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500 Club

Congratulations and well done to all our members who participated in the 50K in 30 Days challenge. Don’t forget to post your achievements over at the forum so we can celebrate with you. For those who didn’t quite reach their target, we are continuing the challenge in the 500 Club on the forum. The challenge there is to write 500 words a day, every day. You can find the 500 Club in the Events section of the forum above 50K in 30 Days. Join us in the chat room most nights for a sprint or two and a chat.

Once again this challenge is open to all financial members of Romance Writers Australia.


Claytons Conference 2012

Registrations for Claytons 2012 open July 1.

We all know the Diamonds Are Forever Conference is going to be brilliant, but not all of us can make it to the sunny Gold Coast. Enter the annual Claytons Conference, the conference you have when you’re not having a conference (to paraphrase an old but famous soft drink slogan).

Claytons 2012 is online, interactive and impossible to ignore. It’s good fun, motivational and informative. It is open to all Romance Writers of Australia members and it’s free.

Please visit the Claytons page on the RWAustralia website for more information (including the program) and to register.

If you have any questions, you can contact Julia and Jenny at ClaytonsConf12 [at] gmail [dot] com.

We look forward to “seeing” you there!


The Word Writers Fair

October 12-14, 2012

So you write books? Or would you love to get your ideas onto paper? Gather together with other Aussie and Kiwi writers. Learn. Be inspired.

The Word Writers Getaway will be held at Alexander Headlands on the wonderful Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Enjoy two full days of Workshops, Panels, Seminars and Master Classes. You can chose which classes you attend.

Want practical help with a manuscript? An editing room will be open where you can ask an editor questions and get assistance as you write.

Network with published authors over lunch or dinner. Walk the beach before breakfast with a new writer friend. Build your platform.

What will you learn on this amazing weekend?

  • How to write great Point of View
  • Writing Faith in Children’s fiction
  • Novel Structure
  • Educational market
  • Self-Publishing discussions
  • Design your marketing plan

You will find book launches, book awards, bookshops and more. If you register quickly you could be lucky enough to live in. That’s right, all accommodation and meals included at a basic conference venue with bunk beds in group share.
Venue: (please note bookings to be made by contacting the word writers not the venue.)
Or make it a holiday at the Sunshine Coast.
You’d like to know more? Visit

You don’t think you can afford it? What would you expect to pay for an event that gives you so much? Here at Word Writers we aim is to help authors so our costs are slashed to a minimum – so low you’ll get change from $300 in group share. Twin share is a little more. That’s all. Food included. (A group shuttle option is available from Brisbane airport for a small extra fee.) No other charges. So bring your change. You’ll be able to buy some great books!


RWA Merry Webber Blogs

July 6 – A Day in the Writing Life of Louise Cusack – Suzanne Hamilton

July 7 – Hearts Talk Wrap – Kristin Meagher

July 8 – Event Announcements – Juanita Kees

July 9 – Conference Spotlight – Eleni Konstantine

July 12 – Cruisin’ with RWA – Juanita Kees


Cruisin’ the News

Share your good news with us each week and we’ll join you in your happy dance. Congratulations to all our members this week. Share your new release, new cover, contest win, new contract, new website and more good news with us at


Keeping up Appearances

Meet Helene Young:

Book Launch for BURNING LIES
When : 6th July, 6 pm
Where: North Queensland Aero Club, Cairns

Author Chat
When: Friday 13th July, 5.30 pm
Where : Foster’s Little Bookshop, Foster, Victoria

Brisbane Launch for BURNING LIES
When: 27th July, 5.30 pm
Where: Black Cat Books and Cafe, Paddington, Brisbane.

See Helene’s webpage for more details


Cruisin’ Member Blogs

Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at:

July 6 – This week on Friday Feast:

This week Friday Feast plays host to rural lit author Margareta Osborn, whose debut release BELLA’S RUN garnered rave reviews, not to mention fantastic sales. In honour of the delightful (cough, cough) winter we’ve been having, Margareta’s sharing her grandmother’s delicious chocolate slice recipe. Sounds good enough, but just wait until you see the twist that turns this slice from delicious to awesome!

July 5 – MAGIC THURSDAY: Eleni Konstantine with giveaway of short story duo, ENCHANTED REALMS (ebook)

July 7 – DARKLIGHT ON…Kylie Scott

July 8 – Weekly Overview

July 10 – Winner of Eleni’s giveaway announced


July 12 – MAGIC THURSDAY: Keri Arthur with giveaway of Darkness Devours

July 9 – Come on over to Historical Hearts for an interview with the lovely and talented, Sophia James by Allison Butler.
Sophia is kindly giving away 2 copies of her soon-to-be new release, LADY WITH THE DEVIL’S SCAR.
Hope to see you there 🙂

July 6 – GUEST BLOGGING at the Romance Bandits on my ALLIANCE FORGED blog tour!

July 7 – TOPIC: Being a Published Author…What’s involved in the process of writing a book through to seeing it on the shelf.

July 10 – CONFERENCE TIME: Memorable Moments…with Cath Evans – members of RWAustralia & New Zealand fill you on what to look forward to at the annual conferences.

July 10 – GUEST BLOGGING at My Bookish Ways on my ALLIANCE FORGED blog tour!

Is holding a release party blog hop from June 18 to July 16. Visit her site for more information.


Enrico’s Pick Six

Submit your blog site link to to share with our readers. Enrico hand picks six blogs to showcase every week.

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

  1. Helene Young
  2. Jane Quick
  3. Louise Cusack
  4. M J Scott
  5. Romance Book Paradise
  6. Paula Roe


Enrico’s quote of the week

It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by.  How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment?  For the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone.  That is where the writer scores over his fellows:  he catches the changes of his mind on the hop.  ~Vita Sackville-West

Have a great week!

Regards Juanita

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