Event Announcements

Do you have an event or workshop you’d like to share? RWA Members, email your event news to cruisin(at)romanceaustralia.com.

Keeping Up Appearances

January 26, 2014, Radio Interview – Air on The Authors Shelf – Station: 2SSR 99.7FM and tune in radio 12-1.00pm EST.

February 12, 2014, 7:00pm – Arana Hills Library, Meet the Author

February 15, 2014, 10.00am – Caboolture Library, Meet the Author

Date: Tuesday 11th February

Time: 6.30 -8.30pm

Venue: Warnbro Community Library, Swallowtail Parade Warnbro

RSVP: Please email Claire on claire(at)claireboston.com if you are attending. Places are limited and numbers are essential for catering purposes.

Writers Festivals 2014

Perth Writers Festival
February 20–23

Adelaide Writers Week
March 1–6

Newcastle Writers Festival
April 4–7

Sydney Writers Festival
May 19–25

Word Storm, Darwin
May 29–June 1

Bellingen Writers Festival
June 7–9

Mildura Writers Festival
July 17–20

Byron Bay Writers Festival
August 1–3

Melbourne Writers Festival
August 21–31

Brisbane Writers Festival
September 3–7

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.

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.

Writer’s Classes, Groups, Library Events & Workshops

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 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

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


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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