Conference Spotlight ~ Sarah Rose

Welcome to another of our Conference Spotlights from the DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER conference.

Sarah Rose ~ Currently residing in London, I have had the opportunity to study in some of the best acting classes in the UK. I have a double degree in Drama and Education at the Queensland University of Technology, and have been a working Drama teacher for over 2 years. I’ve performed in a West End Fringe Showcase entitled Infidelities. My other theatre credits include The Opposite Sex, Taming of the Shrew, Grimm Tales, Macbeth, Everything I Know I Learnt in Kindergarten. Aside from working in theatre in the UK, I have also been on stage in Australia and the USA, as well as appeared in the film Bait 3D and an episode of the show Sliders.

I am currently working on my first novel, a romantic historical adventure, and have been requested by a production company to look at my first screen play entitled The Lost Manuscript. It tells the story of a recently discovered music composition written by an English woman during World War Two, who fell in love with a Nazi Gestapo General, was accused of spying and subsequently disappeared.

And maybe someday soon, I hope to co-star with Hugh Jackman and Gerard Butler. Purely for artistic purposes of course…

At Diamonds Are Forever, Sarah is presenting a workshop aimed at ALL writers called THE ACT OF WRITING.


“All the world’s a stage; And all the men and women are merely players.” – As You Like It ;Act II Scene VII, by William Shakespeare.

Having trouble creating believable characters from your imagination? Finding it difficult to give your characters the right expression and emotion for a situation? Writers and Actors have more in common than you might think. The Act of Writing will give you a fresh perspective on “showing” your story through prose, and the characters that drive it. Using techniques from acting in theatre and on film such as Shakespearian, Method and Meisner practices, you will be given useful step by step instructions and exercises to use as a group or as an individual to help further visualise the scene and the emotions that drive it and put it down on paper.  Segments include natural reactions, internal dialogue, use of observation, body language and action and response.

Have you presented sessions at previous conferences, for RWA or other organisations?

This is my first time presenting at a conference, so working on exercises and demonstrations on this large a scale will be interesting and exciting!

What will participants take away from this session? 

A different perspective of the facets of human behavior. Acting is about understanding and showing the different sides to a person’s character. It can help you discover hidden depths of yourself.

Do you use examples (from your own books, other books, movies etc)?

I use examples from books and texts from my studies and wider reading materials. Not to worry, I will also give a comprehensive list of useful books and ideas. I also use examples from Movies, and even some interesting ‘spy camera’ work taken in London.

What is the best part/aspect of conference for you?

I love getting together with like-minded people. Writing is like sitting in a life raft looking for land; very much alone and adrift in the big, blue sea. But when it comes to conference time, I feel like I’m in the same boat with so many. It’s so exciting to be a part of the ideas, research and discussion with fellow writers. It’s also great to see old friends from around the country, as well as make new ones!

Any advice for conference first-timers?

At first it can feel very overwhelming, but try to take it all in. Don’t be afraid to walk up to complete strangers at lunch and introduce yourself. Everyone is so friendly and helpful! You never know who you’ll meet, what they write and how interesting they are until you talk! (Not to mention the story ideas you might find!)


Thank you, Sarah.

That’s it for the Conference Spotlights on the Breakout Sessions. Stay tuned for some other Conference Spotlights in the coming months.

And don’t forget to register before May 1st to get the Early Bird rate.  

Leave a comment


  1. Can’t wait to see you Sarah!!!!

  2. This sounds like such a cool workshop! I love the idea of learning from acting.

  3. Sounds great, Sarah. Looking forward to it.


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