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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me (Events Liaison) at email@example.com
Professional Development Day Speakers
- Jim Azevedo, Smashwords
- Marie Force, Author
- Jennifer St. George, Author
- Helene Young, Author
- Sarah Wendell, Author, Reviewer, Blogger
- Julian Hewitt, Media Arts Lawyers
- Susan Donovan, Corporate Facilitator
- Maya Hall, Maya Hall Pty Ltd (Accountant)
- Gemma Ruddick, Personal Trainer
Workshop Presenters – please click here
Conference MC – Amy Andrews
Award Dinner MC – Kaz Delaney
5DI: 5 Day Intensive Manuscript Workshop
All information plus the entry forms for 5DI (5 day manuscript development workshop) are now available on the website. This is a fabulous opportunity for aspiring and emerging authors.
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 Close: Applications will close 15 June.
All completed applications are to be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
So if you think 5DI is for you, get to work on polishing those manuscripts!
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 email@example.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: Announceonlinewritingclassesfirstname.lastname@example.org
Writers Festivals 2014
The Mildura Writers’ Festival brings together some of Australia’s best writers in an intimate, winter program of workshops, lectures and discussion forums.
When: July 17–20
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.
When: August 1–3
Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) is Melbourne’s annual, two-week celebration for writers, readers and thinkers. Each year in August, the Festival celebrates the talent and ideas of hundreds of writers from Australia and around the world, through a vibrant program of storytelling, conversation and discussion, intellectual debate, educational programs, live performance, music and art events. The Festival includes events for people of all ages and more than a quarter of the program is free. Their highly regarded Schools’ Program attracts more than 15,000 students.
When: August 21–31
Details to be provided as soon as they become available.
When: September 3–7
Visible Ink is accepting submissions of short stories, non-fiction, poetry and visual art for its 26th annual anthology. This year’s theme is ‘Encounters’. Entry $6. Published work receives payment. Submissions close 6 July. Visit visibleinkanthology.com/submissions for more info.