Event Announcements

Anne Gracie in Action!

Saturday and Sunday, 19th-20th October, Anne Gracie is teaching a weekend of craft-of-writing in Innisfail, Far North Queensland, sponsored by 20th Licuala WINQ. Cost for the two days is $90.

If you’re interested in attending, contact Jacque Duffy through this FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Licuala-WINQ-Writers-in-NQ/113447738690506

November 50k in 30 days

RWA is running a NaNoWriMo sister-event in the month of November. NaNoWriMo is a free international writing event, where participants commit to writing 50,000 words in 30 days. Membership of Romance Writers of Australia (Inc.) is not necessary to participate in NaNoWriMo. However, RWA membership is necessary to participate in the RWA-coordinated sister-event that will occur in the RWA forum.

Throughout November RWA participating members will ‘meet’ in the forum, post our word counts (they will be charted against daily targets), commiserate with each other over low (or zero) word count days, and celebrate our successes. With your forum-mates to cheer you on, to share the experience with you, and to work hard alongside you, your chance of success is much higher.

What should you do now?

If you would also like to participate in the official NaNoWriMo visit www.nanowrimo.org and sign up for a free account (by all means, add me–Sarah_Brabazon–as a buddy there).

If you would like help, camaraderie and encouragement towards achieving your NaNoWriMo goals, and you are already a member of RWA, come and let Sarah_Brabazon know in the 50ks in 30 days room under Events in the RWA Forum. You’ll find further instructions under ‘Register Here’. http://www.romanceaustraliaforum.com

Promotional Opportunities

  • 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.


  • Hearts Talk for RWA Members

If you have good news or a New Release, for the November issue of Hearts Talk, could you please send them to htgoodnews@romanceaustralia.com before 8th. If you are sending a new release, please include – RWA Member number, TITLE, AUTHOR NAME, PUBLISHER and a cover image. If you also let Catherine know if it’s an e-book, or print.

  • Cruisin’ with RWA (Thursdays on the RWA Blog)

Come Cruisin’ with our two chauffeurs, Enrico and Clint, and visit your fellow RWA Members. Email Juanita Kees at cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

Member News

Share your ‘Happy Dance’ moments and we’ll help you celebrate: a new release or re-release, new contract, new agent, competition wins etc.

Cruisin’ the Blogs

This is your opportunity to have the spotlight on your blog. Share the dates, sites and subject matter of your blog here and drive traffic to your blog spot.

If you’ve visited a blog that you think might be of interest to our members, send me the link and the title.

Enrico’s Pick Six

Every week we spotlight 6 member blogs. Ask to list your blog under Members Blogs and your site will be promoted on a rotational basis too.

  • Event Announcements (Sundays on the RWA Blog)

If you have a library talk, workshop, book-signing, competition or any other writing-related event to share, please send us the information to: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

ContestsA list of all the RWA Contests and dates for the year


Helping you achieve deadlines or simply providing support to drive you forward in challenges like BIAW and 50K in 30 Days

Upcoming Events

Craft specific workshops and events to assist you on your writing journey

Online Events

Online Workshops, Webinars and courses of interest

  • RWA Member Promotional Blogs

New to RWA? Introduce yourself and your writing. Here are a few other promo opportunities for our members. For more information, email  blogmistress@romanceaustralia.com

A Day in the Writing Life of… 

Author Spotlights

Blog Bites

Writer’s Classes, Groups, Library Events & Workshops

October 2013

  • Savvy Authors

Scrivener is the premier application for the creation of novels, novellas, and like works. This course will teach you, the writer, how to best use Scrivener for everything from planning your scenes to generating output for your critique group, e-reader, or publisher. Lectures will be presented in a video format with written summaries. One evening a week the instructor will have a live question/answer period using audio/video and screen sharing to best answer those tricky problems.

*Please note: This class applies equally well to Scrivener for Windows and Mac

When: September 30 – October 27, 2013

Where: The Savvy Forums

Cost: Premium Members $25 / Basic Members $35

FMI: http://savvy.citysoft.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Calendar.eventDetail&eventId=1858

November 2013

Beyond Q Bookshop will be launching Susan’s debut novel, ARAFURA. Refreshments will be provided. This is a free event but numbers are limited. Besides being a romance novel with a criminal twistARAFURA encompasses other themes including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Indigenous education and domestic violence.

When: November 7, from 6pm

Where: Beyond Q Bookshop, Curtin, Canberra

Cost: Free – numbers are limited

FMI and to reserve a seat contact:  susanlattwein@hotmail.com

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

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:

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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