Ahh the freshness of Autumn, cooler weather and time to think about what session you plan to sign up for at the RWAus Conference. Find out more about that below, as well as information on the Far North Queensland Roadshow.
RWA SPECIAL NOTICES:
Romance Writers of Australia’s 20th Annual Conference
August 11-14, 2011
Hilton on the Park
Registrations are now open for this year’s 20th Anniversary Annual Conference. Visit the RWA ‘From Here to Eternity’ Conference webpage for more information and watch for the conference feature in your March Hearts Talk.
The North Queensland Writers Roadshow 28th May 2011
COSTS: (Including lunch, morning and afternoon teas)
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION
14th February – 31st March 2011
Cost: One-day Seminar $ 130 RWA Members
Cost: One-day Seminar $ 150 RWA Non-Members
AUSTRALIAN ROMANCE READERS CONVENTION
Registration for ARRC2011 is now under way: for futher information please visit the ARRA website.
Members Events ~
Saturday 19th March in Townsville and the 20th March in Cairns, Helene is presenting Writing Popular Fiction. This one day course is part of the QWC regional programme. QWC have announced this week that these courses will be run free of charge for QWC regional members so check your diaries and see if you are available.
Okay… are we ready for another week of exciting news and fun blog spots with ‘Who’s Where and When and Who did What’? If you have any news you would like to share or have a blog event coming up you can email me anytime – firstname.lastname@example.org
CRUISIN’ THE BLOG: ~
Where Our Members are Blogging ~
WED 9th March – Anna is talking about MIDNIGHT’S WILD PASSION on the RT Book Reviews blog
THUR 10th March – Anna has her regular spot on Romance Bandits always a great read.
FRI 11th March – Catch up with Anna for her regular spot on Tote Bags ‘n’ Blogs.
TUES 8th March – Good News Day
WED 9th March – Winner announced for Maree Anderson’s Scent of a Man.
THUR 10th March – Magic Thursday (with giveaway) – Astrid Cooper with a copy of her book Starlight
SAT 5th March – Darklight On…Christina Phillips
SAT 5th March – “Searching for the Holy Grail…umm, Agent!” – Part 1 of how to hunt for an agent
SUN 6th March – “HOME IS WHERE THE BARK IS give-away winner” announced!
MON 7th March – GUEST AUTHOR: Darynda Jones – talks about her debut release FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT
THURS 10th March – “Who’s that guy? Interview” – featuring Kenneth Zak (from RWAmerica)
SAT 12th March – “Searching for the Holy Grail…umm, Agent!” – Part 2 of how to hunt for an agent.
Australian author Gary Corby will be blogging about whether it’s necessary to travel to a destination in order to write about it (especially if you write historicals). He has some very interesting ideas!
SAT 5th March – Catch up with Valerie blogging at Tote Bags ‘n’ Blogs.
TUES 8th March – Bronwyn Jameson – Conference Session Spotlight on – Jaye Ford and Christine Stinson
THU 10th March – Bronwyn Jameson – Conference Session Spotlight on – 7LoveCats DownUnder Authors
FRI 11th March – Jenn J McLeod – Blog Bites – Shona Husk
SUN 13th March – Sandie Hudson – Cruisin’ the Blog & Members News
Member who Blog Regularly ~
Blogs of Interest ~
NOTE: If you come across a blog you think will interest our members drop me a line with the details.
Nathan chats about the benefits of a Author’s Facebook Page and ‘How to Get Started’.
This week Rachelle Gardner has a great post for unpublished authors ‘The Dreaded Author Bio’
MEMBER’S CONTESTS and GIVEAWAYS: ~
Anna Campbell is celebrating the launch of her brand-new website by sharing some great prizes!
SIX lucky readers will receive a luscious reading double! First up, your choice from Anna’s backlist (please check out her Books page http://www.annacampbell.info/books.html if you need help choosing). Each winner will also win a gorgeous hardcover Rhapsody Book Club edition of either Laura Lee Guhrke’s WEDDING OF THE SEASON or Madeline Hunter’s RAVISHING IN RED.
To be in the draw, just email Anna on email@example.com with two pieces of information –your favourite romance read from 2010 and which book from her backlist you’d like to win. Good luck! For more information, please visit Anna’s contest page. And don’t forget to check out her great new website at www.annacampbell.info, including the excerpt from her forthcoming release MIDNIGHT’S WILD PASSION.
The contest closes 31st March, 2011.
Our Harlequin ‘New Voices’ winner Leah Ashton has received a two book offer to Harlequin Romance. Congratulations Leah.
Liia Ann’s debut novel Elora’s Match was released yesterday. Congratulations Liia Ann.
Suzanne’s Heat in the Outback is up in the top ten best sellers on the Eternal Press site and held its position for a week. WOOHOO Suzanne congratulations.
CONTESTS for 2011 ~
Our RWA 2011 contest season is quickly coming to an end if you haven’t entered any of the contests so far we have only three left. Check the closing dates below.
Opens: Friday February 25, 2011
Closes: Friday April 8th, 2011
See website for details.
Date for 2011 BIAW
March 28th to April 3rd
July 25th to 31st
October 24th to 30th
For more information contact Pam Collings firstname.lastname@example.org
UPCOMING EVENTS: ~
Saturday 19 March
Writing Popular Fiction ~ Helene Young
Where: Thuringowa Library, 86 Thuringowa Drive (corner of Hinchinbrook Drive), Thuringowa Central, Qld
Cost: $85 M, $75 MC, $115 NM
Booking deadline: Friday 4 March
FMI + Bookings: Queensland Writers’ Centre OR phone (07) 3842 9922
Tuesdays 22 & 29 March, 5 & 12 April
Creative Writing 101 ~ Siboney Duff
Where: SCU room, Byron Community Centre
Cost: $95 M, $125 NM
FMI + Bookings: NRWC OR email OR phone (02) 6685 5115
Sunday 27 March
Writing the Fantastical ~ Kate Forsyth
Where: NSW Writers’ Centre
Cost: $105 M, $90 MC, $150 NM
FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre
Thursday 31 March
Publishing Perspectives: A Novel Relationship ~ Jo Butler, Jenny Darling & Sonia Orchard
Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre
Cost: $12 M, $10 MC, $15 NM
FMI + Bookings: Victorian Writers’ Centre OR (03) 9094 7855
Julie Rowe, a 2006 Golden Heart double finalist, moderates the Announce Online Writing Classes list.
The Announce Online Writing Classes list notifies subscribers of around 25 to 35 workshops available each month. Most tutorials are sponsored by Romance Writers of America chapters, but on occasion, other reputable teachers are handpicked too.
Interested? Subscribe by sending an e-mail
That rounds it up for another week. Congratulations to everyone who had good news to share this week. Members, don’t forget to support our bloggers.