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

Noelle will be speaking at local libraries in South East Queensland throughout the month of February:

When: February 27 at 11am

Where: Russell Island Library, Redland City

FMI and Bookings: 07 3829 8305

At the Adelaide Writers Week I will be chairing a session with Kimberley Freeman, talking about her work. It’s at 10.45 am on Saturday, March 1 .

Are holding an event in March with three romance writers, Paula Roe, Amy Andrews and Ainslie Paton. Full details are located here. The event is being held in conjunction with Harlequin M&B and Escape Publishing and they are hoping to get a great audience so they can do more romance events in the future.

Anna will be giving a talk at the Mundijong Library at 6.30pm on Thursday March 27.

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

RWA Contest Season

Closing dates for the 2013-14 contest season:

Selling Synopsis Closed
Emerald Award Closed
Little Gems Closed
First Kiss Closed
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

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

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

15 March – Alan Close – Fiction or Memoir

Presenter: ALAN CLOSE

Topic: Fiction or Memoir? Writing A Story From Your Own Life

Time: 9.15 am to 4.00 pm

Date: Saturday 15 March 2014

Place: St John’s Anglican Church Hall, 14 Park Avenue, Burleigh Heads

Cost: $95 which will include morning and afternoon tea



12 April – Trent Jamieson – Short Story Writing


Topic: Short Story Writing

Time: 9.15 am to 4.00 pm

Date: Saturday 12 April 2014

Place: Fradgley Hall, above Burleigh Heads Library, cnr Park Avenue and Connor Street, Burleigh Heads

Cost: $95 which will include morning and afternoon tea




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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  1. Great line up of events in every state. Thanks, Juanita, for another awesome round up.


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