Learn from some of the world's most exciting literary talents 

Over four presentations, students will be inspired and challenged through thoughtful discussion of literature and ideas. Authors will share insights into the writing process, invite students to consider new perspectives, and encourage them in their own creative pursuits. 

Four esteemed young adult authors come together to share insights behind their work. Featuring master of action and suspense, Jack Heath; Young People’s Poet Laureate and Carnegie Medal award winner, Elizabeth Acevedo; First Nations author and Fulbright Scholar, Graham Akhurst; and New York Times bestselling fantasy author, C.S. Pacat.

Secondary School Days is programmed with students in Years 7 to 10 in mind but is suitable for all high-school students.

View the brochure here or explore the full program below. 


9.30am Arrive at venue

10am Morning sessions

11.40am Lunch break and book signing 

12.40pm Afternoon sessions

1.40pm Book signing 

2pm Finish  


Jack Heath: Licence to Thrill

Jack Heath’s many book credits include a range of heart stopping thrillers for both children and adults. His latest YA novel is If You Tell Anyone, You’re Next, centring around a missing teenager and an exclusive (and dangerous) group chat run by anonymous teenagers. Find out how Jack plots and paces his novels and discover his tips on writing suspense and action.

Elizabeth Acevedo: Carving Your Own Path

Elizabeth Acevedo is a Dominican-American poet and author whose critically acclaimed novels weave in themes of race, gender and equality, frequently with an infusion of hope. Elizabeth is a strong advocator for diversifying our literary canon for young readers and including a greater representation of previously marginalised voices. Join Elizabeth as she shares the inspiration and drive behind her celebrated work.

Graham Akhurst: Close Connections

Graham Akhurst’s debut novel, Borderland, is a speculative eco-horror that explores Indigenous youth identity, eco-politics, and Indigenous connection to land. Hear how Graham has drawn from his experience growing up Indigenous in Meanjin (Brisbane) and his approach to crafting a story that draws upon ancient culture but is rendered through a fictional lens.

C.S. Pacat: Finding Your Way

Dark Heir is the explosive and highly anticipated sequel to New York Times bestselling Dark Rise. In this session C.S. Pacat will delve into the craft of world-building and explore ways in which fantasy writing can reflect, explore and even challenge the way we see our everyday world.

For more information about Secondary School Days, please contact us:

(02) 9256 4200