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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

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 with Kate Bellekate Belle

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://writersvictoria.org.au/what-s-on/event/summer-school-eros-in-action-write-convincing-erotica/ or visit Kate Belle at http://www.ecstasyfiles.com.

Writers Victoria have some great courses lined up for 2014. Head over to their website for more information.

2014 will see a branch of The Australian Writers Centre opening in Perth. Already there are courses lined up for the taking. Visit the website to enrol or subscribe to their newsletter for information on upcoming courses.

Information is now available to students for 2014 on the Associate Degree in Creative Writing. The University is the education partner of the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival and the Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA), and supports the Bellingen Writers’ Festival.

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


A 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 Closed
Emerald Award Closed
Little Gems 31 January 2014
First Kiss 14 February 2014
Valerie Parv Award TBA April 2014

Stephie has a useful chart on her site with information on upcoming contests for 2014.

Visit there website for a list of 2014 contests

Chanticleer presents The Chatelaine Awards: Romance Fiction Writing Contests 2014 currently accepting entries.

Deadline: May 31, 2014

Two Divisions: Published (Legacy, Indie, Self-Pub, Small Press, E-pub) and Manuscripts

2014 Winter Rose Contest for Unpublished Authors

  • December 1, 2013 — Contest Opens to submissions.
  • January 26, 2014 — Deadline for all printed forms, payment and electronic submissions.
  • Around May 1, 2014 — Non-Finalist materials will be returned.
  • May 10, 2014 — Winners announced at the Yellow Rose RWA May meeting.

Entry Fee: $25

Entry Form: Winter Rose Entry Form – Unpublished
Rules: Winter Rose Rules – Unpublished

Writers Reign have a list of short story competitions on their website

RWA Awards

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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