There’s time for one more OWL this year!

5 Reasons to Take Short Story Writing

With NaNo going in full swing, and end-of-the-year deadlines looming, it’s the perfect time to add in one more project, right?

  1. Learn how to write short!

It’s a given, right? Every time I teach a workshop, some students say they tend to write LONG, so they’re looking for tips to tighten their storylines.

  1. Potential for publication

The ultimate goal in the course is to complete a short story, and submit it for a call. If you need that added umpf to hit “send,” this class may be for you!

  1. Gain inspiration

You can either come to the class with an idea, or discover a new one. Many people are amazed at the variety of Calls for Submission out there. Need a story idea? You may find food for your muse.

  1. Take a writing “break”

Turning toward writing short stories or novellas between longer works acts as a way to take a mini-break. Write a bridge between stories or perhaps a shorter piece to kick off a new series.

  1. Make an end-of-the-year goal

Yes, it’s December, and 2017 is sprinting toward us. It’s also the last push before the end of the year. Make it a goal to finish a story this year.

Hope to see you there! For more information, visit:

http://romanceaustralia.com/owl-writing-the-short-story-for-submission/

Louisa Bacio

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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.

Roadshow South Australia

Weekend Romance: A Fair to RememberRWASAW Roadshow

Periodically, RWA hold roadshows around the country. The next Roadshow is to be held in Adelaide, South Australia on the weekend of June 14-15, 2014.
Presented by SA Writers Centre and Romance Writers of Australia Inc

A weekend for writers and lovers of romantic fiction. Stop penning those love letters, switch off that romcom, and forget those roses – it’s time for our inaugural genre fair – and this year it’s romance! RWA and SAWC have come together to bring you two days of whirling workshops, panel sessions, masterclasses, industry advice, meet the authors sessions, book signings, masterclasses and more. And on the Saturday night it’s the fundraising event of the year: our romance-themed lit quiz night. An irresistible festival to fall in love with!

“AT THE TOUCH OF LOVE, EVERYONE BECOMES A POET” ~ PLATO

Special Guest Speakers

Featured speakers are Fiona McIntosh, Helene Young, Keri Arthur, Tricia Stringer, Victoria Purman, and Trish Morey.
We also have many more Guest Speakers appearing in panels and conducting workshops, including Amy T. Matthews, Anne Clarke, Bronwyn Stuart, Carla Caruso, Cassandra Dean, Eleni Konstantine, Elizabeth Rolls, Helen Katsinis, Kyoko Church, Robert Moore, and Tamara Gill.
For information on all our speakers, please see our website.

COST:
1 day = $130 SAWC and RWA members, $170 non members
2 days = $240 SAWC and RWA members, $340 non members

QUIZ NIGHT: $20 per head

BOOKINGS:
Please book by phoning 08 8223 7662 or by emailing admin@sawriters.org.au

ROMANCE WRITERS OF AUSTRALIA MEMBERS – to obtain your discount, please book via 08 8223 7662 during Centre opening hours or email admin@sawriters.org.au .

SAVE $40 when you book for the whole weekend.

SAWC details of this event including online SAWC member and NON-SAWC member registrations
note: the SAWC website has been having technical problems. Please call the SAWC if you experience any difficulty.

EVENT HELD AT:
SA Writers Centre
187 Rundle Street
Adelaide, SA 5000
Australia

Romance Festival

Harper Collins and its stable of publishers are hosting an online romance writers festival next weekend June 7-8. It’s free to register  (US time).

50K in 30 Days

Its time to come along to the RWA forum and sign up for the free RWA event that gets you writing: 50ks in 30 days is fast becoming a twice-yearly institution in the RWA calendar.
In this event, you get to specify your word goal. Not everybody aims for 50,000 words, sometimes writers aim higher and sometimes, for very good reasons, writers aim lower. If you are a first-time entrant, and you find the prospect of signing up to write 1667 words per day for thirty days in a row daunting, DO IT ANYWAY! You never know your awesomesauce limits until you push against them. If you have been with us before, you know the benefits of the 50k community. Join up. Join in. Just Write!

This is an RWA-only event, but if you have writer friends who are teetering on the edge of joining up and who would benefit from some writing community, please encourage them to join up and join in.

See you in the 50ks in 30 Days area of the Events room in the forum. Also on #50k30D Twitter/Facebook.

Keeping Up AppearancesRachaelJohns1

Rachael Johns wowed Australian viewers on Channel 7’s Sunrise this week.

Writer’s Classes, Groups, Workshops

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

Writing workshops to be taught by award wining authors Kate Forsyth and Amy Espeseth on July 26 and 27. Discount price on offer for full course bookings. This year’s topic is “So you want to write a novel?”

In Kate Forsyth’s only Melbourne appearance, participants will be introduced to key aspects of writing the first draft of their novel – from finding and developing their idea (plotting and planning) to making the right choice when considering point of view and narrative voice, plus the complexities and wonder of structure in Kate’s highly-anticipated Story structure masterclass.
Amy Espeseth’s writing workshops will build on Kate’s teachings about writing your first draft such as – learn how to create complex, believable characters, gain insights into the role of dialogue, and understand the intricate interplay between character motivation, and the arc of your story. Amy will also discuss what it means to be a writer, and offer ways to stay motivated while writing your first draft.

10 to 1 Manuscript Feedback Program

Improve Your Acceptance Chances – Have your first ten pages assessed twice by a professional.
You only get one chance to make an impression on an agent or publisher and get their interest. If you haven’t done this by the first ten pages they won’t read further. Don’t waste your first chance. Our professional agents or editors can help you improve your acceptance chances by working with you on the first ten pages of your manuscript. Work with a professional to give you specific feedback on what keeps someone reading your work and what common mistakes turn them off. Our professional literary agent, Alex Adsett, has extensive publishing experience and is willing to help you attain your goals.

Novel Writing Group
This group meets monthly and is for those who are writing or have written a novel and would like to meet like-minded people for critiquing and support.

Writing Critique Group
This group critiques everything from novels and memoir to poetry, articles and short stories. It meets once a month on the third Thursday of each month and has a number of very experienced writers in it.

Follow us on Twitter: @gcwritersfestiv
Like us on Facebook: Gold Coast Writers Workshops
Join us on Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Gold-Coast-Writers-Workshops-Workshops-for-Writers/

RWA Conference 2014

Romance Rocks!rwa14logoedit-light-300

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.

5DI: 5 Day Intensive Manuscript Workshop

All information plus the entry forms for 5DI (5 day manuscript development workshop) are now available on the website. This is a fabulous opportunity for aspiring and emerging authors.

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 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

Prepare for this year’s WordStorm to rip through your mind stimulating it with compelling, often challenging and always entertaining subject matter that will leave you in a state of pleasant disruption and discovery. For the FULL PROGRAM & BOOKINGS please visit: wordstorm.org.au

When: May 29–June 1

This Festival featuring Special Guest Rachael Bermingham will help to realise your dreams of personal and financial success. This is suitable for EVERYONE!!! Highlight event will be the Follow Your Dreams Cocktail Evening with complimentary drink on arrival, door prizes, full canape catering, live cabaret entertainment and inspirational keynote speech.

This Festival is proudly sponsored by the Shire of Mundaring, the Department of Culture and the Arts (WA), Lion Mill Vineyards and Little Black Dress Productions, and with support from Dymocks Ellenbrook and Guardian Pharmacy Ellenbrook. For more details or to book email kspf@iinet.net.au or phone 92941872.

When: June 7

Where: Swan View Youth Centre, Perth

The Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival has become a popular annual cultural event showcasing leading authors and celebrating all things literary. With workshops, talks, forums, book launches, competitions, entertainment and school programs, its a diverse and inspiring  weekend with something for everyone.

When: June 7–9

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

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.

Roadshow South Australia

Weekend Romance: A Fair to Remembersa-writers-centre-inc
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

View the FULL PROGRAM

Adelaide Roadshow: Call for donations

We are seeking donations for both the quiz night (raising funds for the SAWC) and as door prizes for the Fair weekend. Signed copies of books will work a treat but anything you can spare would be very much appreciated.

Please email Helen at roadshow@romanceaustralia.com with details.

Keeping Up Appearances

Meet Helene Young, Jenn J McLeod and Wendy James

Where: Cardiff Library, Newcastle, NSW

When: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Time: 2pm – 4pm

An informal book signing with T.M.Clark.

When: Saturday, May 31

Time: From 10:30am to 12.30pm

Where: Guylian Belgian Chocolate Cafe, Darling Quarter TR5/TR6, 1-25 Harbour Street, Sydney NSW

You are welcome to join me at the cafe for an informal chatter, something cold or hot in the chocolate range if you want to, and get your book signed. I will bring some books with me to sell too.

Writer’s Classes, Groups, Workshops

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

Writing workshops to be taught by award wining authors Kate Forsyth and Amy Espeseth on July 26 and 27. Discount price on offer for full course bookings. This year’s topic is “So you want to write a novel?”

In Kate Forsyth’s only Melbourne appearance, participants will be introduced to key aspects of writing the first draft of their novel – from finding and developing their idea (plotting and planning) to making the right choice when considering point of view and narrative voice, plus the complexities and wonder of structure in Kate’s highly-anticipated Story structure masterclass.
Amy Espeseth’s writing workshops will build on Kate’s teachings about writing your first draft such as – learn how to create complex, believable characters, gain insights into the role of dialogue, and understand the intricate interplay between character motivation, and the arc of your story. Amy will also discuss what it means to be a writer, and offer ways to stay motivated while writing your first draft.

RWA Conference 2014

Romance Rocks!rwa14logoedit-light-300

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.

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

Prepare for this year’s WordStorm to rip through your mind stimulating it with compelling, often challenging and always entertaining subject matter that will leave you in a state of pleasant disruption and discovery. For the FULL PROGRAM & BOOKINGS please visit: wordstorm.org.au

When: May 29–June 1

This Festival featuring Special Guest Rachael Bermingham will help to realise your dreams of personal and financial success. This is suitable for EVERYONE!!! Highlight event will be the Follow Your Dreams Cocktail Evening with complimentary drink on arrival, door prizes, full canape catering, live cabaret entertainment and inspirational keynote speech.

This Festival is proudly sponsored by the Shire of Mundaring, the Department of Culture and the Arts (WA), Lion Mill Vineyards and Little Black Dress Productions, and with support from Dymocks Ellenbrook and Guardian Pharmacy Ellenbrook. For more details or to book email kspf@iinet.net.au or phone 92941872.

When: June 7

Where: Swan View Youth Centre, Perth

The Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival has become a popular annual cultural event showcasing leading authors and celebrating all things literary. With workshops, talks, forums, book launches, competitions, entertainment and school programs, its a diverse and inspiring  weekend with something for everyone.

When: June 7–9

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

Event Announcements

Conflux Writers Day

Nicole Murphy runs occasional writers events and science fiction conferences. Her latest venture is Conflux Writers Day, a one day professional development opportunity for writers of speculative fiction – that is, fantasy, horror and science fiction to be held on Saturday April 5 in Canberra and is calling for writers to present. The Call for Abstracts for the Conflux Writers Day closes October 31, 2013.

What is a call for abstracts? Abstracts are a short description of the presentation you propose to give. They are submitted via an online portal, where they are considered by a group of reviewers. Those abstracts considered the most worthy are then recommended to the programmer. We’re looking for presentations of 15-17 minutes on a topic that relates to one of the four CWD themes:

  • Writing skills – the nuts and bolts of writing
  • Writing processes – how you apply the skills of writing to creating a story
  • Submitting and publishing – how the business of getting published works
  • Building a career – what is required to achieve what you want

For more information on the call for abstracts, including an example of an abstract, go to http://conflux.org.au/conflux-writers-day-2/call-for-abstracts/. Your insight or advice could be just what a fellow writer needs, so please get involved!

November 50k in 30 days

RWA is running a NaNoWriMo sister-event in the month of November. NaNoWriMo is a free international writing event, where participants commit to writing 50,000 words in 30 days. Membership of Romance Writers of Australia (Inc.) is not necessary to participate in NaNoWriMo. However, RWA membership is necessary to participate in the RWA-coordinated sister-event that will occur in the RWA forum.

Throughout November RWA participating members will ‘meet’ in the forum, post our word counts (they will be charted against daily targets), commiserate with each other over low (or zero) word count days, and celebrate our successes. With your forum-mates to cheer you on, to share the experience with you, and to work hard alongside you, your chance of success is much higher.

What should you do now?

If you would also like to participate in the official NaNoWriMo visit www.nanowrimo.org and sign up for a free account (by all means, add me–Sarah_Brabazon–as a buddy there).

If you would like help, camaraderie and encouragement towards achieving your NaNoWriMo goals, and you are already a member of RWA, come and let Sarah_Brabazon know in the 50ks in 30 days room under Events in the RWA Forum. You’ll find further instructions under ‘Register Here’. http://www.romanceaustraliaforum.com

5DI

The 5DI team are investigating possible locations for next year’s 5DI, which is being held in May. We are hoping some of the lovely Melbourne locals might know of suitable venues. The requirements are pretty much:

  • Individual accommodation for up to 15 (dorm/bunk style won’t work). Ensuites would be great but not mandatory.
  • All rooms to have desk/writing space
  • Communal/lounge area
  • Full catering (or the ability to bring in a caterer)

Also, the wish list would have quiet areas for writing away from the actual rooms.  Ideally we would like it within easy commute of the airport and the city but we’re open to any and all suggestions.  If anyone has any ideas, could you please email Chris Weston at westonc@netspace.net.au

Promotional Opportunities

  • Hearts Talk for RWA Members

If you have good news or a New Release, for the November issue of Hearts Talk, could you please send them to htgoodnews@romanceaustralia.com before 8th. If you are sending a new release, please include – RWA Member number, TITLE, AUTHOR NAME, PUBLISHER and a cover image. If you also let Catherine know if it’s an e-book, or print.

  • Cruisin’ with RWA (Thursdays on the RWA Blog)

Come Cruisin’ with our two chauffeurs, Enrico and Clint, and visit your fellow RWA Members. Email Juanita Kees at cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

Member News

Share your ‘Happy Dance’ moments and we’ll help you celebrate: a new release or re-release, new contract, new agent, competition wins etc.

Cruisin’ the Blogs

This is your opportunity to have the spotlight on your blog. Share the dates, sites and subject matter of your blog here and drive traffic to your blog spot.

If you’ve visited a blog that you think might be of interest to our members, send me the link and the title.

Enrico’s Pick Six

Every week we spotlight 6 member blogs. Ask to list your blog under Members Blogs and your site will be promoted on a rotational basis too.

  • Event Announcements (Sundays on the RWA Blog)

If you have a library talk, workshop, book-signing, competition or any other writing-related event to share, please send us the information to: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

ContestsA list of all the RWA Contests and dates for the year

Challenges

Helping you achieve deadlines or simply providing support to drive you forward in challenges like BIAW and 50K in 30 Days

Upcoming Events

Craft specific workshops and events to assist you on your writing journey

Online Events

Online Workshops, Webinars and courses of interest

  • RWA Member Promotional Blogs

New to RWA? Introduce yourself and your writing. Here are a few other promo opportunities for our members. For more information, email  blogmistress@romanceaustralia.com

  • A Day in the Writing Life of… 
  • Author Spotlights
  • Blog Bites

Writer’s Classes, Groups, Library Events & Workshops

October 2013

November 2013

Tima Maria Lacoba is celebrating the release of her debut novel, BLOODGIFTED with a book launch at Ruby’s Cafe and Books in Umina, on the Central Coast, N.S.W. on November 10th, from 12.30-3.00pm.

Beyond Q Bookshop will be launching Susan’s debut novel, ARAFURA. Refreshments will be provided. This is a free event but numbers are limited. Besides being a romance novel with a criminal twistARAFURA encompasses other themes including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Indigenous education and domestic violence.

When: November 7, from 6pm

Where: Beyond Q Bookshop, Curtin, Canberra

Cost: Free – numbers are limited

FMI and to reserve a seat contact:  susanlattwein@hotmail.com

CAE is running Beverly Eikli’s Short Course, Write Romance and Sell it:

Do you want to write a romance novel? Do you have a manuscript or two gathering dust? Multi-published and award-winning romance author Beverley Eikli will help you develop that kernel of an idea that sells a romance. Learn practical devices to improve plot, pacing and presentation, as well as how to pitch to traditional publishers, e-publishers, independents and small press. Beverley will also discuss self-publishing, changing markets and what editors are looking for.

When: November 02 – 23

Time: 10.00am-1.00pm

Cost: 4 sessions Full Fee: $320.00 | Concession: $310.00 Find out more on their website.

Online Events

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

RWA Conference 2014

Romance Rocks!

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.

Contests

RWAus contest season is now open. Closing dates for the 2013-14 contest season:

Selling Synopsis 22 November 2013
Emerald Award 22 November 2013
Little Gems 31 January 2014
First Kiss 14 February 2014
Valerie Parv Award TBA April 2014

Awards

The EllaPrint

RWA is excited to launch a new contest for published novellas. To be known as The Ella, the romantic novella of the year award will be a reader-judged contest, and the winner will be announced at RWA’s national conference in August.

The RUBYPrint

The Romantic Book of the Year Award, affectionately known as The Ruby, is our premier award and the only one of its kind in Australia. Voted on by Australian readers, this contest is open each year to any Australian or New Zealand romance author who has published a long or short romance novel.

Event Announcements

GenreCon 2013

Details for this year’s program of industry workshops, discussion panels, and feature events are now live on their website. They’re covering everything from the craft of writing, selling your work, building your career, and researching the little details that keep your stories ticking. More importantly, the program will feature over forty writers, editors, publishers, and other professionals who have agreed to donate their time and expertise to make the GenreCon weekend a fantastic experience. Still haven’t got your GenreCon pass? They’ll be taking online registrations until October 8 and tickets will be available at the door.

FMI: http://www.genrecon.com.au/category/genrecon-2013/

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Promotional Opportunities

  • The Romance Reviews

Let’s end the year with a bang! With a YEAR-END SPLASH (YES!) PARTY in the month of November! More exciting games and prizes for readers, and at the same time, more exposure for your books.

DATE: November 1 to 30, 2013

PRIZES: Grand Prize: $100 GC. Other Prizes: GCs, book giveaways, etc.

PARTICIPATION DETAILS:

If you wish to participate in this promotional opp contact Carole at carole@theromancereviews.com or visit the website at http://www.theromancereviews.com. Due to the expected huge volume of email, please allow me to get back to you within 10 days before sending a follow up email.

*** PERMISSION TO FORWARD GRANTED ***

  • Hearts Talk for RWA Members

If you have good news or a New Release, for the November issue of Hearts Talk, could you please send them to htgoodnews@romanceaustralia.com before 8th. If you are sending a new release, please include – RWA Member number, TITLE, AUTHOR NAME, PUBLISHER and a cover image. If you also let Catherine know if it’s an e-book, or print.

  • Cruisin’ with RWA (Thursdays on the RWA Blog)

Come Cruisin’ with our two chauffeurs, Enrico and Clint, and visit your fellow RWA Members. Email Juanita Kees at cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

Member News

Share your ‘Happy Dance’ moments and we’ll help you celebrate: a new release or re-release, new contract, new agent, competition wins etc.

Cruisin’ the Blogs

This is your opportunity to have the spotlight on your blog. Share the dates, sites and subject matter of your blog here and drive traffic to your blog spot.

If you’ve visited a blog that you think might be of interest to our members, send me the link and the title.

Enrico’s Pick Six

Every week we spotlight 6 member blogs. Ask to list your blog under Members Blogs and your site will be promoted on a rotational basis too.

  • Event Announcements (Sundays on the RWA Blog)

If you have a library talk, workshop, book-signing, competition or any other writing-related event to share, please send us the information to: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

ContestsA list of all the RWA Contests and dates for the year

Challenges

Helping you achieve deadlines or simply providing support to drive you forward in challenges like BIAW and 50K in 30 Days

Upcoming Events

Craft specific workshops and events to assist you on your writing journey

Online Events

Online Workshops, Webinars and courses of interest

  • RWA Member Promotional Blogs

New to RWA? Introduce yourself and your writing. Here are a few other promo opportunities for our members. For more information, email  blogmistress@romanceaustralia.com

A Day in the Writing Life of… 

Author Spotlights

Blog Bites

Writer’s Classes, Groups, Library Events & Workshops

October 2013

  • RWAmerica University Classes – Social Media and Promotion via Goodreads

Romance writers know that there is a big community of romance readers on Goodreads, and this course will outline how to reach those readers using the Goodreads Author Program. Topics covered will include optimizing your author profile and book page, running a successful giveaway, increasing awareness of your book with paid advertising, and guidelines for interacting with readers. Drawing from actual data and real-world case studies, the course will illustrate how other authors have successfully promoted their work on Goodreads. The class will take place on an RWA U forum in myRWA.

When: October 7–11

Presenter: Cynthia Shannon, author marketing coordinator at Goodreads.

Cost: no cost to members.

FMI: http://rwa.org/rwau or e-mail RWAUniversity@rwa.org with questions.

  • Savvy Authors

Scrivener is the premier application for the creation of novels, novellas, and like works. This course will teach you, the writer, how to best use Scrivener for everything from planning your scenes to generating output for your critique group, e-reader, or publisher. Lectures will be presented in a video format with written summaries. One evening a week the instructor will have a live question/answer period using audio/video and screen sharing to best answer those tricky problems.

*Please note: This class applies equally well to Scrivener for Windows and Mac

When: September 30 – October 27, 2013

Where: The Savvy Forums

Cost: Premium Members $25 / Basic Members $35

FMI: http://savvy.citysoft.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Calendar.eventDetail&eventId=1858

Mary Hawkins loves to share with other romance writers. She is presenting a workshop at this year’s CALEB Conference. The CALEB is the yearly conference for Christians who write for the general or Christian Bookshop markets. Her workshop is called Masterclass – Romance and she will be sharing what romance readers – and editors – expect and look for in sweet and inspirational romance books, and hints how the writer can give romance readers page-turning, satisfying reads.

When: October 11-12, 2013

Where: Riverglenn, Indooroopilly

FMI: http://wordswithwings.net and http://www.omegawriters.com or contact Mary via her website: http://www.mary-hawkins.com

Fiction Fundamentals – a one-day writing intensive workshop. Inform. Excite. Ignite. Register for Fiction Fundamentals

Are you committed to writing, but not sure how to get started? You have a story idea, and are overwhelmed by the complexity of the header narrowtask? Or you’ve started, maybe even published, and you want to explore and improve your craft? Perhaps you’re considering the path of self-publishing?

The Write Chicks are multi-published romance fiction authors, Shannon Curtis and Paula Roe. Together, they have over 12 years’ writing experience. They will be joined by Jennifer Brassel, published author and creative writing instructor and for one day these professional authors will share their experience and techniques for writing and publishing in an intensive seminar designed to boost your own skills and knowledge.

Whether you’re looking to learn something new, or wanting to hone your craft, this writing boot camp will deliver value for money. Three authors. Intense, comprehensive sessions. One event.

When: Saturday October 19

Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Where: Novotel Parramatta, 350 Church St, Parramatta.

Cost: $120

  • Rhythm and Pace ~ Toni Jordan (Melbourne Writers Guild)

Thanks to Romance Writers of Australia’s Grant Scheme Melbourne Romance Writers Guild have Toni Jordan, an acclaimed author and teacher of creative writing at RMIT University, presenting a seminar on Rhythm and Pace, in Melbourne.

When: Sunday October 20

Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Where: The Melbourne Romance Writers Guild, Fitzroy Library, Moor Street, Fitzroy (please book early).

Cost: No charge (RWA approved grant workshop and free to RWA members)

Contact: Elvina Payet via melbournerwg@gmail.com

*Places are limited so please get in early.

November 2013

In September, and again in November, CAE is running Beverly Eikli’s Short Course, Write Romance and Sell it:

Do you want to write a romance novel? Do you have a manuscript or two gathering dust? Multi-published and award-winning romance author Beverley Eikli will help you develop that kernel of an idea that sells a romance. Learn practical devices to improve plot, pacing and presentation, as well as how to pitch to traditional publishers, e-publishers, independents and small press. Beverley will also discuss self-publishing, changing markets and what editors are looking for.

When: November 02 – 23

Time: 10.00am-1.00pm

Cost: 4 sessions Full Fee: $320.00 | Concession: $310.00 Find out more on their website.

Online Events

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

RWA Conference 2014

Romance Rocks!

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.

Contests

RWAus contest season is now open. Closing dates for the 2013-14 contest season:

Ripping Start 6 September 2013
Selling Synopsis 22 November 2013
Emerald Award 22 November 2013
Little Gems 31 January 2014
First Kiss 14 February 2014
Valerie Parv Award TBA April 2014

Awards

The EllaPrint

RWA is excited to launch a new contest for published novellas. To be known as The Ella, the romantic novella of the year award will be a reader-judged contest, and the winner will be announced at RWA’s national conference in August.

The RUBYPrint

The Romantic Book of the Year Award, affectionately known as The Ruby, is our premier award and the only one of its kind in Australia. Voted on by Australian readers, this contest is open each year to any Australian or New Zealand romance author who has published a long or short romance novel.

Event Announcements

logo_yellow_bgIf you have a writing class, book-signing, competition, blog hop, library talk or any other exciting event coming up, please share it with us at cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

RWA Conference

Riding the waves: Writing romance in tempestuous times

August 16 – 18 2013 –The Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, Western Australia

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Registrations are now open for RWA’s 2013 The Claytons BE THE BOOK Online Conference!

This year’s amazing line-up includes:

  • Alexandra Sokoloff-Keynote Speaker on the 3 Act 8 Scene Story Structure
  • Sue Grimshaw-of Random House’s Loveswept & Flirt lines on The Quick Pitch
  • Mel Tescho-ARRA Nominee on Sensual Tension Regardless of Genre
  • Zana Bell-on the Grommet’s Guide to Publishing
  • And Australia’s own Queen of Romance Valerie Parv-on The Revision Maze

Don’t miss out! Register now at http://www.romanceaustralia.com/claytons_rego.html

ARRA Book Signing Event

BSE3 I'll be signing 400The Australian Romance Readers Association will be hosting a book-signing event in Fremantle, WA this August. It will be held in conjunction with the Romance Writers of Australia conference, and will run from 5.00–6.30 pm on Saturday 17 August at the Esplanade Hotel. The event will be open to the public, with an entry fee of just $7 ($5 for ARRA members). Entry will also include a ticket in our lucky door prize draw for the chance to win one of several prize baskets.

Registration for readers is now open – registration information is available here.

Want to know which of your favourite authors will be signing? Click here.

Contests

Grand prize $10000 & publication with Quirk Books, full novel-length ms featuring fresh, fun, and strikingly unconventional love stories (no vampires, sorry). For official rules & full contest details see the downloadable entry form. Contest deadline October 1, 2013

Turn up the heat on your writing career. This contest is open to any unpublished/uncontracted romance manuscript by all authors.

GRAND PRIZE: The grand prize winner of the contest will have their entire manuscript reviewed by two professional editors at The Author’s Red Room. For More Information, entry form, and rules, see website at http://valleyofthesunrw.com/hot-prospects-contest/ . For questions please email Voshotprospects@yahoo.com

Keeping up Appearances

If you live in or near Melbourne, Anne Gracie is taking a short course in romance writing, to be held over 4 months — a full day workshop on the first Sunday of each month. The course is being run by Writers Victoria at the Wheeler Centre in the heart of Melbourne.

When: 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Where: Writers VictoriaCost: M $325 NM $390

FMI + bookings: http://writersvictoria.org.au/what-s-on/event/writing-romance/

When: Thursday 29th August

Time: 7pm – 8.30pm

Where: Eltham Library, Panther Place, Eltham

Cost: Free

Bookings through Eltham Library,

03 9439 9266 or via their website.

In September, and again in November, CAE is running Beverly Eikli’s Short Course, Write Romance and Sell it:

Do you want to write a romance novel? Do you have a manuscript or two gathering dust? Multi-published and award-winning romance author Beverley Eikli will help you develop that kernel of an idea that sells a romance. Learn practical devices to improve plot, pacing and presentation, as well as how to pitch to traditional publishers, e-publishers, independents and small press. Beverley will also discuss self-publishing, changing markets and what editors are looking for.

When: 10.00am-1.00pm

Cost: 4 sessions Full Fee: $320.00 | Concession: $310.00 Find out more on their website.

AUGUST 2013

  • Tuesday, 13 August 2013 – GORDON, NSW
    Author talk and Q&A at Ku-ring-gai Library with Julia Quinn – 6.30 to 8.00 pm
    Gordon Library Meeting Room

    799 Pacific Hwy
    Gordon, NSW

    Tickets are $5. Please note that you must pre-book
    Phone: 9424 0909
    Email: gordon.library@kmc.nsw.gov.au
  • Friday 16 August 2013 – FREMANTLE, WA
    Reading and Writing Romance in the 21st Century
    the Inaugural Elizabeth Jolley Conference 2013
    More information is available here
  • Saturday 17 August – FREMANTLE, WA
    Book-signing Event – 5.00 to 6.30 pm
    featuring 56 romance authors
    Esplanade Hotel
    Cnr Marine Terrace and Essex Street
    Fremantle
    Tickets are $7 ($5 for ARRA members) and include a ticket for the lucky door prizes

    More information is available here
  • Monday 19 August 2013 – CROYDON, VIC
    Author talk and Q&A at Croydon branch of the Eastern Regional Libraries with Julia Quinn
    12.00 to 2.00 pm
    Croydon Library
    Civic Square, Croydon, VIC

    Bookings are essential
    Cost: $12.50 (includes lunch)

    For more information and to book: website
    Phone: 9294 5640
  • Monday 19 August – MELBOURNE
    Author talk, Q&A and signing with Julia Quinn
    Books on sale from Rendezvous
    Light refreshments will be served
    Queen Victoria Women’s Centre
    210 Lonsdale Street
    Melbourne, VIC
    Tickets are $6 (free for ARRA members)
    More information available on our blog
  • Tuesday 20 August 2013 – BRISBANE
    Book-signing with Julia Quinn – 5.00 to 7.00 pm
    Rosemary’s Romance Books
    144 Adelaide Street
    Brisbane, QLD
  • Wednesday 21 August – SYDNEY
    Author talk, Q&A and high tea with Julia Quinn
    Talk is free; high tea is $42 ($37 for ARRA members)
    Bookings are essential
    More information available on our blog
  • 22 August to 1 September – MELBOURNE
    Melbourne Writers Festival
    Sessions featuring Sarah Wendell (SBTB) and Marjorie M Liu
    More information available on their website
      • Sunday 25 August – MELBOURNE
        MWF panel – Modern Love – panel on romance and erotica featuring Marjorie M Liu and Sarah Wendell
        – 4.00 to 5.00 pm
        Cost: $21.50 ($19.50 concession)
        More information and to book:website
  • Friday 30 August – SYDNEY
    Throbbing Hearts Trivia Night – 6.30 to 11.00 pm
    Cost: $8.50
    To book: website

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Writer’s Classes, Groups and Library Events

Workshops

August 2013

  • Saturday August 17 – How to Wow them with Your Pitch

When: 10:30am – 1:30pm

Where: Auditorium 2, State Library of QLD

Cost: $65

FMI + bookings: http://www.qwc.asn.au/courses-and-events/courses/seminars/awm-author-iq-seminars/how-to-wow!-them-with-your-pitch/ OR call 07 3842 9922

  • Secret Creek Writing School – Bridgetown WA

SECRET CREEK Writing School is dedicated to inspiring children, and adults alike to become aware of their unique power as readers, writers and creative thinkers! We offer small group tuition for children as well as day and weekend writing courses for adults. Come and have a look at what’s on offer….

Special Events

  • Brisbane Writers Festival: 4-8 September 2013

Brisbane Writers Festival brings a page-turning experience to Brisbane from 4-8 September.

  • Melbourne Writers Festival 22 August – 1 September 2013

The Melbourne Writers Festival is the City of Literature’s annual, two-week celebration for writers, readers and thinkers. The Festival runs from Thursday 22 August 2013 to Sunday 1 September 2013. Our Schools’ Program takes place from Monday 26 August 2013 to Thursday 29 August 2013.

  • Random House Events

Keep up to date with Random House Australia’s calendar of events including upcoming author appearances, tour dates and special events.

  • Penguin House Events May – October 2013

Penguin have a list of author appearances up on their website – including Cathryn Hein and Kylie Griffin.

  • Literary Festivals and Events May 2013

For more festival and writing fun, Literary Festivals has a calender packed full of workshops and events.

Online Events

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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