YALC has announced the authors taking part in #atHomeYALC 2021

The UK’s Young Adult and Lit Con (YALC) has announced the lineup for #atHomeYALC. And it’s an amazing array of authors, which if like us you love YA books then it will get you very excited.

Due to the ongoing pandemic and the different restrictions worldwide, YALC isn’t having an in-person event this year, instead, you can see it all from the comfort of your own home.

Over the YALC @home weekend, they will be posting exclusive panels, recorded especially for YALC, discussing a range of subjects that are rooted in the best YA fiction.

I’ll have what she’s having. Finding love in unlikely places

The panel will be chaired by George Lester and will feature Adiba Jaigirdar, Beth Reekles, Becky Albertalli, Phil Stamper, and Samira Ahmed.

You Had me at Hello. Falling in love for the first time

The panel will be chaired by Simon James Green and will feature Alice Oseman, Nicola Yoon, Tanya Byrne, and Tasha Suri.

Ohana Means Family. Finding your place in the world

The panel will be chaired by Sara Barnard and also feature Angie Thomas, Eve Ainsworth, Patrice Lawrence, and Yasmin Rahman.

There’s just no telling how far I’ll go. -Debut Authors panel

Wibke Brueggemann will chair the panel that acknowledges some of the fantastic debut YA authors. Also featuring on the panel Anna Bowles, Ashaye Brown, Jarlath Gregory, Naomi Gibson, and Rebecca Henry.

Round up the usual suspects. Whodunnits and webs of lies

Chaired by one of our absolute fave authors Ava Eldred, this panel is going to be brilliant, featuring Faridah Abíké-Iyímídé, Karen M. McManus, Kathryn Foxfield, Maureen Johnson, and Sue Wallman.

We’re not in Kansas anymore. Exploring magical worlds.

C. L. Clark, Darren Shan, Garth Nix, and Hafsah Faizal are all set to sit down and discuss some of the fantastic magical worlds they and many other YA authors have created.

A wizard is never late. Mystic powers and those that wield them

This mystic and wizard-loving panel will be chaired by Ciannon Smart and will also feature Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson.


History Has Its Eyes on You

One for those who love to be swept away into the past. This panel will be chaired by Chelley Toy and feature Catherine Barter, Kat Dunn, Laura Wood, Mackenzi Lee, and Mackenzi Lee.

After all, tomorrow is another day. Future worlds and desperate dystopias

Lauren James will chair this dystopian-themed panel with contributions from Femi Fadugba, Jonathan Stroud, K L Kettle, Veronica Roth and Micaiah Johnson.

If panels filled with some of YA’s most talented and loved authors wasn’t enough to get you screaming in excitement. YALC has also announced some equally scream-worthy workshops, that you can watch and learn and be even more inspired by.

Planned workshops include:

Blogger to Author Workshop -Amy McCaw

Writing humour workshop -Debbie Rigaud

Screenwriting vs book writing workshop – Holly Race

Writing YA workshop – Initisar Kahani

Co-authoring workshop -Katherine & Elizabeth Corr

Writing a book with a friend workshop – Katherine Webber & Catherine Doyle

Equity and allyship workshop -Kimberly Jones & Gilly Segal

Creating believable worlds workshop -Krystal Southerland

This Book Is Cruelty-Free Workshop -Linda Newbery

Writing flawed characters workshop -Luke Palmer

Writing about a pandemic during a pandemic workshop- Marieke Nijkamp

There is also events that are being done exclusively #atHomeYALC. Featuring: Holly Bourne, Juno Dawson, Maggie Stiefvater and Sara Shepard.

As if that’s not enough there is going to be tons of exclusive cover reveals from authors and competitions too.

#atHomeYALC on 6-8 August promises to be an unforgettable weekend for book lovers! You can find out all the info, here!

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