Here’s some key information:

The 27th Annual Romance Writers of Australia Conference will be held at the Sofitel Wentworth in Sydney from 17th – 19th August 2018.


The 2018 conference will feature local talent with Rachel Bailey kicking off the Friday workshop session and in keeping with our aim of providing a diverse conference, we will be offering a screenwriting workshop. Details are still being nutted out, so stay tuned.


The Anatomy of a Romance Novel with Rachel Bailey

(Friday Workshop option #1 for aspiring and emerging authors)

In this workshop, we’ll break your romance novel down, layer by layer, into its elements. We’ll look at the big picture elements such as premise, characters and conflict, as well as the structural elements such as plotting, point of view and hooks. Then we’ll move on to the elements involved in getting the story down on paper such as voice, dialogue, emotional punch and pace, and finally look at the elements of editing and revising. Bring along pages of your manuscript to work through the elements as we go, or spare paper to start plotting a new story, or simply turn up for the movie clips and chocolate.


Bio: Despite spending most of her life trying to scam more time to read, Rachel Bailey has written books that have hit the USA Today bestseller list, are published in over twenty-six countries and have been translated into sixteen languages. She’s also managed to graduate with degrees in both psychology and social work, and is currently completing a PhD in Popular Romance Studies. Rachel is a past president of RWA and loves to teach writing, having presented online and at conferences and festivals across Australia and New Zealand.


Our international literary agent is Moe Ferrara of Bookends Literary Agency.

Becoming a literary agent was fitting for the girl who, as a small child, begged her dad to buy her a book simply because “it has a hard cover.” Growing up, she had a hard time finding YA books outside of Christopher Pike and R. L. Stine, and instead tackled Tom Clancy or her mom’s romance novels. Though her career path zigzagged a bit—she attended college as a music major, earned a JD from Pace Law School, then worked various jobs throughout the publishing industry—Moe was thrilled to join the BookEnds team in May of 2015 as a literary agent and the subsidiary rights director.

A Pennsylvania native, she is the former mum of a rambunctious guinea pig who was a master at stealing treats. When not reading, she is an avid gamer and always awaiting the next Assassin’s Creed release.

Moe is interested in books for middle grade, young adult, and adult readers in most genres–especially science fiction, fantasy, contemporary, and light horror. The right contemporary or paranormal romance (sans-vampires of course) will spark her interest. She’s LGBTQ friendly, so send her that male/male erotic romance in your back pocket! At this time she’s not looking for nonfiction, women’s fiction, or cozy mysteries.

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We’ll have all your usual publishing suspects with Harlequin, Hachette and Penguin Random House making appearances, as well as our local agents and editors who we love to see and pitch to. Keep an eye on the socials for our international publisher who we will be announcing soon.

RWA Sydney 2018 will be offering a stream to accommodate our indie and hybrid writers as well as workshops tailored to the needs of our aspiring, emerging and established authors.

I know you’re all waiting for the most important event of the weekend. The cocktail party fancy dress theme! Being that our beautiful hotel was the last event where Charles and Dianna danced together as a couple, we’ve decided to go with Tiaras and Tuxedos. We want you to come as your favourite royals, either fact or fiction. Come as a beauty queen or a dancing queen. Bring your hubby in his coattails and top hat, bring him as Prince Charming or the King of Saigon. Use your imagination but think big and think sparkles!


Accommodation information:

Standard rooms are $300 (including wifi). Please call the hotel or book online using the booking code: ROM160818. There is a discounted breakfast rate of $30 available.


Over the coming months, we will be releasing more information about the diverse, innovative and unique offerings planned for 2018 and look forward to welcoming you to Sydney, a city full of life and colour, the Sofitel Wentworth, an iconic and historic hotel, to RWA Sydney 2018, a conference to remember.