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Get Fresh at RWA's 24th Annual conference,


Melbourne 15 Get Fresh


Get Fresh in 15

Melbourne RWA 2015 Conference


Digital Conference Program

Introducing another fresh initiative by the Get Fresh in ’15 team:


Lost your conference booklet? Never fear, your digital program is here!

Car Parking Information

The Park Hyatt has generously agreed to provide DISCOUNTED valet parking at the venue.

  • They are offering a reduced price of $40.00 per night for all attendees of the RWA event who use valet parking. They can accept a maximum of approximately 180 cars in the valet car park (subject to availability), so you may like to consider this option if you are staying for the whole weekend.
  • Alternatively day parking is available at Wilson Car Park @$22/per day for Friday, $24/day for Saturday & Sunday.

Please be advised that street parking is extremely limited and usually only two hour limits. Melbourne parking inspectors are extremely efficient and you will most likely be fined if you overstay in a two hour spot.


Our Partners

In celebration of Melbourne’s reputation as a literary city, Get Fresh in ’15 is proud to be partnering with two of Melbourne's unique literary organisations, Writers Victoria and the Melbourne Writers Festival. These partnerships offer exciting opportunities to introduce Romance Writers of Australia to a wider audience, as well as provide opportunities for conference delegates to work with writers outside the romance community and broaden their own perspectives on craft and the book industry at large.

Romance Writers of Australia Executive and Conference Committee would like to extend their thanks to both these organisations for their support and encourage delegates to look in their conference satchel for a Writers Victoria membership form and Melbourne Writers Festival program.

Writers Victoria

Melbourne Writers Festival


RWA and Get Fresh in ‘15 would like to thank Park Hyatt Melbourne for providing free wi-fi within the venue to conference delegates.



Important Pre-Registration information

2015 RWA Conference registrations open at 8am on Saturday 28th February. Links to the online registration page will be provided on the RWA website and on the RWA Facebook Group.

You must be a current and paid up member of RWA to claim the member's registration price. You will need to provide your RWA member number during the registration process.



Get Fresh in ‘15 Program Announcement!

It is with much excitement that the Get Fresh in ’15 team unveils the 2015 Conference Program.

The programming team has done an incredible job designing this truly inspiring schedule of engaging, thought provoking, fresh speakers who are all excited to share their knowledge and experience with you. The program features a sensational selection of both local and international guests who will share with you both through keynote presentations and a wide range of workshops designed for writers at every stage of their career and publishing journey.

Are you looking to develop your craft?  Would you like to build your business as a writer? How about self-publishing? Want to write the hottest sex scene while keeping your characters well rounded and relatable? What’s it like to become an overnight success? Well, you can explore all of this and much, much more at the Romance Writers of Australia Get Fresh in ’15 Melbourne Conference.

See the incredible conference program here.



RWA’s Get Fresh in ’15 conference team is excited to announce a spectacular line up of stars to delight our delegates. Graeme Simsion, author of the overnight sensation, The Rosie Project will kick off the conference with the Saturday morning keynote address. Sunday opens with much loved, best-selling American author Mary Jo Putney and the inspirational Anita Heiss, prolific author, commentator and all round inspirational woman.

Also thoroughly excited to be participating in our conference, all the way from the US, is Courtney Miller-Callihan from Greenburger Associates agency and Deb Werksman of Sourcebooks. Both will take pitches, attend social events, and sit on panels, as well as presenting their own informative workshops. And as if that glittering list of names isn’t enough, the effervescent and ever popular Jane Porter will be joining our Superstar Bonus panel on Friday evening and USA Today best-selling author, Patricia McLinn, will deliver what promises to be a rousing closing address.




Don't book online. To access the great conference rate bookings must be made by phone using the code on the booking form available on the RWA website. Please call the Australian booking line 13 12 34 during normal business hours or fax the form to 03 9650 6950

We have been advised that the conference room block has been fully booked out, HOWEVER, rooms may come up as a result of cancellations so we recommend you call and check to see if there is any availability.

The great thing about the location of this year’s conference is the abundance of great affordable accommodation in the vicinity so feel free to explore other options if the Park Hyatt is not your cup of tea.


The Romance Writers of Australia 24th annual conference will be held in vibrant Melbourne, Victoria, 21 – 23 August 2015 at the 5 star luxury Park Hyatt hotel.

The Romance Writers of Australia annual conference provides unique networking opportunities for writers, editors, agents and other publishing industry professionals with a keen focus on romance publishing. The program features a wide range of workshops designed for writers at every stage of their career and publishing journeys.

Get Fresh in 15 is the theme for Melbourne, heralding an innovative, relevant, contemporary conference that reflects the sophistication and diversity of Romance Writers of Australia as an organisation and builds on Melbourne’s strong literary culture and communities through our partnerships with Melbourne Writers Festival and Writers Victoria. The focus of Get Fresh in 15 is on quality: quality venue, innovative content, high calibre speakers and diverse topics targeted to aspiring, emerging and established writers.

The Park Hyatt room block is currently booked out however there are many great alternative accommodation options in the vicinity, including the Mecure which is offering a 14% discount to RWA Conference delegates. (See accommodation link on right)

As usual the conference will include exciting social events including the traditional welcome Cocktail Party and the RWA Annual Awards Dinner.

Your Get Fresh Dream Team of volunteers are excited to bring you the largest professional conference for the publishing industry in Australi and can’t wait to see you there.


[Please note: submissions to Get Fresh in 15 have now closed]

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