Our Keynote presentations at LitFest2444 will be available during all three sessions across the day, giving you the flexibility to include these presentations into your program.
Will Kostakis is an award-winning author, but his real claims to fame are a Twitter spat with Guy Sebastian, and that time a member of Destiny’s Child said his name. After dabbling in celebrity journalism and reality TV, Will now writes for young adults.
His first novel, Loathing Lola, was released when he was just nineteen, and his second, The First Third, won the 2014 Gold Inky Award. The Sidekicks is his latest novel for young adults.
As a high school student, Will won Sydney Morning Herald Young Writer of the Year for a collection of short stories.
Key Note Presentation
How I got a book deal in high school (and other accidents)
Will Kostakis signed his first book deal in Year 12. Some people can have their wildest dreams come true at a young age and remain level-headed… Will learned very quickly that he was not one of those people. He would introduce himself as “Will Kostakis—Ihaveabookcomingout” and let’s just say … it didn’t go to plan. So how did he get a book deal so young, what went wrong, and what did he learn?