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.
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:
Draft 2 Digital
and other sponsors:
Allen & Unwin