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Do you have a Selling Synopsis?

RWA’s contest season is steaming ahead, and the Selling Synopsis is now open for entries!

Writing a synopsis is many writers least favourite activity, but it is one of the most important skills to master if you want to get an editor or agent interested enough to request your full manuscript. First impressions count – and impressing an editor or agent depends on it.

This competition lets you try out your skills, get feedback and, if you make it to the final, get your synopsis seen by Joanne Grant, Senior Executive Editor, Harlequin UK.

The competition is open to all members of RWA now and closes on the 31st of October, so get writing that synopsis!  If you aren’t a member, and would like to be, you can join here.

For more details and to enter, visit our website.



April New Releases

I hope everybody enjoyed the Easter long weekend and reading some extra books while enjoying their chocolate. Don’t the two make a fabulous combination?  Books and chocolate,  chocolate and books … it really does’t matter which way you mix them.

Chocolate levels may have returned to normal, but happily we have some fabulous new releases available this month from our members so there is no need to limit your book rations. Mix and match as much as you wish to. Happy reading everyone.



Romance Writers of America announced the finalists for this year’s RITA® awards yesterday and we were delighted to see four Australians on the awards shortlists. Congratulations to Beck Nicholas, Bec McMaster, Louisa George and Sarah Mayberry.   *Late correction*  Apparently, the lovely Louisa George is not actually Australian.  She’s English by origin and lives in NZ.  But since she IS a proud member of RWA, we will happily claim her as our own, for the purposes of congratulations!  Happily, they are all shortlisted in different categories. The winners will be announced at a black tie dinner on 25 July, so fingers crossed until then please everyone. (Oh, all right, if you have to edit or write your own book, you can use one hand!)

Here’s a quick look at the four fabulous finalists and their books:

Her Kind of Trouble Louisa George Enemies with Benefits 

Finalist: Contemporary Romance (Short)

Publisher: HMB Modern Tempted/ KISS

Poppy Spencer has discovered that there’s one thing worse than Christmas alone in her flat – and that’s spending it with Isaac Blair, her sworn-enemy-turned-reluctant-flatmate! And it is not just because he knows all her secrets – his sexy-as-sin smile and taut physique are making her all hot and flustered despite the icy cold outside!

Unless a casual hook-up is just the thing she needs…? It’ll certainly break the simmering tension between them. The trouble is, with their history, it will be anything but casual!

Her-Kind-Of-TroubleSarah Mayberry Her Kind of Trouble

Finalist: Contemporary Romance (mid-length)

Publisher: Harlequin Superromance

It takes one to know one … the moment Vivian Walker spies Seth Anderson she knows they are a match made in hedonistic pleasure. And they both agree their one night together is all about fun, not forever. Now, years later, Seth remains a favourite memory. Surely the sizzling chemistry has faded, though, right? Apparently not. Because he’s still sinfully attractive, and she likes the man he is. When he suddenly becomes a full-time dad to his newborn daughter, Vivian falls hard. Yet despite the responsibilities, he’s not a good bet for commitment. And she needs to guard her heart before she gets into trouble!

ForgedByDesireBec McMaster Forged by Desire

Finalist: Paranormal Romance

Publishers: Sourcebooks, Casablanca

Captain Garrett Reed of the Nighthawk guard has a deadly mission: capture a steel-jawed monster preying on women. He hates to put his partner Perry in jeopardy, but she’s the best bait he has. Little does he realize, he’s about to be caught in his own trap.

Perry has been half in love with Garrett for years, but this is not exactly the best time to start a relationship—especially when their investigation leads them directly into the clutches of the madman she thought she’d escaped…

FakeBec Nicholas Fake 

Finalist: Best First Book

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Seventeen-year-old Kath McKenny has a date to the end-of-term party with her since-forever crush. He publicly messaged her to confirm, but there’s been a recent status update: he’s taking the new girl — giggly, pretty, well-developed Lana Elliot — instead.

After being thoroughly humiliated in front of half the school, best friend Chay talks Kath into revenge: a scheme to create the perfect — and very fake — online guy for Lana. Once she falls for him, they’ll show her what it’s like to get brutally dumped.

Everything is going to plan until Kath starts spending more-than-just-friends time with the other new kid in town — Lana’s dreamy older brother, Sebastian. Kath finds herself getting in deep — in love and drowning in guilt, she tries to put an end to her prank, but it’s taken on an unstoppable momentum of its own, with very real consequences.

You can read the full list of finalists here – it makes a great reading list.

Author Spotlight and Giveaway: Louise Reynolds…

Welcome to the Author Spotlight, Louise, and congratulations on the release of ‘Red Dirt Duchess’!  Can you give us the blurb, please?

Thanks, Sarah!

When English society playboy Jonathan Hartley-Huntley is sent to outback Australia after a disastrous affair with his editor, all he wants is to take a few pictures, do a quick interview and get back to his usual life of luxury as soon as possible. Until he meets his host, the irresistible Charlie Hughes, and suddenly the back of beyond is a lot more appealing.

Running the pub is a labour of love for Charlie and she has no desire to ever leave the tiny town of Bindundilly. That is, until Jon discovers an old painting that raises questions about both their lives. Charlie impulsively decides to follow him to London, and as the feelings between them begin to deepen, she starts to wonder if there’s more to life than the pub. But at Jon’s family home, the magnificent Hartley Hall, they become acutely aware of the differences between them, and it soon seems clear they have no future together – especially if Jon’s mother has her way.

Family and tradition threaten the course of true love in this warm and witty novel from the author of Outback Bride and Her Italian Aristocrat.

 Red Dirt Duchess

You write of independent heroines who are in control of their own HEA. How do you think romance heroines have changed over the years?

It’s no surprise that heroines are stronger these days. Like modern women they hold jobs that would have been unusual 20 or 30 years ago which gives the writer more scope to create interesting characters. They’re also more likely to express their opinions and initiate relationships. Having said that, it’s important to respect those well-loved heroines of the past. Good writers hold a mirror up and reflect what they see and heroines that we might view now as down-trodden were the norm back then. I also think the type of hero they are looking for has changed with the times.

When did you start writing with the intention of being published?

 About 2010.

Can you tell us about ‘The Call’ and your road to publication? What impact has being published made on you personally?

I received the call from Carol George at Destiny Romance in September 2012 after pitching ‘Her Italian Aristocrat’ a month earlier. I almost shot myself in the foot though, as I was thinking of pitching a newer, unfinished manuscript, something I would never have been able to complete in reasonable time. Luckily my partner gave me ‘the look’, advised me to pitch Aristocrat and they loved it.

Being published has focussed me a lot more. I now make a 12 month plan for the projects I have afoot. I’ve also had to come up to speed on social media and promotion and gained new skills along the way in website creation.

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Plotter or pantser?

In your opinion, what are the elements of a compelling contemporary romance story?

A great hero and heroine with very real conflicts to resolve. I want the conflict 1to be emotional and their problems not easily overcome.

Which authors or novels have influenced you most?

Nora Roberts’ “Born In” trilogy, “Chesapeake Bay” series, and the “Three Sisters” trilogy. Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ “Ain’t She Sweet”, Kristan Higgins, Marion Lennox, Anne Gracie, Shirley Jump and Sarah Mayberry.

Tell us something surprising about yourself that no one would guess.

I spent a lot of time in my early 30’s walking long distance footpaths in England. Alone. A wonderful experience but with a few freak-out moments.

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Complete this sentence… ‘When I’m not writing I can be found…

on a building site.

Could you give us a sneaky peek at one of your favourite parts of ‘Red Dirt Duchess’, please?

Sure. Here’s a scene from early in the book when my English hero, Jon, has arrived in the outback and the heroine, Charlie, is taking him on his first drive into the bush.

‘So I guess you’re my tour guide,’ he said. ‘The magazine will pay, of course.’

‘That’s okay. Actually, you’re doing me a favour. I like to get away occasionally.’

He glanced out the window. ‘And go where?’

She was ready with a retort until she remembered how it had been when she and Cliff had first come here. After inner-city Sydney with its street life, crowded pubs, bright lights and noise, those first few weeks had been terrifying. But gradually the peace had settled around them, cancelling out their chaotic existence in the city. With Cliff as her guide, she’d learned to appreciate the space, the vistas and the stunning, saturated colours. She’d gained strength and resilience. And happiness.

 ‘You’d be surprised. There’s quite a good social life around here.’ She shifted gear and took a fork in the track. The surface became rougher and as she swerved to miss a hole, he shifted in his seat and his shoulder bumped into hers. It reminded her of last night, of how he’d felt up close. Strong and sexy. Almost irresistible.

‘Anyway, you can keep your cocktail parties or whatever,’ she continued. ‘When the outback throws a party, everyone comes. The airstrip? There’ll be thirty, forty light planes out there. Race meetings, B & S balls —’

‘I’m almost too scared to ask, but what’s a B & S ball?’ He gripped the handle above the door as they swerved around more holes.

She gave him a pitying look. ‘Bachelors and spinsters, the great hook-up event for country singles. People come from all around, camp out overnight and get dressed up to the nines for the dance. It’s a chance to blow off a little steam.’

‘Sounds classy.’

She slid a look at him. ‘Yeah, well, you should try it sometime, hot shot.’

He grinned and looked out the window.

After ten minutes, he turned to her, a worried look on his face. ‘You do know where you’re going, right? There are so many tracks and they’re so random. I mean, why this one and not the one we passed just back there?’

‘Because most of them aren’t really tracks. They’re just detours made some time when there was water on the road, so they’ll take you away from the road for a while but eventually lead you back a little further on.’ She lowered her voice and made a serious face. ‘That is, if you don’t accidentally take another track that leads off the detour track. It’s easy to do.’

She shook her head. ‘One second of lost concentration and you’re heading down a track to nowhere. But it’s too late once you’ve realised, because when you turn around you can’t remember which track was the one you came off. You can drive around for days trying to find your way home. If you last that long.’

He looked mildly freaked out but she couldn’t help adding, ‘Of course they’re not even tracks, some of them. Most are just tyre marks made by vehicles gone bush. As I said before, a lot of very strange people live out here. No one really knows how many fugitives there are.’

He paled a little more and she was done. As sport went it was perfect.

Ten minutes later they turned off the track they’d been following onto a narrower one; a real track, Charlie informed him with a smirk. Here, by the river, coolabah trees grew, their low, spreading branches providing welcome shade. Charlie pulled into a clearing and shut off the engine.



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 Louise is kindly gifting one Kindle copy of Red Dirt Duchess to one lucky reader. To be in the running to win, all you need to do is leave a comment below for Louise.

This competition is open world wide and will be drawn one week from the date of this post. The winner will be notified by email so please ensure that we can contact you.




A Day in the Writing Life of … Maggie Mundy

Its DWL Friday time and this week we have Maggie Mundy, who has kindly agreed to share a day in her writing life with us. Please make her welcome.

In one or two sentences, please tell us what genre you write in and what made you decide that particular one is your calling.        Epic fantasy, urban fantasy and horror. I was even told this week that one of my short stories is horrotica. I didn’t even know that genre existed. I like to have a bit of romance in there but just can’t stay away from the chopped up bodies and sacrifices. I would love to have a go at a murder mystery as well.

Do you spend much time reading over the previous day’s work?         Not really. I like to keep going when I am writing. I just let it flow and try not to censor myself. I tend to get to the end of the manuscript and then go back. I found early on in my writing journey that it is easy to slip into the trap of going over and over things and never moving on.

Are you a plotter / planner or a pantser?         I have tried both and believe I am coming back to be a plotter. I wrote an epic fantasy and planned it out. I even have chapter plans for book two and three.  I sometimes think people feel its cooler to say you are a pantser, but to be honest I like to know my characters before I start writing them, and they still surprise me along the way regardless. The muse still comes to me at odd times even I if like to plan things out. Plotting gives me more of an insight into how my characters would respond to things. I am trying to use the goal, motivation, conflict tools  of Debra Dixon to help my work as well. Like most writers I need some control to stop me going off on a tangent.

Do you have a schedule that you follow for your writing time?        I wish I did have a specific time but being a shift worker it just doesn’t work out that way. I tend to turn my computer whenever I get a chance, even if it’s an hour before work or after a late shift. I love it when I get a day off and often have great plans for sitting down all day and writing but life gets in the way. I have recently bought a to do book which is helping. As far as long-term goals go I certainly do have some and I am trying to work towards them. I found Bob Mayer who spoke at the RWA conference last year helpful, he said you should look at writing as a business and do something each day no matter how small to get you closer to your goal.

Do you use whiteboards, posters, visual aids to help in your creativity?        With all my works I tend to find picture of my heroes and heroines and the main characters in my books. I usually get these from magazines or online. This really works for me and I can look at the picture and get into my characters’ headspace. It also enables me to see how the other characters would respond. I have done background lists of what food and music they like. Two other things I have found useful over the years is to imagine what they have on their bedside table. This can tell you a lot about them. The other one is to interview your character and see what their answers would be. I found this to be quite revealing.

What is your favourite form of procrastination?        Checking emails, just in case there just happens to be one giving great news about publishing. Facebook, to catch up on what family and friends are doing. I love op shopping.  Walking the dogs at the beach, but I think that is therapeutic and helps when you are having problems with a manuscript. I find the whole concept of procrastination interesting because we want to write, we want people to read our work and we want to be published. I can only speak for myself but I think it is a fear of it not being good enough or being rejected. What we should remember and keep telling ourselves is that we are being courageous having a go anyway and just keep on trying.

My website is new and has only gone up in the last week or so but can be found at

I have a story on Antipodean SF called The Thirteenth Dome at the moment. I also have a story His Other Life on I finaled in the Selling Synopsis Competition in 2010. I had a story in The Little Gems Anthology in 2010. It was called Sea and Vines.

Thank you very much, Maggie, for participating on our blog. We wish you every success with your writing career.

A Day in the Writing Life of … Margaret Midwood

Today we welcome, Margaret Midwood, another of our amazing volunteers. Margaret, who is the RWA Judge Co-ordinator, has kindly agreed to share with us a day in her writing life.

What time of the day do you write?

I set my alarm to get up at 6.30am, I find it peaceful and I can write undisturbed while the family sleep.  Definitely a morning person, too much noise and too many interruptions throughout the day. I have been known to sit at my computer into the early hours only to wake with my head on the keyboard and rows of the same letter.

 Where do you write?

I have a large messy desk where I surround myself with books, stationery, pictures of my kids, storyboards and a wall covered with images of where I’d like to travel. I’m not lucky enough to have a room with a door I can close, but I do my best writing at my desk, which is downstairs in the rumpus room.   I carry my laptop with me mostly and I’ve tried to write in parks, in the car while waiting to pick up the kids but I find it distracting and difficult to read the screen with the glare.

Is there any particular rituals you do to set the mood / harness your muse?

With coffee in hand I head downstairs, put the washing on. I assure myself I’ve done some housework, start up the computer and check my emails before I open my file to write. I’m a very visual person and like to look at pictures of my characters, settings, even a pair of sexy stilettos. I focus on my characters and think about how I can torture this beautiful hero and heroine.

Do you spend much time reading over the previous day’s work?

I’m a compulsive reviser and it drives me crazy. This is where I have to confess I’m stuck in the re-editing rut.  As long as I have quiet and order with all the things buzzing in me head dealt with or jotted down I’m ready to write. Sometimes the words are ready to flow, other times I reread the lovely rejection letter from Lucy Gilmore or just have a little daydream or meditate.

Are you a plotter / planner or a pantser?

When I started writing I plotted to the very last detail, writing fifteen to thirty thousand words and the story was finished in my mind – dead in the water and I lost interest. Now, I’m a pantser through and through. Once I have my idea, I work out my characters’ internal and external conflicts and my story unfolds as I write – love it!

Do you have a schedule that you follow for your writing time? Are you a goal setter with your writing?

I like to write early every morning and get frustrated if I don’t get my fix. I’m also a member of the Melbourne Romance Writers Guild, a fantastic, supportive face to face critique group and we meet monthly to set our goals for the coming month and share how we did last month. I find this goal process is very motivating and makes me accountable. And the chocolate rewards are a great incentive.

What writing tools do you favour? Long hand, computer …..

A computer is the only way I write now and I love my iMac. I still write ideas or scenes in the notebook I carry, but am always keen to get them into my computer. I love storyboards, everything is there before my eyes, which means I don’t have to remember details. I use pictures as a way to feel the characters pasts or the differences between them in a blink. A picture of a palatial mansion against a rundown old cottage tell me a lot about where the characters come from or their internal conflicts.

Can you name five objects that are always on or near your work desk while you write?

My storyboard, pictures of my kids and my dear friends, a few favourite how-to books, my frog collection, and a book cover, for my yet to be published manuscript, a beautiful friend made for me!

Is your writing space messy, organized or somewhere in between?

My writing space is very messy! I do try to be organized and file things away but with an ever-growing pile of books along with the pictures, articles and magazines I keep it’s a challenge. I know anything I have in hard copy can be found on the net but I’m from the generation that likes to hold the real item in their hand.

What is your favourite form of procrastination?

Researching, reading articles, Facebook and emails are all good avoidance tools. I sometimes wish we didn’t have wireless internet and I could keep one computer internet free. I find my MRWG goal setting and writing buddies keep me on track, knowing I have to face them is a good deterrent to procrastination. Also reminding myself of my desire to see my Mills and Boon Sexy or Nocturne on shelf! I want to hold that book, nearly as much as I wanted to hold my firstborn.

What’s the last thing do you do before you finish your daily writing session?

Usually I have to stop because of family, not because I want to, and I don’t have much time, but I always, always, back up on usb and email the file to my hotmail and yahoo accounts. I’ve lost too much work in the past.  To learn more about Margaret, please visit her website.

Thank you very much, Margaret for sharing a day in your writing life.

Emmy 2011 – 2nd round (Single Title)

Congratulations to the 2nd round placegetters in the Single Title section of the Emerald:

Janice Bridges
Michelle de Rooy (x2)
Vanessa Garbin
Fiona Gregory
Suzanne Hamilton
Iona Jones
Leisl Leighton
Havva Murat-Maksuti
Rebecca Sampson
Rebecca Skrabl
Christine Taylor
Gabrielle Wade-Steiner
Suzanne Webb

Thanks go to Felicity Roger for her work in successfully bringing the contest to this halfway point. The full manuscripts are due back within days for second round judging.

Lis Hoorweg

Contest Co-ordinator

Announcing the ROMA finalists

Romance Writers of Australia, Inc. (RWA) is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2010 ROMA (Romance Media Award). The award is for the best media coverage of romance writing in Australia.

Both print and electronic media are eligible. Qualifying articles or programs must focus on some aspect of romance novels, romance writing, or romance publishing and must be published some time during the financial year prior to the RWA annual conference. Thus, articles considered for the 2010 ROMA must be published between 1/7/09 and 30/6/10.

Five media pieces have been shortlisted for the 2010 ROMA. The winner will be announced at the Annual RWA Awards Dinner on Saturday 14th August, 2010 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Coogee, NSW.

For more information on the ROMA:

The finalists (in no particular order) are:

Thrills and boom in writing racy reads, Deborah Bogle, The Daily Telegraph

Romance a career for local author, Adelaide hills Weekender

My Secret Art Life: Romance Writer, Robert Hayward, Art Nation, ABC Arts & Entertainment

Feminists read between loins, Kate Emery, The West Australian

Rewriting Mills & boom, Sarina Talip, The Canberra Times

Ready, set… Romancing the Novel… SA style

Get ready as the second Adelaide Roadshow is set for 15th May!!

RWA and SARA is proud to bring you this Roadshow event, called Romancing the Novel. It promises something for every writer, starting out or experienced. Not only have we amazing local talent, but wonderful special guests for the day.

Here are a few thoughts on RTN…..

From our special guests:

Silhouette Desire author, Yvonne Lindsay

I’m hugely looking forward to my first ever trip to Adelaide and the opportunity to meet more South Australian romance writers. I’m also looking forward to the plane trip—it’s always good people watching fodder, isn’t it—and to seeing a bit of the city and surrounding countryside in the days after RTN.

One of the things I love the most as a reader is ‘feeling’ my characters’ journeys, every step of the way. Helping other writers to understand their own characters and why those characters have the innermost reactions to the events in ‘their’ story is something I absolutely love to do in my “Making Characters Real” workshop. If you’re coming along, you can certainly expect to work, but I promise it won’t hurt too much and it’s going to be heaps of fun as well as a great eye opener about your characters’ voices.

Avon Regency Noir author, Anna Campbell

I’m so excited about attending Romancing the Novel (not just because I’ve booked a winery tour afterwards, hic!). SARA has done a fantastic job of assembling amazing romance writing talent to speak to the delegates. I’m amazed at the value you get for your $125 (including catering)! Two events I’m particularly looking forward to are a hands-on workshop I’m running with the wonderful Yvonne Lindsay about writing the bestselling romance, and then my writing emotional punch workshop in the afternoon. I’ll give you practical tips on how to lift the intensity and vividness of your manuscript – and that can make the difference between selling and not selling!

From SA presenters:

HM&B Sexy Sensation author, Anne Oliver

If you like:

*Meeting other writers
*Socialising and making new friends with common interests
*Talking about writing, especially romance
*Sharing ideas
*Learning something new
*Finding inspiration
*Hearing multi-published writers talk about their writing, their own journey and setbacks
*Injecting renewed enthusiasm into your writing
*Finding out about current market trends, publishers, agents
*Enjoying a day out with friendly people, good food and plenty of information


You’ll enjoy SARA’s Romancing the Novel seminar.  Hope to see you there.

HM&B Sweet author, Claire Baxter

I wish there had been something like Romancing the Novel in Adelaide when I was an aspiring romance writer. It’s certainly a great opportunity to learn from experienced romance authors, and I’m betting that every writer who attends will either have a light bulb moment, or will take away a piece of advice that they can implement in their own writing. Should be a great day!

HM&B Historical author and RITA finalist, Elizabeth Rolls

One of the best things about participating as a speaker or on a panel, is being able to give back a little of what was so generously given to me as a complete newcomer. Another really good thing is with Anna and Yvonne coming over there’s an extra chance to catch up with them!  For unpublished writers this is a fabulous opportunity to listen to writers who have made it to publication.  You can ask questions about craft, the industry, anything.  It’s an especially good opportunity for people who may not be able to make it to Sydney for the Conference in August.  There is nothing like being around other writers and being able to talk books and writing with people who understand.  People who don’t consider you clinically insane to have these characters in your head.  People who don’t assume your writing is just a nice, little hobby, nothing important.  Being around other writers is important.  One of the most important things I’ve learnt from being around other writers is that no two writers have the same creative process.

What can you expect?  A broad and very deep well of expertise which is is completely at your disposal for the day.  Bring your notebooks, laptops or whatever.  Be prepared to learn and think.  Be prepared to have a great deal of fun.

From other SARA members:

RWAus Contest finalist and Little Gems Topaz author, Maggie Mundy

I was never sure what I was writing. Thought some of it was definitely horror, fantasy or paranormal, but I was always drawn to the relationships of the main couple in my story.  Someone said to me to try things you would never consider. It might still not be for you, but you will learn something. I went to the SARA seminar expecting  some insight into my writing, but found kindred spirits. The publishing industry is difficult for most and overnight successes are rare. Within the romance writing community I have found support and professional help that has given me direction. I have managed to final in a Selling Synopsis competition, which let my synopsis be seen by a New York agent.  I am to be published in a short story anthology Little Gems which will give me a publishing history. None of this would have happened without the encouragement of the women from my SARA group. Each little triumph that we have along the way is shared by everyone. It makes us all believe we can attain our goals.

Just remember that with the world financial crisis, book sales were on the way down except for one group. Romance.  Remember that our market ranges from 18-80.  Cynics would say that it is not real life, but I would say if you can grab one of these romantic moments from a book, and it actually happens in whatever weird way then it is what makes all of the other menial stuff worthwhile.

RWAus Contest finalist, Bec Sampson (Becca Heath)

I can’t wait for RTN. I attended the Romance Roadshow and it was a brilliant day. To talk craft and the writing life with like minded people for a whole day – bliss! The sessions were interesting and everyone was so friendly. I was even remembered when I turned up at my first SARA meeting nearly 2 years later. I would recommend anyone who can to attend.

From the organising committee:

Dianne Osborne

I attended the first roadshow in Adelaide, when we were spoiled with special guests Anne Gracie and Marion Lennox. It was a fantastic day – met lots of great people, and was treated to almost individual attention from the presenters. The Romancing the Novel event is an important one for local women’s writers, as not everyone can get to the national conference. I see it as a scaled down version, in quantity not quality, of the conference. I also think the RWA is a wonderful organisation, and I have wanted to make it known to people who may not be aware of its existence. This is why I have put quite a bit of effort into trying to spread the word about RTN.

Little Gems Topaz Cover Winner, Helen Katsinis

The 2008 Roadshow was an absolute blast.  I have no doubt that the 2010 Romancing the Novel seminar will be on the same par as it’s predecessor. Being the registrar, I have been thrilled to see registrations coming from around Adelaide, SA country, and even other states.  I’m looking forward to meeting all attendees and having a great day of spending time with writing folk who do not think it strange I have voices in my head!  :0) It’s also wonderful to showcase SARA and RWA and encourage new members into the fold.


So when: 15th May, 9am to 5pm (registration desk opens at 8.30am)

Where: SA Writers’ Centre, 2nd floor, 187 Rundle Street,  Adelaide

Cost: $125 (including lunch and morning/afternoon teas)

More information including registration forms at:

SARA website

RWAus website


We’ve managed to obtain a good accommodation price for the Romancing the Novel seminar for our out-of-state guests, or attendees looking to spend the night in the city.

If you are interested, contact Helen at helenkat @ for details.

So if you are interested in a fun-filled information laden day with fantastic authors and fellow writers, join us at Romancing the Novel. We hope to see you there!!

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