April OWLs

Hoot, hoot, hoot, its the April OWLs (with apologies to ‘Little April Showers).

Once again, we had two fantastic OWLs for the month, one for before you’ve finished your book and one for after, with two fantastic presenters.  Details are below, so check them out!

Please note: our booking system doesn’t allow us to take bookings after the courses start, which, in both cases, is the 3rd of April – so don’t delay!


You’ve written a manuscript – how to get it to the next stage? Self-editing bootcamp for writers will show you how to be objective about your own work. Structure is your friend! Edit your own manuscript: More details and booking here


Spielberg Eat Your Heart Out!
Whether you’re a novice or more seasoned writer (mmm, seasoned), most authors face a major challenge: ‘How to successfully promote hundreds of pages of written text into one effective cover image, blurb, post, tweet…’. The answer is simple: You create a highly shareable, HD Book Trailer of Epic Awesomeness! Join our short course by clicking the link below on creating your very own Book Trailer so you can begin to get your books noticed! …Awesome Book Trailers: more details and booking here


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:


Louisa Bacio

Event Announcements

Do you have an event or workshop you’d like to share? RWA Members, email your event news to cruisin(at)romanceaustralia.com.

Keeping Up Appearances

Noelle will be speaking at local libraries in South East Queensland throughout the month of February:

When: February 27 at 11am

Where: Russell Island Library, Redland City

FMI and Bookings: 07 3829 8305

At the Adelaide Writers Week I will be chairing a session with Kimberley Freeman, talking about her work. It’s at 10.45 am on Saturday, March 1 .

Are holding an event in March with three romance writers, Paula Roe, Amy Andrews and Ainslie Paton. Full details are located here. The event is being held in conjunction with Harlequin M&B and Escape Publishing and they are hoping to get a great audience so they can do more romance events in the future.

Anna will be giving a talk at the Mundijong Library at 6.30pm on Thursday March 27.

Writers Festivals 2014

Perth Writers Festival
February 20–23

Adelaide Writers Week
March 1–6

Newcastle Writers Festival
April 4–7

Sydney Writers Festival
May 19–25

Word Storm, Darwin
May 29–June 1

Bellingen Writers Festival
June 7–9

Mildura Writers Festival
July 17–20

Byron Bay Writers Festival
August 1–3

Melbourne Writers Festival
August 21–31

Brisbane Writers Festival
September 3–7


Event Announcements

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.

RWA 2014 is now open for workshop proposals.  If you have a workshop on any of the following, please put forward your submission:

  • craft
  • career
  • research
  • writers life
  • industry
  • business
  • self-publishing
  • 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

November 2013

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

Time: 10.00am-1.00pm

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

  • Krissy Kneen

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

Cost: $85

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

Cost: $450

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 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


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

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


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


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.

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