School Days is a fantastic opportunity for students to engage with their favourite authors, discover exciting new voices and be inspired in a fun, educational and interactive day.
In these hugely popular sessions programmed and presented by Sydney Writers’ Festival, writers and illustrators perform from their work, talk about their craft and take questions from the audience.
In 2016, Michael Grant joins us from the United States to discuss his work, including his best-selling ‘Gone’ series. John Boyne, internationally acclaimed author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, talks about his books and his top tips for creative writing. Award-winning Australian author Vikki Wakefield explores her path to becoming a writer and the story behind her new book. And Claire Zorn, one of the most exciting new writers on the Australian YA scene argues that the best creative writing comes from breaking all the rules.
SOLD OUT – PLEASE SUBMIT A SCHOOL’S BOOKING FORM TO BE ADDED TO THE WAIT LIST
Dates & Times:
Tuesday 17 May
Please arrive at 9:30am for a 10am start
Please arrive at 9.30am for a 10am start.
10.00AM – WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD CHARACTERS
John Boyne talks about the role of history in his books and the challenges of placing innocent characters in times of peril. Plus he’ll run down his Top 20 Tips for writing your own stories.
10.45AM – GONE
Michael Grant, internationally award-winning and bestselling author of the ‘Gone’ and ‘BZRK’ series, discusses the complexities of writing fiction that deals with real events, and the challenges of writing for a modern audience while staying true to the language and attitudes of another time.
11.30PM LUNCH BREAK AND BOOK SIGNINGS
With John Boyne and Michael Grant
12.30PM – THE BEST AND WORST YEARS OF OUR LIVES
Our teens are often described as the best years of our lives — or the worst. Once voted the girl least likely to succeed, Vikki Wakefield talks about failing high school, getting stuck, and learning to discover the extraordinary in an ordinary life. She tells the true stories behind the fiction and discusses her new novel, Inbetween Days.
1.15PM – MAKING STUFF UP
Award-winning author Claire Zorn used to be a terrible speller who thought writing was about trying to follow rules she couldn’t remember. When she realised writing could be a tool for creativity, her life changed. In this session Claire gives insight into her writing process and explores the power of creative thinking.
2.00PM – FINISH AND BOOK SIGNINGS
With Vikki Wakefield and Claire Zorn
We recommend students bring their own lunch.
John Boyne was born in Ireland in 1971. He is the author of nine novels for adults, five for young readers and a collection of short stories. Perhaps best known for his 2006 multi-award winning book The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, John’s other novels, notably The Absolutist and A History of Loneliness, have been widely praised and are international bestsellers. His most recent book for young readers is The Boy At The Top Of The Mountain, which sees him returning to the setting of the Second World War. His novels are published in over 45 languages.
Vikki Wakefield’s first Young Adult novel, All I Ever Wanted, won the 2012 Adelaide Festival Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction, as did her second novel, Friday Brown, in 2014. Friday Brown
was also an Honour Book, Children’s Book Council of Australia, in 2013. Among other awards, it was
shortlisted for the prestigious Prime Minister’s Awards in 2013. Her new novel is Inbetween Days.
Vikki lives in the Adelaide foothills with her family.
Michael Grant is the author of the bestselling ‘Gone’ series, the ‘BZRK’ trilogy and the brand new ‘Front Lines’ trilogy. With his wife Katherine Applegate, he is also the co-author of Eve and Adam and the ‘Animorphs’ series. Michael has written or co-authored over 150 books in total, which by his own admission is just absurd! Michael lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with Katherine and their two children.
Claire Zorn’s first young adult novel The Sky So Heavy received a 2014 CBCA Honour Book award for Older Readers. Her second novel, The Protected, won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction, the 2015 CBCA Best Book for Older Readers and has been long-listed for the Gold Inky Award.
Suitable for Years 7 – 10
$25 per student/additional teacher (1 teacher free per 20 students)
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Riverside will confirm your booking and invoice the school for a non-refundable $125 deposit. Teachers receive complimentary seating on a 20:1 ratio (unless otherwise specified). Once you have paid your deposit, your booking is secure.
- FINAL PAYMENT
You can request changes to student numbers up to 4 school weeks prior to the performance. We strongly recommend making the cut-off point for students to pay the school and confirm their attendance at around 5 – 6 weeks before the performance or workshop date, giving yourself plenty of time to confirm final numbers. Riverside will invoice you for the balance, payable 4 school weeks before your performance or workshop date. At that stage student numbers are final. Bookings cannot be held if your final payment is not received and the deposit is forfeited. An increase of numbers is possible after the final payment day and is subject to availability.
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