Sunday, February 22nd, 2015
11:00 am (Melbourne time / AEDT - convert to your timezone?)


C1Blitz Teen Review Panel – hear what they really think

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For writers of Young Adult (YA) fiction, the most important audience is not publishers or parents, schools or editors – it’s teenagers. If teens get their books, love their characters, and want to read more – a YA author’s work is done.

But how often do you hear directly from the minds and hearts of teens? How hard is it to find out what they like, why they like it, and what they want to read next? The C1Blitz Teen Review Panel will give you the lowdown and help you supercharge your writing.

A group of teenagers will gather at 11am on 22nd February (AEDT) to discuss the early bird entries from the C1Blitz (Chapter One) Competition. They will let fly on what they liked about the first chapters, what they didn’t like, and what they’d like to see changed.

Moderated by the Freshly Squeezed Reads team, the panel will be filmed live, streamed to wherever you are in the world.

Whether your early bird entry is being discussed, you’re planning to enter C1Blitz, or you simply want to hear what readers think, this panel will give you food for thought.

If you’re keen to be an early bird and have your work reviewed live, submit your first chapter of an unpublished YA novel by midnight on 15th February (US PST) / 7pm on 16th February (AEST) / 8am on 16th February (GMT).

To find out more about Freshly Squeezed and the C1Blitz Competition, visit and the C1Blitz page .

C1Blitz is a competition that aims to discover, promote and support emerging writers of high quality YA fiction. The fiction must be intended for young adults aged 13 to 18 years.

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Artists in this event:

Amy Han

Amy is an author and creative writing teacher based in Melbourne. As the founder and director of Creative Write-it, she is deeply passionate about helping young people to express their ideas on the page (or screen) in engaging and exciting ways.

She is the author of two novels for young (and young at heart) people: Ru Dreaming and Breaking Jumps; and the short story collection A Trip to Somewhere Else. Her writing has also been featured in magazines and journals including Wet Ink, The Big Issue, Tincture and lip magazine.

When she’s not writing or encouraging young people to write, she can usually be found practising her superhero skills a.k.a. parkour.

The Teen Panel



My favourite genre of writing is Historical Fiction and I’m currently ready The Book Thief. My favourite book so far is War Horse.




My favourite book genre is fantasy adventure or survival. I’m currently reading Wereworld: Storm of Sharks by Curtis Jobling, which is book four in the series. My favourite book of all time – it’s hard to say, but perhaps the Tolkien series, as well as Wereworld and the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini.




My favourite type of books are action and fantasy novels. My favourite book at the moment is ‘Slaves of Socorro’ by John Flanagan, and I like all the others in the Brotherband series. I like to read because if I find the right book, I really enjoy the suspense and thrills it has. Also, I like to read because the books I read usually have humour, which keeps me entertained. I’ve also really liked reading the ‘100 Cupboards’ trilogy by N.D. Wilson.



I have recently started reading Game of Thrones. I mostly read fiction and some political and historical non-fiction now and again. I read sci-fi and fantasy mostly, but books like 1984 and Brave New World are ones that really grab my interest, and would be in my top five books. At the moment I am reading Clash of Kings, second in the Game of Thrones series. My top three books would be Compulsion, 1984 and Game of Thrones. I love the immersion in other worlds.




I really enjoy science fiction, dystopia, young adult fiction and action. I’m currently reading ‘Insurgent’ (the second book in the Divergent trilogy). I am loving the Divergent trilogy, it is suiting me perfectly. I love that just by reading you can enter another world, something unlike the one you’re in and you can learn about how other people see the world – like the author and the characters.


Xander with book


I love books and have acquired quite a collection in my 11 years. At the moment I am reading a few books, the classic “Lord of the Flies”, the latest Artemis Fowl book called “The Time Paradox” by Eoin Colfer and ‘The Kill Order” by James Dashner (which is part of the prequel series for The Maze Runner, which I have read as well). Last year I made my first friend when I noticed someone reading a book about Ancient Greece.  I had just finished the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan and was very passionate about Ancient Greece, particularly Greek gods. I hope to one day travel to Greece to see the Ancient temples of the gods myself. I read every spare moment I have but currently I have no aspirations to write a book myself. However, I do enjoy creative writing at school so who knows what the future will bring!




I’m not fussy over what genre of book to read, but I generally prefer science fiction and biographies involving harsh realities. Currently I’m reading Anh Do’s ‘The happiest refugee’. My favourite book would have to be the all-time classic ‘Pride and Prejudice’. Reading is a great way to sink into oblivion, and forget any troubles and strife. I love reading because it can plunge the reader into any world of possibility, and there is an endless, varying range of wonderful stories that are easily re-liveable.




Some of my favourite books are: the Divergent series (Divergent, Insurgent and Allegiant) by Veronica Roth, Nightmares by Jason Segel, Girl Online by Zoe Sugg, The School for Good and Evil 1 and 2 by Soman Chainani. I also enjoyed The Road to Gungagai by Jackie French, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein, and The Maze Runner by James Dashner.


Katie Colins


I like romance and general teen fiction, and a bit of dystopian as well. I’m a hopeless romantic. I just finished reading ‘The Elite’ by Kiera Cass which I loved. But I also just finished reading ‘The Great Gatsby’ for the third time. I’m not usually one for writing of that time but the way F. Scott FitzGerald wrote was mesmerising. I love escaping into a book. I just love the way reading can take you to another world. I love how you can fall in love with characters that are only ever alive upon paper and I love how attached you can get to them. I love the fact that you will cry, laugh, smile with characters, as though their pain was yours, as though their laughter was yours. If I’ve had a bad day I will honestly just sit there and read as a way to escape within another world.





I am currently reading The Carrie Diaries. In terms of my favourite books, from when I was younger, I loved the ‘Main Streets’ series by Ann M Martin. More recently I love the Divergent series and Looking for Alaska. What I love about reading: getting a chance to have a break from the world and enter the world of the book for adventures.


Bec Rose


I read anything from werewolf to period dramas. My favourite genres are: action, adventure, romance, comedy and drama. My favourite book currently is Hunger Games: Catching Fire. It is easy to read and has a great plotline.











My favourite book genre is anything in young adult fiction. I’m currently reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett. My favourite author is Katie McGarry.

Vicki Renner

Vicki is co-founder and administrator of Freshly Squeezed Reads and has worked in publicity, marketing and communications in publishing and local government. She has completed the first book in her Boudica’s Daughters trilogy, a YA series based on the famed warrior queen. This novel was chosen by Text Publishing to receive Varuna Publishers’ Fellowship award. She is currently working on the second book of the trilogy along with two children’s books and a Middle Grade series.