Hello and welcome back! With the excitement of RWA 2013 now a happy memory, it’s time to start planning for next year. A huge congratulations and thank you to the 2013 Conference team, volunteers, sponsors, presenters and delegates who made it possible to ride the waves of romance in the beautiful town of Fremantle. I hope you enjoyed the delights Western Australia has to offer.
RWA Conference 2014
4 days. 30+ workshops. Over 300 writers, editors, agents and publishing industry professionals. One epic conference. Join us in Sydney with guest speakers; thriller writer and writing craft author, James Scott Bell, along with award-winning, best-selling romantic adventure author, Cherry Adair.
When: August 7-10 2014
Where: Novotel Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush
Keep an eye out for updates on the blog and website for more information.
RWAus contest season is now open and we have a ripping new contest for our unpublished writers. Closing dates for the 2013-14 contest season:
|Ripping Start||6 September 2013|
|Selling Synopsis||22 November 2013|
|Emerald Award||22 November 2013|
|Little Gems||31 January 2014|
|First Kiss||14 February 2014|
|Valerie Parv Award||TBA April 2014|
RWA is excited to launch a new contest for published novellas. To be known as The Ella, the romantic novella of the year award will be a reader-judged contest, and the winner will be announced at RWA’s national conference in August.
The Romantic Book of the Year Award, affectionately known as The Ruby, is our premier award and the only one of its kind in Australia. Voted on by Australian readers, this contest is open each year to any Australian or New Zealand romance author who has published a long or short romance novel.
Keeping up Appearances
- Writing Romance with Anne Gracie – Sunday September 8, October 6
If you live in or near Melbourne, Anne Gracie is taking a short course in romance writing, to be held over 4 months — a full day workshop on the first Sunday of each month. The course is being run by Writers Victoria at the Wheeler Centre in the heart of Melbourne.
When: 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Where: Writers VictoriaCost: M $325 NM $390
FMI + bookings: http://writersvictoria.org.au/what-s-on/event/writing-romance/
When: Thursday 29th August
Time: 7pm – 8.30pm
Where: Eltham Library, Panther Place, Eltham
Bookings through Eltham Library,
03 9439 9266 or via their website.
- Beverly Eikli – Write Romance and Sell it! September 7 – 28, November 02 – 23
In September, and again in November, CAE is running Beverly Eikli’s Short Course, Write Romance and Sell it:
Do you want to write a romance novel? Do you have a manuscript or two gathering dust? Multi-published and award-winning romance author Beverley Eikli will help you develop that kernel of an idea that sells a romance. Learn practical devices to improve plot, pacing and presentation, as well as how to pitch to traditional publishers, e-publishers, independents and small press. Beverley will also discuss self-publishing, changing markets and what editors are looking for.
Cost: 4 sessions Full Fee: $320.00 | Concession: $310.00 Find out more on their website.
- Australian Romance Readers Association August 2013
Friday 30 August – SYDNEY
Throbbing Hearts Trivia Night – 6.30 to 11.00 pm
To book: website
WORKSHOP EVENT – with Jenn J McLeod & others incl. Kate Cuthbert – Escape Publishing. A one-day symposium focusing on how writers promote themselves and their work in the constantly changing world of publishing.
When: 10am – 4pm
Where: NSW Writers’ Centre
Cost: Full Price: $90; Member (NSW WC): $65; Conc Member: $55
For writers and publishers, the challenge is always how to get a book into the hands of readers. Whether you self-publish or go with a mainstream publisher, whether it’s an ebook, print or both, the challenge of promoting yourself and launching your book into the world remains. Open Access will bring together authors, publishers, a bookseller, digital expert, and industry professionals to talk about how they do this – their hits and their misses.
Writer’s Classes, Groups and Library Events
Fiction Fundamentals – a one-day writing intensive workshop. Inform. Excite. Ignite. Register for Fiction Fundamentals
Are you committed to writing, but not sure how to get started? You have a story idea, and are overwhelmed by the complexity of the task? Or you’ve started, maybe even published, and you want to explore and improve your craft? Perhaps you’re considering the path of self-publishing?
The Write Chicks are multi-published romance fiction authors, Shannon Curtis and Paula Roe. Together, they have over 12 years’ writing experience. They will be joined by Jennifer Brassel, published author and creative writing instructor and for one day these professional authors will share their experience and techniques for writing and publishing in an intensive seminar designed to boost your own skills and knowledge.
Whether you’re looking to learn something new, or wanting to hone your craft, this writing boot camp will deliver value for money. Three authors. Intense, comprehensive sessions. One event.
- Brisbane Writers Festival: 4-8 September 2013
Brisbane Writers Festival brings a page-turning experience to Brisbane from 4-8 September.
Romance Writers of Australia will launch the 2013 Little Gems Sapphire Anthology at the Brisbane Writers Festival. Enjoy readings from this annual publication that celebrates the best romantic short stories.
Date: Sunday, 8 September.
Venue: Red Box, State Library of QLD.
Romance Writers of Australia will present popular romance blogger and critic Sarah Wendell in discussion with New York Times best-selling author, Nalini Singh at the Brisbane Writers Festival.
Time: 1-2pm, Date: Sunday, 8 September.
Venue: Auditorium 1, State Library of QLD.
- Melbourne Writers Festival 22 August – 1 September 2013
The Melbourne Writers Festival is the City of Literature’s annual, two-week celebration for writers, readers and thinkers. The Festival runs from Thursday 22 August 2013 to Sunday 1 September 2013. Our Schools’ Program takes place from Monday 26 August 2013 to Thursday 29 August 2013.
- Random House Events
Keep up to date with Random House Australia’s calendar of events including upcoming author appearances, tour dates and special events.
- Penguin House Events May – October 2013
Penguin have a list of author appearances up on their website – including Cathryn Hein and Kylie Griffin.
- Literary Festivals and Events May 2013
For more festival and writing fun, Literary Festivals has a calender packed full of workshops and events.
Classes are run from Margie Lawson’s website using on-line teaching software used by universities. Take a cyber tour before you start your class and introduce yourself.
Affordable forum-style writing classes
A double Golden Heart finalist in 2006, Julie Rowe has been writing for over ten years. Julie teaches a variety of workshops and is the moderator of the Announce Online Classes email loop, which promotes online classes for writers.
To subscribe to the Announce online Classes email loop, send an email to: Announceonlinewritingclassesfirstname.lastname@example.org