Event Announcements

A reminder that Enrico, Clint and I will be taking a break from Cruisin’ and Event Announcements between July 6 and 20, but we’ll be back behind the wheel of the limo on July 25. If you have an event coming up and want to announce it before we get back, why not join our Facebook Group?

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.



Quirk Books Contest “Looking for Love”

Grand prize $10000 & publication with Quirk Books, full novel-length ms featuring fresh, fun, and strikingly unconventional love stories (no vampires, sorry). For official rules & full contest details see the downloadable entry form. Contest deadline October 1, 2013


Keeping up Appearances

  • 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/


New Releases July 2013

Looking for something to read? Check out these great NEW releases from our members

  • Jennifer Scoullar is celebrating the release of CURRAWONG CREEK with an online launch event.


ARRA Book Signing Event

BSE3 I'll be signing 400

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.


Claytons Conference 2013image

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


Writer’s Classes, Groups and Library Events


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

  • 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.

Want to keep up to date? Join our email list


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.

  • 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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