Event Announcements

Do you have an event or workshop you’d like to share? Email your event news to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

In Person Events

  • Romancing the Pagebeing_jade_COVER_HI_res small

    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 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/

    To send an Event for inclusion in RWA’s Hearts Talk monthly magazine, contact Kate at: htevents@romanceaustralia.com

KSP Writers Centre

Free Author Talk

Wednesday 22 October, 7.00pm-9.00pmFionaPalmer_TheSunburntCountry

WINE AND CHEESE NIGHT! Come along to KSP for a fantastic evening with best-selling Australian rural romance authors Fiona Palmer and Rachael Johns. Enjoy a glass or two of wine and selection of delicious cheese and nibbles. Books will be on sale and available for personal signing by the authors.

Costs: Free, but RSVP is essential. Phone or email KSP to book your place.

Australian Writer’s Centre

The Australian Writer’s Centre offers a range of Writing Courses as well as informative Podcasts:

Val and Al discuss stunning writing studios, a ridiculously priced comic book, extreme reading, and how to keep track of your ideas. They also talk to doctor-turned-bestselling author Nick Earls about how to write “funny”, persistence in publishing, and writing what you know!

Want to be a part of the most prolific genre on the planet? Keen to discover how to create suspense, plot twists and characters that readers will care about (even after you’ve killed them off)?

This course shows you how, tapping into what makes this genre unique and exploring the successful methods to crafting gripping and memorable storytelling where no seat edges are safe!

“No matter how well progressed you think you are with your writing, there is always something valuable to learn, and the thriller course really lays it all out for you in both a practical and inspiring way. My ideas really developed on this course.”
– Kerry Rogerson

Course: Crime and Thriller Writing with L.A. Larkin
When: Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 October 2014
Time: 10am–4pm

Course: Professional Business Writing with Kate Hennessy
Wednesday 17 September 2014 (one-day course)

Course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Alexandra Spring
Starting Tuesday 7 October 2014 for five weeks

Course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with James Roy – NEW DATE
Starting Wednesday 8 October 2014 for five weeks

Course: Editing Essentials with Deb Doyle
Thursday 9 October 2014 (one-day course)

Course: Advanced Fiction Writing Techniques with Jeni Mawter
Starting Thursday 9 October 2014 for five weeks

Course: Crime and Thriller Writing with L.A. Larkin
Saturday 11 October and Sunday 12 October 2014

Weekend course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Pamela Freeman
Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 October 2014 (2 consecutive days)

Course: Introduction to Novel Writing with Pamela Freeman
Starting Monday 13 October 2014 for six weeks

Seminar: How to Create and Sell Your Ebook with Anna Maguire
Monday 13 October 2014 (two-hour evening seminar)

Course: Business Writing Essentials with Kate Hennessy
Tuesday 14 October 2014 (one-day course)

Seminar: Blogging for Beginners with Kim Berry – NEW DATE
Tuesday 14 October 2014 (two-hour evening seminar)

Course: Grammar and Punctuation Essentials with Deb Doyle
Thursday 16 October 2014 (one-day course)

Course: Writing for the Web with Grant Doyle
Tuesday 21 October 2014 (one-day course)

Course: Writing Picture Books with Cathie Tasker
Starting Tuesday 28 October 2014 for five weeks

Weekend course: Travel Memoir with Claire Scobie
Saturday 1 November and Sunday 2 November 2014 (2 consecutive days)

Weekend course: Popular Women’s Fiction with Lisa Heidke
Saturday 1 November and Sunday 2 November 2014 (2 consecutive days)

Course: Writing About Interiors, Style and Design with Nigel Bartlett
Starting Wednesday 5 November 2014 for two weeks

Course: PR and Media Releases That Get Results with Catriona
Pollard
Thursday 6 November 2014 (one-day course)

Course: Food Writing with Carli Ratcliff
Saturday 8 November and Sunday 9 November 2014 (2 consecutive days)

Course: Writing Australian History with Pamela Freeman
Saturday 8 November 2014

Course: Screenwriting Stage 1 Tim Gooding
Starting Monday 10 November 2014 for five weeks

Course: Writing Books for Children and Young Adults with Judith Ridge
Starting Wednesday 12 November 2014 for five weeks

Seminar: Self-publishing: How to do it with Geoff Bartlett
Thursday 13 November 2014 (two-hour evening seminar)

Course: What Publishers Want with Bernadette Foley
Saturday 15 November (half-day course)

2015
Course: Travel Writing with Sue White – NEW DATE
Saturday 10 January and Sunday 11 January 2015 (2 consecutive days)

Course: Life Writing with Patti Miller
Starting Friday 16 January 2015 for six weeks

Course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Sue White – NEW DATE
Saturday 17 January and Sunday 18 January 2015 (2 consecutive days)

Course: Write Your Novel with Pamela Freeman
Starts Monday 2 February 2015 (6 month program)

Course: History, Mystery and Magic with Kate Forsyth
Saturday 7 March and Sunday 8 Sunday March 2015 (2 consecutive days)

Course: Screenwriting Stage 2 with Tim Gooding
Starting Tuesday 17 March 2015 for five weeks

Course: Plotting and Planning with Kate Forsyth
Saturday 21 March 2015 (one-day course)

Memoir Writing in Paris with Patti Miller
When: Thursday 23 October to Saturday 8 November 2014

Overseas writing tours – 2015
Writing in Vietnam with Carli Ratcliff – NEW DATE
When: Friday 11 September to Saturday 19 September 2015

Memoir Writing in Paris with Patti Miller
When: Thursday 22 October to Saturday 8 November 2015

Online Events

Online course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Cathie Tasker/Pamela Freeman – NEW DATE
Week beginning Monday 15 September 2014 for five weeks

Online course: Writing Picture Books with Cathie Tasker
Week beginning Monday 15 September 2014 for five weeks

Online course: Travel Writing with Julietta Jameson
Week beginning Monday 15 September 2014 for five weeks

Online course: Advanced Fiction Writing Techniques with Cathie Tasker/Pamela Freeman
Week beginning Monday 15 September 2014 for five weeks

Online course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Julietta Jameson – NEW DATE
Week beginning Monday 22 September 2014 for five weeks

Online course: Writing Books for Children and Young Adults with Judith Ridge/Cathie Tasker
Week beginning Monday 13 October 2014 for five weeks

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 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

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Event Announcements

Do you have an event or workshop you’d like to share? Email your event news to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

In Person Events

  • Anne Gracie – Ripponlea Writing Workshop (Melbourne)ripponlea

On Saturday, 13 September, Anne Gracie is conducting a writing workshop for the National Trust, as part of the wonderful Love, Desire and Riches exhibition in the beautiful historic house of Ripponlea, in Elsternwick, in Melbourne. 10 am – 12.30
For further details and bookings go here.
http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=88770&bof=1

  • Western Australia Tour
    Fiona Palmer and Rachael Johns are having a RuRo tour through WA in September. You can find details and dates at
  • Romancing the Pagebeing_jade_COVER_HI_res small

    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 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/

    To send an Event for inclusion in RWA’s Hearts Talk monthly magazine, contact Kate at: htevents@romanceaustralia.com

 Australian Writer’s Centre

The Australian Writer’s Centre offers a range of Writing Courses as well as informative Podcasts:

  • Podcast: Episode 24 – So You Want to be a WriterIn Episode 24, Valerie and Allison discuss how to contact your fave author, how to find time to write, and what it means to “show don’t tell”. They also try out an app to find names for your characters and blogging sensation Nikki Parkinson’s launches her new book, Unlock Your Style!

You can listen to the podcast here or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t use iTunes you can get the feed here.

  • Courses starting soon

You’ll find a course starting soon to suit your writing goals:

Creative Writing Stage 1 (Online)

Your online course starts:

Monday 18 August 2014

Stories, ideas, fiction… where will your imagination take you? Book now
Advanced Fiction Writing Techniques (Online)

Your online course is on:

Monday 18 August 2014

Let your creativity soar! Book now
Blogging for Beginners (Sydney)

Your course is on:

Tuesday 26 August 2014

Because if you’re going to do it, do it right… Book now

The Great Aussie Book Prize

The inaugural Great Aussie Book Prize is being run by Barnardos Australia and as well as supporting children in need, also dangles one mighty fine carrot for novelists. In their words, they’re looking for “inspiring true-life stories from everyday Australians”, with the winner receiving agency representation from Australia’s most renowned literary agent Selwa Anthony, and print, ebook and audio book contracts from a well-known Australian publisher. A great prize! Submissions close 31 August, so check out their website for more details.

Online Events

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 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

Event Announcements

Do you have an event or workshop you’d like to share? Email your event news to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

In Person Events

  • Western Australia Tour
    Fiona Palmer and Rachael Johns are having a RuRo tour through WA in September. You can find details and dates at
  • Romancing the Pagebeing_jade_COVER_HI_res small

    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/

    To send an Event for inclusion in RWA’s Hearts Talk monthly magazine, contact Kate at: htevents@romanceaustralia.com

 Queensland Writers Centre

Contracts & Copyright

Contracts & Copyright is a two hour seminar led by agent and contract adviser, Alex Adsett, and dedicated to equipping you with the tools to understand your rights as a writer, no matter the medium. Over the session, Alex will be talking about traditional, hybrid and self-publishing contracts, digital rights, copyright of your work as well as copyright when it comes to quoting or adapting others, and more. For more details, visit our website.

Can’t make it in-person? Delivered proudly in partnership with The Australian Society of Authors, Contracts & Copyright is also available online as a webinar! Check the link below for more details.

When: Thursday 25 September, 6pm – 8pm
Where:   Queensland Writers Centre, Level 2, State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, Cultural Centre, South Brisbane 4101 or online
Cost: QWC members $30 / $27 Non-members $50 / $45
Bookings essential: www.qwc.asn.au or (07)3842 9922

Australian Writers Centre

When: Monday 1 September 2014

What: Stories, ideas, fiction… where will your imagination take you?
Book now

When: Tuesday 2 September 2014

What: Where a picture is not actually worth 1000 words…

When: Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September 2014

What: Dragons, spaceships, monsters and quests 101

When: Week beginning Monday 15 September 2014 for five weeks

When: Week beginning Monday 13 October 2014 for five weeks

Podcasts

  • Romancing the Reader – Kate Cuthbert, Sarah Mayberry and Anne Gracie talking about romance writing.
  • So You want to be a Writer – This week’s episode from the Australian Writers Centre looks at self-publishing sensation Unbroken, how One Direction fan fiction can land you a book deal, bizarre niche blogs, and how to deal with an editor when you can’t deliver what you promised.

Online Events

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 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

Writers Festivals 2014

See the website for information on the program

When: September 3–7

Event Announcements

Do you have an event or workshop you’d like to share? Email your event news to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

In Person Events

  • Making it real: research for writers workshop ~ Jessica White
When: Saturday 23 August, 9:30am – 3:30pm
Where: Gold Coast, TBC
Cost: M Free, NM $30; NM C $27
  • Make Your Romance Writing Sizzle – Carla Caruso
When: Sunday 24 August 1:30pm – 4:00pm
Where: City of Salisbury Council, SA
Cost: Full fee $50, Concession $35 (afternoon tea provided)
  • Western Australia Tour
Fiona Palmer and Rachael Johns are having a RuRo tour through WA in September. You can find details and dates at
  • Romancing the Pagebeing_jade_COVER_HI_res small

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/

To send an Event for inclusion in RWA’s Hearts Talk monthly magazine, contact Kate at: htevents@romanceaustralia.com

Aspire On Line

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 at http://aspireonlinecourses.com.au/eoi/course-material.php

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

Times
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)

 Australian Writer’s Centre

The Australian Writer’s Centre offers a range of Writing Courses as well as informative Podcasts:

  • Podcast: Episode 24 – So You Want to be a WriterIn Episode 24, Valerie and Allison discuss how to contact your fave author, how to find time to write, and what it means to “show don’t tell”. They also try out an app to find names for your characters and blogging sensation Nikki Parkinson’s launches her new book, Unlock Your Style!

You can listen to the podcast here or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t use iTunes you can get the feed here.

  • Courses starting soon

You’ll find a course starting soon to suit your writing goals:

Creative Writing Stage 1 (Online)

Your online course starts:

Monday 18 August 2014

Stories, ideas, fiction… where will your imagination take you? Book now
Advanced Fiction Writing Techniques (Online)

Your online course is on:

Monday 18 August 2014

Let your creativity soar! Book now
Blogging for Beginners (Sydney)

Your course is on:

Tuesday 26 August 2014

Because if you’re going to do it, do it right… Book now

The Great Aussie Book Prize

The inaugural Great Aussie Book Prize is being run by Barnardos Australia and as well as supporting children in need, also dangles one mighty fine carrot for novelists. In their words, they’re looking for “inspiring true-life stories from everyday Australians”, with the winner receiving agency representation from Australia’s most renowned literary agent Selwa Anthony, and print, ebook and audio book contracts from a well-known Australian publisher. A great prize! Submissions close 31 August, so check out their website for more details.

Online Events

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 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

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

Event Announcements

Do you have an event or workshop you’d like to share? Email your event news to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

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 volunteers@romanceaustralia.com or contact me (Events Liaison) at alli_sinclair@yahoo.com

RWA Conference 2014 – Romance Rocks!rwa14logoedit-light-300

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

Express Year of the NovelAnnaCampbell_Rake

Make 2014 the year you finish your novel in Express Year of the Novel! Over six masterclasses, you will explore the elements of novel writing, including character and setting, theme, voice and narrative structure. With the support and feedback of your peers and acclaimed author, Anna Campbell, you’ll be equipped with the tools to complete the first draft of your manuscript by December.

Anna Campbell’s award-winning historical romances are published internationally, including in Australia and North America. For the last four years, the Australian Romance Readers Association have voted Anna favourite romance writer. Her latest release is A RAKES’ MIDNIGHT KISS (HarperCollins). Web: www.annacampbell.info

Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me!

When: Monday July 7, 6.30-7.30pm
Where: Tea Tree Gully Library, 571 Montague Road, Modbury SA

FMI and Bookings: 08 83977333

The first day of our Readers Festival will feature a special author panel at 6.30pm on Monday July 7. Come see authors Carla Caruso, Eleni Konstantine, Maggie Mundy, Heather Taylor Johnson and guest MC Bronwyn Stuart as they talk about writing in the romance genre with a South Aussie flavour.

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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

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 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

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

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.

Author Spotlight and Giveaway: Kate Belle…

 

Welcome to the Author Spotlight, Kate, and congratulations on the release of ‘Being Jade’.

Here’s the blurb…

A tragic death. A family divided. One truth can set them free.

Banjo Murphy is killed on the night he finally musters the courage to walk away from his wife Jade after twenty five years of repeated infidelities. In the aftermath, Banjo is bewildered to discover he still exists, but death has placed an invisible wall between him and his beloved family. In despair he watches Jade collapse into deep depression and his daughters, Lissy and Cassandra, struggle with their unexpected loss.

Lissy is tortured by guilt and the mysteries surrounding her father’s death. What compelled Banjo to leave the night he died? Why won’t Jade speak about what happened? In spite of their volatile relationship, Lissy believes her parents’ love to be enduring, but sensible Cassandra sees things differently. When Cassy discovers a sketch book chronicling Jade’s extra-marital affairs, the truth of their parents’ relationship begins to unfold and Lissy’s loyalties are divided.

Searching for answers, Lissy contacts Jade’s ex-lovers, unaware her father’s spirit watches as they visit. Unable to let go of his one true love, he aches to know that Jade loved him above all others. Banjo is taken on a journey of discovery through Jade’s memories as the lovers unveil long hidden secrets about her affairs. But the mystery remains, frustrating Banjo and Lissy, until Lissy’s questioning leads her to an explosive truth. One that will finally set her family free.

Can you tell us a little about ‘Being Jade’, please?

On the surface Being Jade is a story about an ordinary man who falls in love with an extraordinary woman and will do anything to keep her. Underneath though, it’s a much bigger story about unconditional love and the sacrifices we are willing (or not) to make for love.

Banjo, the main character, takes us on a deeply emotional journey through his life and death, where he tries to reconcile the choices he’s made in life with his unending love for his wife Jade. His reflections on love during this process took me by surprise and are sometimes very profound and insightful. He uses emotion and humour to explore some big questions: is it okay to surrender parts of ourselves in order to make a relationship work? What does marriage really mean and what does it entitle us to? What role does integrity and authenticity have in marriage?

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‘Being Jade’ has paranormal elements in it, where did your inspiration come from?

Funny, even though Banjo narrates from death throughout, I never really thought of Being Jade as having paranormal elements, but I guess if my main character is dead it must be.

Death is a very powerful idea for all of us and whenever we come into contact with it we are led to reassess our lives and priorities. When Banjo arrived in my mind he was adamant he was dead and wanted to tell the story from that vantage point. This posed some serious difficulties in the writing of Being Jade, but it also added a retrospective wisdom and compassion that might not otherwise have been there. It allowed Banjo to be philosophical about love and marriage in a way he could not have been in life.

For which character from ‘Being Jade’ do you hold a particular soft spot and why?

Banjo, Banjo, Banjo. I’m still in love with him and I miss him terribly since he left, which was after I submitted the final manuscript in November last year. He’s just such a sweet man. His vulnerability is very endearing and his devotion not only to Jade, but to his family, his life, even his house, makes him so loveable. I simply adore his wonderful mixture of strength and weakness. He’s the kind of reliable man any woman would want in her life, whether as lover, friend, brother or father.

 ‘The Yearning’ provoked such a positive response from a wide variety of readers, both in terms of age and genre preference. Has its wide spread success made you re-evaluate your target audience?

I was going to say not really, but I guess in a funny way it has. I’ve realised my work, with its bitter sweet endings and challenging themes, doesn’t strictly fit the expectations of your run-of-the-mill romance reader. But my books are very much about love and desire and the complicated places in our hearts where those two things meet, so my stories and characters still have plenty to offer romance genre lovers. My books probably straddle the narrow divide between women’s fiction and romance.

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Are there any other genres you can see yourself diving into?

I have a secret (not so secret now) desire to try my hand and YA and children’s books. On the walk to school my daughter often asks me to tell her a story. Together we’ve come up with some beauties. I just have to find the time to give them the attention they deserve. They are on the back burner – a project to work on in the future.

You write such beautiful prose. Is there anything you do to get into the right headspace to achieve this?

Every story I write has a soundtrack. For The Yearning it was Seduction by Luminesca, for my Master of Love Ramon Mendez novellas it’s a local flamenco band call La Rumba. Interestingly I couldn’t find a soundtrack for Being Jade for ages and it showed in the writing. It was lumpy, contrived, awful. It wasn’t until I discovered Birdy’s first album did I overcome the hump and find the rhythm I needed to capture Banjo’s voice.

But as an aside, beautiful prose doesn’t just arrive on the page, or if it does it’s rare. Good prose is the product of many, many, many rewrites and a ‘close enough isn’t good enough’ attitude. Ironically as soon as I see anything I’ve written in print, I want to take to it with a red pen and fix all the problems I see in my own sentences. (I’m the worst boss I’ve ever had.)

Are there days where you have to write, but just aren’t in the mood? How do you get around this?

There are plenty of those days, but as a part time worker and parent I have no choice but to make myself write when I have time because that time will be gone too soon and I won’t get more for a while. I simply don’t afford myself the luxury of procrastinating – well, not very often anyway. I pour a strong cup of brewed coffee, put on some inspirational music, plant my bum on the chair and write. (Like I said, I’m the worst boss I’ve ever had!)

It isn’t easy. I put up with my own moaning and groaning about how crap my writing is, I ignore all the self-doubt and the constant inner criticism. I just push through and write. Even if the 1500 words I write are deplorable, I’m at least giving my subconscious a clear message that I’m serious about this and I’m gonna show up and write no matter what rubbish it throws at me. On those bad days I figure if the muse does eventually arrive, I’ll be there, ready and waiting.

What would we find on your bookshelf and e-reader? Which authors or books inspire you the most?

On my bookshelf you will find a huge jumble of unread second hand books. Being a book slut, I tend to love whoever I’m reading at the time. I’m a literary lover at heart, but have diversified in recent years and discovered the joys of a light hearted and clever commercial read. My favourite authors are too many to list. Pretty much anyone listed for an RWA or ARRA award deserves a mention.

I’ve also drawn lots of inspiration from Tobsha Learner’s erotic works – she has such a fine touch when it comes to writing sex. And I can’t go past Susan Johnson, Jeanette Winterson, Anais Nin, Kate Forsyth and Nikki Gemmel for beautiful prose. Generally I enjoy the style of women writers far more than men. They are better at intimacy I think.

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Which part of a book do you find hardest to write- plotting, first draft, editing, etc?

First draft, hands down. What a labour! I have a tendency to leap ahead, so once I think I have the idea for a plot clear in my mind I want to jump straight into editing it and skip all that work of writing the cruddy awful stinker of a first draft. I think it’s the most painful part, because it all seems possible until the previously invisible plotting problems emerge and they must be dealt with if the story is to mature with a strong spine. First drafts are a wade through thick mud in bare feet for me.

You are part of an author’s group, can you tell us a little about that?

Ah, the Little Lonsdale Group – what an amazing group of supportive and talented people! I’ve been so, so, so fortunate to be part of this group. We met at a Writers Victoria course, Advanced Year of the Novel. A group of us were very serious about our writing and decided to continue as a group after the course finished. We are still at it four years down the track. To date four of us have had books published since the group was formed, two have agents and are close to publication, another two are undertaking PhD’s in writing, one has had a TV script accepted and aired. Along the way there have been major and minor literary prizes awarded for short stories and so many other successes to celebrate. We share so much, both personally and professionally, and I know I’m a better writer because of these wonderful people. I can’t thank them enough for their generosity.

Could you give us a sneaky peek at one of your favourite parts of ‘Being Jade, please?

LOVE TO! The first (very short) chapter is available for free HERE , but for RWA members, I have a special scene very close to my heart. It shows how much Banjo loves Jade. In this scene they are in their mid-thirties and married for over fifteen years. Jade has been away from home for five days and Banjo was on the verge of leaving, but he came home to find her in the vegetable garden of Serendipity, their home. The moment he sees her, his resolve to make a stand dissolves:

But then, as I shepherded the girls into the house, I caught sight of Jade in the vegetable patch. As usual she was naked from the waist up and wearing the ridiculous broad brimmed straw hat she loved so much because it sheltered her shoulders from the sun. Brown skinned, she looked luscious and ripe among the verdant growth. She looked as though she belonged there, a woman grown from the fertile earth, her lush breasts hanging like ripe fruit, her dark nipples new seeds ready to drop to the ground and germinate.

She was bent over, weeding, harvesting, trimming back the excess growth. Lissy spied her and hesitated a moment, her eyebrows raised in surprise that passed too quickly. Cassy, outrage streaming from every pore, saw her mother but chose to ignore her. I stood rooted to the spot, captivated.

Jade didn’t notice me at first. She was absorbed in the garden, humming something tuneless. I saw a flash of bare feet as she shifted, turning her back to me. The glory of that back. Strong. Fleshy and curvaceous. She was slender as a sapling once, but age and babies had thickened the meat on her bones so that it filled out her shape. She was perfect. I felt desire stir within me.

My traitorous body. Every time she left me I ached, as though someone had blown a hole through me. I understood she’d been with someone else, but I pushed the knowing away. Sorrow buried itself deep in my longing. I swore more than once I wouldn’t humiliate myself by wanting her when she came back. I resolved many times to shun her, give her a taste of her own medicine. Then I’d be assaulted by a vision of her like this. Skin glowing in the sun, elegance and sensuality in every movement, and my body would remember her warm wet places and my good intentions would take a hike.

I watched her for a while, feeling the stiffening in my groin, ashamed I could be so easily swayed by her natural beauty. I drank her in, my Goddess of Fertility, and waited for her to turn and see me admiring her. Let her choose me. A rebuttal was not what I needed now.

The sun was uncomfortable burning the already faded tattoos on my shoulders. My lunch esky hung from my hand, my good leg bore most of my weight. What would such a woman want with a lame man like me? That I could claim her as my wife must be some kind of miracle. Or mistake.

A bird in the air made her look up. Our eyes met and her mouth curled in the tiniest apology. I knew then she wasn’t going to leave me. Nor I her. Not today. Probably not ever.

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Kate is kindly gifting one signed paperback copy of Being Jade to one lucky reader. To be in the running, all you have to do is answer the following question:

Who is your favourite book bloke hero and why do you love him?

Leave your answer in the comments section below.

This competition is open only to residents of Australia and New Zealand and will be drawn on June 11th, 2014. The winner will be notified by email, so please ensure the we are able to contact you.

Kate Belle Bio

Kate is a multi-published author of dark, sensual love stories that will mess with your head. Her interests include talking to strangers, collecting unread books, and ranting about the world’s many injustices. She writes regularly about women, relationships, sexuality and books on her blog, The Ecstasy Files. She is also the creator of the Eros in Action writing sex workshop.

Kate lives, writes and loves in Melbourne with her small family and very annoying pets. The Yearning was released in 2013 to rave reviews. Being Jade is her second novel

 

Event Announcements

Do you have an event or workshop you’d like to share? RWA Members, email your event news to cruisin(at)romanceaustralia.com.

Keeping Up Appearances

May 20 – Author in Action

Where: Capalaba Library

When: 10:30 – 11:30 with refreshments before hand

Cost: Free Event

FMI and Bookings: (07) 3843 8010

Meet Helene Young, Jenn J McLeod and Wendy James.
Where: Cardiff Library, Newcastle, NSW
When: Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Time: 2pm – 4pm

Writer’s Classes, Groups, Workshops

Sex & Literature Panel – Sydney Writers Festival
Talking about sex can get even the coolest people hot under the collar. John Baxter, Kate Belle and John Purcell reveal their secrets about sex in the written form to Angela Meyer.
When: Thursday 22 May, 1.30pm
Where: Sydney Dance 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Cost: Free
More info and bookings: go to SWF2014 Website

is running two intensive master classes (May 19-23 and September 1-5 ) and a NaNoWriMo course that will run on Sundays in October (preparation) and November (weekly writing sessions). The courses will be at the Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne and include full catering. The courses have been designed to suit writers of all genres.
Find out more:
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Why is the romance genre so popular? Join The New Romantics for an enlightening and enlivening discussion on love in words. The panel includes four local published authors of various sub-genres of romantic fiction.
The panel will discuss with the audience the diversity and popularity of writing and reading romance, the changing roles and tropes of women in modern romantic fiction, balance of power and gender, breadth of the genre, the story within the story, what makes a good love scene, what defines a happy-ever-after ending and much more.
With Margareta Osborn, Kathryn Ledson, Jennifer Scoullar and Kate Belle
When: Saturday 7 June, 2pm
Where: Woodend Community Centre
Cost: $20 full / $18 conc
For more info and bookings go to WWAF website

Remember My Name: Author Branding is led by romance author Amy Andrews, memoirist Karen Tyrrell and crime fiction author Lea Scott. Over two hours, these three authors will help equip you with the tools to cement your author presence online and off. From author platforms to launches to community culture, this is the perfect seminar for any writer looking for longevity.

AMY ANDREWS is an award-winning author who writes contemporary romances for Harlequin Mills & Boon, Escape, Entangled, Harper Collins and Momentum. To date she’s sold 1.6 million books and been translated into over a dozen languages.

LEA SCOTT is a Queensland crime writer with two crime thrillers under her belt: The Ned Kelly Game and Eclipsed. She produced her own fate-inspired anthology, The Appointed Hour. Web: leascott.com

KAREN TYRRELL is a mental health advocate and author for children and adults. In 2012, she published Me & Her: A Memoir Of Madness, followed by Me & Him: A Guide To Recovery in 2013. She released Bailey Beats the Blah in 2013. Web: http://www.karentyrrell.com

Remember My Name: Author Branding
When: Saturday 14 June, 11am – 1pm
Where: Queensland Writers centre, Level 2, State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, Cultural Centre, South Brisbane 4101
Cost: QWC members $30 / $27 Non-members $50 / $45
Bookings essential: www.qwc.asn.au or (07)3842 9922

RWA Conference 2014

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4 days. 30+ workshops. Over 300 writers, editors, agents and publishing industry professionals. One epic conference.  Join us in Sydney with guest speakers; thriller writer and writing craft author, James Scott Bell, along with award-winning, best-selling romantic adventure author, Cherry Adair.

When: August 7-10 2014

Where: Novotel Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush Keep an eye out for updates on the blog and website for more information.

Roadshow South Australia

Weekend Romance: A Fair to Remember
Presented by SAWC and Romance Writers of Australia Inc.
A weekend for writers and lovers of romantic fiction. Stop penning those love letters, put down the Mills & Boon, and forget those roses—it’s time for our inaugural genre fair—and it’s romance! RWA and SAWC have come together to bring you two days of whirling workshops, panel sessions, master classes, industry advice, meet the authors sessions, book signings and more. And on the Saturday night it’s the fundraising event of the year: our romance-themed lit quiz night. Full program and speakers announced in April.

When: Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 June
Cost: 1 Day: $130 members/$170 non-members
Quiz Night: $20 per head
Weekend Package (2 days plus Quiz Night): $240 members /$340 non-members

5DI: 5 Day Intensive Manuscript Workshop

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 Open: applications are available to download from the RWA website from May 1.

Applications Close: Applications will close 15 June.

All completed applications are to be sent to: 5di@romanceaustralia.com

So if you think 5DI is for you, get to work on polishing those manuscripts!

Online Events

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 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

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 volunteers@romanceaustralia.com or contact me (Events Liaison) at alli_sinclair@yahoo.com

Writers Festivals 2014

May 19 -25
For more information, including the program and booking information, www.swf.org.au.

May 29–June 1

June 7–9

July 17–20

August 1–3

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.

August 21–31

September 3–7

Event Announcements

Keeping up Appearances

CathrynHein_HeartlandRomantic Morning at Penrith Library, NSW with romance writers Cathryn Hein and Rachael Johns

When: Friday 9 May at 10am.

Cost: The event is FREE but tickets are essential.

FMI and Bookings: Bookings and tickets are available from Penrith City Library Front Desk or call (02) 4732 7891.

Bestselling author, Rachael Johns, will be speaking about her outback romance books including her latest book OUTBACK BLAZE

Where: Parramatta Library, NSW

When: Friday 9 May at 6pm. Wine and cheese will be served on the night.

Bookings required: (02) 9806 5159.

May 20 – Author in Action

Where: Capalaba Library

When: 10:30 – 11:30 with refreshments before hand

Cost: Free Event

FMI and Bookings: (07) 3843 8010

In Person event – Cardiff Library (Newcastle)
Meet Helene Young, Jenn J McLeod and Wendy James
Tuesday 27 May, 2014
2 pm to 4pmBe prepared to laugh, gasp and sigh.

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 – love of place, love of profession, love of pets, love of people.
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Romance Rocks 2014 Presents…

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Things heat up on the track on Sunday when Kate Belle takes up the flame on Track B, Session 5, Sunday 10th August with her workshop in writing convincing sex scenes.

Get Your Rocks Off: Writing Convincing Sex Scenes

Feel the fear and do it anyway!
This workshop is an abbreviated version of Kate’s day long Eros in Action workshop. It will give authors a new way of thinking about and analyzing their sex scenes. Kate will show people four practical tools to assist them to write better and more convincing sex scenes through understanding their characters and the purpose of the scene in the narrative. Kate is hopeful people will walk away with greater confidence in tackling this all important subject in romance writing.

Your Presenter – Kate BelleKate Belle

Kate is a multi-published author of dark, sensual love stories. THE YEARNING was released in 2013 to rave reviews. Her second novel, BEING JADE, will be released in June 2014 (Simon & Schuster Australia). She’s an avid blogger on The Ecstasy Files blog and creator of Eros in Action writing sex workshops.
Kate holds a tertiary qualification in chemistry, half a diploma in naturopathy and a diploma in psychological astrology. She lives, writes and loves in Melbourne, juggling her secret affairs with her male characters with her much loved partner and daughter and a menagerie of neurotic pets.

What prompted you to put together this workshop for “Romance Rocks”?
Romance is all about sex! Well, it’s where the romance usually ends up, so it’s important to get it right. Many authors get awful squeamish when they front up to a sex scene, even though it’s the whole point of romance. They’re afraid of getting it horribly wrong, or of revealing something intimate about themselves, so they avoid it or gloss over it. The good news is there is a way of understanding a sex scene that helps authors avoid the common pitfalls and cliches. And it doesn’t matter whether you keep the bedroom door open or not, the principles of establishing a lusty connection between two (or more) characters are the same.

Will there be hands-on exercises or audience participation?
Ah! ‘Hands-on’ and ‘participation’ aren’t the sort of terms I generally use when talking about this workshop. Set your minds at rest. There will be no embarrassing blush-filled moments. This is a workshop about writing, not sex. It can be helpful for people to bring along one of their sex scenes to refer to throughout the workshop, so they can apply the information immediately and ask clarifying questions. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and open, comfortable, fun discussion about what works and why. Oh, but there will be a general knowledge sex quiz – so dust off that old copy of Masters & Johnson.

Do you use examples (from your own books, other books, movies etc)?
There are so many wonderful examples of great erotic writing it would be sinful not to share some of them. Even just for the cheeky joy of reading out the word ‘cock’ to an audience of women! Yes, there will be examples from the pro’s to demonstrate the information, but reading out loud isn’t mandatory.

Which members will benefit most from this session?
Anyone who feels their sex scenes are suffering from cliché or the ‘cringe’ factor or perhaps their sexy bits just need a bit of freshening up. Experienced and newbie writers alike have attended this class and reported they got something new from it. So forget the embarrassment and get along, you never know what you might learn. *wink*

Anything you’re particularly looking forward to at the 2014 Romance Rocks conference in Sydney?
Delivering Get Your Rocks off to a wildly enthusiastic audience? That and meeting up with old buddies and making some new ones. And attending my first Published Author Day. And talking endlessly about writing and books and love and – oh stop me gushing, please!

What is your latest/current/upcoming book release and where can members find out more about you?
My latest novel, BEING JADE, is available from all the good bookshops (and probably a few bad ones) from June 2014. BEING JADE is the tale of solid, reliable Banjo, who is killed in a hit and run accident after walking out on a furious argument with Jade, his wild promiscuous wife of twenty five years. After his death Jade falls into deep depression and her daughters, Lissy and Cassandra, discover her ‘book of lovers’, an artistic diary of Jade’s affairs. Banjo’s spirit watches as Lissy tries to unravel the truth about her parent’s marriage, all the while tormented by one question: Did Jade love him above all others?
My first book, THE YEARNING, is still kicking around and my MASTER OF LOVE series, featuring hot-blooded lover Ramon Mendez, will be re-released this year – not sure when or where, but stay tuned to my links below to find out.

Blog/website: http://www.ecstasyfiles.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/katebelle.x
Twitter: @ecstasyfiles https://twitter.com/ecstasyfiles
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6572571.Kate_Belle
The Reading Room: http://www.thereadingroom.com/kate-belle/ap/2394119

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A tragic death. A family divided. One truth can set them free.

Banjo Murphy is killed on the night he finally walks away from his wife Jade after twenty five years of adultery. In the aftermath, Banjo is bewildered to discover he still exists, and in despair he watches Jade collapse into deep depression and his daughters, Lissy and Cassandra, struggle with their unexpected loss.

Lissy is tortured by the mystery surrounding her father’s death. What compelled Banjo to leave the night he died? Why won’t Jade talk about what happened? Despite their volatile relationship, Lissy believes her parents’ love to be enduring, but sensible Cassandra sees things differently. When Cassy discovers a sketch book chronicling Jade’s affairs, the truth of their parents’ relationship begins to unfold and Lissy’s loyalties are divided.

Searching for answers, Lissy contacts Jade’s ex-lovers. Watching from afar, Banjo aches as he discovers what these men meant to Jade – until Lissy’s quest with Jade’s long line of lovers uncovers an explosive truth …
One that will finally set her family free.

 

 

 

Cruisin’ with RWA

Welcome back for another edition of Cruisin with RWA. More good news and great blogs for you again this week.

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Cruisin’ the News

We love celebrating success. Our members are encouraged to send in their New Release news for publishing in Hearts Talk and the New Releases blog. Don’t miss the deadline! Send in your new releases by the 8th of every month to:

blogmistress@romanceaustralia.com

newreleases@romanceaustralia.com

htgoodnews@romanceaustralia.com

Of course, the Cruisin’ Crew don’t want to miss out on the celebrations, so drop Clint and Enrico an email with your blogs, new contract, first sale, new cover or release news at cruisin@romanceaustralia.com. Don’t forget to come back on Sunday for a list of exciting writing-related events delivered by our members.

Good Newsoutback-dreams-cover

  • Rachael Johns is thrilled to announce the arrival of her friends to lovers story, OUTBACK DREAMS, the first in her Bunyip Bay series.
  • Elisabeth Rose invites you over for a look at the cover of her November release with Escape Publishing. MANGO KISSES is available for pre-order now on Amazon.

RWA Competitions

Selling Synopsis 2014

Opens: 1 November 2013
Closes: 22 November 2013, midnight Sydney time
 (entries sent outside these dates cannot be accepted)

Enter – via email only
Short manuscript (10K to 65K): maximum 2 pages single spaced
Long manuscript (65K and over): maximum 3 pages single spaced
Check the formatting guidelines on the entry form

Entry fee per entry
$22 (entries within Australia. GST incl.)
$20 (entries outside Australia)

Two entries per member are permitted. RWAustralia members only.

Final judge – Joel Naoum, Publisher, Momentum, Pan Macmillan Australia

Prizes – 1st – $200, 2nd – $100 , 3rd – $ 75 (plus certificates)

Entry form/conditions
Sample scoresheet
Formatting sample

Queries – Selling Synopsis Contest Manager, Leisl Leighton sellingsynopsis@gmail.com

The Emerald Award 2014

The Emerald Award has two major points of difference from the other RWA contests.

Firstly, it is judged by keen romance readers, not writers. This gives an indication of the marketability of your story but won’t necessarily provide the sort of feedback that helps improve your writing technique.

Secondly, you must have a completed manuscript should your story make it to round 2. The turnaround time between rounds 1 and 2 is one week (5 working days) so there is no time to finish your book then.

Opens: 1 November 2013
Closes: Midnight Sydney time, 22 November 2013

Enter: The first 10,000 words of your unpublished romance or romantic elements manuscript (10K+). Entries are by email. Entrants who reach the second round will need to submit their full manuscript.

Entry fee: $38.50 incl GST per entry.

Final judges
Short: 
Joanne Grant, Executive Editor, Harlequin UK
Long: Charlotte Ledger, Editor and Content Developer, Harper Impulse

Prizes: 1st prize in each section – $500, 2nd – $250 3rd prize – $150.

Entry criteria: unpublished RWA members only.

Questions? Contact the applicable contest manager:
Long: Gemma McBride
Short: Marnie McLane

Formatting sample

Sample score sheets:
First round (shortlong)
Second round (shortlong)

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Cruisin’ Member Blogs

Clint fueled up the limo and went cruisin’ the Blogging Highway for great blogs to keep you entertained. Are you an RWA Member? Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

Changing genres – how and what is important? Annie Seaton talks about the experience of writing Steampunk, paranormal, suspense, contemporary romance – both sweet and sexy and historical

Looking for simple, healthy way to feed your hungry horde? Then Friday Feast is the place to go! Australian coastal lit author Victoria Purman is sharing her recipe for easy chicken stock and the endless delicious uses you can put it to. One pot, a hundred meals, and lots of time to kick back with Victoria’s debut release NOBODY BUT HIM. Plus reveal your favourite summer past-time and you could win a copy of this beachy bronzed Aussie book!

September 28 – ENCHANTED ORB with C.T. Green

October 1 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin

October 3 – MAGIC THURSDAY with Eleni Konstantine

Fantabulous Friday – Besieged Cover shorlisted

October 1 – Tuesday Tales – This week’s prompt: DIRTY

October 2 – Juliet Madison’s release of STARSTRUCK IN SEATTLE

October 3 – This Week’s Book Choice: Brenda Maxfield SOMEDAY YOU’LL LAUGH

October 10 – May I introduce: Aussie Author Rachael Johns OUTBACK DREAMS

In celebration of the new-improved, stain-free, all-organic, digitally-enhanced, low-carbon, user-friendly, top-rated, whizz-bang, ULTRA-SEXY Ecstasy Files website, I’m having a GIVEAWAY. Everyone who subscribes to The Ecstasy Files by Friday 4th October goes into the draw for a limited edition tote bag prize pack worth $45. Full prize details and entry here

October 5 – SATURDAY SEVEN (Caged Warrior) – Seven paragraphs from a favourite book from my shelves.

October 8 – DARK SIDE DOWNUNDER SERIES: Rowena May O’Sullivan – come meet our Aussie & New Zealander Dark Siders!

October 12 – CAT-URDAY! – Grumpy Cat 2 – More favourite one liners from GC!

Some of our members are sharing their favourite first lines with M A Grant.

October 1 – Jane Godman

October 2 – Elsa Winckler

October 3 – Juanita Kees

October 4 – Magen McMinimy

October 5 – Susanne Matthews

October 6 – Ros Baxter

October 7 – Sarah Daltry

October 8 – Melinda Lane

October 9 – Sofia Gabel

October 10 – Stefanie London

October 11 – J.M. Bray

Australian author Lilian Darcy will featured on Momentum Moonlight  and Romance Book Haven with her  Montana Born Books

Queensland writer Jenny Brigalow will be talking craft on Revisions & Editions

October 7 – Lilian Darcy on Spotlight on Romance Book Paradise

October 11 – Jenny Brigalow talking about her latest release from Escape Publishing on Romance Reader

October 13 – Jenny Brigalow on her YA Paranormal on Fresh Fiction

Part 2 of a ‘How to’ post on opening hooks when writing a book. 15 tips on the various elements/aspects to this skill.

Part 1 is also gives a good definition of what a hook is.

TBA – What A Character – with Maggie Mundy

September 29 – Seanna Smythe talks Harleys and chocolate sundaes. Come and find out why Evie could never say no to Aidan in NEVER ON A SUNDAE, Edible Delights Vol 2 from Secret Cravings Publishing. Win an EDIBLE DELIGHTS VOLUME 2  gift pack.

October 6 – Spotlight on Writers with Simone Cooper

The Ecstasy Files this week features an eye opening and invaluable resource for writers of sexy and erotic romance. In erotic fiction, as in romance, it’s all about position, position, position (warning: 18+ only, sexual references and content)

September 30 – In the Armchair with Nora James, author of DARK OIL1013 Dark Oil_1400

October 1 – In the Armchair with Carly Drake, author of WORDS ONCE SPOKEN

October 2 – Juliet Madison is celebrating the release of her third book with Escape Publishing, STARSTRUCK IN SEATTLE, a contemporary romance novella with a touch of magic (RoMagic) plus bumper giveaway

Enrico’s Pick Six

Submit your blog site link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com to share with our readers. Enrico hand picks six blogs to showcase every week.

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

  1. Michelle Diener
  2. Sara Hantz
  3. Teen Fiction Cafe
  4. We Love YA
  5. Yvonne Lindsay
  6. Wink Girls

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