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RWA Conference

Riding the waves: Writing romance in tempestuous times

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

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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

ARRA Book Signing Event

BSE3 I'll be signing 400The 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.

Want to know which of your favourite authors will be signing? Click here.


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

Turn up the heat on your writing career. This contest is open to any unpublished/uncontracted romance manuscript by all authors.

GRAND PRIZE: The grand prize winner of the contest will have their entire manuscript reviewed by two professional editors at The Author’s Red Room. For More Information, entry form, and rules, see website at http://valleyofthesunrw.com/hot-prospects-contest/ . For questions please email Voshotprospects@yahoo.com

Keeping up Appearances

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/

When: Thursday 29th August

Time: 7pm – 8.30pm

Where: Eltham Library, Panther Place, Eltham

Cost: Free

Bookings through Eltham Library,

03 9439 9266 or via their website.

In September, and again in November, CAE is running Beverly Eikli’s Short Course, Write Romance and Sell it:

Do you want to write a romance novel? Do you have a manuscript or two gathering dust? Multi-published and award-winning romance author Beverley Eikli will help you develop that kernel of an idea that sells a romance. Learn practical devices to improve plot, pacing and presentation, as well as how to pitch to traditional publishers, e-publishers, independents and small press. Beverley will also discuss self-publishing, changing markets and what editors are looking for.

When: 10.00am-1.00pm

Cost: 4 sessions Full Fee: $320.00 | Concession: $310.00 Find out more on their website.


  • Tuesday, 13 August 2013 – GORDON, NSW
    Author talk and Q&A at Ku-ring-gai Library with Julia Quinn – 6.30 to 8.00 pm
    Gordon Library Meeting Room

    799 Pacific Hwy
    Gordon, NSW

    Tickets are $5. Please note that you must pre-book
    Phone: 9424 0909
    Email: gordon.library@kmc.nsw.gov.au
  • Friday 16 August 2013 – FREMANTLE, WA
    Reading and Writing Romance in the 21st Century
    the Inaugural Elizabeth Jolley Conference 2013
    More information is available here
  • Saturday 17 August – FREMANTLE, WA
    Book-signing Event – 5.00 to 6.30 pm
    featuring 56 romance authors
    Esplanade Hotel
    Cnr Marine Terrace and Essex Street
    Tickets are $7 ($5 for ARRA members) and include a ticket for the lucky door prizes

    More information is available here
  • Monday 19 August 2013 – CROYDON, VIC
    Author talk and Q&A at Croydon branch of the Eastern Regional Libraries with Julia Quinn
    12.00 to 2.00 pm
    Croydon Library
    Civic Square, Croydon, VIC

    Bookings are essential
    Cost: $12.50 (includes lunch)

    For more information and to book: website
    Phone: 9294 5640
  • Monday 19 August – MELBOURNE
    Author talk, Q&A and signing with Julia Quinn
    Books on sale from Rendezvous
    Light refreshments will be served
    Queen Victoria Women’s Centre
    210 Lonsdale Street
    Melbourne, VIC
    Tickets are $6 (free for ARRA members)
    More information available on our blog
  • Tuesday 20 August 2013 – BRISBANE
    Book-signing with Julia Quinn – 5.00 to 7.00 pm
    Rosemary’s Romance Books
    144 Adelaide Street
    Brisbane, QLD
  • Wednesday 21 August – SYDNEY
    Author talk, Q&A and high tea with Julia Quinn
    Talk is free; high tea is $42 ($37 for ARRA members)
    Bookings are essential
    More information available on our blog
  • 22 August to 1 September – MELBOURNE
    Melbourne Writers Festival
    Sessions featuring Sarah Wendell (SBTB) and Marjorie M Liu
    More information available on their website
      • Sunday 25 August – MELBOURNE
        MWF panel – Modern Love – panel on romance and erotica featuring Marjorie M Liu and Sarah Wendell
        – 4.00 to 5.00 pm
        Cost: $21.50 ($19.50 concession)
        More information and to book:website
  • Friday 30 August – SYDNEY
    Throbbing Hearts Trivia Night – 6.30 to 11.00 pm
    Cost: $8.50
    To book: website


Writer’s Classes, Groups and Library Events


August 2013

  • Saturday August 17 – How to Wow them with Your Pitch

When: 10:30am – 1:30pm

Where: Auditorium 2, State Library of QLD

Cost: $65

FMI + bookings: http://www.qwc.asn.au/courses-and-events/courses/seminars/awm-author-iq-seminars/how-to-wow!-them-with-your-pitch/ OR call 07 3842 9922

  • Secret Creek Writing School – Bridgetown WA

SECRET CREEK Writing School is dedicated to inspiring children, and adults alike to become aware of their unique power as readers, writers and creative thinkers! We offer small group tuition for children as well as day and weekend writing courses for adults. Come and have a look at what’s on offer….

Special Events

  • Brisbane Writers Festival: 4-8 September 2013

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

  • 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

Keep up to date with Random House Australia’s calendar of events including upcoming author appearances, tour dates and special events.

  • 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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