Love Gone Wild – Registrations open March 29, 2017

We are excited to let you know that registrations for RWA’s 26th Annual Conference open this Wednesday, March 29th 2017 at 12.00pm AEST (midday QLD Time). Full program and session details will be available online on Wednesday and in next month’s Hearts Talk.  See you in Brisbane for Love Gone Wild.

Who’s excited?


Love Gone Wild – Author round tables

At the Love Gone Wild conference, come along and meet an author. These intimate round table sessions will enable you to ask an author about their work, processes, their publisher and publishing experience, their genre, and more.

We have twenty successful and sought-after authors, covering a broad range of genres for you to select from during registration. Participating authors will be listed on our website when registrations open.

Come and spend time with an author who specialises in rural, historical, suspense or contemporary romance; or maybe choose to spend time with an author who publishes with Penguin, Mills&Boon, Hachette or Harlequin; or you could spend time with an author who’s had self-publishing success, written series after series or has over 100 books published. Your choices are broad and exciting.

You will also have the option to be added to a waitlist if you miss out on your first choice. We will let you know if a place becomes available closer to conference.

 Author round tables – where knowledge and experience is shared.  Don’t miss out!

Love Gone Wild – Dance as an expression of love.

Ever wanted to capture the essence of dance into your scenes? Come and experience this amazing session at this year’s conference.

In this DANCE AS AN EXPRESSION OF LOVE workshop, come and explore how the medium of dance can add impact to your writing, stories and characters.

Presented by Diane Demetre, this workshop will have live dancers, Pauline Thompson and Ian Watt (National and State Ballroom Champions), illustrate the triggers of love, show you how to escalate attraction, highlight the importance of breathing, and how you can turn up the heat with touch. The dancers will demonstrate the synchronicity needed to dance, and love, as one. This workshop will deliver a rare glimpse into one of storytelling’s oldest forms of communication…the dance.


Love Gone Wild – Simply Synopsis

Another exciting session announcement for this year’s conference.

Simply Synopsis: A stress-free method for synopsis creation.

Most authors would rather compose an 80k+ word novel than summarise their story into 2-5 pages. Why? Because they’ve never learned an effective yet easy process for crafting a synopsis.

In the Simply Synopsis workshop, Michelle Somers will teach you a step-by-step strategy to pare a story down before building it back up, paragraph-by-paragraph, into synopsis form. The process is simple, systematic and straightforward, and is a fail-proof way to ensure all the vital elements that make a great story are present in the final product.

Michelle Somers is an award-winning romantic suspense author. She’s a professional killer and matchmaker, a storyteller and a romantic. Words are her power and her passion. Her heroes and heroines always get their happy ever after, but she’ll put them through one hell of a journey to get there.


Love Gone Wild – They’re back!

Another exciting Love Gone Wild conference announcement.

So are you ready to duel? Duelling in the ages of romance was a hit last year in Adelaide and we are lucky enough to bring them again to this year’s conference.

Get to know the differences between a Longsword and a Side-sword, or the Rapier and the Sabre. When violence in your story is necessary, come and find out what your best options are.

Shay McAulay, founder of the Brisbane Duellist Society, and Nic Harrison will have you step back in time and demonstrate historical combat.

This interactive session is not to be missed.


FACE-2-FACE with…WIKS (Writers In Kinship)

Front row (l to r): Victoria Black and Anita Joy. Back row (l to r): Jodi Clarkson Suzi Love and Sandra Griffin

AREA/REGION: Brisbane’s Bayside, 20 minutes east of Brisbane City

MEMBERS:  Victoria Black, Suzi Love, Sandra Griffin, Anita Joy and Jodi Clarkson

GENRE: Sci Fi, Novellas, Historical and Cata Romance


ABOUT WIKS:  Our group motto is Dreams Burn Brighter with Support and that is exactly what WIKS is about.

We are a fairly new group – less than a year old – but we have all gelled so amazingly that our meetings are usually the social highlight of our month.

Our group is all about supporting each other in our writing goals and being able to talk or vent face to face with other like-minded people.  There is a lot of eating, chatting, laughing and sometimes champagne at our meetings, but above all there is always support.  

As we are a critique group, we each post work to our own yahoo group’s page – thanks to our techno guru Anita – for critiquing.  Our members’ writing and life experiences are very diverse which all contributes to the success of our group.

We have one member, Victoria, who is published with Cobblestone.  Suzi, our shy and demure member *wink*, is constantly finalling in competitions that we are all waiting with bated breath for her ‘call’.   Anita is heavily involved with RWA as a volunteer and many of you would probably have a lot to do with her.   But one thing we all have in common is that we are all passionate about romance and the art of writing romance (sounds like a good name for a book :)))

Brisbane for the conference tourist

brissie mapThe Sebel Citigate Hotel is right in the heart of Brisbane City. Across from the iconic City Hall, there are many things to see and do within walking distance of the hotel (or if you didn’t pack your walking shoes, there’s a free bus – but more on that later). So make the most of your time in this lovely city. Just remember that warm, clear days are forecast – but if a wind springs up the day can be quite icy (and on that note – no room to discuss in this blog, but just what are you wearing to the conference?). Back to the touristy stuff:

City Hall: ride the antique elevator up to the clock tower, take a tour of the heritage listed building or visit the Museum of Brisbane (MoB) which integrates social history, visual arts, craft and design in a celebration of Brisbane’s contemporary culture and history, heritage and people.brissie hall

Queen Street Mall: offers an unrivalled mix of local, national and international labels and flagship stores. Some 700 plus retailers have made their homes there – many enjoy mall and street frontage, others are tucked away inside world-class centres and heritage-listed arcades

Roma Street Parkland: This oasis in the heart of Brisbane is a must see destination. With spectacular subtropical plant displays, sweeping vistas and unique artwork, and a licensed café, Roma Street Parkland is the perfect place to go exploring.

brissie sth bankSouth Bank: With a stunning riverside location, visit the man made lagoon and white sand beaches that have skyscrapers, passenger boats and speeding ferries as a backdrop. Enjoy a swim in the lagoon, a doze on the beach or a picnic in the park – a perfect way to relax and enjoy the balmy climate.

Queensland Culture Precinct: home to the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) – the Queensland Art Gallery’s second building, the State library of Queensland, the Queensland Museum, Queensland Conservatorium and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.

brissie riverRiverwalk:  the Brisbane Riverwalk starts at the beautiful City Botanic Gardens and follows the river north – past skyscrapers, restaurants and city hotels. You’ll find yourself on the floating RiverWalk which connects over 20 kilometres of walking paths, parks and bikeways along the Brisbane River.

Ferry: Jump on board a CityCat to see more of Brisbane – enjoy New Farm Park and the Powerhouse, South Bank, St Lucia, West End, Hamilton, Toowong and the Bulimba precinct (home of the brilliant Riverbend Bookstore!). Or just use the CityCat to enjoy the lovely Brisbane River scenery.

Free Bus: there is a free bus that circles Brisbane’s Central Business District. Just hop on and off at your pleasure. It stops at several destinations including Central Train Station, Queen Street Mall, City Botanic Gardens, Riverside Centre, QUT (home of Friday’s Popular Romance Conference) and King George Square (right on the doorstep of the hotel).

Airport Transport: The best way to travel is either bus or train. Brisbane traffic in peak hour (and often at any time – depending on the road works) is notoriously bad, and a cab ride may turn out to be an expensive trip. The bus costs $14 one way, will drop you at the door (although may stop at other hotels on the way) – but you will still be battling traffic ( The Airtrain is $14.50 one way (book online in advance and save 10%) and will have you in the city in 20mins – but you will need to walk a short distance from Roma St station to the hotel. It is an easy walk (<1km), but you will need to drag/kick/carry your luggage (

brissie nightTo find out more about the wonderful things Brisbane has to offer visit To view a map, visit,+Brisbane+QLD+4000,+Australia+(The+Sebel+and+Citigate+King+George+Square)&sll=-26.273714,135.703125&sspn=38.369382,78.662109&ie=UTF8&ll=-27.46607,153.022707&spn=0.008929,0.019205&t=h&z=16&iwloc=A.

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