Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Conference wrap-up

As promised, here's my whiz-bang ultra-short post-RWAus conference wrap up!

THURSDAY: arrived on the sunny Gold Coast, headed to Broadbeach where the conference was being held. At 5.30pm, went to Fiona Lowe's room for a party for the launch of her first book! Had a great time eating gigantic strawberries and toasting my talented buddy with champagne, while catching up with many authors I haven't seen since the last conference and meeting other newbies.

FRIDAY: the swish Harlequin Author's Lunch, held at a swank waterside restaurant. More lovely chatter (and yummy food!) I was presented with a "Woman Fuzzy" award, an annual event which started following an Ally Blake radio interview where the interviewer confused her "warm and fuzzy" comment for a "woman fuzzy?".

That night, attended the Cocktail Party, where the theme was "Golden Era of Hollywood." Loads of fab costumes. I went as Aishwarya Rai, the former Miss Universe who starred as the heroine in Bride and Prejudice.

SATURDAY: heard Debbie Macomber speak, attended great workshops, Anne Gracie's fabulous 'emotional punch' speech which was unfortunately cut short.

SUNDAY: more great workshops, Jane Porter's impassioned speech, I hosted an author chat for writers targetting the Romance line. Exhaustion well and truly set in. Shared a final hot chocolate with authors later that evening before looking forward to doing it all over again next year!

There, short and sweet!
Later this week, I'm going to have another guest interview, this time with the lovely Barbara Hannay who presented a workshop at the conference on collages. Barbara will be discussing collages and showing examples of her most recent ones and how they help her write a book.
It's going to be fun. Don't miss it!


Kiki said...

Love the pictures. You look so glam!
Looks like you had a great time, too.

I loved the results of the collaging workshop. Hope we get to see some scanned examples on people's sites or blogs.


Serena said...

Oh it all looks so wonderful. Wish I could have been there - maybe Sydney! You look really glam, especially with the tiara :)

Nicola Marsh said...

Thanks girls.

I don't glam up very often. Unless you call writing in pink ugh boots and trackie pants glam? ;)

Fiona Lowe said...

It was SO much fun!