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Chick Lit: Beyond Bridget Jones

This session will be presented by Laura Greaves and Carla Caruso on Sun August 23rd at 2pm.

Beyond Bridget Jones: The new rules of writing romantic comedy

In the 20+ years since authors including Helen Fielding, Marian Keyes and Sophie Kinsella helped make romantic comedy – aka ‘chick lit’ – one of the most popular romance subgenres, a whole lot has changed. Today’s rom-com novels have moved on from shopping, shoes and cocktails. Join romantic comedy authors Laura Greaves and Carla Caruso as they explore the fundamentals of writing romantic comedy in the 21st century.

Meet your presenters:

  Laura Greaves_ColourLaura Greaves

Laura Greaves’s first romantic comedy novel, Be My Baby, was published by Penguin in 2014, and her second, The Ex-Factor, followed in March 2015. Laura is also an award-winning journalist with 17 years’ experience writing for and editing newspapers and magazines in several countries. For the past five years she has freelanced for leading titles including Marie Claire, Woman’s Day and Sunday Style. She lives in Sydney. Find out more at

carla_carusoCarla Caruso

Adelaide-based romantic comedy author Carla Caruso is the author of six novels and two novellas, and is published by Penguin and HarperCollins. She has worked as a gossip columnist and fashion editor at Adelaide’s daily newspaper, The Advertiser; as a fashion journalist and stylist on Sydney’s Nine to Five magazine; and as a freelance contributor to titles including Woman’s Day and Shop Til You Drop. Carla is also the co-editor of RWA newsletter Hearts Talk. Visit

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