Fan fiction is where many YA writers cut their teeth and develop their craft. Alison Evans, Mackenzi Lee and Lili Wilkinson speak to Maria Lewis about how they came to love the expansive world of fan fiction, and dish on their ‘headcanons’, OTPs and favourite ‘fics’. After the panel, join the authors in a fanfic speed-writing workshop and – if you’re game – share your writing at the open-mic event closing the evening.

Presented with the City of Sydney Libraries.

Mackenzi Lee (International)

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Mackenzi Lee holds a BA in history and an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Simmons College. She is the New York Times bestselling author of the historical fantasy novels This Monstrous Thing, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, which won a 2018 Stonewall Honor Award and the New England Book Award, and its sequel, The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, which debuted at #3 on the New York Times bestseller list. She is also the author of Bygone Badass Broads. When not writing, she works as an independent bookseller, drinks too much Diet Coke, and romps with her St. Bernard, Queenie

Alison Evans (Australian)

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Alison Evans is an author of two YA books from Melbourne, Australia. Their novel, Ida, was the winner of the People's Choice Award at the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards. They recently published their second novel, Highway Bodies, and are a contributor to new anthology, Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories. They are based in Melbourne where they continue to work towards their lifelong dream of being a purveyor of rabid gender politics.

Lili Wilkinson (Australian)

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Lili Wilkinson is the award-winning author of twelve YA novels, including Pink, Green Valentine and The Boundless Sublime. She established the insideadog.com.au website and the Inky Awards at the Centre for Youth Literature, State Library of Victoria. She has a PhD in Creative Writing, and lives in Melbourne. Her latest book is After the Lights Go Out.

Maria Lewis (Australian)

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Maria Lewis is a journalist, screenwriter, TV host and author of more than four novels including her latest critically acclaimed work, The Witch Who Courted Death. Her debut novel Who's Afraid? is currently being adapted for television.