Romance Rocks Presents…


On Sunday 10th August on Track c, Session 6, Patsy Poppenbeek demonstrates to delegates the why and how of getting a grant.

Getting a Grant

Find out how to get a government grant to support your writing/self-publishing and get some money, raise your profile, make contacts and become more professional. Emerging writers and romance writers tend to think they can’t get arts grant, but they can. Learn why and how to get one.

Your Presenter – Patsy PoppenbeekPatsy Poppenbeek

Emerging writer whose group won grant to publish an anthology.

What prompted you to put together this workshop for “Romance Rocks”?

The belief that romance writers tend not to think of ourselves as appropriate applicants for grants—and we should. And the knowledge that it’s easier to do than you might think.

What will participants take away from this session? (OR what is the key outcome or take-home message?)

Knowledge of where and how to apply for grants even when you’re only an emerging writer (i.e. at stage one of your writing career or journey). And why you should.

Which members will benefit most from this session?

Probably newbies, but even published writers (you goddesses!) who aren’t yet making enough of a living from your work might benefit, since it’s all part of the Raising of the Profile.

What is the best part/aspect of conference for you?

I love this conference because I learn so much and it makes me feel professional, so this is a difficult question. Possibly the opportunity to do pitches is the most useful part, as even when/if it doesn’t lead to publication you’re forced to produce a pitch and talk about your book.

Anything you’re particularly looking forward to at the 2014 Romance Rocks conference in Sydney?

James Scott Bell’s workshops—structure is a real weakness for me, so I always go to anything on this and he sounds really good.

What is your latest/current/upcoming book release and where can members find out more about you?

The anthology’s title is ‘Melbourne Subjective’. It should have something for everyone: stories of all kinds (romance, of course, but also fantasy, true crime and, well, weird stuff), creative non-fiction, and some poetry. Some contributing writers are: Kevin Brophy, Antoni Jach, Chris Wheat and Helen Elliot. It will be launched 14 August at the gorgeous Athenaeum Library. I’m on Facebook and my website might be up.


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