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Conference round up for February – only six months to the Romance Writers of Australia annual conference!

Cocktail Party

With a yippee-ki-yay and a yee-haa, we just can’t wait for the Wild Wild West Cocktail party. It’s time to get your thinking stetsons on and lasso your costume: cowgirl, cowboy, saloon dancer, bandit or sheriff? Or maybe you’ll choose something with a West Aussie flavour like a quokka, whale shark or fair dinkum bushranger like Moondyne Joe.

And if fancy dress isn’t your thing, that’s fine too. The cocktail party is a great opportunity to meet new people, catch up with others you haven’t seen all year and enjoy yourself before the weekend begins.

Friday Workshop – Change

We regret to announce that Lisa Cron has had to withdraw from the 2020 conference due to family commitments. The conference team is on the hunt to find an equally awesome presenter for the craft workshop this year and we’ll announce it as soon as we have it confirmed. We’re sorry for any disappointment.

Friday Author Day

Although Lisa is not available, we have put together an amazing Author Day program for those of you who are published. We listened to our members about what they want and can announce the following sessions with more to come:

How to Advertise without Gambling with Bryan Cohen 

Did you know that there’s a simple strategy to figure out if your Book Description works? It takes a dash of math and a cup of patience, but if you know the formula, you may never promote a book that’ll lose money ever again.

In a whirlwind talk with tonnes of real-life examples, Amazon Ad School Founder and Best Page Forward CEO Bryan Cohen will help you understand the most important statistic in self-publishing.

Dust off your TI-82 graphing calculator and get ready to take some sweet, sweet author action.

Estate Planning for Authors with Morgan Solomon from Solomon Hollett Lawyers

What happens to your artistic legacy after you die? Or if you lose mental capacity? Estate planning is more complex than ever before – but for authors there are additional and unique challenges.

Together we shall look at the most common wills and estate issues (and hopefully bust a few myths along the way). But we shall also focus on issues unique to authors; control and licensing of your artistic legacy, inheriting copyrights and royalties.

Finance for Authors with Bob Poolman from Poolman Taxation

For some authors, numbers aren’t their strong suite but Bob Poolman’s workshop aims to demystify and simply finance. He’ll explain recordkeeping requirements of taxation expenses claimable by authors and run through a list of possible expenses claimable.

He’ll also talk about special taxation concessions for people engaged in the Arts, specifically authors, address general money matters and answer any and all of your questions, so come prepared.

Are you ready for your close-up?

Have your professional author headshot taken at RWA20

Have you been putting off getting a professional author headshot taken? Or are you still using the same headshot taken 15 years ago? A picture paints a thousand words and your headshot is no different. But what are those words saying about you?

At RWA20 in Fremantle, we are excited to offer you the opportunity to have new headshots taken with our professional photographers Angelo Di Benedetto from ADB Imagery and Shelly Boston from Smile! Designer Photography.

Photographer Angelo Di-Benedetto

Angelo Di-Benedetto has worked with clients for over 15 years across Australia to create eye-catching and creative portraits. To see more of Angelo’s work, please visit

Photographer Shelly Boston

Shelly Boston has over 20 years’ professional experience and is an Accredited Member of the AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography). To see more of Shelly’s work, please visit

Both photographers are offering Author Headshot Sessions for $75 per person. The session will last 10–15 minutes which will allow the photographer to take 15–20 images in a studio lit sitting. Sessions will take place inside the Esplanade Hotel.

The $75 fee includes one high-resolution retouched headshot of your choice. Additional images can be purchased for $50 (Angelo) or $35 (Shelly).

Shelly is also offering a one-hour Personal Branding Session for $395 per person which includes an outdoor/indoor session where approximately 30 images will be taken for the purpose of social media, advertising and branding. The fee includes pre-planning correspondence to plan a list of possible images and ideas for the session.

Angelo will be shooting on Saturday 15 August and Shelly on Sunday 16 August. Both photographers will have 28 15-minute slots available on their days. Shelly’s Personal Branding Sessions will take place on Saturday 15 August with a limit of 7 sessions.

We will establish a waiting list if you do not get your pick of photographer, however, we cannot guarantee that a second day will be added at this stage.

Bookings will open at the same time as conference registrations.

We are currently investigating options to include an on-site make-up artist. If this goes ahead in time, full details will be announced prior to registrations opening.


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