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.

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.

Patrick Ness (International)


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.

Will Kostakis (Australian)

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Will Kostakis is an award-winning author, but his real claims to fame are a Twitter spat with Guy Sebastian, and ‘that time’ a member of Destiny's Child said his name. He writes novels for young adults and the adults who like reading about them and is best known for Gold Inky Award-winning The First Third and The Sidekicks. His short story, I Can See The Ending featured in Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology. In 2018 Will has been a Mentor for the Youth Curators as part of the All Day YA Program.