Event Announcements

GenreCon 2013

Details for this year’s program of industry workshops, discussion panels, and feature events are now live on their website. They’re covering everything from the craft of writing, selling your work, building your career, and researching the little details that keep your stories ticking. More importantly, the program will feature over forty writers, editors, publishers, and other professionals who have agreed to donate their time and expertise to make the GenreCon weekend a fantastic experience. Still haven’t got your GenreCon pass? They’ll be taking online registrations until October 8 and tickets will be available at the door.

FMI: http://www.genrecon.com.au/category/genrecon-2013/


Promotional Opportunity

The Romance Reviews

Let’s end the year with a bang! With a YEAR-END SPLASH (YES!) PARTY in the month of November! More exciting games and prizes for readers, and at the same time, more exposure for your books.

DATE: November 1 to 30, 2013

PRIZES: Grand Prize: $100 GC. Other Prizes: GCs, book giveaways, etc.


If you wish to participate in this promotional opp contact Carole at carole@theromancereviews.com or visit the website at http://www.theromancereviews.com. Due to the expected huge volume of email, please allow me to get back to you within 10 days before sending a follow up email.


Writer’s Classes, Groups, Library Events & Workshops

October 2013

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: Sunday October 6

Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Where: Writers Victoria

Cost: M $325 NM $390

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

Mary Hawkins loves to share with other romance writers. She is presenting a workshop at this year’s CALEB Conference. The CALEB is the yearly conference for Christians who write for the general or Christian Bookshop markets. Her workshop is called Masterclass – Romance and she will be sharing what romance readers – and editors – expect and look for in sweet and inspirational romance books, and hints how the writer can give romance readers page-turning, satisfying reads.

When: October 11-12, 2013

Where: Riverglenn, Indooroopilly

FMI: http://wordswithwings.net and http://www.omegawriters.com or contact Mary via her website: http://www.mary-hawkins.com

Fiction Fundamentals – a one-day writing intensive workshop. Inform. Excite. Ignite. Register for Fiction Fundamentals

Are you committed to writing, but not sure how to get started? You have a story idea, and are overwhelmed by the complexity of the header narrowtask? Or you’ve started, maybe even published, and you want to explore and improve your craft? Perhaps you’re considering the path of self-publishing?

The Write Chicks are multi-published romance fiction authors, Shannon Curtis and Paula Roe. Together, they have over 12 years’ writing experience. They will be joined by Jennifer Brassel, published author and creative writing instructor and for one day these professional authors will share their experience and techniques for writing and publishing in an intensive seminar designed to boost your own skills and knowledge.

Whether you’re looking to learn something new, or wanting to hone your craft, this writing boot camp will deliver value for money. Three authors. Intense, comprehensive sessions. One event.

When: Saturday October 19

Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Where: Novotel Parramatta, 350 Church St, Parramatta.

Cost: $120

  • Rhythm and Pace ~ Toni Jordan

When: Sunday October 20

Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Where: The Melbourne Romance Writers Guild, Fitzroy Library, Moor Street, Fitzroy (please book early).

Cost: No charge (RWA approved grant workshop)

Contact: Elvina Payet via melbournerwg@gmail.com

November 2013

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: November 02 – 23

Time: 10.00am-1.00pm

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

Online Events

Do you need help in the bedroom? If you do, Cathleen Ross is here to save you with her How To Write Erotic Romance Course. Sign up. You’ll be surprised about what you learn.

When: September 30 to October 4

Cost: BDRWA Member $25.00 BDRWA Non-Member $30.00

To Register: Black Diamond Registration Form

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

RWA Conference 2014

Romance Rocks!

4 days. 30+ workshops. Over 300 writers, editors, agents and publishing industry professionals. One epic conference.  Join us in Sydney with guest speakers; thriller writer and writing craft author, James Scott Bell, along with award-winning, best-selling romantic adventure author, Cherry Adair.

When: August 7-10 2014
Where: Novotel Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush

Keep an eye out for updates on the blog and website for more information.


RWAus contest season is now open. Closing dates for the 2013-14 contest season:

Ripping Start 6 September 2013
Selling Synopsis 22 November 2013
Emerald Award 22 November 2013
Little Gems 31 January 2014
First Kiss 14 February 2014
Valerie Parv Award TBA April 2014


The EllaPrint

RWA is excited to launch a new contest for published novellas. To be known as The Ella, the romantic novella of the year award will be a reader-judged contest, and the winner will be announced at RWA’s national conference in August.

The RUBYPrint

The Romantic Book of the Year Award, affectionately known as The Ruby, is our premier award and the only one of its kind in Australia. Voted on by Australian readers, this contest is open each year to any Australian or New Zealand romance author who has published a long or short romance novel.

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  1. It would be fantastic if some of the Melbourne based courses could be held in parts of South Melbourne or, even better, the South Eastern suburbs. Travelling to the Northern suburbs from the Peninsula is not only a long way but a little intimidating for outer city folk. Just a suggestion. Regards.


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