Cruisin’ the Blog & Member News

Have you booked your workshops for the RWAus Conference yet? How great does it all look? I’m so excited. Don’t forget to check out the Far North Queensland Roadshow if you live in the top end, or anywhere for that matter. You can find out more information about both below.

RWA SPECIAL NOTICES:

From Here To Eternity

Romance Writers of Australia’s 20th Annual Conference

August 11-14, 2011

Hilton on the Park

Melbourne

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

UPCOMING EVENT

AUSTRALIAN ROMANCE READERS CONVENTION

Registration for ARRC2011 is now under way: for futher information please visit the ARRA website.

Members Events ~

Helene Young ~

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’re free.

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Welcome to another exciting week of 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 – cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

CRUISIN’ THE BLOG: ~

Where Our Members are Blogging ~

Dark Side DownUnder ~

TUES 15th March  – Good News Day
WED 16th March – Winner announced for Astrid Cooper’s Starlight
THUR 17th March – Magic Thursday (with giveaway) – Nicola E. Sheridan with an e-copy of her debut novel Magical Gains
FRI 18th March – What We Are Reading post with Wendy Godding, C.T. Green, Amanda Ashby, Nicky Strickland and Jess Anastasi
SAT 19th March – Darklight On…Kitty Bucholtz

Kylie Griffin ~

THUR 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

MON 14th March – GUEST AUTHOR: Helene Young – (with a give-away of her latest release SHATTERED SKIES)

THURS 17th March – “Who’s that girl? Interview” – featuring Bec Skrabl (from RWAustralia)

SAT 19th March – GUEST AUTHOR: Mel Teshco – with a give-away of her latest release MOON THRALL or one of her back-list!

Novel Adventurers ~

An architect who is a dedicated fiction reader explores how writing and architecture are very much alike. Come over and find out at Novel Adventurers.

RWAus Blog ~

We have a new member joining our blog team this week. Juliet Madison is taking over our Author Spotlight segment. Welcome to the team Juliet.

MON 14th March – Juliet Madison – Author Spotlight – Charlie Kramer

TUES 15th March – Bronwyn Jameson – Conference Session Spotlight on – Dr John Barletta

WED 16th March – Guest Blogger Barbara Hannay – Far North Queensland Roadshow

THUR 17th March – Bronwyn Jameson – Conference Session Spotlight on – Valerie Parv and Jennie Adams

FRI 18th March – Suzanne Hamilton – A Day in the Writer’s Life …

SAT 19th March – Sandie Hudson – February Bestsellers List

SUN 20th March – Sandie Hudson – Cruisin’ the Blog & Members News

Members who Blog Regularly ~

Christina Phillips

Christine Wells

Denise Rossetti

Eleni’s Tavern

Elisabeth Rose

Fiona Lowe

Blogs of Interest ~

NOTE: If you come across a blog you think will interest our members drop me a line with the details.

Heroes and Heartbreakers ~

Wendy the Super Librarian, fights for the underdog in the romance genre, Category Romance. ‘Category Romance: More than Cute Little Books with Dreadful Titles’. Thanks to Doreen Sullivan for sharing this blog post.

The Blood-Red Pencil ~

Editor Linda Lane coaches writers through rewrites of their manuscripts. This week she chatted on the Pencil ‘Cues for the Coach: Taming your Characters’.

MEMBER’S CONTESTS and GIVEAWAYS: ~

Anna Campbell ~

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 anna@annacampbell.info 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. http://www.annacampbell.info/contest.html And don’t forget to check out her great new website at http://www.annacampbell.info, including the excerpt from her forthcoming release MIDNIGHT’S WILD PASSION.

The contest closes 31st March, 2011.

MEMBER’S NEWS: ~

Allison Leake ~

Allison finalled in the Paranormal section of the US Washington Chapter’s Marlene competition. Fantastic Allison. Congratulations.

Chris Weston ~

Chris finalled in the US Washington Chapter’s Marlene Competition in the “Series” category. WOO HOO Chris. Congratulations.

M.J. Scott ~

Mel Scott showed off her very first cover to us during the week ‘Shadow Kin’ due for releases in September 2011. WOW Mel! Looks fantastic.

Vonnie Hughes ~

Vonnie signed on with The Wild Rose Press for her romantic suspense ‘Lethal Refuge.’ Congratulations Vonnie .

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.

Valerie Parv Award

Opens:  Friday February 25, 2011

Closes: Friday April 8th, 2011

See website for details.

Challenges ~

Date for  2011 BIAW

March 28th to April 3rd

July 25th to 31st

October 24th to 30th

For more information contact Pam Collings pam@collings.id.au

UPCOMING EVENTS: ~

Saturday 19 March

Writing Popular Fiction ~ Helene Young

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

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
When: 6:00pm–8:00pm
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
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
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
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre
Cost: $12 M, $10 MC, $15 NM
FMI + Bookings: Victorian Writers’ Centre OR (03) 9094 7855

Saturday 9 April
What Every Writer Should Know – And Most Never Do ~ Colin Falconer
When: 10:00am–1:00pm
Where: SA Writers’ Centre
Cost: $55 M, $77 NM
FMI + Bookings: Email or (08) 8223 7662 or SA Writers’ Centre Website

Saturday 16 April
Story Structure Workshop ~ Kathryn Heyman
When: 11:00am–4:00pm
Where: SCU room, Byron Community Centre
Cost: $65 M, $78 NM
FMI + Bookings: NRWC OR email OR phone (02) 6685 5115

Saturday 30 April
Building Suspense into Fiction ~ Katherine Howell
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: Northern Rivers Writers Centre, SCU room, Byron Community Centre
Cost: $70 M, $85 NM
FMI + Bookings: http://www.nrwc.org.au/v1/images/stories/PDFfiles/workshops2011_web.pdf OR email info@nrwc.org.au OR phone (02) 6685 5115

Saturday 30 April
Plotting, planning and avoiding soggy bits ~ Laurine Croasdale
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: NSW Writers’ Centre
Cost: $105 M, $90 MC, $150 NM
FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre

Saturday 30 April & Sunday 1 May
Everything you need to know about publishing ~ Mark MacLeod & Special Guests
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: NSW Writers’ Centre
Cost: $205 M, $175 MC, $290 NM
FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre

Wednesday 4 May
Massaging the Manuscript: The Assessor & the Editor ~ Antoinette Eklund & Belinda Byrne
When: 6:30pm–8:00pm
Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre
Cost: $12 M, $10 MC, $15 NM
FMI + Bookings: Victorian Writers’ Centre OR (03) 9094 7855

Saturday 14 May
Turn up the heat ~ Nicole Murphy
When: 10:00am–1:00pm
Where: ACT Writers’ Centre
Cost: $54 M, $48 MC, $85 NM
FMI + Bookings: ACT Writers’ Centre OR phone (02) 6262 9191

ONLINE Events

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. Don’t forget to support our bloggers.

Happy Reading

Sandie

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