Clayton’s Conference 2009

Preparations for the Clayton’s Conference 2009 are well under way. Like our National Conference, Clayton’s will run from 14th to 16th August. We will be presenting both on line chats and email Q&A sessions, workshops and writing exercises. Yes you have to work over the weekend, but not too hard I promise.

Our presenters this year include the talents of:

Anne Whitfield: Anne writes Historical romance, she calls them sagas; I call them stories with depth. Anne also dabbles in contemporary romance and has a comedy romance ‘Hooked on You’ due for release later this year. Anne will be our Friday night guest in the Clayton’s chat room.

Valerie Parv: I think we have all had the pleasure of reading at least one of Valerie’s novels and her writing know how book The Art of Writing Romance. Valerie’s latest how to book is ‘Heat & Craft’, Valerie along with some of Australia’s and New Zealand’s top romance authors give you an insight into their writing world. Valerie will be in the chat room on Sunday afternoon.

Tracey O’Hara: Tracey and her debut novel ‘Night’s Cold Kiss’ have come out with guns blazing (okay it’s more like swords wheeling). ‘Night’s Cold Kiss’ is a Dark Urban Fantasy and a must read. Tracey has offered to co-host with Valerie on our Sunday afternoon chat session. Can’t ask for much more than that now can we?

Heather Brown: Heather released her debut novel Betrothed to the Enemy, a Historical Erotic Romance was published by Noble Romance Publishing June 2009 and Forbidden, M/M Historical Erotic Romance will be released by Noble Romance in an anthology this year. Murder by Design a Murder Mystery was published by Pocket Book Publishing March 2009. Heather will present an email Q&A session on the Friday of our conference.

Zana Bell: Zana writes historical and contemporary romance her debut novel ‘Forbidden Frontier’ was released last year by Mira Books. Zana has a Super Romance due for release later this year. Zana is also one of our Friday presenters, with a Q&A session on ‘How to use the wilderness years to best advantage.’

Fran Tann/Tannia Franklin: Fran worked as an editor for Eternal Press until they took they edits in house. We are fortunate to have Fran share with us tips on what editors are looking for in a manuscript as well as Time Management. I for one need to learn how to better utilize my time.

Diane Curran: Diane is going to run a workshop for us on the Sunday morning titled ‘Sex Scenes that Sizzle at any Heat Level’. Diane is not only a talented writer, she also has an online shop, which features designs for writers and fans of collage poetry with a chick lit or gothic twist. Visit Diane’s Chiokollage if you want a little inspiration.

Joanna Challis: Joanna write historical mystery romance set in the Victorian era. Joanna’s next release is Murder On The Cliffs. Release date November 2009, by St Martin’s Minotaur. Joanna will be available in our chat room over the weekend as well as answer any questions via email.

Rhian Cahill: Rhian or RC as she is better known to many of us, writes novels that push up the heat leave. Rhian writes erotic romance and sets her novels in tropical locations. Her debut novel ‘One Night In Bangkok’ was released in April this year by Noble Romance Publishing. Her next release is ‘Singapore Fling’ which will once again be published by Noble Romance Publishing. Rhian will be available for chats over the weekend.

We have two new things happening this year for the Clayton’s. On the Saturday night, we will run our first ever ‘Clayton’s Awards Night’, so be sure to take part in our writing exercises for your chance to be one of our first winners. Also those participating in the Clayton’s weekend will recieve a goodie bag. Donations of promotional items are still welcome. You can contact me at

A big thank you to all who have taken the time to donate their time and prizes to this Clayton’s Conference. Next week I’ll have information on those who have been generous enough to donate prizes for our weekend. Plus the agenda for the weekend.


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  1. Thank you Sandie for being so on the ball with the Clayton’s Conference. I’m looking forward to being you cohort again this year.

  2. LOL, yes well where would I be without you and Diane helping me out.

  3. What a fantastic line up Sandie, Diane, & RC. Having attended the last two years, I know it’s going to be stellar once again with you all at the helm. Good luck. Sorry won’t be there this year (still I may hang in the background…. I’m still signed up from last year 😉 )

  4. anitajoy

     /  August 2, 2009

    Sandie and helpers, you have done an amazing job organising the Clayton’s. What a line up! Sounds like you’ll have a great time.

  5. Wow, Sandie! What a fantastic lineup. Sounds like a brilliant Clayton’s conference this year.

    Hey, RC, I like the pic 🙂

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