RWA Conference 2014
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.
RWA 2014 is now open for workshop proposals. If you have a workshop on any of the following, please put forward your submission:
- writers life
- or something else of value to authors
More details can be found here: http://www.romanceaustralia.com/p/183
Submissions close December 1, 2013 – so polish those proposals and send them on through, your conference team eagerly awaits!
Writer’s Classes, Groups, Library Events & Workshops
Behind the Scenes with Anna Jacobs
November 13 – Bunbury Library, 2pm
November 20 – Wagin Library talk, 11am
November 25 – Harvey Library, 3.30pm
November 25 – Australind Library, 6.30 pm
November 30 – Dymocks Bookshop Morley Galleriea – book signing
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.
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
Cost: 4 sessions Full Fee: $320.00 | Concession: $310.00 Find out more on their website.
Between the Sheets: Writing Erotica
When: November 10
Time: 10:30am – 4:30pm
Where: Queensland Writers Centre
Cost: M $110 NM $160
FMI + bookings: http://www.qwc.asn.au/ OR call 07 3842 9922
- Meeting of the Society of Women Writers NSW Inc
When: November 13
Where: Dixson Room, State Library of NSW, Macquarie, St, Sydney
Time: 10:00am – 11.50am
Presenter: Wendy Michaels: ‘What makes good writing?’
(No Need to book – everyone is welcome).
- Blogging for Beginners ~ Karen Andrews
When: November 16
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Where: Australian Writers Centre, Melbourne
FMI + bookings: http://www.writerscentre.com.au/ OR call 03 9005 6737
- Creative Blogging ~ Megan Kinninment
When: November 23
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Where: Northern Rivers Writers Centre
Cost: M $75 NM $95
FMI + bookings: http://www.nrwc.org.au OR call 02 6685 5115
- Editing Essentials ~ Deb Doyle
When: December 12
When: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Where: Australian Writers Centre, Sydney
FMI + bookings: http://www.writerscentre.com.au/sydney OR call 02 9929 0088
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
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
ContestsA list of all the RWA Contests and dates for the year
Helping you achieve deadlines or simply providing support to drive you forward in challenges like BIAW and 50K in 30 Days
Craft specific workshops and events to assist you on your writing journey
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 email@example.com
- A Day in the Writing Life of…
- Author Spotlights
- Blog Bites
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: Announceonlinewritingclassesfirstname.lastname@example.org
RWAus contest season is now open. Closing dates for the 2013-14 contest season:
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 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.