This is Not Art

October 2, 2014

Why YA?

Huge books like The Hunger Games and The Fault in Our Stars are leading readers of all ages to this difficult to pin down genre. But what makes YA different to just A, and why choose to write in this genre? Supported by SA Writers' Centre.


Michael Mohammed Ahmad

Michael Mohammed Ahmad is the director of SWEATSHOP: Western Sydney Literacy Movement and a doctoral candidate at the University of Western Sydney Writing and Society Research Centre. His first novel is The Tribe (Giramondo, 2014).

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Kylie Fornasier

Kylie Fornasier writes books for children and young adults, including Masquerade published by Penguin Books in 2014. She lives in Western Sydney with her family and an aging beagle. She also facilitates a writers’ group for 14-18 year olds through the ...

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Melissa Kiel

Melissa Kiel is an award winning young adult novelist who grew up in Melbourne. Her first book, Life in Outer space, earned Melissa the Ena Noël Encouragement Award from IBBY Australia. She now works as a children’s book editor, and spends her free time ...

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Tamar Chnorhokian

Tamar has a communications degree in writing and publishing and has worked as a columnist, journalist and a freelance writer. Her first novel is The Diet Starts on Monday (SWEATSHOP, 2014).

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Raelke Grimmer

Raelke Grimmer’s first YA novel, Sleepwalking, was published in 2013 and her picture book What in the World? was published in 2010. She is a regular contributor to Lip Magazine and the editor of multilingual magazine, Tongues which she founded with support ...

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