Have you guys heard of the #YAShot literary 'festival' being held in Uxbridge on 28th October?! It looks amazing. I thought today I might break down the official programme and let you know how excited I am for all of the panels and workshops. And yes, I'm included in the programme, but I promise you that I'd have been excited regardless.
10.30am – 11.15am Faye Bird – Sitting on Both Sides of the Desk: Writing & agenting, novels & scripts
Faye will use her experience, both as a former agent for television scriptwriters and as a YA author, to inspire you to create your own characters and get them talking.
11.30am – 12.15pm Jason Rohan – Show, Don’t Tell To Reveal Character
Jason will draw on his experience of performing theatre and working with comics to show how to bring characters to life and how to convey important background information without lengthy narrative. [MG event, suitable for age 7-11 as well as adults]
12:30 – 1:15pm Siobhan Curham – True Face: Be Real. Be Fearless. Be You!
Siobhan will explore techniques for resisting pressure from the ‘perfection police’ to help you take off the masks you wear and proudly reveal your true self to the world. The workshop will provide a supportive environment to discuss how to be honest, dream big and create a life that is happy and fulfilling.
Taran will explore how to create compelling original worlds and share his own experience of how to leverage social media and online opportunities to create modern avenues to traditional publication.
I love the sound of all of these workshops. Especially the True Face workshop with Siobhan Curham, because I've read True Face and I love how inspiring Siobhan Curham is. But the other workshops look fascinating too, exploring different aspects of writing and publication using the fascinating experiences of the authors to benefit everyone as widely as possible. I love that.
A star vlogger with over 43,000 subscribers on YouTube, Ben was shortlisted as Champion Vlogger in the inaugural UKYA Blogger Awards. Ben’s workshop will help you get started with vlogging and booktubing. Don’t know how to get a YouTube channel or how to hide your date of birth? Don’t know how to get comfortable in front of the camera or what to wear/what not to wear? Ben will answer your questions and explain how to create a safe, comfortable approach that suits you. Find Ben on Twitter @Benjaminoftomes.
Shortlisted as Champion Adult Blogger in the inaugural UKYA Blogger Awards, Michelle blogs and vlogs, including as part of the brilliant Bookish Brits team. She’ll be talking about group projects, reading challenges and how to stand out from the crowd. Find Michelle on Twitter @cloverness (watch out for the autocorrect that quite understandably turns her handle into @cleverness).
Shortlisted for the Champion Newcomer category of the inaugural UKYA Blogger Awards, Chrissi and her sister, fellow ace blogger Beth, will help you develop the skills and confidence to build a great blog that is sustainable and enjoyable for you and your followers. The perfect workshop for those who are curious about starting a blog, those who’ve just done so and those still relatively new to blogging. Find Chrissi on Twitter @ChrissiReads and Beth at @Bibliobeth1.
Debbie (shortlisted for the Champion of YA category at the inaugural UKYA Blogger Awards) and Daphne (winner of the Champion of Social Media category) will host a workshop perfect for people who’ve been blogging for a while and want to know more about how to create a brand, set themselves apart and grow their following. Find Debbie on Twitter @SnugglingonSofa and Daphne @wingedreviews.
5pm – 6pm Reviewing Diversity in Literature & MYSTERY WORKSHOP
Bay 1: Jim Dean and Wei Ming Kam – Reviewing Diversity in Literature: Probably the first and hopefully the last workshop needed
Ming and Jim (winner of the Champion of Diversity mantle at the inauguralUKYA Blogger Awards) will discuss some of the major questions about diversity in YA fiction and how they apply to bloggers and vloggers. How important is it to review diverse books and support diverse authors? What IS a diverse book, for that matter? Should reviewers talk about diversity when it’s not a key part of the plot, or isn’t obvious until some way into the book Do bloggers have a responsibility to call out problematic representations of diversity? The workshop will explore these issues and practical advice on how to discuss diversity in a positive way on your blog. WARNING: controversy and uncomfortable truths ahead! Find Jim on Twitter @yayeahyeah and Ming @weimingkam.
Bay 3: It’s a mystery – at least for now!
Find out more about how we’ll be filling our final workshop slot during #UKYAchat on Twitter 8-9pm Monday 26August.
Man, alive! Doesn't that look like an amazing line-up for blogging/vlogging workshops? I love all of these bloggers and vloggers and I cannot wait for these. The one I'm most looking forward to, obviously, is Jim and Ming's workshop on blogging and diversity. Because it sounds ace. The mystery blogging workshop hasn't been announced yet but I hope it got some good entries!
‘UKYA’ Hall (Civic Hall, Civic Centre):
10:10am – 10:15am YA Shot Opening: News About the Year-Long Legacy Programme
Oooh! I love these panels. The sound of 'Surviving Secondary school' 'Crime and punishment' and 'Trigger Warning' especially. Plus, I just think each of these authors are in such perfect panels. Love the way that everyone is given a chance to play to their strengths and hopefully really shine. This is going to be SUCH an exciting day.
All the MG Central events are suitable for children aged 7-11 as well as adults.
I'm not a massive reader of middle grade fiction but this looks like a really exciting line-up of events! Particularly intrigued by Daring Do!: High Stakes versus safety nets in MG adventures and Into the Past: Exploring history in MG fiction.
I think this portion of the programme looks like my favourite. All the panels/workshops look ace. I read this part and thought to myself 'all of them. I want to go to all of these panels.' Will really have to schedule myself well beforehand and prioritise because I know so many things will clash :( But I love the sound of the Hopeless Romantic panel, the Horror panel, Nature as a character and Subverting Stereotypes especially.
Let me know what you think of the YAShot programme!