Event Announcements

If you have a writing class, book-signing, competition, blog hop, library talk or any other exciting event coming up, please share it with us at cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.


Keeping up Appearances

Kate Belle will be one of four debut authors presenting at the Wheeler Centre’s May Debut Monday. One of the Wheeler Centre’s first events, Debut Monday’s has become a popular way for people to meet and hear from Australia’s emerging writers.

When: Monday May 13, 2013

Time: 6.15 – 7.15pm

Where: The Moat Cafe, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne

FMI and Bookings: Bookings essential. More information from the Wheeler Centre website: http://wheelercentre.com/events/event/may-yvette-walker-tom-doig-naomi-armstrong-and-kate-belle/


Special Events

Byron Bay Writers Festival is having a pitching opportunity at this year’s festival in August. More info here. http://www.byronbaywritersfestival.com.au/v2/index.php?option=com_content&view=featured&Itemid=112


Online Events

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.

Affordable forum-style 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


Writer’s Classes, Groups and Library Events

Are you in Sydney and looking for a dedicated workspace? You can join the Sydney Writers’ Room. For more information: http://www.writersroom.org.au

The QWC offers writers a wide range of workshops, short courses, youth programs and master classes. For a list of dates and courses on offer visit their website.  You can book online at www.qwc.asn.au or by calling QWC on 07 3842 9922.

The beauty of fiction is that it simply knows no limits. Your imagination is your inspiration; creativity is your new best friend. You see, everyone has a story to tell – what this course aims to do is harness all your ideas, thoughts and drafts into a story that’s worth reading

April 29 – Creative Writing Stage 1 

Through weekly modules and resources, this creative writing course will teach you how to:

  1. Kick-start the creative writing process
  2. Tap into your imagination to let the ideas flow
  3. Draw from everyday experiences and memories
  4. Examine the many different types of creative writing
  5. Build a framework – giving structure to your writing
  6. Create memorable characters and bring dialogue to life
  7. and MUCH more!

April 29 – Creative Writing Stage 2

Do you want to take your creative writing to the next level? This course is ideal if you want to extend your skills or if you want to hone your completed pieces of writing. The course will teach you:

  1. How to find, create or extend your main characters
  2. How to make similar characters distinct on the page – what is your character’s ‘journey’?
  3. structuring your story
  4. Climax and resolution: how these shape the final story – and how to write them
  5. The principles of scene development: dialogue, pacing, the manipulation of time, character
  6. The right process of structural editing, copy-editing and proofreading
  7. and MUCH more.

KSP has a list of regular writing groups, special events and workshops on their website for established and aspiring writers.

Gosnells Writers Circle meets at the Knowledge Centre (Gosnells Library) inside The Agonis, on the first and third Friday of every month from 12 – 3pm.

Members write poetry, short stories, novels, articles, hymns, memoirs, plays…

New members and interested guests are always welcome. Feel free to drop in and meet us.



May 2013

Wednesday May 1 – Social Media for Writers (seminar)

When: 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Where: NSW Writers Centre

Cost: M $35 NM $50

FMI + bookings: http://www.nswwc.org.au/products-page/professional-development/seminar-social-media-for-writers/

Saturday May 4 – Self Publishing in the 21st Century with Editor Jennifer Mosher

When: 9:00am – 4:30pm

Where: Mt Heritage Hotel and Spa, Katoomba NSW

Cost: $198

FMI + bookings: http://www.jennifermoshereditor.com/2013/04/self-publishing-in-21st-century-workshop.html

Friday May 10 – In Conversation with Krissy Kneen, Erotic Writer

When: 5:30 – 6:30pm

Where: Northern Rivers Writers Centre NSW

Cost: FREE

FMI + bookings: Ph 02 6685 5115

Saturday May – Digital Makeover for Writers

When: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Where: Writers Victoria

Cost: M $130 NM $180

FMI + bookings: http://writersvictoria.org.au/what-s-on/event/digital-makeover-for-writers1/

Saturday May 18 and Sunday May 19 – Romance Writing Bootcamp with Lucy Clark

When: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Where: South Australian Writers Centre

Cost: M $180 NM $300

FMI + bookings: http://www.sawc.org.au/whats-on/workshops-and-seminars?task=view_event&event_id=114

June 2013

Saturday  June 15 and Sunday June 16 – The Business of Being a Writer

When: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Where: NSW Writers Centre

Cost: M $225 NM $320

FMI + bookings: http://www.nswwc.org.au/products-page/professional-development/the-business-of-being-a-writer/


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

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

Riding the Waves

Riding the Waves

For prices, conference details and the online registration form, please head to our web site:


Featuring Julia Quinn, Kim Hudson, Nina Bruhns, Sarah Wendell, Laura Bradford and Abby Zidle – and an amazing workshop program – Riding the Waves promises to be an unmissable event.

Plus – register now for fantastic early bird rates and the chance to win an incredible early bird prize worth $1000.

Registration is OPEN!

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  1. Well done, Juanita. So much great information there.

  2. Awesome site. Thanks Juanita!

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