Cruisin’ the Blog and Member News

As the conference creeps closer, the lines are running hot with last minute arrangements being put in place. I hope you’re all putting the last minute touches on your pitches, outfits and special conference good luck charms.  The race is on!

Voting for the 20 Years of Romance Covers Showcase is now open. See Page 17 of the July Edition of Hearts Talk for the password to the voting page. Good luck to all our entrants.

Keep your good news and hot blog spots coming to


RWA Special Notices:

From Here To Eternity

Romance Writers of Australia’s 20th Annual Conference

August 11-14, 2011

Hilton on the Park,



Claytons Conference:

When? 9am Friday August 12 to Sunday August 14, 2011

Where? On Line

How? Via a Claytons Yahoo Group

If you haven’t already registered, email Anne Whitfield. Don’t miss out.


Member News:

  • Rebecca Skrabl came second in the RTTA Hearts through History Competition
  • Bec Sampson won the Central Florida Romance Writers Touch of Magic Contest (Contemporary) with a full request from Gail Chasen
  • Rachel Blair came third in the same competition

Congratulations to all our members on their achievements.


Cruisin’ the Blog

Where our Members are Blogging:

August 7 – Anne returns to blog at the Australian Romance Readers Assoc

July  12 – Good News Day

July 14 – Eleni Konstantine – You Harpy, you.

July 16 – Darklight On Jo-Anne Ginn

On Saturdays, Eleni has a series called Stunning Saturday where she highlights great artwork or book covers.

On Sundays, look out for a quote and something funny.

Jane invites you to visit her personal blog where she posts poetry, short stories etc.

July 11 – Guest Author: Nicole Murphy, Dark Sider and Fantasy Author

July 14 – Who’s that girl? Interview with Tina Marie Clark from RWA

July 16 – Conference Highlights 3: Roll out the Red Carpet … showcasing the Awards dinner

July 18 – *Mark your Diary* – Guest Author: Ella Drake, SFR Author

July 10 – Sunday Smooch this week is with Michelle Douglas and a kiss from her book CHRISTMAS AT CANDLEBARK FARM. One lucky commenter gets to win a copy

July 11 – Blog with Anna Hackett

July 13 – Michelle Douglas will be sharing a tip to increase your happiness

July 15- Mel Tesco blogs about places of mystery

Join Nicola E Sheridan at the Magical Gains Blog spot weekly

July 11 – Nas Dean’s guest this week is Amy Andrews with a book to giveaway. Nas’s review of Amy Andrews JUST ONE LAST NIGHT will be published in the Sunday Times (Fiji) on July 10.

July 15 – Blog Bite with Jennifer Hoff – Little Gems 2011 Author

July 16 – Best Sellers List

July 17 – Cruisin the Blog and Member News

*Look out for a blog this week by Diane on the Byron Bay Writers Festival with a double pass to give away*

Opinion pieces on relationships, parenting and anything else Jane Quick is discussing.


Members Who Blog Regularly:

Rachael Johns

Rhian Cahill

Romance Bandits

S E Gilchrist

Sami Lee

Sandie Hudson

Suzanne Brandyn


Blogs of Interest:

Share your interesting blog links with us.


Member Contests and Give Aways:

The Lynne Wilding Meritorious Service Award

Good luck to all the nominees!


Contests for 2012:

The 2012 contest season opens soon:

August 13 – September 10, 2011 – HM&B High Five

August 27 – September 23, 2011 – Selling Synopsis

September 9 – October 7, 2011 – STALI

October 28 – November 25, 2011 – Emerald Award

January 6 – January 27, 2012 – Little Gems – Diamond

January 13 – February 10, 2012 – First Kiss

TBA – Valeri Parv Award

For more information visit the RWA Website.



Dates for 2011 BIAW

July 25 to 31

October 24 to 30

For more information contact Pam Collings


5K in 30 days

Join Jenn J McLeod’s challenge to trim off 5k’s in 30 days in time for the Conference (and she’s not talking words. She’s talking kilos.) Add your  *fun* name (Add Record) to the Database in the yahoo files and look out for Friday updates on ROMAUS. Good luck!

RWA 500 Club

Create a daily writing habit and commit to writing or editing 500 words a day. Email Diane Curran at to find out how.


Upcoming Events:

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

Authoring the Author ~ William Kostakis

When: 6.30pm–9.30pm

Where: Surry Hills Library, NSW

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

FMI + Bookings:

July 9:

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:

July 16:

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:

July 17:

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

July 23:

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: email OR (08) 9294 1872,

July 25:

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,

August 13

Put an End to Procrastination ~ Tracy Crisp

When: 10:00am–1:00pm

Where: SA Writers’ Centre

Cost: $55 M, $77 NM

FMI + Bookings: or (08) 8223 7662 OR

August 16, 23 & 30; September 6, 13 & 20

Become Your Own Best Editor and Make Your Manuscript Shine ~ Linda Funnell

When: 6.30pm–9.30pm

Where: NSW Writers’ Centre

Cost: $380 M, $325 MC, $540 NM

FMI + Bookings:

August 20 & 21

Story Construction: Plotting Your Novel ~ Greg Bastian

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: NSW Writers’ Centre

Cost: $205 M, $175 MC, $290 NM

August 30

Tuesday Chat: How to market your book on social networking sites ~ Dr Irina & William Webster

When: 1.00pm–2:00 pm

Where: ACT Writers Centre

Cost: Free

FMI + Bookings:

Bookings essential on (02) 6262 9191 or

September 4

Marketing your book ~ Aleesah Darlison

When: 10.00am–4:00 pm

Where: ACT Writers Centre

Cost: $100 M, $90 MC, $160 NM

FMI + Bookings:

Bookings on (02) 6262 9191 or online.

September 7, 14, 21 & 28

Planning Your Career ~ Fran Cusworth & Paul Collins

When: 6.30pm–8.30pm

Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre

Cost: $170 M, $160 MC, $215 NM

Booking deadline: 29 August

FMI + Bookings:

OR (03) 9094 7855


Online Events:

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

Australian Writer’s Marketplace On-line Learning Centre

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 resources.

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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