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.


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Do you have a new manuscript to write but lack motivation to get started? Have you abandoned manuscripts after two or three chapters? June is Romance Writers of Australia’s 50k in 30 days and we’d love you to join the challenge. You’ll find lots of helpful hints and inspiration to get all the way through to ‘The End,’ wonderful camaraderie, and the chance to make new friends and reacquaint yourself with old ones.

All you have to do is register.

Click here to register with 50ks in 30 days under ‘Events’ on the RWA forum:  http://www.romanceaustraliaforum.com


Keeping up Appearances

is hosting an event in conjunction with Dymocks Adelaide. The event is called Sex In Words. Every quarter Kyoko will be looking for writers to submit sexy snippets, approximately five to ten minutes in length. She will choose two authors to read their submission aloud to an audience. The inaugural event will be held June 25, 2013 at 7pm. Please find more information on the Dymocks Adelaide website here.  If there are writers in Adelaide or who are planning to visit, get in touch with  at kyokochurch@hotmail.com for information about participating in a future event.

  • Writing Romance with Anne Gracie – Sunday 7 July,  4 August, 8 September, 6 October

If you live in or near Melbourne, Anne Gracie is taking a short course in romance writing, to be held over 4 months — a full day workshop on the first Sunday of each month. The course is being run by Writers Victoria at the Wheeler Centre in the heart of Melbourne.

When: 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Where: Writers VictoriaCost: M $325 NM $390

FMI + bookings: http://writersvictoria.org.au/what-s-on/event/writing-romance/


ARRA Book Signing Event

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The Australian Romance Readers Association will be hosting a book-signing event in Fremantle, WA this August. It will be held in conjunction with the Romance Writers of Australia conference, and will run from 5.00–6.30 pm on Saturday 17 August at the Esplanade Hotel. The event will be open to the public, with an entry fee of just $7 ($5 for ARRA members). Entry will also include a ticket in our lucky door prize draw for the chance to win one of several prize baskets.

Registration for readers is now open – registration information is available here.


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Registrations are now open for RWA’s 2013 The Claytons BE THE BOOK Online Conference!

This year’s amazing line-up includes:

  • Alexandra Sokoloff-Keynote Speaker on the 3 Act 8 Scene Story Structure
  • Sue Grimshaw-of Random House’s Loveswept & Flirt lines on The Quick Pitch
  • Mel Tescho-ARRA Nominee on Sensual Tension Regardless of Genre
  • Zana Bell-on the Grommet’s Guide to Publishing
  • And Australia’s own Queen of Romance Valerie Parv-on The Revision Maze

Don’t miss out! Register now at http://www.romanceaustralia.com/claytons_rego.html



The Elizabeth Jolley Conference 2013

Reading and Writing Romance in the 21st Century

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, Western Australia

A conference hosted by Curtin University in association with the Romance Writers of Australia (RWA)

….there is no one representative romance novel. (Bly, 2010 p61)


Writer’s Classes, Groups and Library Events


June 2013

  • Monday 17 June – A Talk by Ally Blake*

When: 10:00am – 11:00am

Where: Garden City Library, Brisbane

Cost: free but please call to make booking

FMI + bookings: 07 3403 7745

  • Tuesday 18 June – A Talk by Ally Blake*

When: 10:00am – 11:00am

Where: Mount Ommaney Library, Brisbane

Cost: free but please call to make booking

FMI + bookings: 07 3407 7010

July 2013

  • Wednesday 10 July* – A Talk by Ally Blake

When: 10:00am – 11:00am

Where: Mitchelton Library, Brisbane

Cost: free but please call to make booking

FMI + bookings: 07 3403 7411

  • Tuesday 16 July – A Talk by Ally Blake*

When: 6:00pm – 7pm

Where: Chermside Library, Brisbane

Cost: free but please call to make booking

FMI + bookings: 07 3403 7200

  • Wednesday 17 July – A Talk by Ally Blake*

When: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Where: Fairfield Library, Brisbane

Cost: free but please call to make booking

FMI + bookings: 07 3403 8615

  • Thursday 18 July – A Talk by Ally Blake*

When: 10:00am – 11:00am

Where: Wynnum Library, Brisbane

Cost: free but please call to make booking

FMI + bookings: 07 3403 2199

*Library talks with Ally Blake include lucky door prizes and book giveaways!


Writing Schools

All workshops are live on the given dates at 1 PM EST. They are recorded for future viewing and purchase after the event.  Registrants have access to the video(s) of the workshop(s) and all handouts they have purchased 24/7 for forever.  The current offerings can always be found at http://jumpstartwritinginstitute.com/. The next workshop is “Character Motivation” Thursday June 20th at 1pm US Eastern Time.

JSWI also offers a membership and that information can be found at http://jumpstartwritinginstitute.com/become-a-jswi-member/.

Completed and available for purchase individually – or in bundle as of June 17th . (1) (2) (3) indicates the number of sessions and videos in the workshop.  This information can also be found on the main site.

  • Jan – Finding Time to Write (2)
  • Feb – First Time Novelist (2)
  • March – Creating Compelling, Unforgettable Characters (2)
  • April Brainmap (3)
  • May Conflict (2)

Upcoming Workshops

  • June 20-  Motivation (1)
  • Jul 23 – Hooks (1)
  • Aug 8 – Writing Humor & Emotion (1)
  • Sep 10 & 17  – Point of View (2)
  • Oct 8, 15 & 22 – Rule of 6 (3)
  • Nov 12 & 19 – Show Not Tell (2)
  • Dec 10 – Getting Your Book Ready to Sell (1 combined 1.5hr)


  • Write A Book This Year (All 12 workshops)- Available June 17


  • Write With Shirley (Lite – 3 week e-mail program) free with e-mail subscription – Starting June 17
  • Write With Shirley full 7 week program


RWA Conference

Riding the waves: Writing romance in tempestuous times

Riding the Waves

Riding the Waves

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

For prices, conference details and the online registration form, please head to our web site: http://romanceaustralia.com/freo/

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.

Early Bird registration is now closed.

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(authors, members with services or anyone wanting to contribute)

Over the weekend of August 17-18, 2013 two exciting events will be taking place in RWA—the Riding the Waves annual conference in beautiful Fremantle (Western Australia) and the Claytons online mini-conference in beautiful…your house!

We are calling for donations of goods or services as follows:

• CLAYTONS – already have plenty of book prizes but some extra prizes still required. To be posted/emailed to the winner by you. Crits, writer services, writing tools, promotional USBs. Surprise us! Please contact claytons@romanceaustralia.com to let the Claytons team know you have something to donate. We’ll contact you after the event to let you know who won your prize and where to send it.

• RIDING THE WAVES CONFERENCE – We have two separate donation piles – one is for the FUNDRAISER and one is a call for DOOR PRIZES.

This year, the recipient of the conference fundraising will be Read, Write, Now which is an adult literacy organisation dedicated to the provision of literacy services to help those who cannot read to a level high enough to get through life. We will be running major raffles on Saturday and Sunday to raise money for RWN and we are very excited to be fundraising for a literacy cause this year.

We’d love book-bundles, writer services, baskets of goodies, critiques, three nights at a writing retreat or (where groups get together to donate something larger) e-readers, iPads, laptops or other tech toys.

To donate to this, please contact Tracey Turner (tnturner10@bigpond.com) and let her know what you’ll be donating and then bring it with you to Riding the Waves clearly labelled with FUNDRAISER. Or, if you’re not attending but would still like to donate a prize or get some exposure, then you can ship your prize to: 64 Capel Drive CAPEL WA 6271

Lucky/random draws are done throughout the weekend for door-prizes. Individual book donations or writer swag make great door prizes.

To donate a door-prize, please contact Tracey Turner (tnturner10@bigpond.com) and let her know what you’ll be donating and then bring it with you to Riding the Waves clearly labelled with DOORPRIZE

Thanks to everyone for your generosity and support re: RWA events. It is fabulous how many of our members give back to their RWA.


Special Events

  • Brisbane Writers Festival: 4-8 September 2013

Brisbane Writers Festival brings a page-turning experience to Brisbane from 4-8 September.

  • Byron Bay Writers Festival:  2-4 August 2013

Indications are that 2013 will be the first year the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival sells  its entire quota of Early Bird discounted 3 Day Passes! If you haven’t already secured yours, move fast.

  • Melbourne Writers Festival 22 August – 1 September 2013

The Melbourne Writers Festival is the City of Literature’s annual, two-week celebration for writers, readers and thinkers. The Festival runs from Thursday 22 August 2013 to Sunday 1 September 2013. Our Schools’ Program takes place from Monday 26 August 2013 to Thursday 29 August 2013.

  • Sydney Writers Festival: 20-26 May 2013

This year, Sydney Writers’ Festival brings together an exhilarating selection of storytellers who will delight, inform and entertain. So come along, sit back, and let us tell you a story.

  • Voices on the Coast: 1-5 June 2013

Sunshine Coast Voices on the Coast has a great lineup of writing events – Literary Breakfast with Robin de Crespigny, Literally Gourmet Feasting,  Queensland Writers Centre workshops, Pitching to Publishers & Cinematic Stories

  • Random House Events May – July 2013

Foodies are in for a treat in May with Julie Goodwin and Curtis Stone on the menu, not to mention Kate Forsyth talking about her latest book THE WILD GIRL. Featured in June is Jaye Ford and her novel SCARED YET? And in July, Michael Pryor (The Extraordinaires 2: The Subterranean Stratagem) has a number of workshop activities to help ensure your characters, location and plotting can last the distance of a longer story.

  • Penguin House Events May – October 2013

Penguin have a list of author appearances up on their website – including Cathryn Hein and Kylie Griffin.

  • Literary Festivals and Events May 2013

For more festival and writing fun, Literary Festivals has a calender packed full of workshops and events.


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

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