Event Announcements

Conflux Writers Day

Nicole Murphy runs occasional writers events and science fiction conferences. Her latest venture is Conflux Writers Day, a one day professional development opportunity for writers of speculative fiction – that is, fantasy, horror and science fiction to be held on Saturday April 5 in Canberra and is calling for writers to present. The Call for Abstracts for the Conflux Writers Day closes October 31, 2013.

What is a call for abstracts? Abstracts are a short description of the presentation you propose to give. They are submitted via an online portal, where they are considered by a group of reviewers. Those abstracts considered the most worthy are then recommended to the programmer. We’re looking for presentations of 15-17 minutes on a topic that relates to one of the four CWD themes:

  • Writing skills – the nuts and bolts of writing
  • Writing processes – how you apply the skills of writing to creating a story
  • Submitting and publishing – how the business of getting published works
  • Building a career – what is required to achieve what you want

For more information on the call for abstracts, including an example of an abstract, go to http://conflux.org.au/conflux-writers-day-2/call-for-abstracts/. Your insight or advice could be just what a fellow writer needs, so please get involved!

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


The 5DI team are investigating possible locations for next year’s 5DI, which is being held in May. We are hoping some of the lovely Melbourne locals might know of suitable venues. The requirements are pretty much:

  • Individual accommodation for up to 15 (dorm/bunk style won’t work). Ensuites would be great but not mandatory.
  • All rooms to have desk/writing space
  • Communal/lounge area
  • Full catering (or the ability to bring in a caterer)

Also, the wish list would have quiet areas for writing away from the actual rooms.  Ideally we would like it within easy commute of the airport and the city but we’re open to any and all suggestions.  If anyone has any ideas, could you please email Chris Weston at westonc@netspace.net.au

Promotional Opportunities

  • 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
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Writer’s Classes, Groups, Library Events & Workshops

October 2013

November 2013

Tima Maria Lacoba is celebrating the release of her debut novel, BLOODGIFTED with a book launch at Ruby’s Cafe and Books in Umina, on the Central Coast, N.S.W. on November 10th, from 12.30-3.00pm.

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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