Event Announcements

Happy Mother’s Day!

And Grandma’s too… Mothers Day
While we honor all our mothers
with words of love and praise.
While we tell about their goodness
and their kind and loving ways.
We should also think of Grandma,
she’s a mother too, you see….
For she mothered my dear mother
as my mother mothers me.
Author Unknown

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

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.

Mother’s Day Giveaway

Hearts n Wined MOTHER’S DAY AUSTRALIA GIVEAWAY is now open! 17 fabulous authors and 23 books (10 print books and 13 eBooks). Enter for your chance to win – and good luck. (Please note this Giveaway is for Australia only and ends 12.15pm Sunday 11th May.)

Keeping Up Appearances

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

Writer’s Classes, Groups, Workshops

  • Navigating the Maze: Marketing and Promotion in the Digital World ~ Simon Groth

When: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Saturday 17 May
Where: Northern Rivers Writers Centre, Byron Bay
Cost: NM $45 M $35
FMI + bookings: Ph 02 6685 5115 or http://www.nrwc.org.au/v2/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=45&Itemid=62

  • Keeping Sex Real with John Purcell (aka Natasha Walker)

When: Saturday May 17, 9:30am – 12:30pm

Where: Sydney Writers Festival, State Library of NSW

Cost: $85 C $75

FMI + bookings: Ph 02 9250 1988 or http://www.tickets.sydneytheatre.org.au

Sex & Literature Panel – Sydney Writers Festival
Talking about sex can get even the coolest people hot under the collar. John Baxter, Kate Belle and John Purcell reveal their secrets about sex in the written form to Angela Meyer.
When: Thursday 22 May, 1.30pm
Where: Sydney Dance 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Cost: Free
More info and bookings: go to SWF2014 Website:


is running two intensive master classes (May 19-23 and September 1-5 ) and a NaNoWriMo course that will run on Sundays in October (preparation) and November (weekly writing sessions). The courses will be at the Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne and include full catering. The courses have been designed to suit writers of all genres.
Find out more:

  • The New Romantics – Woodend Winter Arts Festival

Why is the romance genre so popular? Join The New Romantics for an enlightening and enlivening discussion on love in words. The panel includes four local published authors of various sub-genres of romantic fiction.
The panel will discuss with the audience the diversity and popularity of writing and reading romance, the changing roles and tropes of women in modern romantic fiction, balance of power and gender, breadth of the genre, the story within the story, what makes a good love scene, what defines a happy-ever-after ending and much more.
With Margareta Osborn, Kathryn Ledson, Jennifer Scoullar and Kate Belle
When: Saturday 7 June, 2pm
Where: Woodend Community Centre
Cost: $20 full / $18 conc
For more info and bookings go to WWAF website:


Roadshow South Australia

Weekend Romance: A Fair to Remember
Presented by SAWC and Romance Writers of Australia Inc.
A weekend for writers and lovers of romantic fiction. Stop penning those love letters, put down the Mills & Boon, and forget those roses—it’s time for our inaugural genre fair—and it’s romance! RWA and SAWC have come together to bring you two days of whirling workshops, panel sessions, master classes, industry advice, meet the authors sessions, book signings and more. And on the Saturday night it’s the fundraising event of the year: our romance-themed lit quiz night. Full program and speakers announced in April.

When: Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 June
Cost: 1 Day: $130 members/$170 non-members
Quiz Night: $20 per head
Weekend Package (2 days plus Quiz Night): $240 members /$340 non-members

5DI: 5 Day Intensive Manuscript Workshop

5DI is a five-day, live-in workshop where aspiring and emerging writers get to work closely with and be mentored by an established author. A small group of 6 writers share a mentor for five days, and rework their manuscripts based on their mentor’s advice.

When: Saturday November 22 to Friday November 28

Where: University College, Melbourne.

Applications Open: applications are available to download from the RWA website from May 1.

Applications Close: Applications will close 15 June.

All completed applications are to be sent to: 5di@romanceaustralia.com

So if you think 5DI is for you, get to work on polishing those manuscripts!

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

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.

Writers Festivals 2014

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, Commissioning 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
For more information, including the program and booking information, www.swf.org.au.

May 29–June 1

June 7–9

July 17–20

August 1–3

Early Bird Tickets for Byron Bay Writers Festival are on sale. Workshops commencing on 28 July. The Early Bird tickets are only on sale until the full program is announced on 6 June, so now is the time to pick up a discounted Festival pass. For more Festival information or to purchase Early Bird tickets visit byronbaywritersfestival.com.au or call 1300 368 552.

August 21–31

September 3–7



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