Event Announcements

Ruby Award

The Ruby opens on the 6 January and closes on the 7 February 2014. For more information, email the contest manager,Print
Annie Lynch at rby@romanceaustralia.com

Ella Award

The Ella opens on the 6 January and closes on the 7 February 2014. For more information, email the contest manager,
Raewyn McGill at ella@romanceaustralia.comPrint
As always, please check the website for guidelines, previous winners and the most current information.
http://www.romanceaustralia.com/p/130/Published-Contests

RWA Contest Season

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

RWA Conference 2014

Romance Rocks!rwa14logoedit-light-300

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

January 2014

  • January 20

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.

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.

  • January 22

Digital Makeover for Writers ~ Dr Euan Mitchell
When: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Where: Writers Victoria
Cost: NM $180 M $130
FMI + bookings: Ph 03 9094 7855

February 2014

  • Australian Writers Center Sydney meet-up

Meet-ups are your chance to get together with fellow graduates and the wider community of the Australian Writers’ Centre, hear from a great presenter, and hopefully leave just that little bit more inspired to achieve your writing dreams.

Date: Tuesday February 11, 2014

Time: 6.30-8pm
Where: The Kirribilli Club, Milsons Point (right next door to us)
Who: Australian Writers’ Centre graduate and author Geena Leigh.

Tickets cost $10 each to cover venue costs. Any excess funds will be donated to the Doggie Rescue charity. Numbers are strictly limited! You can buy your tickets here

  • Write a Romance Workshop

Kandy Shepherd and Cathleen Ross are giving a Valentine’s Day workshop

When: February 13 10:30am – 12.00pm

Where: 605 Military Rd, Mosman NSW 2088

FMI: (02) 9978 4091

When: February 14 10:30 am – 1:00pm

Where: Marrickville Library, Marrickville Town Hall, Corner Marrickville and Petersham Roads, Marrickville

FMI: (02) 9335 2173

  • Developing Your Writing Practice ~ Anna Campbell

When: February 15, 10:30am – 4:30pm
Where: Queensland Writers Centre
Cost: NM $160 M $110
FMI + bookings: Ph 07 3842 9922 or http://www.qwc.asn.au/courses-and-events/courses/workshops/workshop-developing-your-writing-practice/

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

Online courses

Online Course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Cathie Tasker/Pamela Freeman

Week beginning Monday 20 January 2014 for five weeks

Online Course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Sue White/Allison Tait

Week beginning Monday 20 January 2014 for five weeks

Online Course: Travel Writing with Sue White

Week beginning Monday 20 January 2014 for five weeks

Online Course: Writing Picture Books with Cathie Tasker

Week beginning Monday 27 January 2014 for five weeks

Online Course: Creative Writing Stage 2 with Cathie Tasker/Pamela Freeman
Week beginning Monday 3 February 2014 for five weeks

Online Course: Writing Books for Children and Young Adults with Judith Ridge/Cathie Tasker

Week beginning Monday 10 February 2014 for five weeks

Sydney courses

Evening seminar: Blogging for Beginners with Kim Berry – FULL
Thursday 16 January2014 (two-hour evening seminar)

Course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Sue White
Starting Thursday 16 January 2014 for five weeks

Weekend Course: Write a Chick Lit Novel with Lisa Heidke
Saturday 18 January and Sunday 19 January 2014 (2 consecutive days)

Weekend course: Food Writing with Carli Ratcliff
Saturday 18 January and Sunday 19 January 2014 (2 consecutive days)

Seminar: How to Create and Sell Your eBook with Anna Maguire
Monday 20 January 2014 (two-hour evening seminar)

Seminar: How to Get Your Book Published with Geoff Bartlett
Thursday 23 January 2014 (two-hour evening seminar)

Course: Writing Books for Children and Young Adults with Judith Ridge
Starting Wednesday 29 January 2014 for five weeks

Course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Claire Scobie
Starting Thursday 30 January 2014 for five weeks

Course: History, Mystery and Magic with Kate Forsyth
Saturday 1 February and Sunday 2 February 2014 (2 consecutive days)

Course: Travel Writing with Sue White
Saturday 1 February and Sunday 2 February 2014 (2 consecutive days)

Seminar: Build Your Profile Using Twitter with Kerri Sackville
Tuesday 4 February 2014 (two-hour evening seminar)

Seminar: Professional Business Writing with Sue White
Tuesday 4 February 2014 (one-day seminar)

Seminar: Grammar and Punctuation Essentials with Deb Doyle
Wednesday 5 February 2014 (one-day seminar)

Course: Creative Writing Stage 2 with Pamela Freeman
Saturday 8 February and Sunday 9 February 2014 (2 consecutive days)

Seminar: Writing for the Web with Grant Doyle
Monday 10 February 2014 (one-day seminar)

Seminar: Business Writing Essentials with Kate Hennessy
Wednesday 12 February 2014 (one-day seminar)

Daytime seminar: Blogging for Beginners with Kim Berry
Saturday 15 February 2014 (two-hour morning seminar)

Seminar: How to Get Your Book Published with Geoff Bartlett
Saturday 15 February 2014 (two-hour afternoon seminar)

Course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Kate Forsyth

Monday 17 February to Friday 21 February 2014 (five consecutive mornings)

Evening seminar: Blogging for Beginners with Kim Berry
Tuesday 18 February 2014 (two-hour evening seminar)

Course: Screenwriting Stage 1 with Tim Gooding
Starting Wednesday 19 February 2014 for five weeks

Course: Introduction to Novel Writing with Pamela Freeman
Starting Thursday 20 February 2014 for six weeks

Weekend Course: Your Story Structure with Kathryn Heyman
Saturday 22 February 2014 (one-day course)

Weekend course: Travel Memoir with Claire Scobie
Saturday 22 February and Sunday 23 February 2014 (2 consecutive days)

Course: Write Your Novel with Pamela Freeman – FULL
Starts Monday 24 February 2014 (6 month program)

Overseas writing tours

Writing About Food in Vietnam with Carli Ratcliff

When: Friday 16 May to Saturday 24 May 2014

Writing the Senses in Bali with Patti Miller
When: Saturday 12 July to Saturday 19 July 2014

Writing in Oxford with Kate Forsyth
When: Sunday 7 September to Sunday 14 September 2014

Memoir Writing in Paris with Patti Miller
When: Thursday 23 October to Saturday 8 November 2014

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.

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

Contests

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

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

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