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

Enjoy a morning with Margareta Osborn, author of the best-selling BELLA’S RUN and HOPE’S ROAD, as she talks about her third novel on love, life and the land, MOUNTAIN ASH. Books will be available for purchase on the day.

Time: Tuesday, 11 March 2014, 1:30pm

Venue: Wynnum Library, 66 Bay Terrace, Wynnum Central

Tickets: This is a free event, but bookings are recommended. Contact the library on 3403-2199 to reserve your place.


Time: Tuesday, 11 March 2014, 11:00ambella's run

Venue: Victoria Point Library, Victoria Point Lakeside Shopping Centre, 7-15 Bunker Road,Victoria Point

Tickets: This is a free event, but bookings are recommended. Contact the library on 3884-4011 to reserve your place.


Time: Wednesday, 12 March 2014, 11:00am

Venue: Hervey Bay Library, 161 Old Maryborough Road, Pialba

Tickets: This is a free event, with a light morning tea provided. Bookings are essential on 07 4197-4220.


Time: Wednesday, 12 March 2014, 6:15pm

Venue: Bundaberg Library, 49 Woondooma St, Bundaberg Central

Tickets: This is a free event, but bookings are recommended. Contact the library on 4130-4140 to reserve your place.


Time: Thursday, 13 March 2014, 10:00am

Venue: Childers Library, 49 Churchill Street, Childers

Tickets: This is a free event, but bookings are recommended. Contact the library on 4130-4650 to reserve your place.


Time: Thursday, 13 March 2014, 3:00pm

Venue: Kingaroy Library, Civic Centre, Glendon Street, Kingaroy, Qld

Tickets: This is a free event, with afternoon tea included. Bookings are recommended; contact Collins Booksellers on 07 4162-4142 or Kingaroy Library on 07 4189-9256 to reserve your place.


Time: Tuesday, 18 March 2014, 6:30pm

Venue: Paper Chase at Collins, 168 Main Street, Bairnsdale

Tickets: Tickets are $15, and includes light refreshments. Bookings are essential; contact Collins Booksellers on 5152-5181 or email info@collinsbdale.com.au to reserve your place.

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

Writers Festivals 2014

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

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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.

Writer’s Classes, Groups, Library Events & Workshops

Writing the Australian Landscape

When: Saturday and Sunday, 3 – 4 August 2013

Where: National Library of Australia, Canberra

Conference incorporating the Kenneth Binns Lecture

In a land of droughts and flooding rains, of coastal cities, regions and rural landscapes, how do we write about our country? Join some of Australia’s finest writers as they explore how we write about place.

Keynote speaker Murray Bail delivers the Kenneth Binns Lecture, which is generously supported by Alison Sanchez.

Featured speakers include Bill Gammage, Matthew Condon, Adrian Hyland and Ros Moriarty.

Conference Details:

Two days $120, Single day $70

Discounts available for Friends of the National Library/Concessions/Students

Supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund, the Ray Mathew and Eva Kollsman Trust and Alison Sanchez

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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