Face-2-Face with… Writers not Waiters

GROUP NAME: Writers not Waiters (because if you’re waiting for inspiration, you’re not a writer but a waiter…)

AREA/REGION: Queensland’s Sunshine Coast north of Brisbane

MEMBERS: Writers not Waiters are an eclectic and dedicated group of romance writers at various stages of the journey to publication. Between us, our backgrounds include wildlife volunteering, secretarial work, governessing in the Outback, journalism, publishing, environmental sciences, small business, raising families and university majors in creative writing and literature. One of our members is self-publishing shortly, another has a full manuscript request and a one-on-one mentoring program with an editor, another is also working on a non-fiction book for the local community Library and others of us are at various stages of our manuscripts.

Members of Writers not Waiters, Sara Land, Narelle Segecic, Babette Furstner, Coralie Persoon, Cassandra L. Shaw and Joyce Lee (writing as Joy Richards).

GENRE: Very broad within the romance family, currently including fantasy/ paranormal, Tudor historical, Victorian gothic fantasy, contemporary women’s fiction and category romance. Despite this rather broad spectrum of the genre, Writers not Waiters support and enjoy each other’s passions and unique focuses and share the common ground of a love of writing and the beauty and growth that writing about relationship brings.

ABOUT:  We’re a relatively fresh new group united in our quest to become published authors, although many of us have been writing for years. We get together monthly, until recently at each other’s homes, but due to growth will probably try a sympathetic cafe or library meeting room next. We discuss writing and all aspects of becoming a published author such as query letters, writing synopses, critiquing, competitions, writing craft, marketing, writing courses and events. We support each other and enjoy supporting Sunshine Coast-based romance authors and take part in book launches, seminars, workshops and conferences. 

This year four of our six members made it to Melbourne for the RWA conference which was a huge highlight. We learnt so much, met so many inspiring authors and were thrilled to learn the group had won RWA support to host a workshop with category romance author Robyn Grady on plotting, which went ahead on October 1. Yet another highlight! Robyn was wonderful and the workshop full of insights. We shared the experience with guests from two other RWA groups and hope to have an article published in Hearts Talk soon. Our event also attracted media attention, with an article in our local daily newspaper and a story on Channel 7 local news! So we managed to promote romance fiction and polish our media skills as well. Robyn made it look very easy, but she has published 2 million books, so she knows what’s she’s doing!

Original member Joyce Lee chats with best-selling author Robyn Grady at the Writers not Waiter’s first workshop at Caloundra

Next on the horizon is joining RWA group the Moody Muses at a workshop with regency noir author Anna Campbell on deep point of view. And of course, the Christmas party! Meanwhile we write and edit and strive and share the agony and the ecstasy that is the road to publication nirvana.  

Writers not Waiters is open to new members but they must be members of RWA. If you live on the Sunshine Coast and you’re interested in joining our group please contact us via Romance Writers of Australia, you’ll find us warm and welcoming.

If you’re a member of a writers group whether you meet in the real world or online then here’s your chance to tell other RWA members all about who you are and what you do. It’s easy, just email Jane Quick at f2f@romanceaustralia.com and she’ll get back to you with all the relevant information. And who knows next month it could be your turn to shine. 

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  1. Great to hear more about Writers not Waiters. Can only imagine how much your writing will improve with workshops by Robyn Grady and then Anna Campbell – what a great line-up of speakers.

    PS How fab to hear of another enviro scientist turned romance writer 🙂


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