WINNERS of the CYA Conference

cyaI celebrated the ultimate event in my Writer’s year …

The Australian CYA Conference at Southbank TAFE, Brisbane. It’s a one-day action-packed adventure holiday for writers. Refreshing. Exhausting. Exhilarating.

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

Who WON first place in the CYA Conference Competitions?

Picture Book Preschool …Ramona Davey
Picture Book Primary School … Madeleine Askew
Picture Book Non Fiction …Catherine Oehlman
Younger Chapter Books … Anna Quinlon
Older Chapter Books … Kerry McDonald
Young Adult … Elisabeth Kasmer
Graphic Novel or Illustrated Picture Book or Middle Grade Novel .. Arun Pradhu & Matthew Davidson
Illustrations …Vicky Pratt
Published Author … Kerri Lane

What WINNING ideas did the Author Presenters teach me?

Pamela Rushby shared how to structure a Story using #9 questions …                                                        Isabelle  Caromody revealed how “Scents and Sensiblity”strengthens your novels using emotions & 5 Senses Wendy Orr  divulged how to build characters from the inside OUT, by really knowing everything about them. The Editor Panel shared what they look for in a “perfect” manuscript: something unique and unforgettable, written with PASSION.

photo 4YAY… I Won Too!

I Presented my  publishing success/es on the CYA Success Story Panel

Bailey Beats the Blah Picture book

Bailey hates his new school. His tummy aches. He has no friends. His dog Fuzzy slobbers all over him. BLAH!
How can Bailey change his BLAH to HA-HA-HA?

STOP the Bully junior Novel

Eleven year old Brian is hiding something. His life is falling apart. Dad abandoned the family. Brian hates his new school. And now an aggressive bully attacks him every day. Can Brian STOP the Bully without revealing his secret?

Success Panel Co-Winners

BIG Congrats to Write Links Buddies: Caylie Jeffery and Samantha Wheeler: Read Write Links Successes  HERE

Congrats to writely friends Stella Tarakson, Kathryn Apel and Cassandra Webb. They all SHARED their truly inspirational and surprising journeys on what inspired them AND how they became published.

Who were the REAL Winners?

WE who attended were able to embrace the wealth of experience, knowledge and inspiration from TOP publishers, agents, illustrators, editors, authors and web designers. CYA Conference delegates partook of a unique opportunity, that could shape OUR writing lives and craft US into the writers WE could be.

Only if WE believed!

What was YOUR favourite experience at CYA?

How were YOU inspired?

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