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Saturday, August 10 • 2:00pm - 2:50pm
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Writers come from varied backgrounds—some are academics, some are dropouts, and some are in-between. Find out how these authors handled their varied academic lives, and how that has influenced who they are today.

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Rosianna Halse Rojas

Rosianna Halse Rojas has been making video blogs about wizards and intellectualism on the YouTube channel “missxrojas” since 2006.  She was one of the 16 winners of the international YouTube NextVlogger competition and plans to grow her channel in order to facilitate focused and extensive discussion about the status of women online. Rosianna has served as the editorial director of LeakyNews.com... Read More →

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James Dawson

James Dawson is the award-nominated author of dark teen thrillers Hollow Pike and Cruel Summer. He grew up in West Yorkshire, writing imaginary episodes of Doctor Who.  He later turned his talent to journalism, interviewing luminaries such as Steps and Atomic Kitten before writing... Read More →
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Abigail Gibbs

Abigail Gibbs was born and raised in deepest, darkest Devon. She is currently studying for a BA in English at the University of Oxford and considers herself a professional student, as the real world is yet to catch up with her. Her greatest fear is blood and she is a great advocate... Read More →
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Samantha Shannon

Born in 1991, Samantha Shannon was brought up in west London, where she started writing at the age of fifteen. This summer she will graduate from St Anne’s College, Oxford with a degree in English Language and  Literature. In 2012 she was shortlisted for a Women of the Future... Read More →
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Elizabeth Wein

Elizabeth Wein has lived in Scotland for over ten years and wrote nearly all her novels there. Elizabeth's latest novel for teens is a departure in a totally new direction. Code Name Verity, published by Egmont UK, Disney-Hyperion, and Doubleday Canada in 2012, is a World... Read More →
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Matt Whyman

Matt Whyman is a best selling author and agony uncle for Bliss Magazine and BBC Radio 1's The Surgery with Aled. He has written widely for adults and teenagers, across a range of subjects. His previous YA books include BOY KILLS MAN, THE WILD and INSIDE THE CAGE. Matt is married with... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2013 2:00pm - 2:50pm UTC
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