The Secondary School Days program is a fantastic opportunity for students to meet some of the world’s most exciting authors, thinkers and storytellers, discover new voices, have a book autographed, and be inspired by the world of literature and ideas.
10.AM: HOW TO MAKE FUNNY HAPPEN
Jesse Andrews writes books and characters that make readers laugh out loud and embarrass themselves on public transport. Join the author of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, The Haters and Munmun as he shares his secrets to being funny on the page.
10.45AM: FACING YOUR MONSTERS
Alison Croggon believes that fantasy isn’t only about escapism – it’s also about facing our own monsters. We all have them hiding inside us: our fears, our desires, memories that we wish would go away, and realities that are hard to deal with. Find out how you can use writing as a way to bring monsters out of the dark – and face them head on.
11.30AM Lunch Break and Book Signings
With Jesse Andrews and Alison Croggon
(We recommend students bring their own lunch.)
12.30PM: STORIES ARE WILD CREATURES
Bestselling YA author Patrick Ness reveals the inspiration behind his darkly complex books, including the Chaos Walking trilogy, A Monster Calls and his latest and most personal novel, Release. Patrick talks to Will Kostakis about what it’s like to work as a screenwriter and how he feels seeing his work turn into major motion pictures.
1.15PM: KEEPING IT REAL
Kirsty Eagar describes how her latest novel, Summer Skin, started as a protest against ‘Snow White storytelling’, and why, when it comes to characters, she’ll take the real over a role model any day. She shares the things she learned while researching the novel that will completely transform your writing.
2pm Finish and Book Signings
With Kirsty Eagar and Patrick Ness
Will Kostakis (Australian)
Will Kostakis is a writer of all things, from celebrity news stories that score cease and desist letters, to tweets for professional wrestlers. He's best known for his award-winning YA novels, The Sidekicks and The First Third. His first fantasy novel Monuments releases in Spring 2019.