March Hearts Talk Preview

The March edition of Hearts Talk is out now.

Here’s a sneak peak of our member-only news and views.

Alexandra Sokoloff – joins conference speaker line up

Screenwriter and author of supernatural thrillers and paranormal tales, Alexandra Sokoloff (The Space Between, The Harrowing) joins our Diamonds are Forever conference speaker line up as a workshop presenter.

Helen Katsinis interviews Alexandra about her writing process and how she enjoys dancing. 


RWA Groups – Shock, horror – did you know?

Crit partners, new member liaison, group grants.  Helene Young explores RWA member resources and invites you on her tour bus.


Going deep – Point of view

Author of The Outcast Chronicles, Rowena Cory Daniells talks about deep point of view and gives tips on how to immerse yourself in your character to make them unforgettable.


Writing Rural

No idea about the latest fashion labels, don’t know a Beretta from Ballet shoes?  Margareta Osborn (Bella’s Run) doesn’t either and she no longer cares.  Margareta talks to rural writers Fleur McDonald (Blue Skies) Karly Lane (North Star), Nicole Alexander (A Changing Land), Helene Young (Wings of Fear) and Fiona Palmer (Heart of Gold) about writing rural.

She also talks to Belinda Byrne, commissioning editor at Penguin, and Beverley Cousins, publisher at Random House, about the popularity of the genre. Read more.











Conference Update

Registrations open March 1st.

Check out the details for registration process, workshops, special guests, breakout sessions and pitches.











Romance Roadshow heads to Tassie

Lookout Launceston, the romance writers are in town, May 19, 2012. Presenters include: Fiona Lowe (Harlequin Medical), Ebony McKenna (Young Adult) and Melanie Milburne (Harlequin Medical).











The Writer’s Journey – Rachel Johns

 English teacher, supermarket owner and romance writer, Rachel Johns (One Perfect Night) has a secret desire to take up     quilting.  She talks to Ingrid Rickersey about her journey as a published author. Read about Rachel’s journey.








A Writer’s Life – When Books go Bad

Sarah Mayberry talks about the “dud bits” that have to go and how to find them.


Technique with Auntie Fi

In this edition, Aunty Fi answers questions about characters and their emotional journeys as well as what to do with secondary characters.











Contest Update

Congratulations to our STALI winners and Emerald first round finalists.  Plus see the interim report from Emerald Contest Manager Leisl Leighton and an interview with 2011 Emerald Single Title Winner, Bec Skrabl.


Grammar with Anna

Anna Jacobs (Winds of Change) walks the talk with “I” and “Me” and throws in a comparison or two.  Easy rules to help sort the confusion out.


And all our regular features:

  • From Rachel’s desk
  • Market Watch with Sami Lee
  • Member News with Bronwyn Stuart


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