FRIDAY 27th JULY

MAIN STAGE

11.00 Look at the Industry
Many of our favourite authors started off in the book industry themselves so know the process from grass roots up. A great panel for those who may be interested in getting into the industry but haven’t found the book within them yet.
Annalie Grainger, Beth Garrod, Chloe Coles & Chloe Seager
12.00 Can we be friends?
A look at the different types of friendships made in YA. How they start, how they grow and can they be maintained into adulthood?
Alice Oseman, David Owen, Gayle Forman & Lauren Price
13.00 Centenary of the Womens Vote
The ultimate look at feminism and where we have come in the last 100 years.
Alwyn Hamilton, Katherine Webber, Sally Nicholls & Sheena Wilkinson
14.00 Tale as old as time
We all know the classics but there is a trend at the moment for re-telling these stories for a modern audience. We take a look at how our favourite stories are coming to life again on the page and the responsibility that comes with taking on such a task.
Deirdre Sullivan, Kristina Perez, Louise O'Neill, Mary Watson & Melissa Albert
15.00 Where will you be in five years?
As YALC turns five we look at what’s happened in the last half decade and look to the next five years and what it has in store for YA. Our panel will talk about their hopes and aspirations and may have some hints to help you reach your own goals
Katherine Woodfine, Non Pratt, Sally Green & Sara Barnard
16.00 200 years of Frank
As it’s the 200 anniversary of Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein we look at how monsters have been portrayed in YA and if they are characters we learn to love
Ed McDonald, Joanne Harris, Matt Killeen, Melinda Salisbury & Sarah Maria Griffin

 

WORKSHOPS

Whether you’re completely new to creative writing, or you want to hone and develop your skills, there’s something for everyone in our fun workshop programme.

11.00 World Building 101 with Kristina Perez
Do you love sci-fi and fantasy? Wondering how authors build their worlds from the ground up? Then come along to the World Building 101 workshop, aimed at both readers and writers, for insight into creating complex, diverse worlds and techniques for developing your own.
12.00 Writing with Tarot Cards with Deirdre Sullivan
Tarot cards, like fiction, can serve as mirrors and windows.  We'll be using tarot cards to access our intuition and build characters and story arcs.
13.00 Dare to Write? A Writer’s Journey
Come on a journey with Dare to Write? exploring a new approach to writing - for fun! Build characters, create worlds and bring your imagination to life in this writing workshop at YALC 2018.
14.00 Draw The Family Tree with Emma Shoard
Marking the release of Mal Peet's illustrated novella, The Family Tree, illustrator Emma Shoard will be leading a drawing workshop exploring the form of the tree.
How does a tree in our mind differ from what we see in front of us when we look at these complex natural forms? What do different types of tree say to us? Using ink, charcoal and pencil, participants will have the chance to make their own tree drawings taking into consideration the characteristics of each species and suggesting a narrative through their choice of tree, mark making and composition.
15.00 What’s written in the stars with Kate Ling
Ever wondered how to read what is written in the stars? Who your perfect astrological match could be? Find out at YALC with Kate Ling, author of the out-of-this world Ventura Saga! You will be playing horoscope bingo, mingling with your fellow book lovers and learning loads of facts about horoscopes and the secrets the stars hold.
16.00 How to Write Funny with Chloe Seager
Join Chloe Seager, author of Editing Emma and sequel Friendship Fails of Emma Nash (August 2018), to learn how to write a hilarious YA novel. From writing the perfect joke, to crafting a cringe-worthy scene, Chloe will be talking you through the essentials when it comes to Funny YA, so you can try your hand at writing the next laugh-out-loud YA bestseller.
17.00 Fight Like a Pirate with Ed McDonald
Fight Like a Pirate: 17.15 to 18.00 Join fantasy author Ed McDonald and the team from The London Longsword Academy for a beginners swordfighting session. Learn the stances, grasp your weapon and learn how you would fair in the midst of a battlefield.

 

AGENTS' ARENA

If you want to learn more about getting published or working in publishing, head to our Agents’ Arena. Each day of YALC, you’ll find a series of workshops, talks and one-to-one pitching sessions with authors and leading literary agents, who will help demystify the publishing process.

11.00 Submission Letter & Pitch Workshop
Need to perfect your submission package before querying agents? Literary Agent Danielle Zigner will be on hand to help you polish your submission letter and master the all-important elevator pitch.
12.00 Talk To Our Agents
Your chance to pitch your novel to one of our agents. Not ready to pitch? That’s fine – take the opportunity to ask them your questions about anything book/publishing-related! Agents attending will be Polly Nolan, Sandra Sawicka, Chloe Seager, Lydia Silver & Danielle Zigner.
13.00 How To Get Published
Your guide to preparing your manuscript for submission, querying agents, and everything that happens once you get a book deal. Led by agents Sandra Sawicka, Chloe Seager & Danielle Zigner.
14.00 Author & Agent Talk: Mermaids and Foreign Deals
An insight into how the author-agent relationship works, as told by the authors and agents themselves! Debut novelist Kate Dylan and her agent Danielle Zigner will be talking about the market for YA fantasy, selling rights in translation, and what to do when your first book doesn’t sell.

 

 

 

SATURDAY 28th JULY

MAIN STAGE

10.00 Growing up in the past
Bridge the gap between the past and the present by having a look at the growing popularity of historical fiction in YA readers
Frances Hardinge, Keren David, Laura Wood & Lucy Adlington
11.00 Politics on the page
Young adults futures are being decided by todays government so it’s an important conversation to have. How can you get your voice heard? How do you form your political views? How do the books you read impact your choices for the future?
Alice Skinner, Karen Gregory, Sarah Shaffi, Tom Pollock, Tomi Adeyemi & Yaba Badoe
12.00 Books & Boobs
Get the chance to hear all about the amazing work that Coppafeel do and learn about breast healthcare for life. Featuring ambassadors and boobettes
Amelia Mandeville
13.00 Amongst the Stars
Brought to you by Destination Star Trek. We go stratospheric in the discussion about space and creating worlds that none of us have had the chance to go to except in our authors wonderful books
Becky Chambers, Lauren James, Lindsay Cummings, Samantha Shannon & Sasha Alsberg
14.00 Giovanna and Tom Fletcher in Conversation
Giovanna & Tom talk about their new book, working together as writers and as partners in life.
15.00 My Body, My Way
Our panel discuss about what we face in todays society in regards to body image. The impact of the media, your peers and how you feel about yourself.
Charli Howard, Charly Cox, Dhonielle Clayton, Laura Dockrill & Laura Steven
16.00 Loud & Proud
A light hearted but important discussion on LGBT characters in YA
Josh Martin, Keris Stainton & Simon James Green
17.00 The Big YALC Quiz
Until 6.30pm: Two teams will battle it out and test their YA knowledge for the privilege of calling themselves winners! We all know it’s the taking part that counts but I bet our teams have a competitive streak. See some of your favourite YA authors and a two superfans battle it out and test your own skills as you play along.

 

WORKSHOPS

Whether you’re completely new to creative writing, or you want to hone and develop your skills, there’s something for everyone in our fun workshop programme.

10.00 Stop! Collaborate and Listen!
The only thing better than a novel written collaboratively by seven of UKYA's finest authors is a story written in 45 minutes with seven of UKYA's finest authors and YOU! Come along and celebrate the publication of Floored with this fantastic writing workshop.
11.00 Writing Poetry As Therapy with Charly Cox
How I write/ Where the inspiration comes from/ and how it helps me through the bigger scarier things in life, including a Q&A with Charly Cox.
12.00 Judging a Book by its Cover with Pip Johnson
Learn the tricks of the trade that go into creating a cover design for young adult books, from designer Pip Johnson. From cover concepts to rough drafts, alternative versions to the final finish, find out what makes a cover pop and see if you have a dream design idea of your own.
13.00 Self-publishing workshop with Jaqueline Silvester
The self-publishing industry is booming and there are a thousand good reasons to self-publish your work. Have you written a collection of poems? Are you writing something really niche, like a historical romance featuring robot ninjas? Do you want full creative autonomy and control? These are just a few of the reasons self-publishing might be right for you.  Come and learn the ins and outs of self-publishing in this practical workshop
taught by Jacqueline Silvester, Amazon bestselling author of Wunderkids.
14.00 MuggleNet's Potter Party
Join MuggleNet for crafty fun and games as we celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. It's Mandrakes, Basilisks and House Elves galore, so pack up your Ford Anglia and follow the spiders to the workshop space!
15.00 Stand up! Disrupt! with Alice Skinner
Join illustrator Alice Skinner for a creative placard making workshop as she helps you to find your voice and unleash your inner activist
16.00 Finding Ideas with Steve Camden
Steven Camden leads a messy informal session on beating the pressure of the blank page by diving into character and worlds in collaboration with other people to find story ideas
17.00 Dressing the Past with Lucy Adlington
Lucy Adlington is a clothes historian and author of The Red Ribbon, a YA novel based on the true stories of the dressmakers of Auschwitz.
In Dressing the Past you are invited to explore the ways in which clothes can create characters, give clues and set a scene... all on your chosen spot along the spectrum of authenticity. With writing exercises and fabulous 1940s fashions.

 

AGENTS' ARENA

If you want to learn more about getting published or working in publishing, head to our Agents’ Arena. Each day of YALC, you’ll find a series of workshops, talks and one-to-one pitching sessions with authors and leading literary agents, who will help demystify the publishing process.

10.00 How To Get Published
Your guide to preparing your manuscript for submission, querying agents, and everything that happens once you get a book deal. Led by agents Sandra Sawicka, Chloe Seager & Danielle Zigner.
11.00 Careers In Publishing Panel
Our panel of industry professionals will lead you through their publishing journeys and answer your questions about getting a foot in the door. Led by agent Chloe Seager, with guests Alice Natali (Rights, ILA), Lucy Richardson (Publicity, HarperCollins) and Sarah Stewart (Editorial, Usborne).
12.00 Talk To Our Agents
Your chance to pitch your novel to one of our agents. Not ready to pitch? That’s fine – take the opportunity to ask them your questions about anything book/publishing-related! Agents attending will be Lauren Gardner, Sandra Sawicka, Chloe Seager, Alice Sutherland-Hawes & Danielle Zigner.
14.00 Author & Agent Talk: Digital Deals
How do digital deals differ from print, and what are the benefits? Michelle Kenney, author of Book of Fire, and her agent Chloe Seager discuss and offer advice about writing books for the digital market.

 

 

 

SUNDAY 29th JULY

MAIN STAGE

10.00 The suspense is killing me
Thriller is not just an amazing Michael Jackson song; it is also an emerging genre on the YA scene. We are lucky enough to have a panel full of authors who write novels with twists and turns that make you think. Talk to them about the research they had to do and the social commentary that can also be weaved into the stories we are reading.
Elizabeth Klehfoth, Nicci Cloke, Phyllida Shrimpton, S. K. Wright & Tracy Darnton
11.00 Travellers Life for Me
Books often take us on a journey but today we look at where in the world we can visit through the wonderful medium of reading
Cecilia Vinesse, Clementine Beauvais, Emily Barr & Rutendo Tavengerwei
12.00 Bring a torch - It’s dark in here
have a look at the darker side of YA and why we like to visit dystopian worlds
Anna Day, Kerry Drewery, Nicky Singer, Vic James & William Sutcliffe
13.00 Real world, Real me
What are the hot issues right now? What are we, and should we, be writing about to help our fellow peeps and how books have got us through some tough times in our lives.
Akemi Dawn Bowman, Eve Ainsworth, Holly Bourne, Lisa Williamson & Lydia Ruffles
14.00 Into the ring
With the hype surrounding the greatest showman film (and amazing soundtrack) it seems the world has circus fever and YA is also along for the ride. We talk to some authors who have embraced this scene and end with a This is Me singalong
Christina Henry, Hayley Barker, Julie Mayhew & Kelly McCaughrain
15.00 Who am I?
Now more then ever it is important to know who you are. Finding your voice can feel hard so lets discuss about how YA narratives help us do just that. 
Anna James, Jenny McLachlan, Marieke Nijkamp & Muhammad Khan
16.00 Juno Dawson & Melvin Burgess
Two of our favourites in conversation about where the YA genre came from and how it influenced a generation. 

 

WORKSHOPS

Whether you’re completely new to creative writing, or you want to hone and develop your skills, there’s something for everyone in our fun workshop programme.

10.00 Unleash your inner lyricist with Julia Gray
Join YA author and singer-songwriter Julia Gray for an exclusive lyric writing workshop inspired by her new novel Little Liar. Unleash your inner lyricist and get inspired to write a song about your favourite book or poem. No musical experience required!
11.00 Welcome to Camp Reset: An origami workshop
Be kind to yourself today and start your Sunday at a slower pace at Usborne YA's Camp Reset. We'll teach you how to create messages of kindness in a laid back origami workshop based on Holly Bourne's brand new - and exclusively available at YALC! - book Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? Because Kindness is contagious, and Holly Bourne wants to show you how.
12.00 Everless with a Mocktail Mixology Workshop with Sara Holland
Join Everless author Sara Holland and uncover the secrets of the alchemist as you create your very own life elixir (AKA mocktail). In Sempera, the rich live longer than the poor as they are paid with iron coins forged from blood; coins which have the ability to lengthen lifetimes while taking away from the payee. With different flavours representing days, months or even years, how long could you add onto your life in this mocktail making workshop with a twist? Sara Holland will help you create your very own life elixir in a suitably themed hourglass…
13.00 Bra Making with Coppafeel
Capacity: 8
 
Boobies are great! CoppaFeel! want to celebrate just how wonderful they are by teaching you how to make your own literary themed bra. You will learn to make a simple unpadded triangle bra, get to know the signs and symptoms of breast cancer and walk away with a handy reminder to check your boobs. All the materials will be provided (yes, sparkly fabrics and tassels included) and no sewing experience is necessary.*
 
CoppaFeel! is a breast cancer awareness charity that educates young people on the importance of checking their boobs regularly and knowing the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. CoppaFeel! are dedicated to affecting real behaviour change and eradicating the late detection of breast cancer.
 
*Please note bras will be made to fit over clothing and costumes.
* A suggested £5 donation for taking part in this workshop to help cover costs for the charity
14.00 My Translation with Clementine Beauvais
The workshops involve turning a literal translation into a literary text. Clementine Beauvais will give participants literal translations of texts (generally poems or novels in verse) and then together work on making it literary, namely beautiful... it's a very interesting kind of creative writing workshop because you have to work within the constraints of the source text, yet invest those little spaces of freedom that the work of translation gives you.
15.00 Winning Combination with Emily Barr, Caroline Carpenter & Will Hill
YA Book Prize 2018 shortlisted authors Emily Barr and Will Hill talk about writing thrillers and share their top writing tips in a workshop chaired by YA Book Prize chair Caroline Carpenter.
16.00 Build a Character: Diversity Edition with Adolescent Identities
Brought you by Adolescent Identities they host a discussion about characters. What we like, don't like, what's present in publishing, what's missing.

 

AGENTS' ARENA

If you want to learn more about getting published or working in publishing, head to our Agents’ Arena. Each day of YALC, you’ll find a series of workshops, talks and one-to-one pitching sessions with authors and leading literary agents, who will help demystify the publishing process.

10.00 How To Get Published
Your guide to preparing your manuscript for submission, querying agents, and everything that happens once you get a book deal. Led by agents Sandra Sawicka, Chloe Seager & Danielle Zigner.
11.00 Editing Workshop
Have you completed the first draft of your novel? Great! Now onto the fun part: editing! Bring your work along and practice your editing skills with agent Sandra Sawicka.
12.00 Talk To Our Agents
Your chance to pitch your novel to one of our agents. Not ready to pitch? That’s fine – take the opportunity to ask them your questions about anything book/publishing-related! Agents attending will be Lauren Gardner, Sandra Sawicka, Chloe Seager, Alice Sutherland-Hawes & Danielle Zigner.
14.00 Author & Agent Talk: Switching Genres
Switching genres: how writing for different age groups affects your work. Claire Waller, author of Fugly, in conversation with her agent, Sandra Sawicka.

 

The YALC Schedule is correct and up to date at time of publishing, but may be subject to change at short notice.  Keep checking back, and also check on the day of the event for any updates.

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