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RWA Conference 2014

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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.

RWA 2014 is now open for workshop proposals.  If you have a workshop on any of the following, please put forward your submission:

  • craft
  • career
  • research
  • writers life
  • industry
  • business
  • self-publishing
  • or something else of value to authors

More details can be found here: http://www.romanceaustralia.com/p/183

Submissions close December 1, 2013 – so polish those proposals and send them on through, your conference team eagerly awaits!

Writer’s Classes, Groups, Library Events & Workshops

November 2013

Behind the Scenes with Anna Jacobs

November 13 – Bunbury Library, 2pm

November 20 – Wagin Library talk, 11am

November 25 – Harvey Library, 3.30pm

November 25 – Australind Library, 6.30 pm

November 30 – Dymocks Bookshop Morley Galleriea – book signing

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.

Beverley also has a number of events in November to coincide with the release of her Napoleonic espionage romance, THE RELUCTANT BRIDE.

History Through Costume Talk: From Georgian Splendour to Regency Simplicity 

When: Thursday November 14, 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Where: Kyneton Library, 3 Baynton St, Kyneton,Victoria

FMI and Bookings: 5422 1365

 Cost: FREE, Refreshments provided.

Author Talk and Book launch

When: November 21, 7.00pm

Where: Book Bonding, 3/29 Hamilton St Gisborne

Cost: FREE, Refreshments provided

FMI and Bookings: (03) 5420 7758

Author Talk and signing

When: Saturday November 23, 10.00am

Where: Red Door Books, Lancefield (to coincide with Lancefield Farmers Market).

History Through Costume Talk: From Georgian Splendour to Regency Simplicity

When: November 27, 7.00pm

Where: Clare Writers Festival in South Australia on , Edwards Arcade next to Collins Bookstore.

Cost: $10

3-week writers’ workshop: A Little Romance

When: Monday, November 18, 6.00-8.00pm

Where: City of Melbourne Library

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When: November 23

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Where: Northern Rivers Writers Centre

Cost: M $75 NM $95

FMI + bookings: http://www.nrwc.org.au OR call 02 6685 5115

December 2013

  • Editing Essentials ~ Deb Doyle

When: December 12

When: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Where: Australian Writers Centre, Sydney

Cost: $450

FMI + bookings: http://www.writerscentre.com.au/sydney OR call 02 9929 0088

January 2014

1 Day Workshop: Writing Convincing Sex

Presented by multi published author, Kate Belle, this workshop will explore the elements that constitute quality erotic writing. Learn how to harness the power of Eros in prose, explore above and below the line communication, avoid cringe-worthy cliches, explore the difference between erotic romance and erotica and discover the beliefs that might be limiting your creative expression.

When: January 20

Where: Writers Victoria, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne.

Level: Beginner to emerging

Bookings open for Writers Victoria members on 19th November 2013, then to the broader public from 3rd December 2013.

For more information check Writers Victoria website: http://www.writersvictoria.org.au or visit Kate Belle at http://www.ecstasyfiles.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
  • Blog Bites

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


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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