Cruisin’ the Blogs and Member News

If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.  ~Toni Morrison

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Join our Scavenger Hunt and win

Q4: Who won the New Voices competition last year and/or what HMB line did she write for?

To find the answer visit the RWA forum


What’s in the News?

Member News:

Karly Lane’s novel NORTH STAR is featured in this year’s Get Reading ’50 Books that you can’t put
down’  and Karly will feature at an Author’s Visit at Coffs Harbour library on September 21st 5.30pm to 7pm.

Congratulations to all our members on their successes this week.


RWA Special Notices:

Diamonds are Forever

Romance Writers of Australia Annual Conference

When: August 16-19, 2012

Where: QT Hotel, Gold Coast


RWA Contests for 2012:

Contest season will be open for entries as follows:

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, 2012Little Gems

January 13 – February 10, 2012First Kiss

TBA – Valerie Parv Award


Other Writing Contests:

  • Diane Curran

Inaugural Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award 

$10,000 + $2,000 for a mentor of your choice

The Award, to aid in the development of the next stage of an unpublished manuscript, is for a work of adult literary or genre fiction. It will be granted to the work that shows the greatest promise and likely to benefit most from this opportunity.

The winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000 and, in consultation with organisers, will be offered a suitable mentor selected from some of Australia’s best authors.

The Judges

Valerie Parv, international best-selling author, is a successful writer of romance and non-fiction. Valerie’s books have sold more than twenty-six million copies internationally, and been translated into over twenty languages from Russian to Japanese and Icelandic.

Mark Macleod is a Senior Lecturer in English at Charles Sturt University and well known as a Television and Radio Presenter. Mark was Project Manager of ‘My Favourite Book’ for ABCTV. He published books for young readers and for adults under his own name imprint at Hodder Headline.

Peter Bishop is one of Australia’s most effective writing teachers and mentors. Working with Australia’s leading authors he has enjoyed outstanding success as the Creative Director of Varuna  -The Writers’ House in the Blue Mountains – from 1994 to 2010.

Applications close: Thursday October 13, 2011

Entry form:

  • Kylie Griffin

The MAKE IT GOLDEN contest is designed for unpubbed authors who are
polishing up their entries for the RWA Golden Heart contest. It starts

  • Nicole Flockton

The wonderful Emily Contest is now open for submissions. Closing date for submissions is September 30, 2011.



Dates for 2011 BIAW

October 24 to 30

For more information contact Pam Collings


Cruisin’ the Blogs

Where our Members are Blogging:

September 15 – Anne is interviewing Jennifer Kloester about her biography of Georgette Heyer, being launched in London next month over at Word Wenches. Leave a comment and win a copy of this excellent book.

September 20 – Good News Day

September 22 – Shona Husk with a giveaway of THE GOBLIN KING

September 24 – Darklight On … Cathleen Ross

An interview with Maggie Nash

September 19 – GUEST AUTHOR: Pamela Palmer (paranormal romance) – looking at her latest release in the Feral Warrior series, ECSTACY UNTAMED – with 3 giveaway prizes!

September 22 – RWNZ 2011 “Love & Other Crimes” conference – photographic highlights (p1)

September 24 – WNZ 2011 “Love & Other Crimes” conference – photographic highlights (p2)

September 12 – *Mark your Diary* – Guest Author Cathryn Hein

September 18 – Sunday Smooch with Sue Mackay and a kiss from RETURN OF THE MAVERICK

September 19 – Blog with Sue

September 21 – Blog with Soraya

September 23- Blog with Natalie

September 19 – This week we are ‘Getting to Know’ Suzanne Brandyn. Join us for a taste of ‘Heat in the Outback’.

Rachael has started a regular spot on her blog called Theory on Thursday where an author shares their favourite craft book and why!

This week starts the Book Blog Tour of authors Kate Walker and Christina Hollis.

September 17 – Bestsellers List – Tamara Gill

September 18 – Cruisin’ the Blogs and Member News – Juanita Kees


Members Who Blog Regularly:

Valerie Parv

We Love YA

Wink Girls

Word Wenches

Write on Track – Diane Curran

Writing up a Storm


Blogs of Interest:

Shared on ROMAUS this week:

  • Kylie Griffin

Jessica A (the other Jessica) at BookEnds LLC has blogged about her
preferences and what she’s currently seeking in submissions.

  • Cathryn Hein

The Qld Writers Centre has a unique offer for writers who want to write a novel and are prepared to blog about



Events to fuel your Learning Journey

Upcoming Events:

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:


September 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:


September 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


September 11 – Brisbane Writers Festival: Writing a Romance that Sells with Christina Brooke and Anna Campbell

When: 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Where: B.o.Q Heritage Collection Learning Room, State Library of Queensland

Cost: $75



September 18 – Dialogue Masterclass ~ Fiona Wood

When: 10.30am–4:30 pm

Where: Queensland Writers Centre

Cost: $160 M, $150 MC, $210 NM

Booking deadline: 9 September

FMI + Bookings:

OR (07) 3842 9922.


September 24 – The Art of Story: A Master Class ~ Arnold Zable

When: 10.00am–3:30 pm

Where: ACT Writers Centre

Cost: $100 M only

FMI + Bookings:

Bookings essential on (02) 6262 9191 or in person.


October 23 – Writing Popular Fiction ~ Anne Gracie

When: 10.00am–4:00 pm

Where: Walter Reid Cultural Centre, Corner Derby and East Streets, Rockhampton

Cost: Free M, Free MC, $115 NM

Booking deadline: 7 October

FMI + Bookings:

October 16 & 23 – Write a Page Turner ~ Amanda Hampson

When: 10.00am–4.00pm

Where: NSW Writers’ Centre

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

FMI + Bookings:

October 21 – Six Lies and One Truth about Getting Published ~ Julie Beveridge

When: 6.00am–8:00 pm

Where: Thuringowa Library, 86 Thuringowa Drive (corner of Hinchinbrook Drive), Thuringowa Central, Qld

Cost: Free

FMI + Bookings: Bookings essential. Phone (07) 3842 9922.
October 22 – The Proposal Masterclass ~ Sally Collings

When: 10.30am–4:30 pm

Where: Queensland Writers’ Centre

Cost: $160 M, $150 MC, $210 NM

FMI + Bookings:
October 27 – Publishing Perspectives: A Novel Relationship Too ~ Daniel Ducrou, Penny Hueston & Cora Kipling

When: 6.30pm–8.30pm

Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre

Cost: $12 M, $10 MC, $15 NM

FMI + Bookings: OR (03) 9094 7855


Online Events:

Announce Online Writing Classes with Julia Rowe

Julia 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


October 10 x 4 weeks – Pitching to Publishers ~ Tiana Templeman

Cost: $150.00

FMI + Bookings:


Have a wonderful week.


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