Event Announcements

*Ed’s Note: The Cruisin Crew will be taking a break for the week of the Romance Rocks Conference but we’ll be back on August 14 on Cruisin’ with RWA to bring you up to date on all the good news and announcements. In the meanwhile, keep the good news and events coming to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com*

Claytons Conference 2014

Registration is now open! Registrations close midday 7th August.

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  • Shona Husk

Three time ARRA finalist Shona Husk lives in Western Australia at the edge of the Indian Ocean. Blessed with a lively imagination she spent most of her childhood making up stories. As an adult she discovered romance novels and hasn’t looked back.

With stories ranging from sensual to scorching, she writes contemporary, paranormal, fantasy and sci-fi romance.

Shona’s presentation will be about using Tarot Cards for characterisation, plotting and inspiration.  A lot of it will be hands on and interpreting the cards to make sense for a story. By the end the participants should have two characters and an outline. All you need to bring is your imagination, a genre or a spark of an idea to work on and a set of cards.

  • Zana Bell

Zana grew up in Harare, Zimbabwe and studied English Literature at the University of Cape Town. After traveling for several years doing a wide range of jobs, she immigrated to New Zealand where she now lives with her family and cats in a small harbourside community.

She began writing, just for the fun of seeing whether she could actually complete a novel and immediately became hooked. Research is her primary love and writing gives her an excellent excuse to be obsessive or just plain nosy. She enjoys writing in a variety of genre but has a particular fondness for all things historical.

Zana will be exploring World Building at The Claytons.

  • Jamie Meadows

As a child, Jamie Meadows escaped small town life through a vivid imagination. While having actually escaped the small town as an adult, Jamie’s imagination still loves to dream up other lives and other worlds with fabulous adventures.

Jamie’s love of writing and is matched by her love of marketing. Twenty years of marketing experience have made the marketing side of self-publishing a unique challenge that she’s still finding exciting strategies for.

When not off traveling to find new exciting locations for stories, Jamie lives in Washington, DC.  She has just published her first novel, Against All Odds, a gay romance on Amazon.

She will be sharing her marketing and Amazon self-publishing experiences with The Claytons delegates.

  • Gwenna Sebastian

Gwenna lives in Upstate New York with her husband and three cats. She has been writing since she was a teenager and over the last ten years has developed a keen interest in all things related to the Vietnam War.

Gwenna’s true love is creating complicated characters who are active or former military and writing about the relationships they form under the duress of war. More specifically, about military men who are gay, be it back in Vietnam or in the present.

When Gwenna isn’t writing or researching the time period for her next novel, she’s busy helping support our troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan by raising awareness and helping to organize both care packages and Christmas card events. She supports both the NY State marriage equality act and gays in the military, including the abolition of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

Gwenna writes in a very niche market.  Her historical gay romances are generally set in the Vietnam era, and are also e-published.  She is looking forward to sharing her knowledge with you.

  • Louise Carter

With an imagination that knows no limits, Louise Carter is an emerging writer who spends her days toiling with her other passion, education.  Her visionary tales are romance entwined with mythology that is heavily influenced by her love of nature and travel.  Whilst she is not yet published there is no doubt that she will find her own niche in the published world sooner rather than later.

Louise is a wiz with social media and is eager to share that knowledge with you.

  • Lexi Bryant

Lexie lives in rural Queensland and has always dreamt of being a writer.  After seventeen years in government servitude she’s finally getting her chance.  She’s currently studying a Bachelor of Creative Writing at the University of the Sunshine Coast and working diligently on her first manuscript.

She will be giving everyone a refresher on what the RWA can do for you.

We’d love to have you with us.  Please register as soon as you can.

See you there.

The New Romantics @ Mansfield

What makes romance the most popular, best selling genre on the planet?

Romance has evolved from its early bodice ripping beginnings to a sophisticated and diverse genre reflecting our modern experiences of love.iPad pictures 170
The New Romantics are four popular local authors who each write different kinds of love stories, from the comic, to rural and environmental, to the dark and sensual. They will share their experiences of writing and reading in this diverse and popular genre and explore the changing ways women and love are represented in modern romantic storytelling. What makes a good love/sex scene? What defines a happy ever after ending? And where do they draw the inspiration for their diverse work?
During this interactive discussion they will encourage you to explore the important place love holds in our hearts and in the literary landscape.

  • Kath Ledson – suspense/thriller romance; author of the Erica Jewell series Rough Diamond and recently released Monkey Business (Penguin)
  • Margareta Osborn –rural romance; author Bella’s Run, Hope’s Road and Mountain Ash (Random House)
  • Jennifer Scoullar – environmental romance; author Brumby’s Run, Currawong Creek, and Billabong Bend (Penguin)
  • Kate Belle – dark, sensual (even erotic) love stories; author The Yearning and Being Jade (Simon & Schuster)

When: Friday 29th August
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Where: Mansfield Library
Cost: FREE
Includes drinks and nibbles, door prizes, and book signing and sales.

Beijing International Book Fair

Take your book to Beijing!Beijing Book Fair

When: 27 – 31 August 2014

The Australian Self-Publishing Group simply shares the costs of the stand with as many authors as possible, making it economical for all authors to send their book along.
The more authors who give us their books, the cheaper will be the cost to individual authors.
At the end of the fair, your book will be given to our Chinese literary agent partner, who will promote it for you if that is what you decide to do.
English books are booming in China. Books that sold last year were novels, romance, historical fiction, kids, business, teaching and self-help.
Contact: William Webster
Phone: 02 62912904
Mobile: 0414467500
Email: publish@publishaspg.com

Book Expo Australia

Where Books Come Alive – Books for everyone and all genres.

When: 30 – 31 August 2014

Where: Exhibition Hall 5, Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW 2127

FMI: www.bookexpoaustralia.com

From 9:00am for Teachers and librarians
From 10:00am for General Public
Close at 5:30 pm Saturday and Sunday

Tickets are Now On Sale!

$5.00 – Teachers and Librarians (proof of employment may be requested)
$20 – Family ticket (2 adults and 2 YA)
$8.50 – Adult
$5.00 – Children(YA) over 12 to 18
Free – Children 12 and under (proof of age may be requested)

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Contrary to popular belief, a good romance is not as simple as falling in love. Writing good quality romance requires creativity, innovation, skill and well-formed characters embroiled in believable conflict.
Explore the diversity of the genre, get tips on convincing emotional connection and sex scenes, discover what readers and publishers want, develop a winning story synopsis and killer pitch, and learn about the earning opportunities the romance genre offers.
For beginners, early & emerging writers.

When: Saturdays 6, 13, 30 and 27 September, 10am–1pm
Where: Writers Victoria, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne
Tutor: Kate Belle (author The Yearning & Being Jade)

For more information and bookings: http://writersvictoria.org.au/what-s-on/event/romancing-the-page/

Online Events


owlRWA 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

Seeking expressions of interest from established authors in the romance genre to assist with writing course material and tutoring student assessments.
Rebecca Timmis is the Creative Manager of a new online education business, ASPIRE Online Courses. We are seeking expressions of interest from established authors in the romance genre to assist with writing course material and tutoring student assessments.
This is real, paid work and a great opportunity to build a profile name and get exposure as an author. We are offering flat fee or royalty-based payments for course material, and a per-assessment fee for tutors.
Our online team is creating a dynamic website and we will be investing heavily in online and offline marketing strategies.
I am a writer for children and young adults and have seen so many aspiring writers try and take on the world of self-publishing without first learning the craft of writing. I am passionate about education and want to establish a team that will bring the best out of our students.
If you would like to apply or wish to share this opportunity with a qualified colleague, please visit ASPIRE online courses and complete an application form.

Writers Festivals 2014

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

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