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

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.

Registration for Romance Rocks! is open. Please read carefully BEFORE you register. Any registrations requiring amendments due to incorrect completion will attract a $40 administration fee. Register online via the Events section at www.romanceaustralia.com.

Registration Deadlines:

Early Bird Period: 1 March – 31 May
Late Period: 1 June – 24 July
Cut-off for Registrations is 24 July 2014
Dress Code: Smart Casual. Please note: this is a perfume-free event.

Registration Fees for Members:

Professional Development Day

Early Bird Registration: $130
Late Registration: $150
*You must be a current RWA member in order to attend. Conditions apply, please refer to the RWA conference website, Professional Development Day Programme.

Friday Craft Workshop

Early Bird Registration: $150
Late Registration: $175
Non-Member Registration: $200
Cocktail Party Early Bird Ticket: $75
Late or Non-Member Ticket: $85
*If you register for the Core Saturday/Sunday conference,you automatically receive entry to the Cocktail Party, and do not need to buy a separate ticket.
**Only if you wish to bring a partner or friend, or you wish to attend the Cocktail Party but ARE NOT attending the core conference, do you need to buy a Cocktail Party ticket.

Saturday/Sunday Conference

Early Bird Registration: $400
Late Registration: $450
Non-Member Registration: $500

Gala Awards Night:

Early Bird Registration: $100
Late Registration: $120
Non-Member Registration: $130

Keeping Up Appearances

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

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 18 April 2014

Writer’s Classes, Groups, Library Events & Workshops

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

In Person Events

(Costings Code: M=Member, MC=Member Concession, MP= Member of Partner Organisation, NM=Non-members, C=Concession)
FMI=for more information
  • Monday 3 March – Writers Forum: Industry Talk–Getting Noticed
When: 10:00am – 11:00am
Where: South Australian Writers Centre
Cost: NM $20 M $10
  • Tuesdays 4,11,18 & 25 March – E-Publishing Survival ~ David Henley
When: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Where: New South Wales Writers Centre
Cost: NM $660 M $460
  • Wednesday 12 March – Society of Women Writers NSW Literary Lunch
Workshop 10:00am. Cat Sparks: The Art of Short Story Writing.
Lunch 12 noon: Gabrielle Lord on the writing of Dishonour (an adult crime novel that explores violence against women)
Launch: Rosalind Sharbanee Meyer: encouragement award for an unpublished manuscript ($1000)
Where: Dixson Room, State Library, Sydney.
Cost: Workshop M$20/NM$30; lunch M$50/NM$55 or $65 for workshop + lunch
Bookings essential by Monday 10 March. Email swwlunchbooking@gmail.com or text 0403 177 208 with name, date and number of guests General enquiries: 0490 363 778.
  • Saturday 15 March – Girl Talk: Discovering the Essentials of Chick Lit ~ Anita Heiss
When: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Where: Northern Rivers Writers Centre, Byron Bay
Cost: NM $95 M $75
  • Sunday 16 March – A Touch of Magic ~ Kate Forsyth
When: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Where: New South Wales Writers Centre
Cost: NM $180 M $125 C $110
  • Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 March – Essentials of Publishing~Amruta Slee and guests
When: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Where: New South Wales Writers Centre
Cost: NM $350 M $250
  • Coming Soon In May – Anne Gracie is presenting Romancing the Page at the NSW Writers’ Centre
When: Sunday 11 May, 10am-4pm.
Cost: NM $180; M $125; C $110

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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