John Marsden, the writer of the masterful Tomorrow When the War Began series, is holding a writing masterclass at the Wellington City Library this Saturday (the 13th) from 10am to 12pm. The Children’s Bookshop in Kilbirnie is the organising force behind it. John Marsden is a fantastic writer and will be brimming with inspiration and advice valuable to any interested in YA writing. Tickets are $30 (all proceeds going to the Red Cross Christchurch Earthquake Appeal) and are on a first come first served basis, so contact the Children’s Bookshop if you want to attend (04 3873905). But don’t worry if the tickets are all gone as there’s a book signing at The Children’s Bookshop this Friday (the 12th) at 4pm, which all and sundry are welcome to attend.