I can't believe it's almost been a year since the last Melbourne Writers Festival! So much in my life has changed sinced last August and I'm now one of those sad people who wonders where the year has gone. Like last year, I will be attending sessions in the School's Program at the 2011 festival. Here is what I'll be seeing:
Monday August 29:
Reasons Why I Read - Maggie Stiefvater, Nick Earls & Kate Grenville
Why spend your time reading when there are so many million other things you could be doing? Maggie Stiefvater, Kate Grenville and Nick Earls share how reading has inspired them, and reveal their favourite classic and new books.
Meet Nick Earls
Author of best-selling YA books, including After January and 48 Shades of Brown, Nick Earls talks about his writing career and what has made his books perennial favourites with young adult audiences.
Meet Maggie Stiefvater
Best-selling US author Maggie Stiefvater makes a very special appearance to talk about her incredible Wolves of Mercy Falls series: Linger, Shiver and now the long-awaited Forever.
Tuesday August 30:
In the Family - Lili and Carole Wilkinson
Dynamic duo Carole and Lili Wilkinson describe their books for children and young adults, and what it's like to be part of a whole family of writers.
I had planned to also attend sessions on Lili Wilkinson's A Pocketful of Eyes and Jane Caro's Just A Girl, but was too slow getting tickets and the events are sold out!
Wednesday August 31:
Emerging Writers - Lisa Dempster and Johannes Jakob
Hear from key people in Melbourne's best loved organisations supporting new voices in writing, and from freelancers making their way in publishing. In this session we discuss ideas on finding a community as a writer, routes to getting published and building your profile on your way to success.
Politics in YA Fiction - Lili Wilkinson and Penny Tangey
Characters in Lili and Penny's books have their eyes truly opened to the power of politics for the first time, be it in Washington DC on the eve of Obama's inauguration, or via some difficult choices much closer to home. Come and hear these two leading authors discuss the explosive combination of fiction and politics.
Thursday September 1:
Clara in Washington - Penny Tangey
In Penny Tangey's new book, Year 12 student Clara goes to America and finds the world of politics opening up for her in a way she never thought possible. Suddenly she might have a lot more impact on the future than she thought.
Tickets to all events can be purchased here and be sure to check out the full program for more exciting events through the festival!
Fellow Melbournians, if you'll be attending the festival, what sessions are you going to?