RWA's 17th National Conference
South Bank, Melbourne
22nd--24th August 2008


Featuring Keynote Speaker, NY Times bestselling author, Barbara Samuel

Special guest speakers Margie Lawson & Jo Beverley

Attending Editors: Jenny Hutton (Harlequin Mills and Boon), Cindy Hwang (Berkley/Jove, NY), Angela James, Samhain Publishing

Award winning local Authors presenting workshops include:

Stephanie Laurens, Marion Lennox , Anne Gracie,  Keri Arthur , Anna Campbell, Fiona Lowe, Carol Marinelli, Cathleen Ross, Lillian Darcy, Fiona McArthur, Joan Kilby


For workshop descriptions, see next column

Workshop Descriptions

Friday to Sunday

Friday 22nd August.
  • registrations open 8 am
  • Welcome 8.45
  • Friday morning workshops (morning tea provided)
  • lunch
  • Friday afternoon workshops (afternoon tea provided)
  • Harlequin 'meet the authors' cocktail party--theme "One Enchanted Century

Saturday 23rd August

  • registrations open 8.00 am
  • opening address
  • Keynote speaker
  • morning tea
  • morning tutorials
  • lunch
  • afternoon tutorials
  • afternoon tea
  • author chats
  • Samhain Editor
  • AGM
  • Awards dinner 7pm

Sunday 24th August

  • Welcome/housekeeping
  • tutorials
  • morning tea
  • tutorials
  • lunch
  • plenary session
  • afternoon tea
  • plenary session
  • close of conference

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Editor and Agent Appointments:

Jenny Hutton (Harlequin Mills and Boon)
Cindy Hwang (Berkley, NY)
Angela James (Samhain Publishing)

To view or download the Conference Flyer, click here

To view or download the Tutorial List, click here

Conference Registration form (2 page document)

Hotel Registration Form (2 page document)

To view the Conference Hotel,  (Langham Hotel), click this link. Note--if you wish the cheaper room price, you must book via the hotel registration form, not via the hotel's website.

To check out the alternative hotel (Travel Lodge Southbank--across the road from the Langham), click here.

To check out the author bios, click here (word format)

Friday 22nd August 


  • Barbara Samuel; Learning to hear your own voice.
  • Margie Lawson; Empowering Characters' emotions (pt 1)


  • Barbara Samuel; Layering in Lusciousness
  • Margie Lawson; Empowering Characters' emotions (pt 2)

Saturday 23rd August

  • AM:
    From Premise to Published: finding the zen of your backstory ~ Fiona Lowe
  • Beyond CSI - First hand experience of the world of forensic investigation ~ (Speaker TBA.
  • Panel: "Make Mine Hot" ~ Stephanie Laurens, Keri Arthur, Cathleen Ross & Carol Marinelli.
  • Deep Point of View ~ Anna Campbell
  • Published Authors Round Table ~ Marion Lennox


  • The Hero/ine's Journey ~ Ian Robinson
  • TBA ~ Jo Beverley
  • Meaning, Importance and Falling in Love ~ Lilian Darcy
  • Deep Editing ~ Margie Lawson

Sunday 24th August


  • You can love the Shrek side of Writing ~ 'Princess' Fiona McArthur
  • The fine art of Wielding a Battle Axe - weapons and armour from the Romans to the Middle Ages ~ Lorenzo
  • Unleashing the Subconscious ~ Stella McLeod
  • Scene Structure ~ Joan Kilby
  • Time Out for Nourishment: taking care of the girls in the basement so they can take care of you ~ Barbara Samuels


  • Reading the Rejection Letter ~ Anne Gracie
  • Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy: What's the difference ~ Keri Arthur
  • The Regency World ~ Dr. Jennifer Kloester
  • Spellbound by Storytelling ~ Imelda Evans & Cindy-Lee Harper
  • Bringing Character to Life ~ Marion Lennox




To pre-order books non-fiction books for the conference, please download the 
PDF Book list and the order form (word format)

if you have any questions, please contact the conference coordinator


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