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How to Write About ‘Issues’ in YA (Without Making It an Issue)

Join Nicole Hayes in this full day course on how to write about ‘issues’ in YA.

Issues-driven YA fiction continues to push boundaries and challenge readers and publishers alike. But how do you explore an issue in an engaging way without preaching or lecturing? What are the challenges and pitfalls? Drawing on popular novels, established writing conventions and dynamic exercises, this workshop will help identify what issues are perennially relevant, current and emerging, offering strategies to apply to your own writing to help you better make your point, without losing the reader.


  • When: Saturday 12 August 2023, 10am-4pm
  • Where: The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne
  • With: Nicole Hayes

About the Tutor

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Nicole Hayes is an award-winning YA author and podcaster. Her novel, One True Thing, won the Children’s Peace Literature Award, and shortlisted for the WA Premier’s Literary Award. A Shadow’s Breath shortlisted in the NSW Premier’s Award and is a CBCA Notable. The Whole of My World, a YA #MeToo story set in the world of AFL, was longlisted for the Gold Inky. She is currently pursuing a creative writing PhD in YA fiction at Deakin University where she also teaches.  

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