Cruisin’ the Blogs and Member News

How are you doing in the Scavenger Hunt?

To help celebrate the launch of our new RWA Forum, we have run a scavenger hunt across the RWA sites during the month of September.

There are 8 answers to collect throughout September (posted on the RWA Blog, our New Forum, RWA Facebook page and Facebook Group page).  Once you have all 8 answers, email them to by 1 October.

For the list of questions to date, pop into the Scavenger Hunt Room at the forum.

One lucky member will be chosen at random from the entries received and win a gift basket of books, as well as selected e-books to download.  Winner announced on the RWA Forum on Monday 3 October.

Keep your good news and blogs coming to


What’s in the News?

Member News:

  •  Louise Forster has a brand new website thanks to the combined effort from her family.
  •  Mary Hawkins’  JUSTICE AT BARAGULA has been short listed on the CALEB awards organised by Omega.
  • Mary is also presenting a workshop at The Word Writers Fair in the Brisbane area in November on what an aspiring new writer needs to know and be aware of first.

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


Join our Scavenger Hunt and win

Q5: How many genre rooms are there on the RWA forum?

To find the answer visit the RWA forum.



RWA Contests for 2012:

Contest season will be open for entries as follows:

August 13 – September 10, 2011 – HM&B High Five (Entries now closed)

August 27 – September 23, 2011 – Selling Synopsis (Entries now closed)

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Inaugural Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award 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

Applications close: Thursday October 13, 2011

Entry form:

  • Kylie Griffin

The RWAmerica RITA & Golden Heart contests are now open for entries! –

  • Nicole Flockton

The wonderful Emily Contest (US) 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 Blog

Where our Members are Blogging:

Some tasty recipes on Cathryn’s Friday Feast

September 27 – Good News Day

September 28 – Announcing the winner of Shona Husk’s THE GOBLIN KING

September 29 – Magic Thursday with Keri Arthur and a giveaway of DARKNESS UNBOUND

October 1 – Darklight on …

Helene is ‘getting to the heart of it’ with Fiona Lowe

September 26 – What is an Ancient Historical Romance, Anyway? By Christina Phillips

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

September 26 – Guest Author: Lisa Beth Darling (Paranormal Romance)

September 29 – Book Cover contest winners announced

September 25 – Sunday Smooch with Leah Ashton with a copy of her release SECRETS AND SPEED DATING to give away.

September 26 – Blog with Nikki

September 28 – Zana post about using neuroscience to find true love. Mary Britton talks about her book CAUSE LOVE.

September 30 – Blog with Rachel  

Mary has a short post on her blog on a current manuscript problem: Where To Start the Story.

September 26 – This week we are ‘Getting to Know’ Eleni Konstantine, author of fantasy and paranormal fiction with a penchant for design.

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

September 30 – A Day in the Writing Life of Bronwen Evans – Suz Hamilton

October 1 – Hearts Talk Wrap – Eleni Konstantine

October 2 – Cruisin’ the Blogs and Member News – Juanita Kees


Members Who Blog Regularly:

Alison Stuart

Anita Joy

Anne Whitfield

Annie Seaton

Cathryn Brunet

Christina Phillips


Blogs of Interest:

Shared on ROMAUS this week:

  • Kylie Griffin

5 Things Every Contest Newbie Should Know at the Ruby Slipper Sisterhood

Over at Cindi Myers blog this morning is a Spotlight on Harlequin single title – “Harlequin publishes single titles romance, women’s fiction, fantasy and erotica in trade paper, mass market and hardcover in its HQN, Mira, Luna and Spice imprints, and stories for teens in Harlequin Teen.”

  • Anita Joy

Forbes have compiled a list of the 10 happiest jobs in the world



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 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


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.


Leave a comment


  1. Interesting list you made here! Thanks for all the information!

  2. I was thinking of joining, but already a member of the ASA. Too many writing groups I want to join and not enough money 🙂

  3. Juanita Kees

     /  September 29, 2011

    Hi Olivia and Alexander,

    Glad you enjoyed the blog :).


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