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Launch Your Love Story – learn the fundamentals of writing a novel.

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Have you always dreamed of writing a romance novel but are unsure where to start? This OWL will take you through the fundamentals of writing a novel. Join me as we: Unlock your creativity with some exercises designed to inspire Delve into your characters and work out what will make them swoon-worthy Set up the building blocks for a story that works Overcome the most common problems that stop writers from succeeding Participants will gain: A solid understanding of their new characters Motivational tools to assist their success A basic outline of their upcoming story A sense of camaraderie and confidence—we’re …

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Author Branding – Why you need it before you sell…

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There is so much more to effective AUTHOR BRANDING than a pretty website and a catchy tagline. Working out who you are as a writer and what you want to say is a powerful part of effectively communicating to editors, agents and (ultimately) readers. It is not something you need to leave until after you sell. It is never too early to start thinking about your author brand. Many new writers confuse BRANDING with advertising, PR or marketing but effective branding is a much more subtle mechanism. ‘Branding’ is not a website or a name or a sub-genre or even a style—it is reflected in …

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Genre Con Experience

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RWA member Renee Dahlia attended Genre Con 2017 in November, and spoke on a panel called ‘What Writers Get Wrong’. The event is put together by Queensland Writers Centre in conjunction with the State Library of Queensland, to celebrate writers across all genre fiction. Nearly three hundred people turned up to the biggest ever Genre Con this year, more than double the size of the first conference held five years ago. Renee gives us the low-down on her Genre-Con experience. Q. Why Genre Con? I heard about the conference via my publisher Kate Cuthbert of Escape Publishing, and thought it would …

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November Volunteer of the Month | Dannielle Line

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Our Volunteer of the Month for November is Dannielle Line. Dannielle is the Aspiring Loop Coordinator, and she’s super proactive in managing the Aspiring loop. She is always on the ball to welcome new members to the loop and to take the time to help them settle in. She also works closely with the other two Aspiring ambassadors to keep the loop running smoothly. A huge congratulations to Dannielle, and thank you to her for her amazing work.   RWA couldn’t run without our amazing volunteers, and we thank all of them for all they do!

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Creating Unforgettable Characters – Make them walk, talk and seduce your readers.

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Have you heard of Buffy Summers? How about Scarlett O’Hara? Or maybe you remember Jessica and Elizabeth, the Sweet Valley twins? Perhaps male heroes like Rhett Butler or even The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper stick in your mind. Why so? Because they’re iconic, unforgettable characters. So how do you bestow your characters with the same ‘unforgettable-ness’? In this OWL, discover what makes an iconic character. You’ll learn how to create your very own walking, talking, unforgettable characters who will simply seduce your readers. And, at the end, you’ll have the opportunity to submit a piece of your work-in-progress for …

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Self Publishing for Beginners

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Course Dates: 30th October – 26th November 2017 Cost: RWA Member – $30. Non-RWA Member – $80. Register: https://www.trybooking.com/287096 Self Publishing for Beginners presented by Cathleen Ross Cathleen was one of the first people to self publish in Australia, and has mastered the Smashword guide, bringing it to you in 5 easy workable steps. This makes it unique. Participants who do this course are able to self publish on completing it and previous participants have gone on to have successful prize winning writing careers. Cathleen is a qualified teacher (BA Dip.Ed. and Grad. Dip Communications Management) and a published author/editor. …

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October Volunteer of the Month | Gayle Ash

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RWA is a not-for-profit organisation that is completely run by volunteers who dedicate their time, effort, and expertise to help us make the organisation the best it can be. We truly appreciate our volunteers and wouldn’t be the amazing organisation we are without them. We have decided to reinstate the Volunteer of the Month Award to celebrate our wonderful volunteers and all they do for RWA. We’re thrilled to announce that Gayle Ash is our Volunteer of the Month for October. We thank Gayle and her wonderful husband, Greg, for their outstanding contribution to Love Gone Wild. Gayle spent hours upon hours at …