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RWA Conference 2014 – Romance Rocks!
ARRA Book-signing event, Saturday 9 August
The Australian Romance Readers Association will be hosting a book-signing event in Sydney this August. It will be held in conjunction with the Romance Writers of Australia conference, and will run from 5-6 pm on Saturday 9 August at the Pullman Hotel in Olympic Park. This is the seventh group signing we have hosted, and it is shaping up to be the biggest yet with 88 authors signing.
The list of signing authors is available here: http://australianromancereaders.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/book-signing-event-in-sydney/
The event will be open to the public, with an entry fee of $20 – or pre-purchase your tickets online for just $15. Entry will also include the opportunity to score some free books, plus the chance to win one of several prize baskets.
Remember – if you are an RWA delegate entry to the signing is NOT included in your RWA registration fee.
Buy your ticket here: http://www.trybooking.com/76424
We love Newbies and want to make sure your first conference is welcoming and inclusive. If you are feeling nervous and don’t know what to expect our First Timers Liaison, Donna Gallagher is here to help firstname.lastname@example.org For everyone else, please make all newbies welcome.
If at any time during the conference you face any issues or queries, please feel free to approach the conference committee or volunteers, and we’ll work to resolve the issue.
Romancing the Festival
Byron Bay Writers Festival will reveal the realities of writing romance with multi-published and award-winning authors Amy Andrews and Jennifer St George in discussion with, and at the mercy of, local celebrity comedian Mandy Nolan, says Festival Director, Edwina Johnson.
Chairing the session Be Still My Beating Heart: Writing Romance, Nolan will explore the world of romance writing and discuss what it’s like to be a contemporary romance author.
Be Still My Beating Heart: Writing Romance will be held on Festival Sunday.
Where: The Festival runs at North Byron Beach Resort from 1- 3 August with workshops commencing on 28 July.
For more Festival information or to purchase tickets visit byronbaywritersfestival.com or call 1300 368 552.
For further information or interviews contact: Jennifer St George, m: 0418 134 543, e: email@example.com
Book Expo Australia
Where Books Come Alive – Books for everyone and all genres.
When: 30 – 31 August 2014
Where: Exhibition Hall 5, Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW 2127
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)
Romancing the Page
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/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: Announceonlinewritingclassesemail@example.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