Cruisin’ the Blog and Member News

Hello again, everyone. I hope you’re all staying warm and dry as the wintery weather flows in all over Australia! Luckily we have our wonderful chauffeur, Enrico, on hand to take us Cruisin’ in his nice, warm limo! Turn up the heat, Enrico, please. This is the perfect weather to snuggle up with a good read. I’m rugged up under the blankets with my fingers tapping away on my laptop to bring you this week’s blog links and good news. Enjoy!

Keep your good news and hot blog spots coming to


From Here To Eternity

Romance Writers of Australia’s 20th Annual Conference

August 11-14, 2011

Hilton on the Park, Melbourne


When? 9am Friday 12th August to Sunday 14th August

Where? On Line

How? Via a Claytons Yahoo Group

Registrations open officially in July but there’s no reason why you can’t email Anne Whitfield today if you have any queries or want to sign up as a pending member.




Anne continues her blog tour this week:

THURS 23rd June Unusual Historicals

SUN 26th June – Unusual Historicals

THUR 30th JuneLindsay’s Romantics

THUR 30th JuneBritish Romance Fiction

Kendall has the spotlight on Aussies with a host of topics and special guests

Liia Ann White – Misconceptions about Australians

Dean Mayes – Music as a literary experience

Hannah Downing – Aussie foods

Mon Wood – Australia’s National Treasures

MON 20th June – GUEST AUTHOR: Barbara Elsborg – Sci Fi Romance Author

THURS 23rd June – GUEST AUTHOR: Nikki Logan featuring her latest release

SAT 25th June – A Few Good Books – some recommended reads for this month

MON 27th June – *Mark your diary* – special guest author is Janet Woods

SUN 19th June – Zara Bell shares a Sunday Smooch from her book A RISK WORTH TAKING and is offering a book giveaway.

MON 20th June – Sharon has a blog to share and a giveaway too

WED 22nd June – Blogging with Zana

FRI 24th June – A post by Natalie

Blogged about Aussie Awesomeness week. A look at our distinctive Aussie Lingo. Nicole is also taking part in a series of interviews with Chris Andrews at The Infrequent Blog.

Lesley dropped by to let us know that this week’s topic of discussion over at Wink focused on mature aged heroines.

THURS 23rd June – Conference Virgin Fiona McArthur stops by for a chat

FRI 24th June – A Day in the Writing Life of Eleni Katsinis – Suz Hamilton

Sat 25th June –  Little Gems post with Jenn J McLeod

SUN 26th June – Cruisin’ the Blogs and Member News


Fiona Lowe

Heather C Brown

Helene Young

Historical Belles & Beaus

Historical Saga Novels

Janet Woods


Shared a link on The Biggest Mistakes Writers make when querying Literary Agents

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


The Lynne Wilding Meritorious Service Award

Nominations for this award close on June 30th. Every year our wonderful, valued members  share advice, tips, moral support, tears of joy, our successes and our stumbling blocks.  Who do you think has gone the ‘extra mile’ this year? This is our opportunity to recognise and thank all those members who keep extending their hand to help us through the sunlit hills and dark valleys of writing and publishing. Unfortunately, there can only be one recipient of the award but we’re all winners for having such a wonderful and supportive group. Email Diane with your nomination and don’t forget to tell them why you think your nominee is deserving of this award.


Lillian Grant’s romantic suspense SPEAK TO ME OF ABDUCTION was released by Siren Bookstrand on June 15th.

Annie Seaton signed with Lyrical Press this week for her first novella, a Steampunk Romance WINTER OF THE PASSION FLOWER after being offered contracts from two publishers!

Congratulations to all our members on their achievements this week. Please feel free to email me if you have exciting news to share.

CONTESTS for 2011

All contests are now closed. Thank you everyone for your entries. Watch this space for more competition news for 2012.


Date for 2011 BIAW

July 25th to 31st

October 24th to 30th

For more information contact Pam Collings



Thursdays, 7 July, 4
Aug, 1 Sept, 6 Oct, 3 Nov, 1 Dec

Authoring the Author ~ William Kostakis

When: 6.30pm–9.30pm

Where: Surry Hills Library, NSW

Cost: $460 M, $390 MC, $650 NM

FMI + Bookings:

Saturday 9 July

Paving Your Path to Publication: getting organised, getting
strategies and getting out there ~ Phillipa Fioretti

When: 10:00am–1:00pm

Where: SA Writers’ Centre

Cost: $55 M, $77 NM

FMI + Bookings:

Saturday 16 July

Editorial Expertise and the Publishing Process: What you
need to know ~ Alice Barker

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: The Ballarat Mechanics’ Institute, Vic.

Cost: $60 M, $90 NM

FMI + Bookings:

Sunday 17 July

Conquering Your Inner Critic ~ Edwina Shaw

When: 10:30am–4:30pm

Where: Queensland Writers’ Centre

Cost: $110 M, $100 MC, $160 NM

FMI + Bookings: Phone (07) 3842 9922 OR

Saturday 23 July

Perfect Pitch: 10 Tips for Selling Your Writing to Agents,
Publishers & Editors ~ Peter McAllister

When: 1:00am–4:00pm

Where: Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre, WA

Cost: $25 M, $40 NM

FMI + Bookings:  OR
email OR (08) 9294 1872

Monday 25 July

Digital Publishing Talk: Retool and Remix: Get A Digital
Life! ~ David Reiter

When: 5.30pm

Where: Orange City Library, Byng Street, Orange, NSW

Cost: Free

FMI + Bookings: . Bookings on (02) 6393 8132.



Announce Online Writing Classes with Julia Rowe

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

Imogen Smith from the Australian Writer’s Marketplace On-line Learning Centre has notified us of the following courses available:

Learn the art and business of writing with The Australian Writer’s Marketplace’s Online Learning Centre. Discover inspiring, flexible
online courses and learn at your own pace, wherever you are. Interact with fellow writers and get one-on-one feedback
from our tutors, who are all published authors and industry professionals. Check out the AWM Online Learning Centre website for course
details or give Queensland Writers Centre a call on (07) 3842 9922.

Writing Science Fiction Short Story

Six-week course

Commencing 27 June

Cost $150

Join one of Australia’s most successful authors of science
fiction, fantasy and horror, Lee Battersby, for a journey through the fantastic
art of the science fiction short story. Over six weeks you will learn how to
build worlds, character, voice and mood in this challenging and rewarding form.

Pitching to  Publishers with Tiana Templeman

Four-week courses

Commencing 11 July and 10 October 2011

Cost $150

This four-week course, starting 9 May, will show you how to
push all the right buttons to attract a publisher’s eye. Discover what
commissioning editors love and what they loathe.

From writing a captivating synopsis to deciding where to
send it, learn about all facets of the proposal process for a range of writing
including non-fiction, fiction, and children’s.

Introduction to  Creative Writing

Six-week courses

Commencing 20 June, 18 July, 15 August and 17 October 2011.

Cost $130

There are a lot of us out there who write, scribbling ideas
on bus tickets, boarding passes and coffee shop serviettes, but who never seem
to turn these notes into anything. If you have been scribbling away quietly but
have never taken the leap to finish anything or call yourself a writer, clear a
few hours a week in your schedule to sit down and rediscover the art of
creative writing in this practice-based series of online activities and

Kim Wilkins’ Year of the Novel

Year-long courses

Commencing June and August 2011

Cost $445

Challenge yourself to complete the ultimate writing journey
in Kim Wilkins’ Year of the Novel under the tutelage of author of Dust,
Christine Bongers. Christine will guide you through this course created by Kim
Wilkins and help you get that manuscript finished in a year!


Have a wonderful week!


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