May OWLs are hooting good!

It’s nearly the end of the month, so naturally, your thoughts turn to what to do next to further your writing.  May I suggest one of our May OWLs?

This month both OWLs are beckoning you to the dark side: Rachel Bailey will help you wrestle the Black Moment of your story into shape and Ainslie Paton will shed light on the Dark Art of the Blurb.  Pick the darkness that most needs attention – or just do both!

For more info and to register for The Black Moment, click here.

For more info and to register for The Dark Art of the Blurb, click here.

 

TWO Magnificent OWLS in March

Whether it’s your manuscript or your writing business that needs work, we have you covered with our next two OWLS.  They start next Monday, so don’t delay or dither – decide!

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From the Ground Up

with Lana Pecherczyk

Take control of your career and learn how to manage a simple WordPress website and blog then turn it into a successful self-managed powerhouse for your author business. Learn via easy walkthrough videos as Lana builds an author website before your eyes, and talks about content creation, e-commerce, traffic acquirement and more. Downloadable PDFs and worksheets will be available so you can revise at your leisure. Whether you’re a digital immigrant or an author just wanting the latest hot tips on WordPress, you can get the author targeted advice from the current RWA Webmistress Lana Pecherczyk. Each student must be prepared to either set up a free WordPress.org account, or purchase a domain and hosting (explained how to inside the course).

Register and get more details here

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Bring your story into focus:
why ‘show don’t tell’ is a layer cake

with Sandy Vaile

Bring your story into focus

Why ‘show don’t tell’ is like a layer cake.

‘Show don’t tell’ is the lynch-pin of great writing. I’m sure you’ve all heard the term, but are you applying it effectively? Delve into the vivid realm of showing, and realise a balance between description and brevity that will captivate readers and not let them go.

This course best suits modern fiction writers.

Register and get more details here

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

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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 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

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:
www.pdmartin.com.au/menu.aspx?mID=59
www.pdmartin.com.au/menu.aspx?mID=60

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

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