This week I'm on my way to Adelaide to the Romance Writers of Australia annual conference. This is a huge deal.
We gather, some 400 of us, to spend up to three days doing workshops aimed at fiction writers.
Plus, we get to enjoy awards night dinner celebrations, have themed cocktail parties, meet up with our publishers and editors, talk it up in the bar or the foyer or our hotel rooms and generally take up all the lift space in the hotel (and the Ladies...).
Everything that happens at "conf" as we call it, is important. Even the parties. Networking? Yes, of course that happens, but mainly it's our annual time to have fun while we learn and network and possibly get ourselves a book contract.
So many of us know each other and become friends via social media, so it's wonderful to meet up in person.
Here are a few photos from previous Romance Writers of Australia conferences I've attended. I missed 2015 (sad face...) but I was there in spirit.
Back row L to R: Jennie Jones, Jennifer Scoullar, Margareta Osborn, Loretta Hill
Front & kind of middle row L to R: Rachael Johns, Fiona Palmer, Charlotte Nash, Cathyn Hein, Pamela Cook, Alissa Callen, Helene Young
So this week I'm Adelaide bound for #RWAus16. I have heaps of meetings lined up, with my publishers and all my writing friends.