Conference 2013 – Call for Proposals

The Romance Writers of Australia’s annual conference will be held at the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle (Western Australia) from August 16th to 18th 2013 and the conference team is seeking proposals for workshops, panels and other breakout sessions. Payment is $300 per session (split between joint presenters). Craft, career/business/industry, research, and writers’ life sessions suitable for a wide spectrum of writers; sessions suitable for our published author stream; and genre-related workshops from professionals and/or published authors are all very welcome.

The conference committee is also open to any new and innovative breakout session ideas.

In 2013 the conference theme is Riding the Waves: Writing Romance in Tempestuous Times and the committee encourages proposals to be linked to this theme. Some ideas to get you rolling:

♥  Getting Back on the Board—Why resilience will take you far in this industry

♥  Piracy on the Literary Seas—It’s not romantic when it’s happening to you.

♥  Staying Afloat—Diversifying and hedging your bets.

♥  Wipeout!—Starting over when you get dumped by 
your publisher.

♥  Watching from the Shore—Writing for pleasure, not publication.

♥  If the Sandman’s a Rockin’—Writing emotionally satisfying sex scenes.

♥  Surfing the Superhighway—Using the Internet for good instead of evil.

Please note the above examples are suggestions only. Go ahead and wow us with your own themed tied-in workshops. Slots are limited, so be quick! 
A proposal form and further information can be downloaded online at and emailed to

Proposals must be submitted by 16 November, 2012 and successful presenters will be informed by 1 January 2013.

For more information about the Fremantle 2013 conference, including keynote speakers and accommodation information, visit the conference website at

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