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The full YALC schedule was announced this morning and it’s panels and workshops galore!

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Friday 29 July

YA Book Prize 2016

10.00 – 10.45am — The long weekend kicks off with a celebration of the YA Book Prize 2016. Join chair of judges Charlotte Eyre and some of this year’s shortlisted authors for this very special event.

Behind the magic: exploring magical systems in fantasy YA

11.00 – 11:45am — Do you want to know how authors create magical worlds with a convincing magical system in the writing? Marc Aplin of Fantasy- Fiction will be joined by four leading fantasy authors, Sally Green, Taran Matharu, Melinda Sailsbury and VE Schwab. They will take you behind their pages in an exploration of how magic works in their books.

Unheard Voices in YA

12.00 – 12.45pm — A look at how diverse YA literature is today with three authors who write about topics such as race, class, gender and mental health. Patrice Lawrence, William Sutcliffe and Alex Wheatle will discuss how today’s YA can ensure that a wide range of teen voices are being heard.

‘She who laughs last laughs the laughiest’: Funny YA

13.00 – 12:45pm — Join some of our favourite, funny, female authors, Holly Smale, Katy Birchall, Jenny McLachlan and Nat Luurstema in their discussion about hilarious heroines, humour, friendship and feminism. They will also be remembering the fantastically funny Louise Rennison.

Patrick Ness: A Monster Calls

14.00 – 14.45pm — The multiple award-winning A Monster Calls is soon to be a major motion picture. Join author Patrick Ness and actor Lewis MacDougall (who will be playing Conner) in this exclusive behind the scenes event and discussion about the transformation from page to screen.

Fantasy London: Samantha Shannon, Ben Aranovitch, VE Schwab

15. 00 – 15.45pm — Hosted by Katherine Webber, the three biggest names in fantasy fiction are brought together to discuss their writing and alternative visions for London.

Front Line: Michael Grant in conversation

16.00 – 16.45pm — Don’t miss out on hearing from bestselling author Michael Grant who will be discussing his brand new re-imagning of the second world war in his book, Front Lines and well as his blockbuster series, GONE, with David O’Callaghan.

My Teen Diary

17.00 – 17.45pm — To close the first day of Yalc, join some of your favourite YA authors as they share snippets from their own teenage diaries! So grab yourself a drink and join hosts, Juno Dawson and Lisa Williamson for this special event.

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.

 10.00-10.45                 Creative writing with Claire Hennessy

11.00-11.45                 Witches, Water and the Workhouse: using                                                         history to bring fiction to life with Rhian Ivory

12.00-12.45                 Writing outdoors with Natasha Carthew

13.00-13.45                 Screenwriting with Jeff Povey

14.00-14.45                 Creative writing with Lisa Heathfield

15.00-15.45                 Researching your writing with L A Weatherly

16.00-16.45                 The Writer’s Process with CJ Skuse

Agents Area

 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.

 11.00-11.45                 Talk: Publishing 101
                                               If you want to know more about how to get                                                          published, this is the place to start! This                                                                  informative talk explains how the publishing                                                      industry works, and how to approach a literary                                                  agent.

12.00-12.45                 Talk: Publishing 102
                                             Go behind the scenes in publishing! Featuring                                                    guest speakers representing a wide range of                                                      publishing roles, this talk is for you if you have                                                    ever wondered about a career in the publishing                                                industry, or simply want to learn more about it.

14.00-14.45                 Agent 1-2-1s
                                             Meet one of our literary agents and have the                                                      chance to pitch them your work in these fast-                                                     paced 1-2-1 sessions.

15.00-15.45                 Talk: Cat Clarke, Sarah Lambert & Julia                                                                 Churchill
                                              Meet author Cat Clarke, who will be discussing                                                 her experiences of being an author with her                                                       editor Sarah Lambert and agent Julia Churchill.

16.00-16.45                 My Kinda BookClub: Sara Barnard, Harriet                                                        Reuter Hapgood & Eleanor Wood
                                             Join in this fun book-club style session with                                                        three fantastic new YA authors.

Saturday 30 July

Join the Rebellion! Resistance and protest in YA

10.00 – 10.45am — Start your Saturday with auhors Alwyn Hamilton, Julie Mayhew and Simon Mayo as they debate the themes of political proteest and resistance in YA writing with host Anna James, literary editor of Elle Magazine.

#SquadGoals

11.00 – 11.45am — Talking about everything from your BFFs to your toxic frenemies, join Holly Bourne, Sara Barnard, Sarra Manning and Sara Pinborough for an honest discussion about friendship in YA, with host Anna James.

Teenage Soundtrack: Music in YA

12.00 – 12.45pm — Authors Non Pratt, Sophia Bennett and Chris Russell will be talking about the importance of music to them and their writing process. This discussion will be chaired by author and BBC Radio 2 presenter Simon Mayo.

To Boldly Go… YA in Space!

13.00 – 13. 45pm — Yalc founder Malorie Blackman will be joined by James Smuthe and Eugene Lambert for a conversation about their out—of—this—world settings in YA science-fiction novels, hosted by the Guardian’s Emily Drabble.

Secrets & Lies

14.00 – 14.45pm — Join these four acclaimed authors, Sarah Crossan, Keren David, Sophie Kinsella and Annabel Pitched as they come together for a panel discussion on secrets, lies, family and friendship in their stories.

The Fear Factor: my horror inspirations

15.00 – 15.45pm — Get yourselves to this spine-chilling chat with top horror authors, Dawn Kurtagich, Derek Landy, Alex Scarrow, Darren Shan and host, David O’Callaghan where they will discuss the books, movies and TV shows that inspired their writing.

You Know Me Well: David Levithan & Nina LaCour in conversation

16.00 – 16.45pm — Who knows you the best? Your best friend? Your boyfriend or girlfriend? Someone you met on a chance encounter? Join author David Levithan and Nina LaCour as they talk about their latest book, You Know Me Well.

Yalc Poetry Slam

17.00 – 17.45pm — To wrap Saturday up, come along to the first ever Yalc Poetry Slam. This fun event is inspired by David Levithan and Nina LaCour’s book, You Know Me Well and will feature some special guests from the YALC programme who will read their own poetry. If you’ve ever wanted to read your poetry out loud to an audience, this is your opportunity — everybody is welcome to join in.

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.

10.00-10.45                 Reimagining the classics with Natasha Farrant

11.00-11.45                 Illustration LIVE! with Chris Riddell –  a very                                                    special chance to see Waterstones Children’s                                                  Laureate Chris Riddell bring his stunning                                                            illustrations to life.

12.00-12.45                 Keeping it in the family: co-writing with Honor                                              & Perdita Cargill

13.00-13.45                 Creator vs fandom: authors on social media                                                      with Alice Oseman & Lauren James

14.00-14.45                 Writing with the tarot with Anna McKerrow

15.00-15.45                 Screen-writing with Richard Kurti

16.00-16.45                 Secret superheroes with Nicole Burstein

Agents Area

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.

 11.00-11.45                 Talk: Publishing 101
                                               If you want to know more about how to get                                                          published, this is the place to start! This                                                                  informative talk explains how the publishing                                                      industry works, and how to approach a literary                                                  agent.

12.00-12.45                 Talk: Publishing 102
                                             Go behind the scenes in publishing! Featuring                                                    guest speakers representing a wide range of                                                      publishing roles, this talk is for you if you have                                                    ever wondered about a career in the publishing                                                industry, or simply want to learn more about it.

14.00-14.45                 Agent 1-2-1s
                                             Meet one of our literary agents and have the                                                      chance to pitch them your work in these fast-                                                     paced 1-2-1 sessions.

15.00-15.45                 Talk: Meredith Miller & Danielle Zigner
                                             Meet debut author Meredith Miller, who will be                                              discussing her journey to publication with her                                                    agent, Danielle Zigner.

Sunday 31 July

Maximum Pop! Books: New Voices in YA

10.00 – 10:45am — Meet some of the freshest and most eciting voice in YA today in this session hosted by Maximum Pop! Books. Join authors, Natalie Flynn, Harriet Reuter Hapgood, Claire Hennessy, Pete Kalu, Martin Stewart, Chris Vick and others who will be chatting to host Luke Franks.

Ask Yalc!

11.00 – 11.45am — Visit the #Yalc Information Point with your questions for this panel. Bring the problem page to life, your questions will be answered by Holly Bourne, Juno Dawson, Rosalind Jana and TV’s Dr Christian who will be offering their advice on everything from reading and writing to friendships.

Frances Hardinge, Philip Reeve and Tanya Landman

12.00 – 12.45pm — Three acclaimed authors for children and teenagers come together for this special panel. Costa Book Award winner, Frances Hardinge, CILIP Carnegie Medal 2015 Winner Tanya Landman and multi award winner Phillip Reeve will discuss their work with Imogen Russell Williams.

#MorallyComplicatedYA

13.00 – 13.45pm — What boundaries can a YA author push? When is dark too dark? What are the responsibilities of YA authors? To celebrate the 20th anniversary of YA classic, Junk, Melvin Burgess, Louise O’Neill, Manuela Silva and Emerald Fennell will join Daniel Hahn in a conversation about controversy, censorshop and moral complexity in YA.

The Raven King: Maggie Stiefvater in conversation

14.00 – 14.45pm — Join Katherine Webber as she interviews bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater on her magical Raven Cycle, including the final book in the series, The Raven King.

Harry Potter Party

15.00 – 15.45 — Stick around for this party to close Yalc, celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday (yes, it’s his actual birthday!) and the publication of The Cursed Child with this fun Potter themed party. Be prepared to be whisked off the the wizarding world with a range of magical activities, join in the cosplay competition, and compete to win the House Cup.

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.

 10.00-10.45                 From screen to page: films and creative writing                                                with Catherine Doyle

11.00-11.45                 Writing fan-fiction with Lucy Saxon

12.00-12.45                 Co-writing with Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison

13.00-13.45                 I’ll Be Home For Christmas: short stories with                                                   Katy Cannon & Tracy Darnton, winner of the                                                   Stripes short story competition in conjunction                                               with the YA Book Prize

14.00-14.45                 Funny writing with Ben Davis

Agents Area

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.

11.00-11.45                 Talk: Publishing 101
                                              If you want to know more about how to get                                                         published, this is the place to start! This                                                                 informative talk explains how the publishing                                                       industry works, and how to approach a literary                                                 agent.

12.00-12.45                 Talk: Publishing 102
                                             Go behind the scenes in publishing! Featuring                                                    guest speakers representing a wide range of                                                      publishing roles, this talk is for you if you have                                                    ever wondered about a career in the publishing                                                industry, or simply want to learn more about it.

14.00-14.45                 Agent 1-2-1s
                                             Meet one of our literary agents and have the                                                      chance to pitch them your work in these fast-                                                     paced 1-2-1 sessions.

14.00-14.45                 Talk: Julia Grey & Louise Lamont
                                             Meet debut author Julia Grey, who will be                                                            discussing her journey to publication, and her                                                    experiences so far with her agent, Louise                                                              Lamont.

YALC is taking place this summer – Friday 29th to Sunday 31st July – at Olympia. Get your tickets here!

What are you most excited for at YALC? Let us know at @maximumpopbooks!

 

 

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Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.