Do you want to know the secrets behind how YA writers flesh out page-turning plots? Or how they bring depth to their characters? Would you like to learn how they approach a film adaption of their work? Then join acclaimed authors Patrick Ness (Chaos Walking and A Monster Calls) and Jesse Andrews (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) as they describe the creative writing process and adapting their stories for film. Supported by the City of Parramatta and the Department of Family and Community Services.

Jesse Andrews (International)

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Jesse Andrews is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and The Haters. He also wrote the film adaptation Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, which won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

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Patrick Ness (International)

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Patrick Ness is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Chaos Walking trilogy and the critically-acclaimed novels A Monster Calls, The Rest of Us Just Live Here and Release. He has won every major prize in children’s fiction, including the Carnegie Medal twice. He’s also written the screenplay for the film of A Monster Calls, now a major motion picture.
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Will Kostakis (Australian)

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Will Kostakis is an award-winning author from Sydney. After dabbling in reality TV and celebrity journalism, he now writes full time. That said, his real claims to fame are a Twitter spat with Guy Sebastian and that time a member of Destiny's Child said his name. The Sidekicks is his latest novel for young adults.