Each year in August, more than 300 excited aspiring, emerging and established authors get together for three days of professional workshops, networking, and educational opportunities, with the conference being a sought-after destination for Australian and international romance writers alike.

In 2019 we took over the Pullman Albert Park in Melbourne, Victoria for the conference weekend, 9 to 11 August 2019

Download a PDF copy of the program here.

Highlights from the conference were:

Friday Workshops by Natasha Lester (Plotting Masterclass), Melissa Storm (Big Book Launch Bootcamp) and Rachael Bailey (Deep Dive);

VIP Nalini Singh‘s opening address on Writing Series;

Workshops about medieval medicine, fighting like a girl, staying sane, surviving social media attacks, intellectual property and more…

Panels on diversity, ask a professional (firefighter, policeman, midwife or paramedic)…

Our Twisted Fairytales cocktail party, where 25 members received their First Sale ribbons;

Our Gala Dinner and Awards Night which culminated in the presentation of five RuBY awards for Best Romance Novel;

For all the photos from the Gala Dinner go to this page (members only)

Long-serving member Alison Ahearn (Amy Andrews) receiving Honorary Life Membership, and providing us with a high-energy, hilarious address to close off the conference;

Opportunities to pitch your novel to Harlequin Australia, Harlequin UK, Allen & Unwin, PenguinRandomHouse, Bolinda, Boroughs, Corvisiero Agency and Jacinta DiMase Management;

Sponsorship from our amazing Gold Sponsors:
Harlequin Australia
Draft 2 Digital
Findaway Voices
and other sponsors:
Kobo
IngramSpark
Bolinda
Hachette
Allen & Unwin
Pullman Hotels
Neilsen BookScan