Adelaide Roadshow Event ~ Weekend Romance: A Fair to Remember

We’re taking the show on the road with the latest Roadshow. This year it’ll be in lovely ol’ Adelaide in the SA Writers Centre. 

Speaking of the SA Writers Centre, they’ve teamed up with RWA to bring  you this 2 day event instead of the Roadshow’s usual one day. It’s the SAWC’s effort of promoting genre fiction, which is great news for RWA and our authors!

The line up is vast and varied and exciting….




FionaMcIntosh Be Inspired!TriciaStringer


From the heart: my publication journey

Join Fiona McIntosh, Helene Young, Keri Arthur, Tricia Stringer, Trish Morey, and Victoria Purman throughout the weekend as they take us on their journeys towards publication: How did they come to writing? What steps were taken to achieve their writing dream? What ups and downs did they face? And of course, how did they get that call that made them a published author?




Talk Character!

Helene Young 2012 Author photo by Charlotte Rose (LR)Who is that hero? Writing characters with RuBY award winner, Helene Young

Your characters are comprised of thousands of little stories, complexities and idiosyncrasies. With your words, you create a whole identity with a life and dynamic of its own. In this session, we will mine the hearts of your beloved characters, excavating the jewels that make them unique and unforgettable.



CassandraDeanAnneClarkGet Noticed By Editors!

Slow it down, baby! with Lucy Clark and Cassandra Dean

Learning how to slow down the action, focus on the emotion and hone character reactions will inject a tension so palpable, your reader– and editor– will be desperate to turn the next page.

As writers, in key scenes where plot and story are established, tension builds or romance blossoms, we need to slow things down to keep your readers wanting more. Let your characters linger on the emotion, draw our every ounce of tension and enthrall your reader, prolonging that emotional beat just a little longer…


Set the Scene!

KeriArthurEleniKonstantineLocation, location, location: setting your stories 

featuring Helene Young, Fiona McIntosh, Trish Morey, Victoria Purman, Tricia Stringer and Keri Arthur. Chair: Eleni Konstantine

Six authors discuss the importance of their six vastly different settings. They will share their wisdom and guide you towards creating a realistic and charismatic setting that will have your readers bewitched.


There’s something for everyone!

BronwynStuart KyokoChurchRomance subgenres: from historical to comedy

featuring Elizabeth Rolls, Keri Arthur, Trish Morey, Robert Moore, Kyoko Church, Helene Young, Tricia Stringer, Carla Caruso and Tamara Gill. Chair: Bronwyn Stuart

The romance genre is multifaceted and covers a broad range of subgenres. How do you know which subgenre to focus on? Learn from the experts as they discuss their attraction to certain areas of the expansive topic of romance.


TamaraGillBreak-out groups: talking sub genre

RobertMooreHistorical romance (Elizabeth Rolls, Bronwyn Stuart)
Speculative fiction romance (Keri Arthur, Tamara Gill)
Contemporary/category romance (Trish Morey) CarlaCaruso
Erotic/gay romance (Kyoko Church, Robert Moore)
Romantic suspense (Helene Young)
Rural/coastal romance (Tricia Stringer)
Romantic comedy (Carla Caruso)


Good Times!

Quiz Night 

Whether you’re a shaman of the affairs of the heart or just a Mr Darcy fangirl, this charming love quiz will leave you gasping in delight. Create a team of eight to ten people and come along for a night of swooning fancy and beguiling fun.

Tickets are included in a weekend registration for the Romance Fair or $20 per/head at the door.
Cash bar | BYO food | Friendly atmosphere




Let’s get Crafty!

Local talent will feature on Sunday with two streams running concurrently.


Stream One – beginners/introduction

TrishMoreySo you want to write a romance? with Trish Morey (full day)

So you want to write romance… then you have come to the right place. Bestselling award-winning author, Trish Morey, shows you how to take your hero and heroine from a great beginning, through the trials and tribulations of their relationship and that perilous black moment, to find their happy ever after. Touching on three-dimensional characters, point of view, romantic hero and heroine archetypes, dialogue, conflict, and much, much more, Trish will steer you through the vital ingredients you need to write a romance that sings.
Come prepared to work!


Stream Two – more advanced

AmyTMatthewsPoint of view masterclass with Amy T Matthews (1.5 hours)

Point of view is one of the first choices we make for our manuscripts but often one we do not fully comprehend. In this workshop we will unpack the complexities of narrative point of view and explore how simple choices create radically different effects. We will look at the vast range of choices for first and third person point of view and look at how they are employed. We will also touch briefly on the rare and transgressive second person point of view and explore how it unsettles and destabilises the reader.



ElizabethRollsShow, Don’t Tell with Elizabeth Rolls (1.5 hours)

Understand how showing your readers what is going on in your characters’ heads and lives, rather than telling them, engages your readers fully. Know when to show, when to tell, and how to do it.
Preparation: Read C.S Lewis’s Prince Caspian, bring a notepad, a pen and your sense of humour.

Business of Writing!


The author’s online shuffle with Helen Katsinis (1.5 hours)

The online world might seem big and mysterious for many authors, yet it is now an integral part of our business. This workshop will look at the pros and cons of websites, blogging, and social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads. It is a guide to navigating your way through the online shuffle and making you feel more comfortable with creating your online author self.



VictoriaPurmanYou, your writing and the media: make it a love story with Victoria Purman (1.25 hours)

So, you have written a book. Perhaps it has even been published. How do you go about getting attention in the media and raising awareness of you and your writing? Victoria will answer the following questions:
• what is this thing called “the media”?
• understanding journalists and why it is important
• why journalists ask “dumb” questions
• what NOT to do when dealing with journalists.


Full Program


Wowza…what an amazing  weekend it’s going to be! Wherever you are in Australia, it’s worth the trip.



1 day* = $130 SAWC and RWA members | $170 non members
2 days* = $240 SAWC and RWA members | $340 non members
QUIZ NIGHT: $20 per head
*Includes lunch, morning and afternoon teas

BOOKINGS: SAWC website | phone 08 8223 7662 | email

ROMANCE WRITERS OF AUSTRALIA MEMBERS – to obtain your discount, please book via phone during Centre opening hours (Tuesday to Thursday) or  by email.
SAVE $40 on top of the member rate when you book for the whole weekend.


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