles the It + THOR with Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra

 What’s on at Oz Comic Con Brisbane?

Oz Comic-Con is a one stop destination for pop culture fans, with a show floor packed with exhibitors, autograph and photograph opportunities with the hottest celebrities, and one-of-a-kind panel events allowing people to get up close and personal with some of the biggest names in comics, TV, movies, anime, manga, sci-fi, fantasy and animation.

For families, Oz Comic Con has a gaming zone, kids Cosplay parade and a special room where kids can engage in arts, crafts and all kinds of fun activities. Your child is certain to meet one of their heroes! Such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Tinkerbell, Captain America, Batman and The Power Rangers. Have fun and embrace their inner geek!

MEET Awesome Authors …

Charmaine Clancy, Nicholas Lochel, Isobelle Carmody, Kylie Chan, Avril Sabine & Marianne de Pierres too.

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Meet Karen Tyrrell at Oz Comic Con

 MEET Karen Tyrrell: AKA Song Bird Superhero at Oz Comic Con

FIND: Karen Tyrrell at Stand 197 in the Kids Zone near the Family Activity Room and Stage 4.

WHEN: 17-18 September

WHERE: Brisbane Convention Centre, Merivale St & Glenelg Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101

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ImaginExpo Scifi Fantasy Fun

ImaginExpoImaginExpo Scifi Fantasy Fun [FREE]

ImaginExpo ignites this Saturday 27 August with FUN, fantasy and imagination.

Pre-Order Song Bord Superhero

Karen Tyrrell in Pre-launch Song Bird Costume

MEET me, Karen Tyrrell Author creator of Song Bird Superhero.

I  will make my first feathered guest appearance.  I confirm PRE-RELEASE books with an Exclusive Limited Edition stamp will be on sale. (They are tracked to be delivered by the end of the week.)

Song Bird won’t take off in FULL flight yet. Song Bird Superhero officially launches on SEP 10. This Saturday Song Bird Superhero will show stage 1 of her feathered costume.

Get a selfie with Song Bird Superhero. Grab a signed Limited Edition.

ImaginExpo Song Bird SuperheroLogan North Library launch

The flock takes off at Logan North Library launch on Sep 10.  Join the FUN of a feathered  pantomime, inspirational songs and positive messages for Deputy Mayor that ‘Girls can do Anything’. There’s a competition for the BEST costume. Come dressed as a superhero, winged creature OR just wear feathers … RSVP HERE

 Super Space Kids

My books Jo-Kin Battles the It and Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra will be there on sale too.

Captain Astra and THOR AKA Super Space Kids

Captain Astra and THOR AKA Super Space Kids

ImaginExpo Blasts off with Scifi Fun

Meet members of Brisbane Star Trek & Sci-Fi Alliance, Redback Garrison, Rebel Legion, QLD Rocketry Society. PLUS Brisbane Pratchett Partisans, and more!

ImaginExpo fantasies with Fantasy Fun

Meet members of Brisbane Tolkien Fellowship.

Meet Super heroes and Supervillains from QLD Drawn2Life.

League of Extraordinary Gamers will be there and more!

Get a selfie in front of Games of Thrones. OR at Lord of the Rings or the Dystopian Theme displays.

Come to ImaginExpo [FREE]

Join the Fun at the Sausage Sizzle, Craft, Face Painting, Nerf Target Shoot-Out and much more!

Get a selfie with Song Bird Superhero with clipped wings … Soaring SEP 10

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WHEN: Saturday 27th Aug 10-1

WHERE: Logan North Library: 2 Sports Drive Underwood

NO bookings required… Just turn up

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Pre-Order Song Bird Superhero at Book Shops

 Pre-Order Song Bord Superhero

Pre-Order Song Bird Superhero at selected Dymocks, Angus & Robertson, Mary Ryans  & indie bookshops.

Pre-Order Song Bird Superhero now … so you’ll receive it before September 10.

What’s Song Bird about?

Rosella Ava Bird dreams of flying. Evil child-genius Frank Furter bullies Rosella, seizing her her confidence.

How does Song Bird soar?

Pre-order Song Bird Superhero

Book Launch

Zoom! I’m launching Song Bird Superhero at Logan North Library Sep 10. Join the FUN feathered pantomime, inspiring songs from musicals, an inspirational speaker, crafty activities for kids plus PRIZES for best costumes HERE.

Kirkus Reviews

‘Imaginative tale that flies high.
A young girl realises she much more powerful- and avian – than she thought.
Uplifting work about conquering bullies and staying true to oneself.’
Kirkus Reviews

 ** PRE-ORDER NEWSFLASH **

You can now Pre-Order an exclusive stamped signed edition of Song Bird Superhero at these AWESOME book shops for only $14.95 RRP.

Pre-Order Song Bird Superhero

Pre-Order at these Book shops…

Dymocks

Dymocks Carindale Westfields (07)3843 1143

 Dymocks Penrith Westfields (02) 4731 5896

Dymocks Indooroopilly Shopping Centre (07)3878 5544

Angus and Robertson

A & R Ipswich Riverlinks (07)3812 8448

A & R Capalaba Shopping Centre (07)3823 3746

Mary Ryan: 40 Park Road Milton (07) 3510 5000

Indie Shops

Big B Books 50 James St Burleigh Heads (07) 5535 5877

Lots of Books Ipswich City Square (07) 3281 8382

Song Bird PROMO #Book Signing RED

 Book Signing Events …

Come to my LIVE events. I will sign your book with an exclusive RED Song Bird CERTIFIED stamp. And I’ll write a personal message just for you.

Sep 24 Dymocks Garden City 10.30-1.30

Sep 25 Dymocks Carindale10.30-12.30

Oct 8 Dymocks Indooroopilly Shopping Centre 10-12

Oct 15 11.30-1.30 Dymocks Westfield Penrith Sydney

22 Oct Angus & Robertson Brookside Brisbane 11-2

Pre-Order Song Bird Superhero

Pre-Order Song Bird Superhero

 Pre-Order Song Bird Superhero from me DIRECT … FREE postage online HERE

Can’t get to a bookshop? Order online!  $14.95 RRP FREE Shipping HERE

 Online Pre-Orders include an exclusive stamped signed title page AND a numbered certificate (Online orders only).

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Kirkus Review Song Bird Superhero

Song Bird Pre-OrderKirkus Review ed Song Bird Superhero!

I’m celebrating! … A Kirkus Review has just flown in from the USA review magazine, singing praises of Song Bird Superhero, my middle grade novel.

I discovered magical ‘feathers and music’ stuffed in my email inbox. Tears  welled in my eyes as I sang the chorus ‘I believe I can Fly.’

This soaring review arrived in the nick of time. Today I planned to announce a special Pre-Order for Song Bird Superhero: an exclusive offer for you.

Song Bird Superhero Kirkus ReviewKirkus Review

‘An imaginative tale that flies high.
A young girl realises she’s much more powerful- and avian – than she thought.

Uplifting work about conquering bullies and staying true to oneself …It will inspire kids to stand up for themselves and make the bullies stand down.’ Kirkus Review

MORE PRAISE

‘Rosella Bird is inspired by two things: the flying machines of her hero, Leonardo Da Vinci and music.

Song Bird is a story about following dreams, persisting despite frequent failures, and taking down the town’s evil genius to save the day. Watch this Song Bird soar! Readers are in for the ride of a lifetime.’

Alison Stegert:  Assistant to SCBWI Qld ARA, Author, School Counsellor

‘Song Bird lets you soar on the wings of song, science and superhero powers.’

Jacqui Halpin: Author, Write Links Group Leader

NEWSFLASH ** NEWSFLASH** NEWSFLASH**

Bookshop PREORDER Song Bird BEST

To celebrate my incredible Kirkus Review, I’m offering an exclusive edition of Song Bird Superhero (Song Bird 1) by Karen Tyrrell.

Published by Digital Future Press: ISBN: 9780994302168

How does bullied girl, Rosella Ava Bird defeat the evil child-genius?

YOU can PRE-ORDER Song Bird Superhero HERE

Buy an exclusive signed copy of Song Bird Superhero with a limited edition stamp.

PLUS an exclusive numbered certificate signed by the author.

Includes FREE  shipping anywhere in Australia.

Be quick! This deal only available until 10 SEP 2016! (Release date)

Limited to 50 copies ONLY!

PRE-ORDER Song Bird via my webpage HERE

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ENTER  Song Bird Superhero Goodreads Book Giveaway HERE

JOIN Song Bird Facebook page to hear FREE events HERE

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Song Bird Superhero Book Launch and Pantomime

Song Bird OUT 10 SEP 2016

 KAPOW! I’m launching Song Bird Superhero …

Song Bird Superhero is an empowering children’s book to embrace your inner superhero. Written by author Karen Tyrrell, published by Digital Future Press.

Song Bird Superhero BLURB

Rosella Bird’s nightly dreams are filled with flying. Too bad her waking hours are a living nightmare:

Her Flying inventions crash.

Her kooky parents are over protective.

Her singing shatters windows.

The principal bans her from the science fair.

Worst of all, she lives next door to Frank Furter, an evil boy genius whose sights are set on seeing her fail! Rosella is the girl least likely to soar, and yet when she sings something incredible takes flight. Rosella becomes Song Bird, a flying superhero who saves the day.

Can Song Bird defeat Frank Furter’s evil bullying ways??

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 Song Bird Superhero Book Launch Program

KABOOM! I’m announcing a spectacular book launch program of pantomime, LIVE music, costumes, craft activities, PRIZES and an inspirational guest speaker.

And it’s all FREE!

Drumroll…

 Song Bird Pantomime with Karen Tyrrell

I, award winning author of eight books, Karen Tyrrell  play the part of Rosella Ava Bird. The bullied girl who dreams she can fly. This story is inspired by real childhood events.

I will be dressed in a feathered Song Bird costume to be seen for the first time at the book launch.

Karen Tyrrell as Song Bird Superhero ... minus feathers

Karen Tyrrell as Song Bird Superhero … minus the feathers

The extremely funny, Anthony Puttee of Book Cover Cafe will play the villain, evil child-genius, Frank Furter.

Can Song Bird defeat Furter and learn how to fly?

 Song Bird Superhero MUSIC program

John Paul College vocalists: students Sophie Moman and Ashlea Brunoli will sing inspiring songs from popular musicals. John Paul College at Daisy Hill recently performed The Wiz musical at the Chandler Theatre.

The Wiz performed by John Paul College

The Wiz performed by John Paul College

Who is the Guest Speaker?

Deputy Mayor of the City of Logan, Cherie Dalley will present an inspirational speech to empower girls to raise their self-confidence and achieve their dreams.

Cherie Dalley Deputy Mayor of Logan City

Cherie Dalley Deputy Mayor of Logan City

Who is the MC?

Captain Cyber Safe, school counselor and fantasy author, Alison Stegert from Write Links will introduce the speakers and performers. Alison is a superhero beta reader for my book Song Bird.

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Alison Stegert AKA Captain Cyber Safe (on Twitter)

 Song Bird Superhero Program for KIDS

Kids come dressed as a superhero or as a winged creature.

Grown-ups please wear a feather.

PRIZES will be given to the BEST costumes.

SWOOP over for crafty activities, creative writing and science.

Song Bird Launch DETAILS

 Where:   Glide out to Logan North Library

2-6 Sports Drive, Underwood … it’s in a galaxy near you!

When:  Saturday 10 September 10 am … the girl superhero saga begins

Coffee, tea and refreshments provided FREE

Call: 3412 4140 to reserve your seat

Help Song Bird Superhero to soar!

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 LIKE Song Bird Superhero page on Facebook HERE

I’m announcing Song Bird FREE events and special offers on this Facebook page.

CLICK to keep updated HERE

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Revealing my NEW Book Cover

revealing Song Bird Superhero

I’m revealing my NEW book cover bursting with girl power and superhero action.

A book that embraces your inner superhero.

Drum roll … TA-DAH!

Revealing Song Bird Superhero (Song Bird 1) by Karen Tyrrell

An intriguing, action-packed novel for girls 7-12.

Exploring 21st century HOT topics with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

How does Rosella Ava Bird overcome bullying?

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Revealing my NEW Book Blurb…

Rosella Bird‘s nightly dreams are filled with flying. Too bad her waking hours are a living nightmare.

Her flying inventions crash.

Her kooky parents are overprotective.

Her singing shatters windows.

The principal bans her from the science fair.

Worst of all, she lives next door to Frank Furter, an evil boy-genius whose sights are set on seeing her fail. Rosella is the girl least likely to soar, and yet when she learns to sing, something incredible takes flight. Rosella becomes Song Bird, a flying superhero who saves the day.

Can Song Bird defeat Frank Furter’s evil bullying ways.

 

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Karen Tyrrell with Song Bird Superhero

Revealing why I wrote Song Bird Superhero …

Have you ever dreamed of flying? … I mean really flying?

I have.

My childhood was plagued with nightly dreams of  soaring through the air.

A wondrous magical escape from my daily grind of being bullied at school.

How did I empower myself?

Revealing my Superhero Team who helped create Song Bird Superhero

Publisher: Digital Future Press

Editor: Penny Springthorpe

Cover illustrator: Trevor Salter

Book designer: Anthony Puttee and Book Cover Cafe.

SPECIAL thanks to Steve Tyrrell and to my critique buddies over at Write Links for believing in me, especially authors Alison Stegert and Jacqui Halpin!

COMING SOON…

  1. I’m announcing the line-up of STARS at my interactive book launch and pantomime … very soon.
  2.  PLUS I’m revealing an exclusive offer on how to buy a signed copy of Song Bird Superhero.

Please stay tuned. :)

ktyrrell-songbird-cover-promo-online-lgeI’m seeking feedback for Song Bird Superhero …

Does Song Bird Superhero hook you in and ignite your interest?

WHO wants to find out how Song Bird defeats the evil boy-genius?

LOVE to hear what you think …

I’m biting my finger nails … and praying for positive Book Karma.

Please let me know!!

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Resilience Talk for Depression and Anxiety

resilience articleResilience talk by Karen Tyrrell: award winning mental health author, teacher and speaker.

Have you ever felt depressed? Worried? Anxious? Or stressed?

Don’t worry! My resilience talk with coping skills will empower you to live strong.

Come to Karen’s empowering resilience talk on how to be happier, healthier and mentally balanced.

Karen will share how she recovered from severe mental illness, bullying, bipolar, anxiety, depression and PTSD.

Karen has just returned from speaking to 250 teachers at a Teacher’s Conference in Sydney. She taught teachers resilience skills and how to avoid teacher burnout. HERE

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Resilience: the courage to come back

This event is organized and promoted by Ipswich City Libraries, supported by Ipswich Council.

Their What’s On Booklet announces: Resilience and Depression?

Join author Karen Tyrrell as she shares her journey in overcoming depression.

What is this resilience talk about? 

School teacher, Karen Tyrrell shares how bullying at work triggered mental illness in her.
Join this 3-time award winning author as shares her journey in overcoming depression, anxiety, stress, PTSD and bipolar.
  • Karen reveals practical skills for coping and recovery.
  • Positive tools and exercises to empower
  • Q & A session

My books are endorsed by The Black Dog Institute, Kids Helpline, Ex CEO of Queensland Alliance of Mental Health, Alzheimer’s Australia, teachers, counsellors and MORE

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 What are my Resilience Credentials?

I’ve won three mental health awards for my books: Me & Her: A Memoir of Madness, Me & Him: A Guide to Recovery,

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For children …

STOP the Bully, Bailey Beats the Blah, Harry Helps Grandpa Remember, Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra and Jo-Kin Battles the It

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I will present a rivetting Power Point presentation with photos and tips. I will personally sign your books.

My husband Steve Tyrrell will man on the book display table. He’s won his own battles with work stress and depression.

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FREE Resilience Talk for Depression and Anxiety

WHEN: Thursday 18 August 10-11.30

WHERE: Barry Jones Auditorium 40 South Street Ipswich

BOOKING: Ring 3810 6815 to book your seat.  Seats are going FAST … so be quick!!

Are you coming along to the FREE Resilience talk?

Have you booked your seat yet?

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Imagine FREE Kids Pantomime and Writing Workshop

ImaImagine Karen Tyrrell's BooksImagine: an interactive pantomime kids will love!

Imagine: writing a children’s book to connect with your imagination.

Interested?

Come to my FREE Kids Pantomime and a FREE Writing Workshop in Imagine Month.

Nov_Sci-fi_FantasyAugust is jam packed with FREE events to inspire your imagination at Logan North Library—

A FUN interactive kids pantomime with prizes and a ‘How to write a Kid’s Book’ workshop for grown-ups.

IMAGINE scifi & fantasy characters and stories weaving their magic spell.

Who loves writing about dragons, fairies … or superheroes?

I’m presenting two FREE events to ignite your imagination …

 13 August Super Space Kids Pantomime 11am

Captain Astra

IMAGINE you’re a Super Space Kid saving the galaxy.

Me, Author Karen Tyrrell shares Jo-Kin Battles the It AND Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra Pantomime. I’ll be dressed as Captain Astra: Super Space Kid.

TERRA + IT Covers

Evil alien, Lord Terra will make a special appearance, wielding his SUPER evil powers.

PRIZES for BEST Super Space Kid, Super Space Hero, alien or robot.

FREE crafty activities and creative writing.

Come join the FUN! … Seats will go fast.

 WHEN: 13th August 11am

WHERE: Logan North Library

2 Sports Drive, Underwood

BOOK your seat on 3412 4140

Are you bringing lots of kids?

 IMAGINE: How to Write a Kids Book with Author Karen Tyrrell 30 August 6pm

Imagine a story!

Imagine a story!

Karen Tyrrell award winning author will guide you how to IMAGINE, Create and Write a children’s book.

I will share my secrets in writing children’s stories that KIDS love.

Karen is the award winning author of 5 Children’s books: Jo-Kin Battles the It, Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra, STOP the Bully, Bailey Beats the Blah and Harry Helps Grandpa Remember.

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Jo-Kin Battles the It, Harry Helps Grandpa Remember, STOP the Bully, Bailey Beats the Blah

Come join the FUN! … Seats will go fast.

WHEN: 30th August 6pm

WHERE: Logan North Library

2 Sports Drive, Underwood

BOOK your seat on 3412 4140

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Redgum Book Club Sells Karen Tyrrells Books

LC - Redgum LogoRedgum Book Club is selling 4 of my children’s books in their catalogue.

This term, 70 thousand school-children carried home a glossy Redgum Book Club catalogue featuring my books.

Pinch me! I can’t believe it. This is one of the most incredible things to happen to me as an author.

Last week, Term 3 catalogue traveled home with kids across Australia to wish upon. My fingers are crossed that kids, teachers and families will order my resilience books, empowering kids to live strong.

Jo-Kin Books at Redgum Book Club

Jo-Kin Books at Redgum Book Club

My books on Redgum Book Club …

 Jo-Kin Battles the It (Super Space Kids 1)

ktyrrell-jokin-cover-lsi.inddJo-Kin is a compelling illustrated space adventure empowering kids to become the hero in their own lives. It’s packed with gruesome monsters, killer robots, talking cars and multiple gadgets. Jo-Kin must capture the IT before the IT destroys the galaxy.

 Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra (Super Space Kids 2)

ktyrrell-jokin-cover-promo-web-lgeReluctant hero, Jo-Kin never wanted to be a Super Space Kid. Not until Lord Terra kidnaps his Commander’s little sister and starts destroying the galaxy. Re-united, Jo-Kin leads the Super Space Kids on an inter-planetary hunt for Lord Terra until meeting for a legendary battle on Planet Deelish-us. Can Jo-Kin defeat Lord Terra face to face?

Harry Helps Grandpa Remember

ktyrrell-harry-cover-promo-webuse-lgeCan Harry help his grandpa remember?

In a beautifully illustrated humorous story explores memory and coping skills for all affected by memory loss and dementia with care and compassion. Winner of RADF grant. Aligned with Kids Matter school curriculum.

STOP the Bully

perf5.000x8.000.inddHow does Brian STOP the Bully without revealing his secret?

This book empowers kids with bully prevention skills in a humorous fast paced story. It is endorsed by Kids Helpline and aligned with Kids Matter school curriculum. Free teacher resources.

Check out my books on Redgum Book Club catalogue on pages 3, 9 and 13 using the arrows …

 

SPECIAL PRICES

ALL my books are available from the Redgum Book Club website HERE

Thanks Redgum Book Club for believing in my resilience books and giving them a go.

I never thought this would happen. Redgum contacted me last Friday to say my books were listed.

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Harry Helps Grandpa Remember on Page 3

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CYA Conference 2016 Winners

Winners-announcementI celebrated the ultimate event in my Writer’s year …

The Australian CYA Conference 2016 at Southbank TAFE, Brisbane celebrated its 11th birthday. A one-day action-packed creative retreat for writers. Refreshing. Exhausting. Exhilarating.

I shared this amazing day with my writing buddies and colleagues, participating in writing courses. I scribbled down blueprints for my next writing projects, revitalizing my creative brain to the MAX.

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Who WON first place in the CYA Conference 2016 Writing Competitions?

DRUM ROLL ...
Picture Book Preschool …

Oh, So Many Kisses! – Maura Finn,

Picture Book Primary School …

The Midnight Feast – Kim Astill

Picture Book Non Fiction …

Loop the Loop – Jenny Gahan

Chapter Books – Younger Readers

Vikings Behaving Badly – Catherine Pelosi

Chapter Books – Older Readers

Ist Over Ice Under Sea – Marian McGuinness

2nd Winifred Weatherby Saves the Century – Alison Stegert

Young Adult

Bram – Helen Shorrocks

Graphic Novels, Illustrated Picture books & Illustrated Middle Grade Novels

Six Sleepy Mice – Heidi Cooper Smith

Published Author 

Bessie And Mo : Hat : Freya And The Scaredy-Dog – Karen Collum

 Pitching to Publishers & Agents…

Writer friends from my Brisbane writer’s group Write Links pitched their stories to editors and publishers, receiving positive feedback and encouragement, Fingers crossed they ‘ll receive a contract too.

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Jillanne. Amanda Francy, Leslee Ann Hewson, Dimity Powell from Write Links

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Sam Sochaka & Melanie Hill. Photo: Peter Alert

What WINNING ideas did the Presenters teach me?

James Phelan —How to write popular fiction. — Find & keep your audience when there’s SO much media competing for attention.
Aleesah Darlison  —Write It! Pitch It! I learned valuable insider tips and tricks for writing chapter book stories and getting published.
Dee White — Waging WAR with your characters — Putting your characters into conflict. PLUS Conquer critiquing and finding fabulous feedback.
Brian Falkner— Grab ’em by the b@#%s! Ratcheting up the suspense and tension.
Publisher Panel: — Industry editors and publishers shared exactly what they’re looking for in The First Page: hooking them to read on.
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James Phelan, Brain Falkner, Yvonne Mes, Megan Forward, Katrina Germien, Shannon Horsfall, Dee White, Chrissie Krebs, Aleesah Darlinson

Success Panel Winners …

Congrats to Yvonne Mes, Shannon Horsfall, Megan Forward and Chrissie Krebs who divulged their truly inspirational and surprising journeys on how they became published.

Yvonne Mes Write Links — published  Oliver Grumbles  and  Meet Sidney Nolan.

Shannon Horsfall Write Links –published Was Not Me on 3 July.

Megan Forward published — A Patch from Scratch.

Chrissie Krebs published – This is a Circle and Whats Weird about Santa’s Beard.

 CYA Conference 2016

Congratulations Shannon Horsfall, Alison Stegert and Yvonne Mes from Write Links

My Success Story …

Two years ago, I , Karen Tyrrell shared my own Success Story at CYA Conference with publishing Bailey Beats the Blah and STOP the Bully. Both resilience books winning endorsements from Kids Helpline and a mental health achievement award. Since then I launched picture book, Harry Helps Grandpa Remember, winner of a RADF grant. Plus I published  Super Space Kids series: Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra  and Jo-Kin Battles the It.

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Who were the REAL Winners of CYA Conference 2016?

We who attended, who were willing to embrace the wealth of experience, knowledge and inspiration from TOP publishers, agents, illustrators and authors.

CYA Conference 2016 delegates shared a unique opportunity to shape our writing lives and craft us into the writers we could be.

Only if we believed!

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Thanks to organizers Tina Mare Clark & Ally Howard. Photo: Peter Alert

What was your favourite experience at CYA Conference 2016?

How were you INSPIRED?

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