The recent Romance Writers of Australia Conference started off in fine style with the Friday workshop run this year by Alexandra Sokoloff. Her topic “Screenwriting Tricks for Authors and Screenwriters” was well attended and a must for writers across all genres.
Fiona Lowe engaged us with her workshop, “Putting sizzle into every scene”. She was inventive and funny and I enjoyed her presentation immensely.
Pitches dragged many of us out of workshops. Nerve wracking as it was, it was a good experience and part of the writers journey.
John Barletta’s workshop “The Joys and Challenges of Romantic Attraction” gave us an interesting insight into relationship problems.
Between workshops we indulged in some wonderful morning teas, lunches and afternoon teas. The food was superb and those with special dietary needs were not over looked.
The other highlight for me was the Sunday morning breakfast with Eloisa James. Eloisa shared hints on how to run the business side of being a writer. She was articulate and enjoyable to listen too and I certainly found the hour she shared with us thought provoking.
The Thursday and Friday night cocktail parties went off with a bang and the “champagne” flowed.
The Saturday night dinner was superb and awards exciting. I’m sure everyone went away hoping that one day they would be going up to the stage for an award.
Well done to all the committee and volunteers that work tirelessly to ensure the conference runs without a hitch. The conference closed with a presentation from Perth on the 2013 conference. I for one was sold immediately. Roll on next year.
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On the 15th August I am off to the Romance Writers of Australia’s 21st annual conference, ‘Diamonds are Forever’ being held on the Gold Coast.
I have two pitches this year, the first with Larissa Edwards of Simon and Schuster Australia and the second with Beverley Cousins of Random House. All very scary and the usual question arises of how to put 100,000 words into a paragraph to hook them? Writing the story seems to be the easiest part of the process.
This year I am attending Alexandra Sokoloff’s Screenwriting Tricks workshops on the Friday and Saturday. I am intrigued to understand how screenwriters take a novel and adapt it for the big screen.
The Friday night cocktail party sponsored by Harlequin is always a lot of fun and the theme is the Fifties – lots of scope to think of an outfit. And the Saturday RWA Awards Dinner gives everyone a chance to dress up.
Hope to meet some of you there.
Today four of my short stories are being published on www.alfiedog.com, they are Cruising, Monaco Connection, Diamond Trail and Diamonds are Forever. So excited!
I flew up to Brisbane to attend the First Two Pages workshop presented by Alison Goodman at the Queensland Writers Centre located in the State Library.
As Alison reminds us “if you can’t hook a publisher or a reader in the first two pages, they’ll never know how exciting and satisfying your story is.”
The workshop was well worthwhile and like everyone else attending I hope to continue on my journey towards publication.
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