Event Announcements

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and see you in 2013! Thank you all for your support in 2012. Enrico, Clint and I look forward to your company next year. Don’t forget to share your upcoming events with us at cruisin@romanceaustralia.com. Our next post will be January 13. Stay safe over the holidays.

Whatever is beautiful.mistletoe
Whatever is meaningful.
Whatever brings you happiness.
May it be yours this holiday season
and throughout the coming year.


Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice Weekend

Fountaindale Grand Manor has just become the home of the Australian Butler School and is running a Jane Austen ‘Pride and Prejudice’ weekend in March 2013. Writing a romantic novel while trialling living in the 19th century has got to be good for the soul.
FMI – Phone 02 4885 1111 or visit http://www.fountaindale.com.au/

Author Encounter with Anna Campbell

(part of the Gold Coast Libraries Jane Austen festival)

When: Thursday 31 January
Where: Southport Branch Library, Corner Garden and Lawson Streets, Southport 4215

Time: 6pm – 7.30pm
Bookings: Please phone (07) 5581 7220

Cost: Free

More details: http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/library/t_library.aspx?pid=10305

Excessively diverted – why the Regency era is perfect for romance

Romance author Anna Campbell joins a panel of readers to discuss the appeal of the Regency era and the influence of Pride and Prejudice on contemporary romance.

When: Friday 1 February
Where: Robina Branch Library
Time: 12.30pm – 2pm
Bookings: Please phone (07) 5581 1600

Cost: Free

More details: http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/library/t_library.aspx?pid=10305

Penguin Books  School of Popular Writing

January 19, 2013 in Melbourne – Penguin Books Australia’s School of Popular Writing commences. The first event is a one-day workshop about Writing Commercial Women’s Fiction. The speakers are Penguin editors Ali Watts and Carol George and award-winning authors Fiona McIntosh and Anne Gracie. The first twelve people to enrol will be eligible to pitch a story idea to a Penguin editor.

Further details and enrolment here: http://www.penguin.com.au/school_popular_writing

Challenge to Write

Patricia Kay will teach her CHALLENGE TO WRITE class again  to kickstart 2013 the “write” way.

FMI: www.patriciakay.com,
When: January 1 through January 31
Cost: $31 – (one dollar per day)
The class challenge is for each student to write at least three pages every day for 31 days.Together, we can make January 2013 the most productive month we’ve ever had. Join Pat in her Challenge To Write!

Writing with Emotional Intensity

Class for RWA University for two weeks in February. All of you who are RWA members will receive information about the class in the next issue of RWA E-Notes. Be sure and look for it.
FMI: www.patriciakay.com

RWA Conference: Riding the waves: Writing romance in tempestuous times

August 16 – 18 2013 –The Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, Western Australia

In August 2013, for the first time, our annual national conference is heading to Western Australia. With a gorgeous heritage hotel, sunshine, sea-breezes, alfresco dining and history – Fremantle has it all. And now it has romance!

For more information visit the RWA Website.



  • January 9, 2012 – 30 December, 2012 – Kim Wilkin’s Year of the Novel ~ Helene Young

A year long course to help guide you through the process of creating your novel in a year, developed by Dr. Kim Wilkins. Facilitated by Helene Young.

Helene Young is a contemporary suspense author. Her first two books, WINGS OF FEAR, and SHATTERED SKY, were released by Hachette Australia. Her third book, BURNING LIES, is due for release in July 2012 by Penguin Australia.

Cost: $445

FMI + Bookings: http://awmonlinelearn.com.au/course/category.php?id=4

Lawson Writer’s Academy 

Classes are run from Margie Lawson’s website using on-line teaching software used by universities. Take a cyber tour before you start your class and introduce yourself.

Savvy Authors on-line writing courses

Affordable forum-style writing classes

Announce Online Writing Classes

A double Golden Heart finalist in 2006, Julie Rowe has been writing for over ten years. Julie  teaches a variety of workshops and is the moderator of the Announce Online Classes email loop, which promotes online classes for writers.

To subscribe to the Announce online Classes email loop, send an email to: Announceonlinewritingclasses-subscribe@yahoogroups.com


In Person Events

(Costings Code: M-member, MC-Member concession. NM-Non-members)

January 2013

  • January 11 –Narrative Structure ~ Alison Goodman

When: 10:00 am-4:0pm
Where: Writers Victoria
Cost: $130 M, $120 MC, $180 NM
FMI + Bookings: http://writersvictoria.org.au/what-s-on/event/narrative-structure/ OR (03) 9094 7855

  • January 24 – So, you want to write a chick lit novel? ~ Anita Heiss

When: 10:00 am-4:0pm
Where: Writers Victoria
Cost: $130 M, $120 MC, $180 NM
FMI + Bookings: http://writersvictoria.org.au/what-s-on/event/so-you-want-to-write-a-chick-lit-novel/ OR (03) 9094 7855

February 2013

  • February 2 & 3 –Write a chick-lit novel ~ Lisa Heidke

When: 10.00 am—4.00 pm
Where: Sydney Writers’ Centre
Cost: $395
FMI + Bookings: http://www.sydneywriterscentre.com.au/chick-lit.htm OR (02) 9929 0088

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