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Capturing Imaginations: Writing Engaging Historical Fiction for Children & Young Adults

22 October 2023 | 11:30 am - 1 June 2024 | 11:55 am

2023 HNSA Conference

The Conference was both a live and online event with in-person sessions livestreamed to a virtual audience. All recordings of in-person plenary sessions, interviews and panels are included in your access ticket. There is no option to buy recordings of individual sessions.



Set in WW2, Running with Ivan is Suzanne Leal’s first venture into writing timeslip for younger readers . Ali Stegert’s Her Majesty’s League of Remarkable Young Ladies melds history and fun while encouraging CYA audiences to enjoy science and technology. Susanne Gervay will discuss how these authors approached capturing young imaginations, and why they chose to write for this readership. Please note: the winner of the CYA category of the ARA Historical Novel Prize will also be featured in this session, announcement to be made on 19 October 2023.


About Alison Segert

Alison D. Stegert is a kidlit creator based in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Her manuscript The Remarkables won the inaugural E.J. Corbett Mentorship for YA Historical Fiction in 2020. After working with mentor Dr Wendy Dunn, the manuscript went on to win the prestigious international competition The Times | Chicken House | IET 150 Prize in late 2021, which resulted in a publishing contract for Her Majesty’s League of Remarkable Young Ladies and literary representation. Ali is the state director of the Queensland branch of SCBWI Australia-East and the founder of the Sunny Coast Writers’ Roundtable. She is a member of the QWC and HNSA.

About Suzanne Leal

Suzanne Leal’s debut novel for middle-grade readers, Running with Ivan, is a time travel adventure inspired by true events in wartime Europe. An experienced facilitator and host at community, corporate and literary events, Suzanne is the founder of Thursday Book Club, a relaxed, friendly book club connecting readers online. Suzanne’s newly released novel for adult readers is The Watchful Wife.

About Suzanne Gervay

Awarded the Lifetime Social Justice Literature Award by the International Literacy Association, Order of Australia, Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award nominee, you’ll find Susanne Gervay in Istanbul speaking to thousands of young people about NO bullying; or in remote indigenous schools bringing literacy to communities. Her acclaimed books include the powerful young adult novel on the second rise of feminism Shadows of Olive Trees; unlocking the Holocaust empowering readers to be Heroes of the Secret Underground; the edgy young adult expose diving into consent, The Edge of Limits. She writes for youth to insight critical choices. She writes for adults to understand these choices.

About ARA CYA Winner

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22 October 2023 | 11:30 am
1 June 2024 | 11:55 am
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