The Australian CYA Conference at Southbank TAFE, Brisbane celebrated its 10th birthday anniversary. 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, scribbling down blueprints for my next writing projects, revitalizing my creative brain to the MAX.
DRUM ROLL ...
Picture Book Preschool …Diane Jackson Hill.
Picture Book Primary School … Kerri Day
Picture Book Non Fiction …Jenny Baber
Younger Chapter Books … 1st Ramona Davey 2nd Jade Harmer 3rd Jacqui Halpin (from Write Links)
Older Chapter Books … Kelly McDonald
Young Adult … Catherine Mojsiewicz
Graphic Novel or Illustrated Picture Book or Middle Grade Novel … Heidi Smith
Illustrations … 2nd Katrina Dreiling (from Write Links)
Published Author … Deborah Kelly
Pitching to Publishers & Agents…
Writer friends from my writer’s group Write Links pitched their stories to editors and publishers, receiving positive feedback and encouragement … and some maybe a contract.
What WINNING ideas did the Presenters teach me?
Kaz Delaney taught me how to write a story in 3 Acts using the Hero’s Journey, keeping up the pace, ensuring the middle isn’t ‘sagging’.
Paul Collins shared his proactive marketing strategies in getting books out to a wide market.
Meredith Costain shared her secrets in creating hooks that keep readers turning pages.
Morris Gleiztman shared tips on how the writer can emotionally connect the reader to likeable characters … who have problems which need solving.
Success Panel Winners …
Congrats to Georgie Donoghey, Helene Maggison and Jennifer Loakes, who divulged their truly inspirational and surprising journeys on how they became published.
My BIG Surprise …
Tina Marie Clark invited present and past Success Story winners to the front to receive their 10th Anniversary Gold badge… That’s ME on the bottom left!!
Last year I shared my own Success Story at CYA Conference on publishing Bailey Beats the Blah and STOP the Bully. Both resilience books winning endorsements from Kids Helpline and a mental health achievement award.
Who were the REAL Winners of CYA?
We who attended, who were willing to embrace the wealth of experience, knowledge and inspiration from TOP publishers, agents, illustrators, editors and authors.
CYA Conference delegates shared a unique opportunity, one which 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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