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.

Claytons Conference 2014

We’re looking for a team to run the 2014 Claytons Conference (the digital conference that runs on the same weekend as the face-to-face conference for those who can’t attend Sydney). There are various positions to be filled but the primary one is the Claytons Coordinator who will lead a small team of committee volunteers to do specific tasks each. Organisation begins around May/June and the event happens August 9/10. Therefore this role is steady for about 10 weeks of the year only.
Claytons is a valuable and enjoyable annual RWA event but we need people to make it happen. It’s a great way to make some new friends and industry contacts while having lots of fun.
If you would like to find out more about any of the roles, please email volunteers@romanceaustralia.com or contact me (Events Liaison) at alli_sinclair@yahoo.com

Jane Austen Society of Australia

For those interested – or if you know of any interested, please pass the message on:

The Jane Austen Society of Australia is having their first New Zealand meeting at the Wellesely Boutique Hotel in Wellington on the last Saturday in May.

At our first meeting we will discuss Jane Austen’s first published work Sense and Sensibility.

All welcome. Membership forms will be available should you wish to join.

$30 for high tea (additional costs may apply for special dietary requirements)

2pm, Saturday 31 May, 2014

To book your place please contact Frances Duncan on francesrduncan@gmail.com with your name, email, and any dietary requirements.

Writing Contest

Tomorrowgirl is a short story competition for Indigenous high school girls in or from remote communities.  It was a big success in 2013, and in 2014 it asks girls to tell stories on the theme of “Big Dreams”. The stories can be true or imagined, and the winner will receive a writer’s support package with a laptop, book vouchers and membership to a writer’s association.

The stories may be shared with other remote communities, and across Australia. Click here to find out more.

Writers Festivals 2014

April 4–7

This is the tenth year Writefest has been held, and every year many come from other states to attend.

When: May 17

Where: Building 5 of the CQUniversity, Bundaberg

Cost: $85.00 for Adults, $35.00 for student 15 years and under. Master Class is $95.00 and is held both Saturday and Sunday or if writers would like to attend the workshops on Saturday and are selected for the Masterclass on Sunday, the cost is $155.00

FMI and Bookings:  http://bundywriters.com/about-writefest/program/

There will be publisher/Writer interviews with Haylee Nash, Commisioning Editor of Pan Macmillan Australia.
Interviews will be held for selected writers based on the quality of their submissions. (Please see the website for details)
There is also a Masterclass with Editor Jo Butler. Limited participants Submissions close 5th April.
Workshops will be held throughout the day, broken into morning and afternoon session.

Workshop available are:
The Secret to writing Powerful fiction using Techniques mastered by Pixar Part1 & 2Making Book Trailers that Buzz by Film-maker and Author Scott Baker.Creating pefect picture Books by Jacque Duffy

Capturing and keeping Kids’ interest in Chapter books by Jacque Duffy.

The Write Tools for Writers (Part 1 Nuts and Bolts) Author Shannon Curtis

The Write Tools for Writers (Part 2 Master Builder) Author Shannon Curtis)
Words + Pictures – The Golden Opportunity that is the Graphic Novel by Shane Foley

Pathways to Publication by Emily Craven.

Thanks to member, J.L. Addicoat for bring this event to our attention.

May 19–25

May 29–June 1

June 7–9

July 17–20

August 1–3

August 21–31

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 Opens 18 April, Closes 2 May 2014

Keeping Up Appearances

April 10 – Author TalkTMClark_MBBO

Where: Noosa Library

When: 6:30pm – 8:00pm, Author Talk starts at 6:30 pm with wine and nibbles to follow

Cost: $8 includes cheese and wine. Pay at the door, lucky door prize.

FMI and Bookings: http://www.libraries.noosa.qld.gov.au/author-visits or call (07) 5329 6555

May 20 – Author in Action

Where: Capalaba Library

When: 10:30 – 11:30 with refreshments before hand

Cost: Free Event

FMI and Bookings: (07) 3843 8010

*Ed’s Note: Adult Content Warning*

Let’s Talk About Sex: Sex In Words at The Wheeler Centre

It’s time to reveal what really goes on under and between the covers, as the Wheeler Centre embarks on a week of frank literary bedroom chat, with the focus firmly on female sexuality. Brace yourselves for a series of sweet nothings whispered in your ear as we delve into a cornucopia of pleasures sure to satisfy even the most ardent book lover.

Join the reigning queen of erotic fiction Krissy Kneen, Kate Belle, author of The Yearning and prolific blogger at The Ecstasy Files, with John Purcell (aka Natasha Walker – author of The Secret Lives of Emma trilogy) and host Kate Holden to discuss erotica, alternative sexualities and how to live your sexual fantasies through the art of fiction.

When: Wednesday April 2

Where: The Moat, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Cost: FREE

Bookings via The Wheeler Centre http://wheelercentre.com/events/event/sex-in-words/

RWA Facebook Group Changes

Did you know that RWA has an official Facebook Page? The link is below. When the ‘page’ was set up, we couldn’t easily allow conversation on that page, which is why we set up a group as well.

The ‘anyone can post to the page’ function is now turned on, and thanks to the magic of Facebook linking, there are already posts there. The official news posts appear on the left and all the posts by ‘likers’ in the box on the right. The advantage of this is that you can see the latest official news and a bunch of posts from others at a glance, without having to scroll down. And if you want to see full posts you can click ‘see all’ on the box, and you get a nice, dedicated stream, without the ads down the side.

In the lead-up to the 2014 conference, we have a lot more official news posts on Facebook and by using the official page only, we can put all of those up clearly without drowning out the other conversations.

The format of the ‘like’ page, allows official posts (promotion of blog appearances and contest winners, for instance) to stay visible for longer. The official page can also ‘like’ the FB pages of RWA writer’s groups and members, which the group can’t. It can also host collections of photos that are posted to it, which the group can’t and seems relevant to promotion, as most of the photos posted to the group are book covers. As part of our new structure, we are actively looking for ways to better support our ‘established’ writers and improving the prominence of our official page will improve our ability to promote our publishing members on Facebook, both to readers on Facebook and to outside media.

The upshot of all of these considerations is that we would like to consolidate our two pages into one official RWA Facebook page. You could start by heading over to the RWA page (below) and ‘liking’ it, we would greatly appreciate it.


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, Workshops

April 12 – 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

RWA is looking to offer our members a series of online writers’ workshops in the second half of 2014 through its new Online Workshop List (OWL). OWL events will be hosted, facilitated and promoted by RWA on a 75:25 profit-share arrangement with the presenter (the greater amount being the presenter’s).

We would like to invite interested RWA members and non-RWA members to apply to conduct a workshop online through RWA in the inaugural OWL calendar.

Please download the proposal form http://www.romanceaustralia.com/p/89/OWLs, complete by May 1 2014 and email to owl@romanceaustralia.com

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

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