While the workshops for our DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER conference on the Gold Coast (16-19 August, 2012) have not been announced yet, we do have a sneak peak into one of the sessions.
International best-selling author Valerie Parv has sold more than twenty-nine million copies of her books which have been widely translated. Many of her backlist are now out as ebooks. She holds a master of arts from Queensland University of Technology and is the first Australian author to receive a Pioneer of Romance Award for her contributions to the field of romance writing, presented by RT Book Reviews Magazine New York in 2011. The State Library of NSW archives Valerie’s literary papers and she mentors new writers through the Valerie Parv Award created in her honour by Romance Writers of Australia.
At Diamonds Are Forever, Valerie is presenting a workshop aimed at Beginnner to intermediate writers called IN IT TO WIN IT: HOW TO SHINE IN WRITING CONTESTS & SUBMISSIONS.
Writing contests are a great way to short-cut the lengthy submission process and have your work read by senior editors, agents and established authors. This workshop shows how to recognise and overcome these challenges in your own work so it stands out in any writing contest or when submitted to an agent or editor. What you put in – or leave out – makes a difference.
Learn how to read your writing like a contest judge and never look back.
Valerie, tell us about yourself in 10 words or less.
I’m passionate about writing and exploring new aspects of craft.
Have you presented sessions at previous conferences, for RWA or other organisations?
Quite a few times. I love the enthusiasm each group brings to a workshop.
What prompted you to put together this workshop for “Diamonds are Forever”?
My experience of judging for the inaugural Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award last year. We expected 100 entries and received over 400 full-length manuscripts from which to choose one winner. This plus the experience of judging the finalists in the Valerie Parv Award for the last dozen years suggests there are ways a writer can improve their chances of winning a writing contest and getting their work noticed by key industry players. This is the message I want attendees to take away from my session.
Will there be hands-on exercises or audience participation?
Always. It’s the very best way to absorb information and it’s also great fun.
What is the best part/aspect of conference for you?
Networking with other writers and industry professionals.
Anything you’re particularly looking forward to at the 21st RWA conference?
If Hugh Jackman was a surprise guest I wouldn’t mind. I live in hope.
Any advice for conference first-timers?
Attend the newbie sessions to help you find your feet, and talk to as many people as you can. Romance Writers of Australia conference speakers and attendees – including me – are known for being friendly and approachable.
Where can members find out more about you?
http://www.valerieparv.com has all the news.
My blog at http://valerieparv.wordpress.com is my guide to the writing life from the inside.
Thank you, Valerie.
Please keep an eye out for more conference spotlights in the coming weeks.