June 11 & 12- Continuum 13 – talking about queers in space!!!, pronouns other than he and she, and zines.
June 15 – Emerging Writers Fest – as part of the YA Masterclass I’ll be on the Hows and Whys panel.
With YA expert and #LoveOzYA chair Michael Earp, three writers take us behind the scenes of successful storytelling. How did they find their YA voices – and why are they drawn to this readership? Come along for an hour of insights into the complexities of creative practice.
With: Michael Earp, Alison Evans, Fiona Wood and Demet Divaroren
June 17 – Emerging Writers Fest – the EWF Formal
Ever wished you could go back to high school? No, neither have we. But in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the classic coming of age novel Looking for Alibrandi, we’ll be hosting our very own high school formal! With writers performing odes to their high school selves, get out your dancing shoes and come reminisce about the awkward years with all your fellow dorks.
With: Elizabeth Flux, Hera Lindsay Bird, Ara Sarafian, Michelle Law, Alison Evans, Izzy Roberts-Orr, DJ Baby Bonus
August 30 – Melbourne Writers Festival Schools Program
Hear Alison Evans and Nevo Zisin share their personal stories on gender equality, identity, and coming out. Learn about writing gender-diverse characters and using inclusive language to reflect the complexity and diversity of stories. With Adele Walsh.
Explore two new YA sci-fi thrillers with Cally Black (author of alien war saga In the Dark Spaces) and Alison Evans (writer of the universe-shifting Ida). What inspires them to write the stories and characters that they do?